A bike rack has been installed on the Taupō Connector bus to coincide with a new timetable and bus routes for the service taking effect from Monday next week (29 July).
The changes are being made to help improve patronage and reliability following a review of the service by Waikato Regional Council and Taupō District Council. The bus service will operate six days a week, no longer running on Sundays and public holidays.
The bike rack installed on the front of the bus will be trialled over the next year, and can carry two cycles. The loading and unloading of bicycles will be the responsibility of the passenger.
As an extra incentive for people to try the improved bus service, passengers will have the opportunity to go in the draw to win a new iPad. Passengers can pick up a new timetable on the bus, from the district council or i-Site, fill out the form and drop it into the entry box on any Taupō Connector service before Friday 30 August.
Regular passengers can fill out the tear off tab on the new timetable just once and for additional entries put their name and contact details on the back of a ticket.
The Connector bus routes:
Taupō Central – connecting town with AC Baths, the hospital and Wharewaka, operating five return trips a day Monday to Friday and three return trips a day on Saturdays. There will be an extra early morning service on this route to better suit workers, as well as improved afternoon timings to better suit school students.
Taupō North – connecting town with Wairakei Village via a new stop at Huka Falls, operating twice a day Monday to Friday.
Taupō West – connecting town with Jarden Mile, operating five return trips a day Monday to Friday and three return trips a day on Saturdays.
Due to low passenger numbers, Acacia Bay and Waitahanui will no longer be served by the bus. Some members of the Waitahanui community have met with the mayor, councillors and staff from the regional and district councils since the changes were announced to discuss alternative transport options.
The changes are being implemented following a review of the service over the past 12 months showed some areas did not have enough people using the service on a regular basis, which made it difficult to sustain.
Waikato Regional Council works with Taupō District Council to deliver the bus service. The regional council manages the Taupō bus contract on behalf of the NZ Transport Agency.
For more information about the new service, pick up a timetable on the bus, or visit www.busit.co.nz