The region’s public transport users are being urged to check bus timetables online for temporary service changes being introduced for the festive season.
Most BUSIT services across the region will operate to a special timetable during the holiday period, so visit www.busit.co.nz or call 0800 4 BUSLINE (0800 4 2875 463) for full details of the festive season timetables.
Waikato Regional Council reviewed data for previous years which showed a sharp drop in patronage over the Christmas-New Year period due to school and university holidays and many businesses closing.
Transport operations programme manager, Edwin Swaris said: “While we have reduced service levels over this period, we have worked to ensure that buses will still provide a reliable way for passengers to make their journeys.
“And as a gift from us on Christmas Day, the council has agreed that passengers on any of Hamilton’s BUSIT services on Sunday, 25 December will travel for free,” Mr Swaris said.
Hamilton Christmas-New Year services:
- From 25 December to 6 January only ‘key routes’ and the Orbiter will run on public holidays, and a Saturday timetable will operate on all other days. Key routes are: Orbiter, 1 Pukete, 2 Silverdale, 3 Dinsdale, 4 Flagstaff, 7 Glenview, 9 Nawton, 11 Fairfield, 13 University, 16 Rototuna, 17 Hamilton East Uni and 18 Te Rapa.
- The CBD shuttle will not run on public holidays (25, 26, 27 December and 1, 2, 3 January). It will operate a Saturday timetable on all other days between 24 December and 6 January.
- The Rototuna Direct will not operate between 24 December and 8 January. Please use the 4 Flagstaff or 16 Rototuna services during this time. The Rototuna Direct will operate as normal from Monday, 9 January.
- The Night Rider will run a Saturday service on 24, 30, 31 December and 6 January.
Huntly Christmas-New Year services:
- The Huntly and Huntly Internal services will run to a special timetable during the Christmas period.
- There will be no Huntly to Hamilton service on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. A Saturday timetable will operate on other public holidays (26, 27December and 2, 3 January).
- A limited hourly service will operate on 28, 29, 30, 31 December and 4, 5, 6 January.
Cambridge to Hamilton service:
- There is no service on Christmas Day. A Saturday timetable will operate on all other days between 24 December and 6 January.
Te Awamutu to Hamilton service:
- There is no service on Christmas Day. A Saturday timetable will operate on all other days between 24 December and 6 January. ( A special service will operate to Kihikihi)
- A Saturday timetable will operate from 24 December to 6 January.
- Operates its scheduled service.
Paeroa to Morrinsville to Hamilton service:
- There is no service 24-27 December or 31 December-3 January. The normal service will operate 28-30 December and 4-6 January.