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Published: 2011-12-23 00:00:00

BUSIT is launching a new ticket next month that will give people unlimited daily travel on buses within the Hamilton city boundary.

Waikato Regional Council’s transport operations programme manager Edwin Swaris said the new ‘City Explorer’ ticket is just one of the changes being implemented across the Hamilton bus network from Sunday, 1 January 2012.

“The City Explorer ticket gives better value for money for locals exploring the city with their friends or family and visitors wanting to go to multiple Hamilton locations in a day,” he said.

The ticket replaces the ‘Day Saver’ and is available on BUSIT cards ($7 adult, $5 child) and as a cash fare ($7.50 adult, $5.50 child). It will allow for unlimited travel throughout Hamilton per person per day.

Also effective from Sunday, 1 January is the reduction of the two hour transfer time to one hour.

“By reducing the transfer time we have been able to avoid increasing single fares on Hamilton services, while still meeting some tough financial targets set by Government,” Mr Swaris said.

Meanwhile, today (Friday, 23 December) marks the last day of operation for the Pukete Direct, Silverdale Direct and Dinsdale Direct services.

The cessation of these three limited services has been advertised on buses, the BUSIT website and at stops over the past two weeks.

The savings made allow the following improvements to be made across the Hamilton network from Wednesday, 1 February 2012:

  • Increased frequency on the 1 Pukete, 2 Silverdale, 3 Dinsdale, 8 Frankton and 18 Te Rapa routes during peak times.
  • The establishment of 8 Frankton as a ‘key route’, meaning it will operate on Sundays and public holidays.

Mr Swaris said: “We’ve been working closely with the operator over some time to ensure our buses are servicing the community as best as possible. The withdrawal of three services will ultimately benefit large numbers of public transport passengers across Hamilton.”

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