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Changes to Tauranga bus services

Friday, 3 February 2012 8:45 a.m.

Some of Tauranga's bus services are set to change from Monday 13 February and passengers are advised to check service details before travelling.

A number of the routes on the city's bay hopper network will have changes to either their timetables or routes.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Public Transport Sub-Committee Chair Councillor Doug Owens said the changes had come from looking at the performance of services and changing community needs.

"We review services each year with the aim of making the network more efficient and better accommodating our community's needs," he said. "Some new services are being added, others extended and some routes removed."

"We're pleased to announce that Route 2 will now serve the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic's Windermere site and offer a direct, reliable and more frequent service to students and staff of the polytechnic.  Similarly, the weekday frequency of route 60 will double from every 60 minutes to 30 minutes.

"Due to continued low use, two services (Route 45 Maungatapu, and Route 2's extension into The Lakes subdivision) are being withdrawn. For most users either new or alternative routes are available.

All changes take effect on Monday 13 February. Passengers should check their routes and timetables before travelling.

Information on routes and timetables are on all the bay hopper buses, but the easiest way for people to find out about the specific changes is go to www.baybus.co.nz or call 0800 422 928.

The following services will have significant changes from Monday 13 February.

• ROUTE 2. THE LAKES - GREERTON - CITY - AIRPORT - BAYFAIR - MOUNT
This service will be withdrawn from The Lakes subdivision and rerouted to service the Windermere Polytechnic. This route will also no longer service the Tauranga Airport. The service name will become:  ROUTE 2. WINDERMERE (POLYTECHNIC) - GREERTON - CITY - BAYFAIR - MOUNT• THE LAKES
The Lakes subdivision will have a limited six day a week service into Tauranga CBD provided by the Ōmokoroa Commuter and Katikati - Tauranga Shopper buses.
• ROUTE 45. CITY - MAUNGATAPU
This service will be withdrawn on Monday 13 February. Route 36 will continue to service the majority of the Maungatapu community. 
• ROUTE 60. CITY - BELLEVUE - BROOKFIELD - BELVEDERE
The timetable for Route 60 has been changed and will now run every 30 minutes on a new schedule. 


The following services will have minor changes from Monday 13 February.

• ROUTE 1. PYES PA - GREERTON- CITY -MOUNT
• ROUTE 33. CITY - BAYFAIR - PĀPĀMOA 
• ROUTE 59. CITY - SUNVALE - GREERTON - OROPI
• ROUTE 70. CITY - BROOKFIELD - CHERRYWOOD - MATUA
• ŌMOKOROA COMMUTER and KATIKATI - TAURANGA SHOPPER
These services will now operate additional trips between Tauranga CBD and The Lakes subdivision.  Ōmokoroa and Katikati bus users will not be significantly affected.

Bay Hopper Timetable change 2011 lowres