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Take the bus for free this Saturday

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:00 a.m.

If you’ve ever thought about taking the bus but never have, this Saturday could be the day to give it a go.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Bayhopper buses (the yellow buses in Tauranga and blue Whakatane to Ohope bus) and City-Ride buses in Rotorua are free for the day.

Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor Lyall Thurston, chair of the Public Transport Sub-Committee, said they wanted to give the public the opportunity to try out the buses on a day when it was likely everyone had a reason getting out and about.

“We realise there are a lot of reasons why people may have never used the Bayhopper and City-Ride buses, so we thought we’d remove one of the barriers and give people the opportunity to take the bus for free. It’s an easy way to get around,” he said.

He said anyone thinking about heading into town or using the buses to get to an election booth just needed to either visit the www.baybus.co.nz website or call 0800 4 BAYBUS (0800 4  229 28) to find out their nearest bus route and timetable.

“Tauranga and Rotorua passengers who know where they need to get to can use the Journey Planner feature on the Baybus website which is simple and will tell you exactly which bus you need to take, when. We’ll be rolling this feature out to our Eastern Bay services soon.”

Key information

  • Tauranga and Eastern Bay Bayhopper and Rotorua City-Ride bus services are free this Saturday 20 September.
  • People can visit the Baybus website www.baybus.co.nz to download timetables and routes, or call 0800 4 BAYBUS (0800 4 229 28) to get information about routes and times.
  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council manages public transport bus services in the region.
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