Committed to improving Rotorua's Public Transport
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 2:30 p.m.
Public transport services are managed across the region by Bay of Plenty Regional Council. The Regional Council worked closely with Rotorua Lakes Council during the recent network review and changes made to the Cityride network at the request of Rotorua Lakes Council as part of their CBD revitalisation project is one of the factors that has contributed to the fall in patronage.
Chair of the Regional Council’s Public Transport subcommittee, Lyall Thurston, said the Regional Council is pleased that Rotorua Lakes Council agreed in their Operations and Monitoring Committee this morning for their staff to continue working with Regional Council staff to address falling patronage and other issues.
Councillor Thurston said the Regional Council’s immediate focus was on increasing the numbers of people using the bus in Rotorua.
“We are making this our priority for now, and there are a number of actions that have been agreed to by both councils, including some road works to improve how the buses can move around the city centre and investigating a stop closer to Pak n Save on Fenton Street.
“In addition, we’ll be taking a longer term approach as to how we can make the buses a more attractive option to Rotorua residents, including setting up a focus group of bus users and key stakeholders to discuss the network.
“It’s great to have the support of Rotorua Lakes Council in this work and to begin working with them on the issues.”
Regional Council Chairman Doug Leeder is committed to building public transport services across the regional including Rotorua and is always open to discussions about how service delivery can be improved.
“There are a range of services being considered under the Local Government Futures Project, and I would expect that any additional regional topics, like transport, be bought forward as appropriate for consideration” Mr Leeder said.
Who is responsible for public transport?
- Public transport services (routes and fares) are managed across the region by Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Bus companies are responsible for operating bus services (in Rotorua this is Reesby Buses Ltd).
- Public transport infrastructure (bus stops and shelters) are managed by either city and district councils (local roads) or the NZ Transport Agency (state highways).