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Getting to school with Schoolhopper in 2016

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 10:00 a.m.

Students planning to use Tauranga’s Schoolhopper network in 2016 are being reminded to check their route online before they leave for their first day at school.

Minor changes have been made to a handful of routes to improve the network, based on feedback from users, the bus companies and schools.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council, which manages the network, has also updated its Baybus website (www.baybus.co.nz) to make it easier for people to find information about their routes.

Lyall Thurston, Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor and Chair of the Public Transport Subcommittee said Schoolhopper users should also be aware of a fare increase on the network, which was approved by the Regional Council in November.

The increase, to $1.51 from $1.15 for those using a Smartride Card and to $1.90 from $1.60 for a cash fare, will take place from Tuesday 2 February. It will apply on both the Schoolhopper and Bayhopper networks.

Councillor Thurston said the change means the student fare will be standard across both the Tauranga urban Bayhopper and Schoolhopper networks.

“The increase has been made in line with other increases that occurred across the region on our networks last year, and follows the regional policy for setting fares,” Councillor Thurston said.

For more information about the Schoolhopper network, please visit www.baybus.co.nz

Key information

  • Schoolhopper services will resume for the 2016 school year during the week beginning Tuesday 2 February. The start date of individual routes will depend on the start dates of the schools they service.
  • Schoolhopper fares are increasing in 2016. The increase, to $1.51 from $1.15 for those using a Smartride Card and to $1.90 from $1.60 for a cash fare, will apply on both the Schoolhopper and Bayhopper networks.
  • Smartride cards are available from drivers on the bus, or from the iSite in Willow Street. They cost $10 which covers the cost of the initial credit on the card (that is, each card comes with $10 on them).
  • Detailed route and stop information is available on the Baybus website at www.baybus.co.nz
  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council manages the Schoolhopper network in Tauranga, providing a dedicated school bus network to 17 schools of 51 routes.
  • Other dedicated school bus services are provided by the Ministry of Education (rural school bus routes and Special Education School Transport Assistance) and the Tauranga Network Group.
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