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Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Transport Team makes it easier and safer for you to use alternative modes of transport - whether it's catching a bus, biking, or walking.

Baybus LogoBayhopper, Cityride, Schoolhopper network

Bay of Plenty Regional Council manages the regional Baybus bus network.

This includes Bayhopper buses in the Western and Eastern Bay, and Cityride buses in Rotorua, as well as many rural services.


total mobilityTotal Mobility

Total Mobility is a nationwide scheme which helps provide subsidised door-to-door transport services. 



Bay of Plenty Regional Council supports Smart Travel  an online platform and app that helps you find other local commuters and people to share rides with and plan your journey

As well as carpooling, Smart Travel encourages the use of public transport, walking and cycling and is the first multi-modal transport platform in New Zealand.

Save money, help unclog our roads and reduce your carbon footprint.

The more people using Smart Travel the better it will work. Visit Smart Travel Bay of Plenty website or download on your phone from:

 Google Play Logo Apple App Store Logo

Register to find colleagues and other locals to share your commute or journey with.    

SMART TRAVEL – giving you options to get to and from where you need to go.


Road safety

Bay of Plenty Regional Council helps to fund and coordinate road safety in the region. The Regional Road Safety Action Plan is the Council's commitment to road safety in the Bay, and will help it achieve the road safety objective in the Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) for the Bay of Plenty and contribute to the Government’s Road Safety Strategy 2010-2020 Safer Journeys initiatives. 


Planning work

 There are two key planning documents the Regional Council works with to improve transport options in the Bay of Plenty.

We report to the Public Transport Subcommittee and the Regional Transport Committee.


Register or withdraw commercial public transport services

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is responsible for the registration of public transport services in the region. 

If you are operating, or plan to operate, any type of commercial public transport service either in or passing through the Bay of Plenty, you must register your service at least 35 working days before the service is to start. We also need to be advised of any changes to a registered service including the intention to withdraw a registered service.


Other transport work

  • Provide help and advice on transport matters
  • Work with a range of agencies to promote walking and cycling
  • Fund stock truck effluent disposal stations
  • Be actively involved in other sustainable transport initiatives like transport demand management (TDM) and staff/workplace travel plans


Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Transport Team

The Transport Team are happy to talk to you about your choice of transport. Get in touch with us for:

  • Comments and suggestions about public transport
  • How your home, business or school can use more sustainable modes of transport more often
  • How you can make use of the Total Mobility scheme

To contact the team call 0800 884 880 and ask for transport.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is an approved organisation, which means we can apply for funding through the New Zealand Transport Agency to fund road safety, public transport services, Total Mobility and a range of other transport services. We can't receive funding for infrastructure. Visit the New Zealand Transport Agency website to find a comprehensive range of transport information and resources.


What legislation directs the transport team?

The Transport Team undertakes land transport planning responsibilities and statutory obligations under the following legislation. This legislation can be found online at

  • Land Transport Act 1998
  • Land Transport Management Act