13 June 2016

Changes to some Bayhopper bus services will take affect from 20 June, which will improve travel times for some commuters to the CBD and extend coverage on one route.  

The biggest route change will affect those who travel on route 59 Sunvale-Greerton-Oropi, the changes will reduce the travel time from Cheyne Road to the CBD by five minutes.

Route 1 Pyes Pa has amended service timings and coverage has been extended to accommodate residents at the Copper Crest Retirement Home.

“We are continuously looking at ways to improve our buses to reflect changes in demand and need,” says Bay of Plenty Regional Council public transport sub-committee chair, Lyall Thurston.

“We hope this will provide an incentive for people to use our Bayhopper buses and lead to a reduction in the number of vehicles on our busy roads.”

Route 59 changes will now see this service travel directly from Cheyne Road onto Greerton via Oropi Road. The significant change for users is that this bus will no longer return back along Cheyne Road, Argyll, Kiteroa, Devon or Mansels Road en route to the CBD.

Adjustments to service times will also affect route 36 Maungatapu-Papamoa and route 60 Bellevue-Cambridge Heights.

To accommodate students from Tauranga Boys High School, one afternoon service on route 70 Brookfield-Matua service will now depart five minutes later from the CBD at 3.15pm instead of 3.10pm.

Route 78 Mangatawa will now operate on Friday instead of Thursday and the morning trip will start from Bayfair.

For more information about these changes, go to www.baybus.co.nz or call 0800 4 BAYBUS (0800 4 229 287).