22 February 2019

Bay of Plenty Regional Council would like to advise that Welcome Bay school students using the urban route 40 bus both into and out of the CBD will be able to travel free from Monday February 25.

Route 40 will be added to the free school bus trial service which started at the beginning of Term One for Welcome Bay students.

The route 40 bus will be for any school student (i.e. anyone in school uniform or child travelling in school times).

It is hoped the trial which will run for the 2019 school year can assist in easing Tauranga’s traffic congestion.

Meanwhile, Regional Council has made good progress as it explores alternative school bus options to help make the Tauranga Urban service more reliable due to the NZ Bus driver shortage affecting network reliability.