The runaway success of improved Hamilton bus services managed by Environment Waikato has continued, with passenger trips up by 738,000 or 37.8 per cent in the last financial year to 2.68 million.
When combined with other regional bus services, the journey numbers across the Waikato were up by 742,000 or 34.4 per cent at 2.89 million.
“The huge growth in Hamilton reflects the success of new services such as the CBD Shuttle and the Orbiter service around the city, which were introduced in liaison with Hamilton City Council,” said land transport operations manager Russell Turnbull.
Around the wider region, the Paeroa to Hamilton service increased 24 per cent, the Raglan to Hamilton service was up 7 per cent and the Mangakino to Tokoroa service was a massive 80 per cent up.
“We’re now looking to make further enhancements to Hamilton and regional services, subject to the outcome of hearings next month on our Draft Regional Passenger Transport Plan,” said Mr Turnbull.
“We hope our vision of more buses, to more places, more often will help people get around better, and reduce traffic congestion and traveling times.”