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Published: 2007-01-24 00:00:00

Environment Waikato is to launch a brand new bus service for Hamilton’s fast-growing Rototuna suburb, along with a raft of improvements to many other city routes.

“From 3 February we’ll be starting a new bus service for Rototuna, an improved bus route and timetable for the University, and improved timetables for several other bus routes in the city,” said Environment Waikato passenger transport spokesperson Cr Paula Southgate.

“The region is currently reviewing the passenger transport network and expects to identify many improvements and changes in the coming years – meantime, we’re moving ahead with improvements that can be implemented now.

“Improved timetables on many other routes from next month will see more lunchtime and evening services. This is part of an ongoing process to simplify the timetables and make them better match the needs of the city’s residents.”

The changes come on top of recent Environment Waikato initiatives to improve buses in the city, including the introduction of the new Orbiter, Chartwell Direct and City Shuttle bus services. Real Time information poles and the new Two Hour transfer have also boosted the benefits of catching buses in the city.

“The introduction of new services over recent years have not come without cost,” said Cr Southgate.

“There has not been a general fare increase on Hamilton buses for six years. Since then costs of operating buses have increased dramatically, especially the cost of fuel.

“We have therefore made a tough but necessary decision to increase Hamilton bus fares from February 3. The fare increase will see most bus fares go up by 10 to 30 cents a trip – even so, bus use in Hamilton is still incredible value for money. Using a BusIt! card you can travel anywhere in the city, using the two-hour transfer system, for only $1.61 if you are an adult, and only 80 cents if you are a child. An all-day BusIt! ticket will be $4 for adults and $2 for children.”

If you have any questions about buses in the Waikato region or would like more information, call 0800 4 BUSLINE (0800 4 287 5463) or visit