Tauranga bus service free until end of July

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Tauranga bus services will remain fare free for passengers over the next month at alert level 1.

A Bay of Plenty Regional Council spokesperson told SunLive all Baybus services will be free until the introduction of the new Regional Integrated Ticketing System at the end of July.

Bee Card is the new electronic card that will be used for Bay of Plenty bus services, allowing passengers to tag on and off.

It is set to roll out in Tauranga on July 27. The spokesperson says there will be no change in price for bus fares.

Normal Baybus timetables resumed under alert level 2, with restrictions in place around capacity and physical distancing.

But the move to level 1 means there will be no need for physical distancing and services can carry full capacity.

The spokesperson says hand sanitiser will still be available on all services

Bee Card is already used in several New Zealand regions including Northland, Waikato, Taranaki and Hawkes Bay.

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Please Advise this Widely.

Posted on 11-06-2020 12:05 | By

That is great. Will you please make a big effort to advertise this on social media and any means posible to reach school kids as many kids have to work long distances to and from school in this Cold weather with no rain ware and no money to afford the bus. This would help a lot of children from low income families so please reach the schools to pass onto all the kids.


Posted on 10-06-2020 08:18 | By

Awesome to see, would be amazing to see it stay free forever and get more people on busses and out of cars and free up car parking in the city


Posted on 09-06-2020 21:42 | By The Caveman

is FREE !! Somebody - ah yes ratepayers - are paying for the cost !! AND new "bus cards" - FREE - Nah - again - ratepayers are paying !!


Posted on 09-06-2020 18:29 | By overit

Why? Stop it now we are back at L1.