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Input sought on Arataki bus facility locations

The open day is being hosted at the Farm Street bus stop on Saturday. File photo/SunLive.

Tauranga City Council is seeking community input on two potential locations for a purpose-built bus facility in Arataki at an open day this Saturday at the Farm Street bus stop.

The project has been in the pipeline for some time and aims to improve public transport connections, accessibility and safety for users, drivers and the local community.

The project is currently at a business case stage and is being funded by Tauranga City Council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

Commission chair Anne Tolley says the project team has identified two viable locations and is now looking for community feedback to help identify the preferred option.

“The facility has to cater for the huge growth in the area, as well as supporting local businesses and tourism. It also has to support a more sustainable future by encouraging more people to use public transport rather than private vehicles.

“It’s important we progress these investigations and get the community’s feedback on a preferred location for this facility.”

Council says the Arataki Bus Facility will enable improved public transport connections to and from the central coastal hub, strengthen the regional network and reduce the impact of bus operations on people living in the immediate area. It will also provide a more attractive welcome and departure point for the Arataki area.

Possible locations identified for the Arataki bus facility are:

  •   •  Location A Farm Street, on-street and or on land owned by Bayfair

  •   •  Location B Girven Road on-street and or on Arataki Park reserve (St Johns facility)

  •   •  A combination of the two locations

Location A: Farm Street, on-street and or on land owned by Bayfair.

Location B: Girven Road on-street and or on Arataki Park reserve (St Johns facility) 

How to provide feedback:

  •   •  Take a survey on the project at www.tauranga.govt.nz/aratakibusfacility

  •   •  Join the project team at a pop-up meeting at the Farm Street bus stop on Saturday, December 11, between 10am and 12pm, or 1pm and 3pm. The team is keen to team chat with bus users and the community about the project, hear their thoughts and answer any questions about the project.

For more information and to sign-up to regular updates on this project, visit www.tauranga.govt.nz/aratakibusfacility

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(sarcasm)

Posted on 10-12-2021 15:04 | By This Guy

I personally don’t use the bus, therefor the service should be stopped completely. I see an empty bus every now and then and that’s all the evidence I need to know NO ONE IS USING THEM! Let the thousands of people that rely on the service daily walk or bike across the city... oh wait we hate cyclists too because they’re also on the road and the ROAD BELONGS TO ME and ME ALONE!!

Hmmm

Posted on 10-12-2021 12:54 | By

For many years Bayfair shopping has had considerable benefits from the siting of a major bus hub on their doorstep. Surely they would rather donate space to retain foot traffic than have it moved across a very busy road and possibly lose custom. Bayfair is the only shopping venue in town which is serviced to such a high level by ratepayers money.

Why now, do what you want anyway

Posted on 10-12-2021 12:03 | By

Why ask we are currently in a dictatorship so why pretend ? Has anyone asked what our property taxes are going up by for this minimum $300M debacle ?