New home for Tauranga buses

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New home for Tauranga buses
For immediate release: Friday 19 June 2009

Tauranga’s buses will have a new home when Go Bus Transport opens their local depot in
Maleme Street, Greerton.

Environment Bay of Plenty is set to launch their new-look Bay Hopper buses when the new
contract officially changes hands on 29 June.

Earlier this year the Council re-tendered the Tauranga urban bus contract and Go Bus
Transport was successful its bid to win the contract.

The depot will house nearly 60 drivers and a new bus fleet that includes 25 brand new super-
low floor buses and 10 nearly new super-low floor buses. The buses are larger and more
accessible which is good news for parents with buggies, people who are less mobile and
greater comfort for all.

Environment Bay of Plenty Transport Committee Chairman Andrew von Dadelszen said he was
pleased to see Go Bus Transport was setting up a base here in Tauranga.

“With a brand new fleet of buses it’s good to see that Go Bus Ltd can set up a base for
operations locally and bring a community focus to the Bay Hopper bus service.”

Passengers will be able to take advantage of new direct routes that include Mount to Greerton
via City, Mount to Greerton via Bayfair and City, and Papamoa to City every 15 minutes.

Along with new buses and new direct routes, a simple fare structure has been introduced.
Passengers will pay only $2.50 for a City Ticket (just $2.00 with Smartride card) which covers all
routes except journeys between Papamoa East and the City centre, which will cost $3.00 (just
$2.40 with Smartride card).

A free 60 minute transfer has also been retained enabling unlimited travel within an hour of
purchasing a ticket.

New route numbers have also been introduced under the new contract. Existing passengers will
be able to take note of the number for their current route in the new timetables that will

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The new-look yellow Bay Hopper buses will be on the streets of Tauranga when the new urban
bus contract begins operating from 29 June 2009.


For further media information please contact Land Transport Manager Garry Maloney on
0800 368 288 ext 9312 or Communications Advisor Alexandra Grenfell on 0800 368 288
ext 9156