Certainty of service is driving the increase in Bay Hopper passengers, says Environment BOP transport committee chairman Andrew von Dadelszen.
He’s commenting on figures that show Tauranga’s Bay Hopper bus patronage has gone up again with a new record of 112,112 passenger rides recorded for the month of October 2009.
“What we’ve done is we’ve made a real commitment to a 20 minute service, maximum half hour,” says Andrew.
“It’s giving certainty to people that the buses are running. With a one hour service you wouldn’t wait, but if you know there’s another not far away, it gives you the confidence to take the bus.”
The numbers show a steady increase in bus patronage.
Passenger numbers have increased by 8.7 per cent in four months, says Andrew.
“One of the highlights from these figures is that our three Papamoa routes recorded more than 33,000 passenger rides in October,” says Andrew.
He says some routes are introducing later services during the summer, allowing people to socialise or shop after work, before taking a bus home from the city as late as 9:50pm.