Environment Bay of Plenty launches new-look Bay Hopper buses when the new contract officially changes hands on June 29.
The new direct routes being introduced include Mount Maunganui to Greerton via the city, Mount Maunganui to Greerton via Bayfair and the city, and Papamoa to the city, every 15 minutes.
New look Bay Hopper will be out on the streets from June 29.
The buses are larger and many have lower floors, enabling better access for children, the elderly and less mobile people.
The fare structure has also been changed. Passengers will pay soon $2.50 for a city ticket ($2 with Smartride card), which covers all routes except journeys between Papamoa East and the city centre. These fares will cost $3 ($2.40 with Smartride card).
A free 60 minute transfer has also been retained between routes within an hour of purchasing a ticket.
Environment Bay of Plenty Transport Committee chairman Andrew von Dadelszen is excited about the launch of the new-look Bay Hoppers.
“It’ll be great to have new, more accessible buses on our roads with increased services and a simple fare structure. We’ve been able to introduce new routes and more frequent buses and this opens the door for more people to use the improved services.”