Welcome Bay students using urban route 40 will be able to travel for free from Monday.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council announced overnight that Welcome Bay school students using the bus both into and out of the CBD, won't face a fee.
"Route 40 will be added to the free school bus trial service which started at the beginning of Term One for Welcome Bay students.
"The route 40 bus will be for any school student (i.e. anyone in school uniform or child travelling in school times)."
It is hoped the trial which will run for the 2019 school year can assist in easing Tauranga’s traffic congestion, says a council communications spokesperson.
"Meanwhile, Regional Council has made good progress as it explores alternative school bus options to help make the Tauranga Urban service more reliable due to the NZ Bus driver shortage affecting network reliability."