Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

New GizzyBuses get the thumbs up

New GizzyBuses get the thumbs up

The new lime green and orange GizzyBuses that will be plying the streets of Gisborne after 2 September have arrived in town. The fresh look and extra comfort were given the seal of approval by those who tried them out on Thursday (22 August).

A group including Councillors, community representatives from the Regional Transport Committee NZ Transport Agency and Gisborne District Council staff, were taken for a spin around the new route which takes in more doctors, medical services, educational facilities, government services and retailers.

“These are the places our passengers say they want to go,” says engineering and works group manager Peter Higgs.

Council has contracted GoBus to deliver the new city bus service which has been rebranded GizzyBus. “When investigating the most suitable public transport options for Gisborne, we found that when choosing between using a commuter bus service or a private car, Gisborne residents will choose to use a private car.”

“Therefore GizzyBus is focussed on passengers who are less likely to have the option of using a private car. This tends to be those on low incomes that cannot afford a vehicle or those who are unable to use one due to age, health or disability. ”

“The two new 27 seat busses increase comfort levels for passengers. They are air-conditioned, with comfortable seats. They have low floors and an accessibility ramp that can be lowered further to allow easy access for wheelchairs and pushchairs. They also have bike racks fitted at the front. Bus drivers are aware that an important part of their job is helping people get where they need to go with as much assistance as required.”

“There will also be a focus on GizzyBus being on time. We have tested the routes and allowed more time for the buses to get around the new routes to avoid delays. Buses are tasked with leaving designated stops - Desmond Road, Rugby Park, Elgin Shops, Ballance Street Village, Gisborne Hospital, Aberdeen Road, Kaiti Mall, Heath Johnstone Park, Delatour Road Shops, YMCA at the time stated on the timetable.”

“Two dollars will get passengers from one side of the city to the other - there is no extra cost to transfer from the Elgin/Te Hapara bus onto the Kaiti Bus at the Bright Street Terminus. Super Gold Card holders ride the bus between 9am and 3pm for free thanks to the Government scheme that gives concessions to seniors and veterans, in recognition of their contribution to New Zealand society”, says Mr Higgs.

ENDS

Workers bus service - use it or lose it.

A workers bus will be trialled for two months from 2 September. If Gisborne people want Council to continue to offer a workers’ bus service then they need to use it now or risk losing it, says engineering and works group manager Peter Higgs.

“We have listened to our existing customers who were concerned that the new GizzyBus service would make it impossible for them to get to and from work. The numbers of people who use the service will be analysed and used to inform a decision about whether the workers bus service will continue.”

Worker’s buses will depart Bright Street for Elgin and Kaiti at 7.10am and 5.15pm.

“We changed the timetables to reflect when the buses are busiest – Monday to Friday, 7.45am to 4.30pm. Passenger surveys in February 2012 and June this year showed low numbers using the morning and evening bus services. Averages of five people per bus were using the 7am, 7.30am and 5.15pm Elgin service. Averages of six people per bus were using the 7.30am Kaiti service and averages of four people per bus were using the 5.15pm Kaiti service.”

“No one wants to reduce existing bus services and we understood that some people would be inconvenienced by these changes. It is typical for small cities to struggle to support a viable commuter service. Council decided to offer the workers bus on a trial basis and a final decision will be made after the trial.”

“The low numbers of people currently using the morning and evening services are unsustainable. We need to make changes so that we can continue keep bus fares at the same price they have been for the last 6 years and to meet our obligations to NZTA.”

“Under the contract with NZ Transport Agency, Council needs to recover 50 percent of the cost of running the bus service through fares. We need between 14 and 20 passengers on each service to meet our obligation. To increase patronage we will be working on a marketing plan with our new contractors GoBus once we are up and running.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On NZ’s Complicity In Western Sahara

If David Parker really wants to hone his crisis-managing chops on an international trade dispute that New Zealand has been making worse for years, he maybe should be turning his attention to the Western Sahara.

Some background: two NZ companies called Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients appear to be the only independent firms in the world still willing to import phosphate from the disputed territory of the Western Sahara... More>>

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Malaysia Exposing Our Dodgy Policies On China

Last week, we all owed a vote of thanks to Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad for breaking with protocol during his bilateral with Jacinda Ardern. Reportedly, Mahathir used the photo opportunity phase of the meeting to launch into matters of genuine substance. More>>

ALSO:

Withdrawls After Police Uniform Ban: Auckland Pride Remains Committed

The Auckland Pride Board remains committed to creating a space for our rainbow communities to feel safe celebrating their gender and sexual identity, despite some institutions pulling out from the Parade in recent days. More>>

ALSO:

South Korea: State Visit By Korean President Moon Jae-In

The President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in will visit New Zealand from 2 to 4 December... “I am very much looking forward to welcoming President Moon to New Zealand,” said Jacinda Ardern. More>>

Health: Changes To Drinking Water Standards

David Clark said many of the changes he is making, which will take effect on 1 March 2019, are clarifications or corrections, “but there are two changes which will significantly improve the ability to test and respond to the presence of harmful bacteria such as E.coli”. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Detention "Unlawful But Reasonable"

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that while Police acted unlawfully in October 2017 when they detained a Queenstown man for a mental health assessment, their actions were reasonable in the circumstances. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Chile President's NZ Visit

At the invitation of the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, undertook a State Visit to New Zealand on 19 November 2018... More>>

ALSO:

Climate Change: Top Academics Call On Government To Take Action

One hundred and fifty academics and researchers from around Aotearoa, including Dame Anne Salmond, Emeriti Professors and several Fellows of the Royal Society, have signed a strongly-worded open letter to the Government demanding bold and urgent action to tackle climate change. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels