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


Bay of Plenty: Bus fares to rise on Monday 3 September

Bus fares to rise on Monday 3 September

22 August 2012

Bus fares will be increasing on Monday 3 September 2012.

The move follows a decision made by Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Public Transport Subcommittee on 29 June, to help recover some of the costs of running the Bay of Plenty region’s $10 million bus services.

Passenger fares fund 30 percent of the service, with ratepayers and the New Zealand Transport Agency each meeting 35 percent of the costs.

Bus fares in the Bay of Plenty have fallen behind the rate of inflation since 2009, while the Regional Council has continued to make inflation payments to the operators of the services every quarter.

Adult passengers travelling in Tauranga currently pay $2.60 if they pay with cash and $2.08 if they use a Smartride card. From 3 September, they will pay $3 cash and $2.40 with a Smartride card.

Passengers travelling in Rotorua currently pay $2.30 cash and $1.61 with a Smartride card. Under the new fares they will pay $250 cash and $1.75 with a Smartride card.

Fares in the eastern Bay of Plenty are also rising on 3 September and are expected to be about eight percent higher. Fare information is now available on the www.baybus.co.nz website.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Public Transport Subcommittee Chairman Doug Owens acknowledged that higher bus fares could be difficult for some passengers but said higher fares were necessary to be able to continue and grow the region’s bus services.

“If we don’t retain a greater proportion of cash through fares we would need to look at the impact on the level of services we are providing,” Cr Owens said.

“This is about putting the service on a better footing so that it’s in a strong position for the future. The days of high subsidies from Central Government have come to an end and we need to find our own way forward. We’re trying to run more services for a record number of passengers, with increasing costs, but with about the same amount of funding.

“Fare increases will also bring Bay of Plenty bus fares into line with comparable services in other regions.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Populism’s Changing Of The Guard, Plus A Soul Music Playlist

The weekend’s Newshub/Reid Research poll results - Act up to 11.1%, National up 1% but still sitting at only 28.7%, Labour down to 43%, the Greens up to 8.5% - shows that the combined centre right vote is still languishing nearly 12 points behind the combined centre-left vote, 45 months after the last centre-right government was voted out... More>>


Government: Offers Formal Apology For Dawn Raids
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has today formally apologised to Pacific communities impacted by the Dawn Raids in the 1970s.

Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families... More>>

Government: Bill Introduced To Protect Against Conversion Practices

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression... More>>


Government: Welcomes Draft Report On The Retail Grocery Sector

The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said... More>>


Human Rights Commission: Successive Governments Responsible For Massive Breaches Of The Right To A Decent Home

Te Kahu Tika Tangata / Human Rights Commission has today launched Framework Guidelines on the Right to a Decent Home in Aotearoa and announced that it will hold a national inquiry into housing... More>>

NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>




InfoPages News Channels