Bus patronage increases for new network

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Bayhopper usage increased last week following the introduction of the new Tauranga and Western Bay bus network, says the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

Figures released by Bay of Plenty Regional Council show that bus patronage from Monday December 10 to Wednesday December 12 saw 17,055 people travel on the bus compared to 16,985 for the same days to the previous week.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Public Transport Committee Chairman Lyall Thurston is grateful to passengers for their patience and feedback following the network roll-out.

“At the beginning of the week the network experienced some operational and technical glitches but this was largely remedied by today.

“We had a problem with the Hospital Link that we fixed and our free on-board Wi-Fi and Transit App experienced teething problems,” says Lyall.

“There were a couple of major traffic delays on Monday morning and that is something out of our control.”

“It is pleasing to see bus users remaining loyal to the service during this transition. We know it hasn’t been totally smooth sailing, but a lot of the issues have been ironed out.”

Lyall says staff are reviewing feedback and if changes are required to the network they will be completed by the end of March 2019.


5 Comments

Magic number counting?

Posted on 29-12-2018 14:03 | By Ian Stevenson

The truthful answer is this, TCC add up the sectors (a sector being from one bus stop to the next) that a passanger travels, so when a bus takes a longer (typical) route to get to the same destination that then is counted as more passengers. Example one person is on a bus (very common event) and travels past 12 bus stops, then gets off. This according to TCC creative numbers means that there was 12 passengers "movements" so the answer is not 1 it is 12. This is how TCC self justifies everything it does so self justifying spending even more than ever when actually nothing is actually happening to justify it before, during.... The same applies to many things e.g. CBD-Library 180,000 "NEW" visits/pa to the $35+m rebuild, thats 500 more people a day, just rediculous self-justification. Failed Museum, Shocker container city... more DITTO!!!!!

Logic thinking

Posted on 15-12-2018 08:42 | By A.Campbell

I guess on a positive, some of my rate paying money isn’t wasted and has created extra jobs to some needy people?

Why full size buses

Posted on 15-12-2018 08:34 | By nerak

motoring around town empty? Why not a number of smaller buses running off peak? Three buses yesterday mid morning on Cameron Road, not one passenger amongst them. And we pay for these to be driven endlessly empty!

More more more please

Posted on 14-12-2018 21:21 | By Slim Shady

On this logic there should be hundreds of buses on the road. No need to wait more than a minute for the next one. Passenger numbers will go up so point proven eh?

Simple maths

Posted on 14-12-2018 16:24 | By Slim Shady

So the extra buses on the road and increased frequency resulted in just 70 more punter trips! Which means all the extra buses have even less punters on than before. Typical warped Council muppetry trying to claim a success out of a waste of resources and clogging up the roads.

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