NZ council offers free buses

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is offering free bus services this weekend to get people using services

A New Zealand regional council is encouraging residents to get on board with public transport by offering free bus services.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Bayhopper buses and City-Ride buses in Rotorua will be free this Saturday.

Public Transport Sub-Committee Chair Councillor Lyall Thurston says they want to give the public the opportunity to try out the buses on a day when it was likely everyone had a reason getting out and about.

"We realise there are a lot of reasons why people may have never used the Bayhopper and City-Ride buses, so we thought we’d remove one of the barriers and give people the opportunity to take the bus for free," he says.

"It’s an easy way to get around."

Thurston says anyone thinking about using the buses to get to an election booth needs to visit the website to find out their nearest bus route and timetable.

"Tauranga and Rotorua passengers who know where they need to get to can use the Journey Planner feature on the Baybus website which is simple and will tell you exactly which bus you need to take, when."

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