NZ’s patronage leap

Good start for new bus network with passenger numbers rising in NZ’s largest city

The number of people using revamped bus services in Auckland’s outer south-western suburbs had skyrocketed by 35 per cent in the last year.

The revamped services were introduced to meet increased demand, with more direct routes and higher frequency services to the CBD in August 2014.

"It was an ideal opportunity to try out new bus routes applying the principles of the new network," Auckland Transport (AT) public transport network manager Anthony Cross says.

"We felt at the time that it would also provide useful indicators about the new network when it was eventually rolled out throughout Auckland."

He put the leap in patronage down to replacing 24 routes that were running infrequently in a complex network, with nine routes using a simpler and more consistent path. 

Streamlining the bus service between Titirangi Village and New Lynn, also had a positive impact and this particular service was increased to one bus every 30 minutes, seven days a week in 2014.

AT is pleased with the result, especially since it costs a similar amount of money and uses the same number of buses as the previous network, so similar measures may soon be applied in other areas.

"We look forward with great anticipation to the results from the Hibiscus Coast and getting on with the implementation of South Auckland, Pukekohe and Waiuku later this year," Cross says.

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