KINETIC’S GO BUS NZ SCHOOL BUS CONTRACT EXPANDS

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: Courtesy Go Bus NSW


FOLLOWING a competitive tender process for NZ national school transport services, Go Bus will more than double its contracted services after being selected as the preferred 12-year supplier for 679 school routes - including in the new regions of Manawatu, Wairarapa and Marlborough – the Kinetic-owned company announced recently.

KINETIC’S GO BUS NZ SCHOOL BUS CONTRACT EXPANDS
Go Bus CEO and head of NZ for Kinetic, Calum Haslop, says the uplift in contracted school bus services was the direct result of an unwavering focus on customer safety, service reliability and a culture of continuous improvement.

This expanded contract will see an additional 379 vehicles added to Go Bus’s school fleet, with services commencing in January, 2022, it confirms.

As New Zealand’s leading passenger bus transport business, Go Bus is to expand its government-contracted school transport services after the New Zealand Ministry of Education this week re-selected it as a preferred supplier to deliver more bus services across the country for a further 12-year period.     

Go Bus - part of Australia and NZ’s biggest bus network Kinetic - currently operates more than 1500 buses across 38 depots from Auckland to Invercargill as the country’s largest and most diverse bus operator, it explains.

The company is a long-term transport delivery partner for the Ministry of Education’s school bus and special needs transport services, operating more than 300 school bus routes across key regions including Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Poverty Bay, Hawkes Bay, Canterbury, Otago, and Southland, it confirms.

The tender result recognises Go Bus’s broad experience and capability delivering school bus services, not only to state schools but also to many private education providers throughout New Zealand, it says.

Go Bus is also a significant trusted transport partner for urban bus networks, operating key bus services under long-term contracts to more regional authorities than any other New Zealand operator, including in Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch and Dunedin, it adds.

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A FURTHER WIN

Go Bus’s success with the Ministry’s school bus tender follows closely on from a big win on another local government transport contract in 2020: to deliver the majority of urban bus services for Environment Canterbury, including delivering of new electric vehicles for Christchurch, it states.  

In 2021, Go Bus also introduced South Auckland’s first fully electric bus service, the Airportlink, together with Auckland Transport (AT) as part of the transport authority’s Low Emission Bus Roadmap.

Go Bus CEO and head of NZ for Kinetic, Calum Haslop, says the uplift in contracted school bus services was the direct result of an unwavering focus on customer safety, service reliability and a culture of continuous improvement.

"For many, the school day often starts and finishes with a trip on the bus, and it’s our job to ensure every student arrives to school on time and returns home safely – and we partner with our key stakeholders to adapt and evolve our services without losing sight of this important responsibility," Haslop said. 

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Kinetic Co-CEO Michael Sewards says Go Bus had worked tirelessly during the past 18 years to firmly establish its leadership as a trusted government partner.

"Kinetic is enormously proud of the consistent achievements of Go Bus and we congratulate Calum and his team for this substantial increase in services, which is further validation that Go Bus is the most respected, innovative and fast-growing operator in NZ," Sewards said.

"From school bus services to electric buses to on-demand busing, Go Bus is the preferred partner for all levels of government trusted with high volume bus services and demonstrated experience expanding its operations on the back of high levels of service delivery."

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