Breadcrumbs

Free joint regional bus service announced for tertiary students

4 December 2019

A free regional bus service for tertiary students will be launched in 2020 across the Bay of Plenty Region.

The service is a joint venture between the University of Waikato, Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, with each organisation contributing funds to make the service available, along with a grant from the New Zealand Transport Association (NZTA).

The service will mean students from around the Bay in Katikati, Rotorua and Whakatāne will be able to travel into Tauranga and back every weekday from 1 February 2020 to 20 December 2020.

The service is also available to the public (at a cost), and will be a one year trial initially, to be reviewed at the end of 2020.

Professor Alister Jones, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Waikato says, “We are pleased to be able to offer this service, in conjunction with the other partners, to students around the Bay of Plenty.”

“These new regional bus services will greatly improve access to tertiary education for the communities of the Bay of Plenty, especially for our current and future students who face the challenges and costs of transport to our campuses.

“Our current bus services that extend across the Waikato region, which are also free of charge, have shown the benefits of providing services like this to students.”

Head of Student Support Services at Toi Ohomai, Dr Logan Bannister, says she’s confident the service will have a positive impact by removing barriers for students around transport accessibility and transport costs across the rohe (area).

“At Toi Ohomai, our goal is to ensure tertiary education is as accessible as possible, to as many people as possible, particularly in the regional areas,” says Dr Bannister.

“Many students face substantial financial pressures, and can find transportation problematic.  This service means that students will be able to get to their classes, without the added stress of finding and paying for transport.

“It’s been a valuable collaborative effort, and I’m proud that together we are able to provide this service for our community.”

Regional Council has budgeted $354,000 in its Annual Plan 2019/20 for the trial.

Regional Transport Committee Chairman Lyall Thurston says it is nice to be able to provide a public transport service to students and commuters, so they can get to their place of study or work at a time that suits their schedule.

“The proof of the trial’s worth will be in its use, so I thoroughly encourage people to use it,” says Councillor Thurston.

The exact routes and timetables for the bus service are currently being finalised, to ensure they are fit for purpose for all Bay of Plenty students. Students will simply need to show their student ID on board to access the service free of charge.

Read more here: https://www.waikato.ac.nz/student-life/getting-to-campus/regional-bus2uni/

Latest stories

Related stories

Dr Kim Hébert-Losier

University of Waikato study puts Nike shoes under the spotlight

As World Athletics clarifies the rules on shoe technology in the face of the Nike…

Orientation Week kicks off at Waikato

Hundreds of new students were welcomed at the start of University of Waikato Orientation Week…

Triple scholarship success for Gisborne teenager to study law in Tauranga

Born and raised in Gisborne, Britney Moore is the first in her family to attend…

Scholarship celebration for University of Waikato Tauranga campus students

On 20 February, a group of new and returning University of Waikato students gathered at…

Mr G’s final ‘HOME’ artwork “Kotahitanga” embodies the essence of Waitangi Day

World-renowned street artist Mr G has spent Waitangi Day working on the final artwork in…

It’s “haere rā” for Sky Ma

Chinese international student Sky (Ziqi) Ma graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work month after…

Adams Centre for High Performance

Tertiary organisations collaborate to deliver sport and health degree in the Bay

Last week, the University of Waikato and Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology finalised an agreement…

Uni students can get a Jump Start on study

Jump Start gives students the opportunity to knock off their first 100-level paper of their…

Tertiary providers collaborate on study options expo for tangata whenua of Tauranga Moana

Nga Kete o Te Wānanga is a free event for tangata whenua to connect Māori…

Waikato students can “breathe easy” thanks to the Thomas Pay-it-Forward Scholarship

A new scholarship is available to University of Waikato students thanks to the generosity of…

Lead researcher Prof Albert Bifet

Waikato Data Scientists awarded $13 million

Data scientists at the University of Waikato have been awarded $13 million from the Government.

STEM Fest

Uni campus hosts STEM Festival in Tauranga

As a main sponsor of the country's first world-class STEM Festival (STEMFest) event, the University…