• Services running to Sunday timetables and are for essential travel only

    IMPORTANT: Please register your trip for contact tracing purposes at: www.ecan.govt.nz/trace​

    Recently we were asked by the Ministry of Health to provide details of all passengers on each trip for contact tracing purposes. Please register your trip using the unique bus ID number written on posters within the vehicle. If you are unable to do this while on board​ you can register your trip afterward using your trip details instead (route, boarding location, destination and time of trip).

    From Thursday 26 March bus services are running to Sunday timetables, and will be for essential travel only.

    To help protect our drivers and to maintain the service, buses will have rear boarding only, and fares will not be required. ​

    In addition to the regular Sunday timetable there are a small number of extra trips on some routes in the early morning and late evening. The Diamond Harbour Ferry has a special timetable and route 135 is operating to its Saturday timetable.

    The Bus Interchange is closed and all central city services will use the Manchester St super stops instead.

    More details here: http://www.metroinfo.co.nz/promotions/Pages/Help-keep-us-all-well.aspx​

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 Giant map defines on-demand public transport need

A giant, interactive map of Timaru is proving popular as Environment Canterbury continues its on-demand public transport engagement events in Timaru.

At last weekend’s Sustainability Festival, 60 people took part in an exercise to map their travel, including any journeys they would like to make using the new service.

Isabelle Bromham, Environment Canterbury’s Public Transport Community Engagement Advisor, says that the mapping exercise is a great way to start conversations with people about the service.

“We ask people to plot on the map their departure and destination points, including places they would like to travel to.  People who currently use the bus mark their bus trips and end destinations, while those who don’t use public transport identify where they would like the on-demand service to take them,” she says.

Isabelle Bromham says Environment Canterbury will use the map results to identify popular spots, including those which may benefit from infrastructure such as a Freephone to order the service.

She and her team have several community and workplace presentations coming up.

“We keep our Facebook page up to date with our public events, and we are more than happy to come along and talk to groups about the on-demand public transport service and how it will work.  People can arrange a visit by contacting Isabelle on 027 275 1966.” Stay connected via Facebook​.