• Covid-19 Alert L2 - Regular timetables now operating

    COVID-19 Alert Level 2 update

    Metro’s public transport networks have returned to regular timetables, and the central city bus interchange has reopened. Find out more about Metro services at Level 2 here.​

    Capacity on board vehicles

    Government advice is that at Alert Level 2, people can leave home to do more things, but should follow public health measures and consider others around them. In​ particular, people shoul​d keep their distance from people they do not know. This includes onboard public transport. Because of this, the network’s capacity is restricted, across both urban and school services.

    The Ministry of Health requires the capacity on most buses to be limited, which means there will only be approximately 40% of normal seated capacity – or around 25% of normal total capacity, with standing passengers not permitted.

    Sitting together on the bus

    Physical distancing from your fellow passengers is important. Please sit at green stickered seats, unless travelling with people you know. 

    People who know each other can sit next to each other (i.e. in a red dot seat next to a green dot seat). Would you be able to name the people you’re sitting next to if the Ministry of Health contacted you for contact tracing? If so, it’s okay to sit with them.

    Traveling outside of peak times

    If you have a choice, we ask that you avoid travelling at our peak times of 7am - 9am and 2.30pm – 5.30pm, weekdays.

    We really appreciate everyone’s patience and kindness as we work within the limitations in place to keep everyone safe.

View critical updates



  • Timaru public transport under Alert Level 2

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  • Christchurch public transport capacity restricted under Alert Level 2

    Metro will be supporting those returning to work and school under Alert Level 2, with the public transport network back to regular timetables. 

  • Timarus Public Transport to include Timaru Link at COVID-19 Level 3

    We are preparing to provide increased public transport services when New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3. 

  • Public transport returns to regular service

    Metro's public transport networks are returning to regular timetables from Monday 11 May, and the central city bus interchange will reopen. 

  • Many relying on public transport for essential travel

    A week into the COVID-19 lockdown, public transport use in Canterbury has, as expected, drastically decreased, yet many are still using it for travel to essential services. 

  • Community responds well to MyWay on-demand service

    MyWay by Metro was rushed into service ahead of schedule last Thursday (March 26) as we respond to the COVID-19 lockdown. 

  • Community feedback informs upcoming changes to Waimakariri bus services

    After two rounds of consultation and over 1,300 submissions from the community, changes have been confirmed for Waimakariri’s bus services. 

  • A better way to commute for Waimakariri residents is one step closer

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  • Giant map defines on-demand public transport need

    Date: Wed, 23 October 2019 - A giant, interactive map of Timaru is proving popular as Environment Canterbury continues its on-demand public transport engagement events in Timaru. 

  • Winning Poems

    Date: Tue, 17 September 2019 - We’re excited to announce the winners to our Poems on Buses competition.