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Road, rail and port related projects and news about Hawke's Bay. Mostly concerning Napier, Hastings and the plains, but includes anything of interest from Waipuk to Wairoa.
 

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Expressway Southern Extension S.H.50A

Transit applies for consents for the York Rd to Longlands section.

The following map gives an idea of the location, but as it says in the article, the design of the Longlands intersection has changed:



Expressway to run extra 3.2km south
The Dominion Post | Friday, 13 June 2008

The Hawke's Bay expressway is set for an $11 million extension, taking it a further 3.2 kilometres southward.
Transit NZ's

Transit New Zealand has applied to Hastings District Council for approval, and the council will call for public submissions on the extension proposal.

The planned route will take the expressway from its present end at the York Rd roundabout through to the Longlands Rd roundabout, which will be moved slightly northwest and will have five roads feeding into it instead of four.

"The extension will reduce accidents at the York Rd-Maraekakaho Rd intersection," Transit regional manager Rob Bramley said yesterday. "It will also reduce travel delays, and provide greater route security."

The proposed route is slightly different from an earlier withdrawn plan.

Eventually the expressway is expected to be continued further to join State Highway 2 at Pakipaki.
 

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Bus service plans

From HBRC's newsletter, The Big Picture, April 2008.

Changes in Bus Rates

Council is proposing a stepped increase in the costs for the public bus services in Napier and Hastings in the draft Annual Plan. This will affect Napier and Hastings ratepayers as they support this subsidised service through a targeted rate.

As well as increased costs of running a transport system, the draft Regional Passenger Transport Plan proposes a number of upgrades to the services currently provided. While many people may question why the rate increases are necessary, more people are using the bus services as a more efficient way to get to work as running costs increase for their own vehicle. There is also higher expectations of what a public transport system should provide – such as more frequent buses, better signage, and shorter routes.

The following changes are proposed in the next three financial years.

2008/2009
Current bus services will be subject to a tendering process which will have a starting date for this new contract of 1 February 2009.

There will be a programme of upgrading information to passengers so that all formally designated stops have appropriate markings, signage and timetable information. Council also intends to undertake a proactive programme of marketing bus services.

There will be a significant increase in rates to cover the increases in the transport costs - from $8.42 to $14.41 per $100,000 of land value to provide funding to cover the costs of these services. This targeted rate applies only to ratepayers of Napier and Hastings urban areas.

2009/2010
In addition to the bus services operating in 2008/09, it is proposed to extend all routes to allow for earlier start times and later finish times.

It is estimated that rates will increase from $14.41 to $18.54 per $100,000 of land value for the Napier and Hastings ratepayers in order to provide funds for this extension of service.

2010/2011
In addition to the services provided during the two years above, it is proposed that their buses run more frequently on all routes to give users a greater choice. It’s proposed to trial new routes where support from the public justifies the introduction of such services.

In order to provide for this increased frequency it is estimated that the rates will need to increase from $18.54 to $20.27 per $100,000 of land value for the Napier and Hastings ratepayers.
 

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Napier-Taihape Road to be sealed

The 35km gravel section will be sealed in two stages. Funding has been agreed for the first 21km stage. This will be jointly funded the Rangitikei District Council, Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council, Hawkes Bay Regional Council and Central Government. Funding has not be confirmed for the remaining 14km section in the Hastings District which is due to be sealed in 2010.

(Source: DomPost: Gentle Annie road to be sealed)
 

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^^ Can't help wondering if it's another one of those projects being justified by traffic predictions based on oil being less than US$50/barrel ...
 

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Napier-Hastings express buses

Napier-Hastings bus times halved
The Dominion Post | Friday, 18 July 2008

Two express bus services between Napier and Hastings, one along the expressway and one via Clive, will start in September, subject to final approval from Hawke's Bay Regional Council.

The trips will take about 30 minutes, half the time of the current service, and the Clive route will also take in Havelock North.

EDIT: The HB regional council are more definite in their news release. Both services will start 1st September, but "Details of routes, stops and fares are still being finalised."
 

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Hawkes Bay commuter express buses start


There are two services each way on both routes in the morning peak and the same in the evening peak. Full details here.

Free tickets, DomPost for bus passengers
The Dominion Post | Tuesday, 02 September 2008

Passengers on the new express bus service between Hastings and Napier received a pleasant surprise when they boarded - free tickets, coffee, muffins and copies of The Dominion Post.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council spokeswoman Megan Welsby said the gifts also made the point that passengers could eat, drink, read or do crosswords as they travelled - things they should not do while driving their cars.

The new service almost halves the time taken by the regular service.
 

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Looks like its off to a good start ...

Three More Stops For Commuter Bus Service
Karamu Road & Heretaunga St stops added in Hastings
Extra stop in Napier along Taradale Road


The Commuter Express bus service, which was launched on 1 September, is quickly proving to be a popular choice for workers travelling between Napier, Hastings and Havelock North.

“Passengers are really appreciating the stress free journey to work, and are making the most of their time by reading the paper, doing the crossword, or just sitting back and enjoying the extra relaxation time,” said Carol Gilbertson, Passenger Transport Manager at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

The popularity of the service and demand from passengers has seen the addition of 3 extra pick-up/drop-off points in the first week of operation.

The new Commuter Express stops are on Karamu Road (outside Main Street European), on the corner of Heretaunga Street East and Windsor Avenue (outside Mac’s Fish Supply), and outside and across the road from PlaceMakers on Taradale Road.

Not only are Napier and Hastings workers using the service, in the first week a white baiter heading off to Clive made use of the early express for a day of fishing, and shoppers heading into Napier got an early, relaxing start to a day of retail therapy.

One passenger commented that he saw so much more scenery without having to concentrate on driving. He said “I had to pinch myself to remind myself it was real”.

The journey time is approx 35 minutes and the fare is $3.50 each way or $30 for a ten-trip ticket. Tickets and timetables are available from the driver, or from Hawke's Bay Regional Council.

[Hawkes Bay Regional Council - 4 Sep 08. Link]
 

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Bus news

A couple of new express stops.
Marewa and Whakatu Commuters Get Onboard the Bus

With the popularity of the Commuter Express growing daily, Hawke's Bay Regional Council have listened to passengers and workers and have responded by adding in two more stops at Whakatu and Marewa
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Nimons gets ditched by HBRC.
Go Bus Wins Urban Bus Service Tender

Hamilton bus company, Go Bus, has won the tender from Hawke's Bay Regional Council for the supply of urban bus services in Napier and Hastings.

The new services will commence on 2 February 2009 and 9 new buses will be brought in for this.
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Bus news

New regional council public transport branding. Colours look a bit Metlink.




goBay Arrives
HBRC - 20 Jan 2009

Starting from Monday 2nd February, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council introduces its new-look, urban bus service for people who live and travel in and between Napier and Hastings. It’s simply called goBay.

GoBay starts with a fleet of 14 new, air-conditioned, super-low floor, low emission buses. The new face of public transport is not to be confused with the Hamilton-based firm Go Bus who will operate the service from local depots in Hastings and Napier.

“We’ve taken a lot of time to develop the public transport experience for Napier and Hastings people,” commented Passenger Transport Manager, Carol Gilbertson.

“From this point, our plan is to develop local services to improve transport options within our two cities,” Carol adds.

The service is complemented by goBay branding on each bus and is consistent with a new-look timetable and plastic ‘smart cards’ to be introduced during February.

The introduction of goBay is supported by a print, press and radio advertising campaign with all information available on this website.
 

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The Expressway southern extension is one of the roading projects in Key's $500 million package. It is to be brought forward by three months. Predicted total project cost is $15 million.

(Source: 'Key reveals kick-start details', The Dominion Post)
 

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Bus news

Go Bay gets smartcards



New fares & fare zones



I think that the new fare zones are a mistake - they are too coarse which acts as a disincentive for shorter trips (eg Maraenui - Napier). It would be better if Napier at least two zones and Hastings/Havelock at least three (Havelock, Hastings, Flax / Hospital. In otherwords, go back to the previous system.
 

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I think that the timetables are the same while the operator, branding, fares and fare structure changed. Timetables are pretty pathetic - welfare on wheels rather than something you'd want to use.

In the approximately six years I lived in Napier, I think I caught the bus twice - that's how bad it was. Seems nothings changed either. :eek:hno:
 
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