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 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The proposed route is slightly different from an earlier withdrawn plan.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nimons gets ditched by HBRC.
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.