Horizons councillor and passenger transport committee chair Rachel Keedwell
The highly anticipated Levin to Waikanae trial bus service is set to begin its first service on Tuesday 7 March 2017.
The two year trial is a joint venture between Horizons Regional Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council, and will be operated by Uzabus.
Horizons councillor and passenger transport committee chair Rachel Keedwell is delighted to see both councils come together to get the service off the ground.
"It's really positive to see agencies working together across regions for a more cohesive approach to New Zealand's public transport network. This is another step in connecting our communities, and ensuring passengers have an effective mode of transport that works for them," says Dr Keedwell.
The service will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will be an off peak service, as it's designed to connect with the Wellington Metlink train. Holding up to 45 passengers, the service will allow them to continue travelling into Wellington, stay in Waikanae to shop, or visit friends and family.
Dr Keedwell says a number of community members, including Grey Power, have been advocating for the service for many years, as it will enable a stronger community connection between Levin, Manakau, Ōtaki and Wellington.
"I'm pleased that we have been able to meet the community's needs, and encourage people to use the service to ensure its ongoing success."
Greater Wellington says it is very pleased the two councils are working together to provide services tailored to meet the needs of provincial communities such as Levin and Ōtaki.
"Linking rural towns to the Metlink train network is very timely given both Ōtaki and Levin are experiencing population growth. This off peak bus service provides more transport choice for people choosing to live and retire on the Kāpiti coast.
The service will leave Te Takare on Bath Street, Levin at 9.30am, stopping off at Manakau and Ōtaki, before arriving at Waikanae train station at 10.15am to connect with the 10.30am train. The return service will depart Waikanae train station at 2.55pm, stopping at Ōtaki and Manakau, before arriving back in Levin at 3.48pm.
One way cash fares from Levin/Manakau will be $6.00 and from Ōtaki $5.50. Under 5's will be able to travel for free, and Supergold Card holders will travel for free between 9am and 3pm.
A printable timetable including fare information can be found at www.horizons.govt.nz/buses-transport. For more information please call our friendly customer services team on free phone 0508 800 800.