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Wellington bus company promises world-class transport network

Press Release – NZ Bus
NZ Bus has today welcomed the passing of legislation introducing a new Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM).

NZ Bus CEO Zane Fulljames says the changes incentivise local authorities and operators to form strong partnerships and work together on long-term strategies to plan the shape of New Zealand’s public transport networks.

“We have been involved in developing this new model from the start because it is a vital component in enabling cities to plan for their future transport needs. As the largest bus operator in Wellington, we are committed to meeting the growing dependence on reliable public transport services.

“The new PTOM is squarely focused on ensuring local authorities and operators work together to invest in growing their public transport networks and improving customer service. It’s about performance, which means getting people to use the network because it’s reliable.

“NZ Bus has worked closely with the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GRWC) over the past decade to overhaul the Wellington network. We have invested over $80 million into Wellington in new buses, ticketing systems and driver training. We have commercialised key services in the Hutt Valley, reducing public subsidies by more than $2 million, and trialled new services.

“The new PTOM provides an opportunity for councils and operators to take joint ownership of Wellington’s future transport needs through long-term planning and contract certainty.

“NZ Bus has worked closely with the GWRC in the past and will continue to do so to deliver the world-class bus network that Wellington deserves and can be relied on,” Mr Fulljames said.

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1 comment:

  1. Maurice H., 6. June 2013, 19:44

    So how does this fit in with the fact that in the past few weeks commuters have seen their buses put off the roads due to safety issues.
    NZ Bus suddenly wants to talk about reliability, well that’s something the public of Wellington have been wanting to discuss with NZ Bus for ages.
    As for Zane Fulljames’ desire to reduce the subsidy, most Wellingtonians would like to see some of it come back for the great inconvenience over the past few weeks.