Metrolink shows off its true colours
Auckland buses are boasting a brand new look – and passengers will be seeing them more often on some routes.
Former Stagecoach buses from the City, Panmure and Mt Roskill depots have been rebranded as Metrolink, and painted dark blue with silver details.
It follows the launch of North Shore’s blue and yellow North Star buses and west Auckland’s green Go West vehicles.
Northern region NZ Bus general manager Warren Fowler says the change is more than just a paint job.
“We asked what the public wanted from a new service and they wanted something uniquely Auckland.”
Drivers are also wearing new Metrolink uniforms, and have all been through customer service training.
Mr Fowler says the northern and western rebranding has been well received – and had an unexpected spin-off.
Locally-branded buses are being dented and scraped less than the old Stagecoach vehicles.
About half of the Metrolink buses have been repainted in the new colours, but many are still to have the silver detail added.
The 250-strong fleet will be completed by the end of the year.
Manukau routes will be rebranded last, but the colour scheme won’t be revealed until February.
This week also marks the start of more frequent buses on Mt Eden routes.
Mr Fowler says improvements to the schedule earlier this year have resulted in a 17 percent increase in patronage.
Buses will now run every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday, while Sunday services will remain at every 30 minutes.
For more details see www. maxx.co.nz or phone 366-6400.
Flying colours: NZ Bus Northern region general manager Warren Fowler shows off a new Metrolink-branded bus.