Quicker bus trip to CBD

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Com­muters will have one less rea­son to take the car to work with a new bus lane open­ing on Sy­monds St this week.

For the 6000 pas­sen­gers who travel along the city’s sec­ond busiest bus cor­ri­dor it will mean sav­ing up to four min­utes off their morn­ing com­mute.

The lane will op­er­ate be­tween Char­lotte St on New North Rd to Alex Evans St on Sy­monds St be­tween 7am and 9am.

Auck­land Trans­port’s Public Trans­port Group manager Mark Lam­bert says buses are key to us­ing road space more ef­fi­ciently.

‘‘In Auck­land buses make up 2.5 per cent of ve­hi­cles but carry nearly a third of com­muters into the city.’’

The Sy­monds St bus lane is a part of a fre­quent ser­vice net­work en­com­pass­ing 38 routes, mainly on ar­te­rial and col­lec­tor roads.

The 2014 and 2015 fi­nan­cial year tar­gets about 15 kilo­me­tres of bus and tran­sit lane im­ple­men­ta­tion across the net­work. An­other 25km is pro­grammed for the next two fi­nan­cial years.

Faster ser­vice: A bus lane is now in place along Sy­monds St dur­ing the morn­ing rush hour.

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