Ten­ders open for bus ser­vice


‘‘it was ex­cit­ing to be only a few weeks away from the com­mence­ment of the ser­vice’’

Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil is call­ing for ten­ders from bus op­er­a­tors for a bus trial in Thames.

Ten­ders will close on Oc­to­ber 15 and the ser­vice is sched­uled to start on Oc­to­ber 30 sub­ject to a fi­nal go-ahead from the suc­cess­ful bus op­er­a­tor.

The bus trial will run for six months, and if it’s suc­cess­ful, coun­cil may ex­tend the ser­vice for a fur­ther 39 months, sub­ject to fund­ing.

The public bus ser­vice is the brain­child of De­nis Tegg, who pre­sented a pro­posal for a six­month trial to the Thames Com­mu­nity Board ear­lier this year.

The trial in­cludes an hourly Mon­day to Fri­day bus route from Tararu to Parawai via the cen­tral busi­ness district at a cost to rate pay­ers of $39,000.

If suc­cess­ful, an ap­pli­ca­tion can be made for a New Zealand Trans­port Agency (NZTA) sub­sidy of 51 per cent, which would mean the ser­vice would cost rate pay­ers an es­ti­mated $29,500 per year.

Ac­cord­ing to coun­cil’s ten­der doc­u­ment, coun­cil is look­ing for providers with a proven abil­ity to de­liver public trans­port ser­vices.

‘‘Providers should have a good track record in the pro­vi­sion of public ser­vices, hav­ing demon­strated a com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing high qual­ity and pro­fes­sional ser­vice to cus­tomers.’’

Ap­pli­cants will be eval­u­ated on qual­ity and price.

Coun­cil re­quires that the bus have a min­i­mum of 14 seated pas­sen­gers and the op­er­a­tor will have to keep to the pro­posed timetable.

Tegg said it was ex­cit­ing to be only a few weeks away from the com­mence­ment of the ser­vice.

‘‘The coun­cil, with help from spon­sors Richardson’s Real Es­tate, Thames, will soon make every ef­fort to pub­li­cise the ser­vice, the timetable, lo­ca­tion of bus stops etc,’’ he said.

‘‘Then it’s up to the public to really sup­port the bus ser­vice dur­ing the six-month trial to en­sure that the ser­vice con­tin­ues for an­other 39 months be­yond that. The motto will be use it or lose it.’’

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