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Kia ora- I am a big fan of the air­port bus, so am ex­cited the SkyBus ser­vice is com­ing to the Shore. Plus, it will be stop­ping rel­a­tively near home at Ako­ranga sta­tion. When Auck­land Trans­port joined the Devon­portTaka­puna Lo­cal Board to gar­ner feed­back on lo­cal projects, at the Taka­puna Sun­day Mar­ket, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive ex­plained the bus route changes to me. From July, more buses will travel all the way to the North­ern Busway sta­tions and do so more di­rectly. For ex­am­ple, there should be a bus from Devon­port to the Ako­ranga sta­tion - ya­hoo! He did men­tion there would be fewer stops in some ar­eas, such as Tor­bay, in or­der to pro­vide a quicker ser­vice. That will up­set some peo­ple, but hope­fully they can make it work. The ob­ject is to con­vey peo­ple to the Al­bany bus sta­tion, with­out a tiki-tour of the bays. The changes seem a long time com­ing, but con­tracts had to be re-ne­go­ti­ated, some bus com­pa­nies needed to bring in more buses, while others needed to re­duce their fleets. Let’s hope we will see a quicker, more log­i­cal bus ser­vice mid year. - Jodi Yeats

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