Survey favours public transport
A public transport system for the South Waikato is being investigated by the district council.
After a survey of 400 residents showed support for public transport, South Waikato District Council voted on Thursday to continue considering it..
Proposals for bus services linking Tokoroa to Putaruru, Tirau and possibly Hamilton will be included in next year’s council annual plan.
South Waikato Mayor Neil Sinclair said the community could then have a say on public transport during the annual plan consultation process.
Mr Sinclair said one of the key points would be how much of the service was funded by users and how much funding came from rates.
He urged those in favour of public transport to consider whether such a service was something they needed or something they would like to have.
The survey results were presented at Thursday’s council community and assets committee meeting. The survey included residents of Tokoroa and Putaruru. It showed 75 per cent of respondents supported a bus service between Tokoroa and Putaruru; 78 per cent supported a service linking the South Waikato and Hamilton.
However, only 48 per cent of respondents said they would actually use the service.
Council staff would see if part of a new bus service could be funded by Waikato District Health Board, Environment Waikato or neighbouring district councils.