South Waikato's new public trans­port ser­vice...

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO -

Over a num­ber of years South Waikato com­mu­ni­ties have sought so­lu­tions to im­prove their ac­cess to health fa­cil­i­ties within the dis­trict and re­gion, stay con­nected with friends and whanau living across our three ur­ban cen­tres, and have easy ac­cess to all in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing public trans­porta­tion in our area. Cur­rently a num­ber of in­di­vid­ual or­gan­i­sa­tions and groups pro­vide trans­porta­tion in and around the dis­trict for their own spe­cific needs. Some trans­port so­lu­tions are pro­vided on an ad hoc ba­sis, some with regular in­ter re­gional ser­vices, some funded by health au­thor­i­ties, sup­ple­mented by vol­un­teer and com­mu­nity groups, and all at­tempt­ing to sat­isfy de­mand. The need for a public trans­port ser­vice was high­lighted when Coun­cil called for sub­mis­sions dur­ing its 2014-15 An­nual Plan, and Eco­nomic and Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment $5mil­lion project con­sul­ta­tion process. Con­se­quently Coun­cil pro­vided $200,000 to fund the estab­lish­ment of a trial for a public trans­port ser­vice for our res­i­dents. The Ur­ban Con­nec­tor is our an­swer to South Waikato's public trans­port prob­lem and is the joint ef­fort of South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil, and the South Waikato Public Trans­port Steer­ing Group, with sup­port from Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil. The Ur­ban Con­nec­tor is a six month trial ser­vice start­ing 22 June 2015 and will pro­vide South Waikato res­i­dents with three core ser­vices Mon­day to Fri­day each week (ex­clud­ing public hol­i­days):

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