Transport crew thanked
The group behind the South Waikato’s successful Urban Connector bus service has been officially thanked.
During the South Waikato District Council’s monthly meeting on Thursday Mayor Jenny Shattock acknowledged the South Waikato Public Transport Steering Group for its work over the past few years.
That work has included putting the Urban Connector into service as well as helping a local health shuttle get off the ground.
‘‘Public transport is a concern for many councils, but with the dedication of the steering group and funding from the council we have been able to achieve, together, something that we can be mighty proud of,’’ Shattock said.
‘‘This is a true success story of community minded people joining together with the council to deliver a much needed service to our people.’’
The Urban Connector made its maiden voyage in June 2015 and the service has maintained a consistent upward trend of passengers since its launch.
Public Transport Steering Group project leader Norm Barker said the $200,000 council contribution to the project was a game changer.
‘‘Our thanks go to the council for this funding and for its continued support and guidance,’’ he said.