Trans­port crew thanked

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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.

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