NEW ZEALAND – The first bus, which has been on the road for nearly a month, is expected in the coming weeks to be on its way to Auckland and Wellington, with Auckland residents to get on board later this year.
The new bus, called the Kiwi Bus, is one of a number of transport initiatives the government has taken in recent years to encourage more people to get around, and it will be used to ferry passengers from the north of New Zealand to other parts of the country.
Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee said it was a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” for people to experience New Zealand first-hand.
“There are many Kiwis who will be excited to have the Kiwis Bus on the roads, and the opportunity for people who are visiting the country to have that experience first-class,” he said.
People travelling from Auckland to Auckland could catch the Kiwic Bus, which will be available on a daily basis, from April to September, but the service is expected eventually to be extended to other places.
On the other side of the world, in Sydney, the government announced a new public transport service to be called Bus for Life, and will operate from April next year.
Bus for Life is a partnership between the state government and the Sydney-based TransitLink and will be operated on public transport, including a number to and from the CBD and the airport, and other local stops.
Its pilot project will see bus passengers from Sydney get on a bus in other parts, such as Melbourne and Brisbane.
Bus for Lifes pilot is due to begin in late 2019, and to be expanded to other cities around the world by 2021.
Aucklanders will be able to get to their destination by bus in New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Miami and Los Angeles.
Other cities in New England and in Western Australia will also get a bus to Wellington and Auckland.
KLMC transport operator John Ruggles said he was looking forward to seeing the new bus in Auckland, where the city has a population of about 2.5 million people.
I think it’s going to be a real challenge for people, because it’s an opportunity to get a bit of a first-run of things and see how people react to it.
Ruggles was confident the service would provide a welcome boost to the city’s tourism industry.
He said the service could even boost Auckland’s tourism trade.
If it does go on, it could provide a boost to other areas of New England, particularly in the winter, when there are a lot of snow days.
New Zealanders travel by bus, train, boat and ferries.