Bus stops aplenty for public transport in Whanganui

Bus stops aplenty for public transport in Whanganui

“We know that a lack of comfortable passenger facilities is a major barrier to public transport in Whanganui – it was frequently cited in the 2021 Whanganui Public Transport Survey – so it was great to address this with 19 new and improved shelters.”

The investment also allowed for the installation of tactile indicators on the ground to help visually impaired people board buses, more real-time information screens at reception centres and improved parking for bicycles and scooters, Read said.

“These improvements have effectively created ‘urban transport hubs’ across the city. People can travel however they like to the hubs, safely leave their bikes and scooters there if they need to, and then wait in comfort before catching the bus.

“These improvements come at a good time for Whanganui, as public transport ridership in the city has more than doubled since the introduction of Te Ngaru The Tide.

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“Transport Choices’ partnership with Whanganui District Council should ensure that people in the city can enjoy even more environmentally friendly transport options.

“We will be monitoring bus passenger numbers over the coming months to assess the impact of the new and improved bus stops, but the figures already look very encouraging,” Read said.

Whanganui District Council’s General Manager of Community Buildings and Venues Sarah O’Hagan says the new and improved bus facilities through the Transport Choices program are a great outcome for the Whanganui community.

“Securing central government funding for this project, alongside Streets for People funding, has been a game changer. The community told us that a lack of passenger facilities was a major issue for potential bus users, so to be able to address that, without putting too much of a burden on our taxpayers, is a great result.

“With many people struggling with the costs of fuel and vehicle maintenance, providing quality public transport options is vital at this time and we are pleased to have had the opportunity to make these improvements in partnership with Horizons Regional Council and Waka Kotahi.”

For more information about the Transport Choices project, including a full list of locations for the improved bus stops, visit horizons.govt.nz/buses-transport/whanganui-bus-stop-improvements.