Western route times to change from 29 May

This week we added a new service to help relieve loading and timing pressure on routes at Whakamarama, Plummers Point and Ōmokoroa.

The next stage of addressing the current traffic delays is a change in start times for all western routes. From Monday 29 May, all routes travelling from the area west of the Wairoa River will commence 15mins earlier. This change includes the following routes: R16, R17, R18, R20, R22, R23, R24 and R25.


New bus route in place from 22 May

From Monday 22 May there will be a new bus route in place on the western side of Tauranga.

The R19 bus will service the lower part of Whakamarama Road, Youngson Road, Old Highway, Barrett Road and Plummers Point Road.

This service will collect students attending Otumoetai College and Intermediate, Tauranga Intermediate, Tauranga Girls’ College and Tauranga Boy’s College. This bus will transfer TIS, TBC and TGC students at Bethlehem.

From Tuesday 23 May, routes 22, 23 and 24 will no longer travel to Plummers Point Road. R16 will be modified to commence at the corner of Whakamarama Road and Youngson Road. Further changes to timetables will be made to improve arrival times at school.

Immediate change for TGC students travelling from Te Puna

We have reorganised the R20/21 and R18 services to improve operating times. Here are the key changes:

  1. In the morning, students will continue to catch the same bus (now known as R20) at the same time. This service travels to Bethlehem where it transfers TGC students to R18.
  2. In the afternoon, students will catch the R18 to Bethlehem, where they will transfer to R20.

This change was due to implemented later this term but, due a communication problem, is already in place. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

R10 and R18 delayed today

R10 will experience a slight delay this morning due to a broken window occurring whilst the route was in operation.

R18 is also delayed – students can expect the bus 20mins later than normal.

Uzabus apologises for these delays.

Bus pass checking

Dear parents
Thank you for your patience over the last year as we implemented a centralised bus pass purchasing system. There have been a number of glitches to resolve along the way, but we are confident that we can move to the next implementation stage.
Please be advised that there will now be a two-week grace period at the beginning of each term to complete your bus pass purchase. You can buy a termly bus pass any time from week 8 of the previous school term. Bus passes will be delivered to school on the first and second Friday of each term. From the beginning of week 3 each term, bus drivers will be asking students to present their pass.
For more information, please make contact via www.schooltransport.org.nz.