More buses are being made available to Palmerston North students heading directly to Massey University's Turitea campus this year.
When Horizons Regional Council launches its 2014 timetable on February 17, it will include two additional early buses to the university at 7.20am and 8am on weekdays, and more services on Saturdays.
Horizons transport manager Anne Redgrave says nine of Horizons' number 15 buses, which travel to Massey via the old Hokowhitu campus, have been swapped to number 12s.
"Since Massey moved away from Hokowhitu we've seen passenger numbers drop on our number 15 services. However, the direct buses to Turitea and IPC are always really popular and this change will make it easier for students and staff," she said.
Additional Saturday services will also be provided on the Highbury/Takaro, Rhodes/Roslyn and Fernlea Heights routes.
Massey last year moved its College of Education and the other courses based at Hokowhitu to the Turitea campus on the other side of the Manawatu River.
Massey spokesman James Gardiner welcomed the move.
"It's a logical transition as we consolidate on the Turitea site."
Massey and UCOL students travel for free on all Horizons buses under a scheme funded by these tertiary providers in conjunction with a NZ Transport Agency subsidy.
"We want as many staff, students and visitors as possible to use the buses," Mr Gardiner said.
Ms Redgrave encouraged anyone travelling on the city's buses over the next few weeks to plan ahead.
"This time of year is by far the busiest and it can be a bit stressful for passengers and bus drivers. Many people are catching the bus for the first time and the buses fill up quickly, so it pays to plan ahead," she said.
"Palmerston North City Council is carrying out roadworks at the Fitzherbert Ave/Park Rd intersection, which are expected to be completed by the time study starts, but these could cause delays."
Passengers are also being asked to make sure they're visible when waiting at the city's bus stops and signal the driver so they know when to stop.
- Manawatu Standard
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