Reduced public transport services will be in effect in Hamilton from Thursday 26 March, as the country moves to Alert Level 4.
Although the Hamilton City Transport Centre building is closed to the public, Waikato Regional Council’s bus services will continue to run, but in a limited capacity.
Bus travel will only be available to people who work in an essential service or who need to use the bus to access an essential service, like healthcare or the supermarket.
Five bus services – the CBD Shuttle, Night Rider, 4N Flagstaff North, 17 Hamilton East Uni and 29 Hamilton Gardens – will not be operational during the lockdown period.
Bus travel will be free of charge to avoid contact between drivers and passengers; bus entry where possible will be by the rear doors; and passengers will be asked to practice physical distancing onboard and sit in separate rows to others.
The public toilet block outside the Transport Centre currently remains open, however it will be operated with reduced hours of 7am to 7pm and with additional cleaning measures in place.
The city’s public hire devices Lime scooters and carshare LOOP vehicles have been removed from the streets and are out of service until further notice.
“As we have stressed throughout this evolving situation, the wellbeing of our community is our number one priority,” says Hamilton City Council Infrastructure Operations Manager Eeva-Liisa Wright.
“However, it is important to still have transport services in place for those who work in essential services or those who rely on public transport to get their groceries or medical supplies,” she says.
Other public transportation, such as taxis and Uber, will continue to operate within the city but at reduced service levels and with appropriate health measures in place, please contact the relevant providers for more information on these services.