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Bus better with Bee

An exciting new bus ticketing system that will make travel smarter, easier and in most cases, cheaper launches Monday 6 July.

Bee Card will replace the existing BUSIT card and lower bus fares temporarily while it is being rolled out.

These special introductory prices mean a Hamilton bus fare will be $1.70 for all Bee Card users, instead of the previous $2.40 adult BUSIT card fare. Without a card, the cash fare will be $3.

The CBD Shuttle is also being replaced with a new $1 central city fare zone, exclusive for Bee Card holders, from the motels on Ulster St through to the hospital – a great option for short trips.

To begin with, there won’t be separate child, University of Waikato, Wintec or 60+ discounted fares – just use your Bee Card to take advantage of the lower prices. Reinstatement of normal fares and concession types, including the youth concession, will be reviewed over the coming months.

SuperGold Card holders will still receive free travel in off-peak hours and accessibility concession holders receive free travel at all times with their Bee Card.

Andrew Wilson, Public Transport Operations Manager for Waikato Regional Council says, “we’re really excited about Bee Card and the benefits it will bring for all bus users – new and existing. The tag on/tag off system will also be beneficial in providing useful data going forward to help us to improve the bus network for everyone.”

Over the next few weeks, existing BUSIT card holders will be able to swap their BUSIT cards and transfer balances to their new Bee Cards.

Jason Harrison, City Transportation Manager for Hamilton City Council says, “we’re all about supporting public transport initiatives that make travel easier and smarter for all Hamiltonians, as well as encouraging people to look at alternative ways of travel – this new prepay bus card is a great example of this.”

To find out more and get your Bee Card before 6 July, please visit;

beecard.co.nz or busit.co.nz/about-us/bee

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