East Aucklanders are the first to get the benefit of a new fleet of double-decker buses, being rolled out from Wednesday 4 November.
Until now their use has been restricted to the Northern Busway, but on 4 November the first double-decker bus went into service in the Botany area.
The first trip departed Botany Shopping Centre travelling to Britomart along the 500 Route. The service is being operated for Auckland Transport by Howick & Eastern Buses Ltd.
Sheryll Otway from Howick & Eastern says the company is very proud of this new addition to its fleet.
“These buses have improved seating, USB charging points and in time will have on-board WiFi and infotainment systems.”
Auckland Transport General Manager AT Metro Mark Lambert says over the next few months double-deckers will become a regular sight in Auckland.
“Howick & Eastern will have their 15 running to the east, Ritchies will eventually have 15 crossing the harbour bridge and NZ Bus has plans for 23 buses. It’s an exciting time for bus users in Auckland.”
More Aucklanders taking the bus
Bus services in Auckland totalled 60.2 million passenger boardings for the 12 months to September, an annual increase of 5.7 per cent.