The Wellington region has an extensive bus network that provides public transport within all of our cities and towns and operates as a feeder to the rail network for journeys through the region. 

The contracting environment implemented through the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM) has enabled Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) to take a fresh approach to how services are delivered.  PTOM focuses on building commercially based partnering relationships with bus operators.  Services are grouped into ‘units’ of routes, and operators will bid to run units instead of individual routes.  The Wellington regional bus network is made up of 16 units.

In Wellington City, the units have been designed to deliver a brand new network of services.  The new network will give more people access to frequent services, will provide more weekend and later evening services for 15 suburbs and new services for 11 suburbs. More cross-city routes, e.g. from Johnsonville to Island Bay and from Karori to Seatoun, will mean fewer services will begin or end in the CBD, resulting in less bus congestion and quicker journey times.

Updated August 9, 2022 at 1:07 PM

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