Bus passengers are being urged to avoid travelling at peak times following the move to Alert Level 2 from noon today.
Environment Canterbury senior manager, public transport, Stewart Gibbon says that the regular bus timetables will continue to operate but the network’s urban service capacity will be limited, particularly at peak times.
“We are asking people to avoid using public transport between 7am and 9am and 2.30pm and 5.30pm on weekdays, where possible,” Mr Gibbon says.
However, the Metro school bus network will operate at full capacity because of schools’ ability to contact trace.
Mr Gibbon says that the Bus Interchange will remain open, with front-door bus boarding.
However, passengers should leave via the rear doors, unless they need to use the ramp.
Masks will be available at the Bus Interchange, and the toilets will undergo more regular cleaning.
Passengers need to observe social distancing rules and sit in bus window seats, unless seated next to someone they know. They should also wear a mask, especially when social distancing is difficult.
“We strongly encourage the use of contactless payment options – paying on board with a Metrocard and using online top-ups,” Mr Gibbon says.
Passengers should also provide contact tracing information. They can call 03 366 8855 to register their journey or note the unique on-board bus ID.