Face masks are now mandatory on buses for all passengers unless you are under year 4 or have a medical reason for an exemption. This includes school buses.
Please be aware that some of the bus drivers have medical exemptions and therefore will not be wearing a mask.
Timetables for all Metro buses, except the Orbiter, will be back to normal schedule on Monday 31st January.
The Orbiter will be on a new 15 min frequency timetable. This newly created schedule will service peak times better than the Saturday schedule that has been in operation since early December. It is planned to return to the previous 10 min frequency Orbiter schedule when the operators bus driver shortage is no longer an issue.
The child fare now includes all children under 19. So, people 18 years and younger pay the child fare. On a metrocard this is $1.50 for each ride with a $3 cap/day. As a person’s date of birth is on their card the metrocards will automatically recognise who is eligible for a child fare.
Top up your metrocard. Online is the easiest way and you can setup an automatic top up with a minimum of $10
Buses available for Marian College students to use on a daily basis are:
Marian College Bus
This special service provided by Ritchies and subsidised by Marian College is for those students living in the East from Queenspark, via Shirley. The cost of this bus is $4.30 return or $2.80 one way. Metro cards, candocards and cash can be used.
The bus will begin again on Friday 4 February. Please note times are approximate.
Please click on the button on the right to see the updated route. Prestons Park and Prestons have now been added to the Marian College route. Exciting news is that the bus this year contiues to be the Ritchies white Double Decker bus.
Please note times are approximate.
Prestons Park Drive
Te Rito Drive
Students from North Canterbury and Main North Road use this bus run by the Metro bus service. There have been some changes in 2021 with an additonal service provided through the 723 (this may help with student oveloading on the way to Marian College). There has also been a change in route due to the new motorway. See below for details:
Zone 2 = between schools and Kaiapoi, Rangiora or Pegasus, child fare = $2.15 using metrocard or $3.20 cash per trip.
Route 72 (Waimakariri to City schools):
ØRoute 721 will divert away from Lineside Rd to Flaxton Rd and Skewbridge Rd. This service will then stop in Silverstream, and travel to Kaiapoi (via Ohoka Rd).
ØRoute 722 will divert away from North Kaiapoi (between Lees Rd and Smith St) to SH1. It will travel into central Kaiapoi via Smith Street.
ØRoute 723: this is a new route. It will start from Williams St near Lees Rd, terminating on Papanui Rd near Bealey Ave.
The new proposed routes for the 72 can be seen below.