Using public transport during Alert Level 3
A slightly aspirational post, but in the event that you are able actually access Public Transport – living, as you do, in our transport-bereft little corner of the region, Auckland Transport have issued details of how services will be operating:
The Government has announced that New Zealand will be moving to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 28 April. While some restrictions will be relaxed, many lockdown conditions remain in place. You should only travel or use public transport when your journey is absolutely essential.
While wearing of masks is not needed on public transport, we suggest that customers consider using them as an added precaution against the spread of COVID-19.
Under Alert Level 3, journeys on public transport will continue to be free, but you’ll still need to use a HOP card to tag on and off – this allows us to monitor demand and make adjustments to services if required. To make contact tracing easy if needed, we recommend you register your HOP card by visiting our website.
Trains and ferries will run to a reduced timetable. Buses will run to a near-normal timetable to provide enough capacity to allow two-metre physical distancing.
The AT Mobile app now has a feature that indicates how many people are on a bus or train service at any given time. This lets you know if two-metre distancing is achievable before you board.
All Auckland Transport school buses will begin operating again from Wednesday 29 April. Buses will, however, have reduced capacity due to the need for physical distancing on board so we recommend that parents wait with their child(ren) at the bus stop until they can see if the bus has enough room on board for their child(ren).