The city and district councils that the buses travel through - Christchurch City, Waimakariri District, Selwyn District and Timaru District Councils - are responsible for providing and maintaining passenger transport infrastructure such as bus exchanges, stops, and shelters.
Red Bus Ltd, Go Bus Ltd and Black Cat Ltd are responsible for supplying the vehicles and drivers for the bus and ferry routes they have been awarded through a tender process for the Christchurch passenger transport network.
Ritchies Transport Holdings Ltd are responsible for supplying the vehicles and driver for the bus routes they have been awarded through the tender process for the Timaru passenger transport network.
In 2003, Metro was launched to provide a brand to be used uniformly across the passenger transport network in Christchurch. The Metro brand was extended to the Timaru passenger transport network in January 2007.
Go to the MetroInfo website for more information about bus services and timetables.
The Total Mobility scheme assists eligible people with impairments to access appropriate transport to enhance their community participation. This assistance is provided in the form of subsidised door to door transport services wherever scheme transport providers operate.
Eligible individuals are able to access Total Mobility vouchers that enable them to receive subsidised fares with approved service providers who participate in the scheme.
Within Canterbury, Total Mobility services operate in Greater Christchurch, Ashburton, Timaru and Waimate. In each of these areas, the subsidy is currently set at 50% of the fare up to a maximum of $35.00 per voucher.
All individuals with impairments wishing to access Total Mobility vouchers must undergo an assessment to ascertain if they meet the eligibility criteria set by New Zealand Transport Agency, and adopted by Environment Canterbury.
General information (pdf 148 kB)
Greater Christchurch Agencies and Transport Operators (pdf 85 kB)
Ashburton and South Canterbury Agencies and Transport Operators (pdf 92 kB)
Total Mobility application form (pdf 270 kB)
(03) 353 9007
0800 324 636 (EC INFO)
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