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Forum Guidelines
Individuals participating in this online Rideline Forum are asked to follow these guidelines:

1) State your full name, first and last.

2) List the suburb where you live.

3) Stay focused on issues related to the bus services in the sectors

4) Post only your own messages, and do not post attachments or forward others' email for posting on the Forum.

5) Express your opinions and ideas in a respectful, non-offensive manner and avoid language that may be interpreted as defamatory, threatening, discriminatory, hateful, vulgar or obscene. Postings that violate any guideline will be removed from the Forum.

To help maintain decorum and promote an environment conducive to constructive dialogue, we ask participants to support opinions with facts and examples, and be as specific as possible, remaining focused on public transport issues in the review area.

The Forum is intended to facilitate discussions about the current review of bus services in South (Manukau) and East Auckland. Ultimately, we hope that all participants and the Council will find value in the ongoing dialogue posted here.

The Council reserves the right to suspend or discontinue this online Forum without notice.

What is the South (Manukau) and East Auckland Bus Service Review?
Every 4-5 years, The Auckland Regional Council as the planners and funders of the region�s public transport services, undertakes a review of the services prior to tendering for new contracts. public transport is expensive to provide - you the ratepayers - pay for a large part of it so before providing new services we need to make sure they meet your needs and are affordable.

The South (Manukau) and East Auckland bus services have been reviewed and we aim to provide convenient and affordable access that run more often and on more routes.

To check the proposed changes to services, click here.

Forum Purpose
The Bus Service Review Forum has been created to provide an online opportunity for the community to voice their comments, raise public policy issues, offer criticism and support, share thoughts and information, and debate urban development issues in relation to the current review of the sectors.

This online Forum on public transport is open to everyone. We hope to draw participation from as many people as possible, representing and reflecting the view of the community. We want to hear a wealth of ideas and passionate arguments on all sides of the public transport issues discussed here.

The objective of this Forum is for the ARC to gather more information to feed into the review, as part of the public consultation process. Comments posted on the Forum will be fed back into route / service planning.

The Forum is not intended to be a question and answer to the ARC. However, if official comment is warranted, the ARC will respond on the site.

An example of a useful posting from a resident may be:

�I�d like to see better services from Cockle Bay. I travel from my home in Cockle Bay to my workplace in Wiri daily. I would like to be able to travel by bus but there doesn�t appear to be a direct service. My 19 year old son travels to Otara daily to attend the Manukau Institute of Technology. Extra and more direct services from Cockle Bay to destinations in this region would encourage us to use public transport more readily.�

As the consultation process unfolds, the ARC may post some questions and issues on the forum to seek specific feedback to assist with refinements to the route and service planing.

Forum Moderator
For comments and questions about the South (Manukau)and East Auckland Bus Service Review Forum, contact the Forum Moderator: George Siu, Auckland Regional Council, Vodafone House, 21 Pitt Street, Private Bag 92 012, Auckland. email: [email protected]

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