Jersey City partnered with the ride-share company, Via, to launch the state's first on-demand public bus service. This innovation solution allowed the city to save the massive funds necessary for traditional public transit infrastructure expansions. Residents simply use the Via mobile app to book a shared ride and then receive directions to the nearest "virtual bus stop" for pickup. This project was designed to improve mobility while also reducing the number of private vehicles on city streets.
Waikato Regional Council is asking BUSIT public transport passengers to register their essential travel to help authorities with COVID-19 contact tracing efforts. A short form is available on the BUSIT website which includes a passenger's full name, contact number, specific time of travel, and which transport service they used. Passengers also have the option of contacting a 24-hour information line to provide their travel details. Bus fare has been waived to avoid person-to-person contact.
Greater Wellington's Public Transport Network, Metlink, has been collaborating with the Blind Low Vision NZ organization to educate on-board rail team members on assisting visually impaired passengers. On-board team members were trained on specific techniques for guiding visually impaired passengers around the trains to an available seat. These sessions were lead by the Blind Low Vision NZ Rehabilitation Instructor and and Access and Awareness Advisor.