15 Minute Buses & Online RT Info


Proposed b.line bus look |ARTA

ARTA is about to promote a bus-every-15-minute service on Dominion and Mt Eden Roads.

The “High Frequency Corridor” (HFC) service, is to be marketed and promoted as b.line

It will mean buses heading in and out of the city and across town using those busy roads, will arrive at designated bus stops every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm weekdays.

And being introduced for it as a first, will be online real-time bus information as well as being available on txt and on the signs at bus stops.

That will be great for web-enabled mobile users (If only train users could also …. )

ARTA plans for a network of HFCs throughout Auckland.

Hopefully, that thinking will be carried on by the forthcoming Auckland Transport body.

There will be an unspecified number of new roads added each year.

The thoughts at the moment are for the next lot to be:

How a b.line shelter might be branded |ARTA

  • Great North Rd
  • Great South Rd
  • New North Rd
  • Sandringham Rd
  • Onewa Rd

ARTA says its research shows that overseas such services have been very successful -  in Melbourne, the related bus patronage grew an astonishing 86%, Belfast by 35% and UK’s Manchester by 18%.
The Dominion Rd and Mt Eden services promotion starts before the end of this month.




  1. Andrew says:

    Looks like ARTA are starting out easily, as Dominion Rd and Mt Eden Rd already have >=15 minute frequencies between those times. Looking forward to it expanding, in particular to the entire length of Sandringham Rd with evenly-spaced 15-minute frequencies.
    Personally I’d like that to be between 7am and 9pm or 10pm. Late night buses to Dominion and Sandringham Rds can often be full standing.

    I’m really looking forward to web-enabled real-time bus info. I hope it will be available for more than just the bus stops with existing RTPIDs. This is a limitation of the existing TXT-based realtime info.

  2. Jeremy Harris says:

    Um, I live off Dominion Rd and it has 5 minute frequencies already through most of this period…

  3. Jon C says:

    Yes but they’re getting serious now, rebranding, going to promote the service and extend it to other roads.

  4. joust says:

    Manukau road to Greenwoods corner is already like that too. The kerbside timetables don’t even list the services, just says roughly every 5min or something.

  5. Jeremy Harris says:

    I like the idea of the re-branding even if service frequencies didn’t go up, it is a good way of attracting new customers in my opinion…

  6. Stranded on the North Shore says:

    Hi Jon, thanks for posting this. Wow, I can’t wait for the online real-time information to be available! I hope that they will share more than 3 buses, as the current system is useless on Northern bus stations or busy stops like K Rd/Queen/Symonds/Fanshawe Streets!!! Do you know when they’re planning to make it available to public?


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