School Bus Procurement

Information and updates relating to the procurement of new daily bus and technology bus services.

Ministry of Education is the second largest provider of passenger services in New Zealand. This includes:

  • managing approximately 7,000 vehicle journeys each school day
  • carrying 40 million passenger journeys each year
  • assisting over 100,000 students safely to and from school every day
  • managing contracts for around 70 transport providers for bus services, specialised transport, and ferry services.

Procurement of future bus services

The current daily bus and technology bus contracts were due to expire on 31 December 2020. These contracts service approximately 1,500 Daily Bus routes and 700 Technology routes.

The Ministry consulted with transport operators and the wider industry in 2018 and carried out further engagement in 2019 on the procurement of new services and contracts. We are using this industry feedback to continue our procurement planning.

To ensure sufficient transition time to new services, we have extended contracts by 12 months. Therefore current contracts will now expire in December 2021.

This page will be updated with more information as our procurement planning progresses.

Further information

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