School Bus Tender

Information and updates relating to the upcoming open tender for 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 78 transport providers for bus services, specialised transport, and ferry services.

Scope of the tender

The current daily bus and technology bus contracts expire on 31 December 2020. 

This tender only includes Daily Bus and Technology routes, covering approximately 1,500 Daily Bus routes and 700 Technology routes.

Specialised School Transport Assistance (SESTA) for students with complex mobility needs, and Direct Resourcing (DR) are not part of this tender.

Progress update

The Ministry consulted with transport operators and the wider industry in 2018 and carried out further engagement in 2019. We are currently in the process of reviewing feedback received from the industry which we are using in our procurement planning.

Further information

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