After years within the making, a brand new commuter service between Waikato and Auckland is lastly underneath approach.
Te Huia service pulled out of Hamilton for the primary time this morning.
It will likely be operating twice every weekday morning, and again once more within the late afternoon and night.
The practice begins at Frankton and stops at The Base and Huntly earlier than arriving in Papakura in simply over an hour and a half.
From there, commuters switch to Auckland public transport to finish their journey.
Every of the 2 trains has 4 carriages which may carry as much as 150 passengers.
The $90 million practice service is a five-year trial and consists of journeys on chosen Saturdays, which will probably be free for SuperGold card holders.
It’s estimated the trains will take away as much as 73,000 return automobile journeys between the 2 cities yearly.