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Requirements for urban buses in New Zealand (the 'RUB')

Published: | Category: Vehicle inspection & certification , Guidance for specialists | Audience: Local & regional government

The RUB is New Zealand’s common standard for urban bus quality.

It has been developed collaboratively by the NZ Transport Agency, Bus and Coach Association, public transport operators, bus builders and suppliers, Auckland Transport, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Environment Canterbury

Regional councils and Auckland Transport must use the RUB in their urban bus contracts so that they can access Transport Agency investment in these services. The Transport Agency requires this through its procurement rules.

Publication details

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  • Published: September 2011
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-478-37185-7

The RUB sets out the common dimensions and features of an urban bus.

This is important as a common standard for these reduces the capital and operating costs of building, purchasing and operating buses. It also provides more flexibility for public transport operators who can use buses in multiple regions without having to modify them to meet different regional vehicle quality standards.

The RUB will improve the accessibility, comfort and usability of buses used in urban services, and has widespread support from regional councils and Auckland Transport, organisations and groups representing people with impairments, public transport operators, bus builders and suppliers.

The NZ Transport Agency agrees with many stakeholders that the quality of buses is important for creating a valued customer experience, attracting patronage from people who have a greater choice about whether they use public transport or not, and for accessibility reasons.

NOTE: A Microsoft Word version of this document is also available. Email us if you require the RUB in this format.