Back to school… on the buses

Thursday January 25, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Cook’s Island Bus Passenger Transport picking up students from Apii Arorangi during a field trip last year. 18012216 Cook’s Island Bus Passenger Transport picking up students from Apii Arorangi during a field trip last year. 18012216

Schools across the island are starting up again in a few days’ time and Cook’s Island Bus Passenger Transport Ltd expects students travelling on the bus to behave as they would in their own classrooms.


General manager Danny Cook says students should pay attention to all instructions given by the bus driver as it is for their own safety.
“Simple classroom rules in regards to attitude, vandalism, eating and drinking, and general respect towards others apply,” Cook says.
Cook’s Island buses has been operating the school service for nearly 20 years, and caters for all schools on Rarotonga.

The company is proud to provide a safe and effective means for school students to get to and from school. 
“We have three buses dedicated to schools in both the morning and afternoon but students can also use our main clockwise or anti-clockwise service,” says Cook.
Students should not miss their bus provided they are waiting on the roadside at or before the appointed time for their pick up.
School buses all start their pickups at 7am from their designated starting points.
“Students simply have to wait on the side of the road and wave down the school bus as it approaches.
“We generally ask the students to wait at a clear section of the road where the bus driver can see them clearly to avoid being missed,” he explains.
Unfortunately, the bus company does have to deal with the ongoing issue of students vandalising vehicles, and Cook says they spent a lot of time dealing with damage to seats.

“Chairs are very costly to repair and replace and we ask that students please respect our property and refrain from drawing, cutting, tearing and poking at the seats,” he says.

Below are the available fares for school students:
Child one way - $3: Catch the bus to school or back home

Child return - $4: Catch the bus to school and back home and expires on day of purchase

Weekly pass - $15: Catch the bus to school and back home for one week (five school days). Expires after a week and it is one pass per child only.
Child 10 ride concession - $19: Allows for up to 10 rides on the bus and can be shared at one ride per child and expires once all rides are used.

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