"It's fantastic, not only for regular commuters, but for those who want to travel to the Capital using public transport," he said. "It's still very much a 'use it or lose it' situation, so I want to encourage residents to enjoy the experience of using the Capital Connection," Mayor Smith said.
KiwiRail made the announcement last night stating the extended service was a result of a funding contribution from both Horizons Regional Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council.
Mayor Smith said it was great work from everyone involved, from politicians and councils to the public.
"It's a service the city's residents feel strongly about keeping. I want to especially thank Horizons Regional Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and KiwiRail."
The news follows the announcement of a $34million increase in NZTA funding for roads in the city and region.
"The LED street lighting project will be a great investment for our city and cut our energy costs in the medium to long-term," Mayor Smith said. "I'm also really pleased the $1.6m Palmerston North to Feilding shared pathway through Bunnythorpe would be supported. I am disappointed about Stony Creek Road and Fergusson Street programmes missing out again, we have more work to do there. Overall an excellent win of investment for Palmerston North city"