ONE of four new Metros articulated buses has recently been unveiled to Hobart commuters.
Metro chief executive officer Heather Haselgrove said the new buses would replace four 27-year-old articulated buses and continued the modernisation of the fleet under Metro’s bus replacement program.
“The new buses will greatly improve the comfort and amenity of all passengers, as well as improve safety and security for drivers,” she said.
The new buses are low-floor wheelchair accessible, with space for two wheelchairs and fitted with air conditioning.
Ms Haselgrove said that Metro currently met Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements for accessible pubic transport with 65 per cent of services wheelchair accessible.
“These new buses will allow Metro to further improve accessibility.”
The new buses cost $2.72 million, which was funded from an additional $3.25 million provide to Metro by the state government for infrastructure improvements.
“Passengers will notice quite a bit of different to older models as the new buses have a lot of extra features,” Ms Haselgrove said.
“They are more fuel efficient, quieter inside the bus, provide improved safety for drivers and each bus can carry 103 passengers,” she said.
“The new Scania articulated buses are Euro 5 EEV (environmentally enhanced vehicles) which is a big plus for the environment.”
Added features of the new buses include kneeling devices for easy access, improved lighting and a security screen for the bus driver.
“From the bus driver’s point of the view, the design of the bus gives them better vision due to the increased windscreen and glass area and the driver’s cab has been changed to improve their work area,” Ms Haselgrove said.