New buses to hit the road for Metrolink
May 28, 2010
Eleven brand new buses will hit Metrolink’s Mt Eden Road service over the coming weeks.
The new Scania buses, built by Tauranga-based bus manufacturer Kiwi Bus Builders, have a range of new features designed to increase the overall comfort for passengers.
The new buses have super low floors and include built-in ramps, giving customers easier access when getting on and off the bus. The seat design at the front of the bus is a new innovation in urban bus design, creating more space, allowing customers with push-chairs and strollers to enjoy a much more comfortable ride.
“We’re always looking for ways to enhance what we provide our customers,” says Jon Calder, General Manager of Metrolink. “With the new customer-friendly features we’ve introduced into this design, we are excited to have these buses join the fleet, they’re certainly going to help us achieve that goal.”
The new buses feature Euro 5 engines, which meet the latest emission standard as set by the European Union. This means that exhaust emissions are up to 90 per cent lower than the older buses they will replace.
“Metrolink wants to be the way Aucklanders choose to travel,” continues Mr Calder. “We know that the key to achieving this is by offering our customers the best experience we can. These newly built buses cost around $440,000 each. Better buses, improved services, reduced environmental impact. We believe it’s an investment that will get people out of their cars and onto the buses.”
The buses are being introduced progressively to the Metrolink Mt Eden Road service.
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