In­put wel­comed on new bus fleet

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Tran­sit is seek­ing com­mu­nity feed­back about a trial bus cur­rently run­ning on lo­cal routes.

Fea­tur­ing stand­out blue paint­work and classed as a low noise, low emis­sions ecofriendly bus, this lat­est ad­di­tion to the fleet is part of a ma­jor up­grade.

The bus com­plies with very strict Euro 5 emis­sions stan­dards – above and be­yond the re­quire­ments of Aus­tralian de­sign stan­dards, yet con­sid­ered de­sir­able for the ecol­ogy of the Whit­sun­days.

The com­pany has al­ready placed an or­der for two fur­ther buses of this type, ex­pected to ar­rive in Fe­bru­ary.

Th­ese will com­pli­ment the two re­cently ac­quired MAN Elite S120 buses, with one more of this model ar­riv­ing in Jan­uary.

Al­to­gether, th­ese five mod­ern, low-emis­sions buses, rep­re­sent an in­vest­ment of $2mil­lion in the Whit­sun­day Tran­sit fleet in just six months.

Whit­sun­day Tran­sit owner Dar­ren Cross­ley said he was ex­cited about the up­grades and de­scribed the new ve­hi­cles as the pin­na­cle of pas­sen­ger trans­port so­lu­tions. “The qual­ity is the finest any­where and we are ex­tremely pleased to in­clude them in our fleet,” he said.

“This cur­rent round of up­grades is part of a far-reach­ing up­grade sched­ule and Whit­sun­day Tran­sit have com­mit­ted to spend­ing more than $5mil­lion to­wards ma­jor bus re­newals over the next four years.”

In the mean­time, Mr Cross­ley said the use of the trial bus would en­able the com­pany to cus­tomise its new ve­hi­cles to the ex­act needs of Whit­sun­day com­muters.

“I hope that the lo­cal com­mu­nity and visi­tors to the area will en­joy trav­el­ling in com­fort and style, so if you are a reg­u­lar com­muter or just want to see the lat­est tech­nol­ogy in bus trans­port, please go for a ride,” he said.

“We would value your in­put on our new buses.”

Any­body want­ing to give feed­back should con­tact Chris Har­vey at chris@whit­sun­day­tran­sit.com.au.

ON THE BUSES: Whit­sun­day Tran­sit's Alan Dor­man, Kel­lie Mazik and John Mercer proudly show­cas­ing the trial bus and one of the more re­cent up­grades to the com­pany's fleet.

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