Dou­ble-deck treat in store for pas­sen­gers

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

Big­ger and bet­ter long-haul buses can be ex­pected through Palmer­ston North this year. ManaBus.com, part of the In­Mo­tion Group, and oper­a­tors since May last year of Naked­Bus.com, have em­barked on a $10.5 mil­lion fleet upgrade.

CEO Sh­eryll Ot­way says with 15 new buses hit­ting the road over the next 12 months, 13 of them long-haul dou­ble-deck­ers, the bar for trav­ellers on routes con­nect­ing Palmer­ston North with the rest of the coun­try, is about to be raised.

Man­u­fac­tured in New Zealand by Tau­ranga’s Kiwi Bus Builders, the new wheel­chair-friendly dou­ble-deck­ers take 65 pas­sen­gers and have new lay­outs fea­tur­ing scenic top deck seat­ing, with ad­di­tional ta­bles for pas­sen­ger con­ve­nience and com­fort. Re­clin­ing seats have power and USB out­lets, while free wi-fi, and on-board toi­lets are also stan­dard.

The first of the new ve­hi­cles, which meet EURO 5 emis­sion stan­dards, will be launched to­mor­row on Jan­uary 21.

Naked Bus is known for its gim­micky fare pro­mo­tion that of­fers one $1 seat on ev­ery jour­ney to en­cour­age ad­vance book­ing, a mar­ket­ing ploy Sh­eryl says will con­tinue, while there are no plans to in­crease av­er­age seat prices.

PHOTO: FAIRFAX NZ

Casey Eden, CEO of free com­mu­nity-based so­cial me­dia plat­form, Neigh­bourly.

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