Bustech pre­sented its first XDi bus to Metro Tas­ma­nia re­cently with 99 still to come

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Bustech pre­sented its first XDi bus to Metro Tas­ma­nia re­cently.

While the first Bustech bus was driven 1800km, all the way from Queens­land, the re­main­ing 99 that have been or­dered will be built on the is­land over the next three years.

The El­phin­stone crew assembled the ve­hi­cle in Queens­land in readi­ness for Tas­ma­nian pro­duc­tion of the re­main­ing 99 buses. In the pres­ence of Metro Tas­ma­nia per­son­nel, the first bus suc­cess­fully passed its ini­tial qual­ity con­trol gate check back in Au­gust.

The Tas­ma­nian premier an­nounced the 100-bus con­tract for Metro Tas­ma­nia back in April. Tran­sit Aus­tralia Group’s man­u­fac­tur­ing arm Bustech re­vealed the $45 mil­lion project is the sin­gle big­gest in­vest­ment in pub­lic trans­port in Tas­ma­nia’s his­tory. It was also re­port­edly the first time any state or na­tional gov­ern­ment in Aus­tralia had pro­cured buses that are en­tirely made in Aus­tralia.

The Metro con­tract sees Bustech part­ner with Tas­ma­nian com­pany El­phin­stone on the state’s north-west coast to utilise ex­ist­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties while pro­vid­ing a boost to lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing. The four-year project has cre­ated 40 new full-time jobs in Tas­ma­nia,

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