Penske Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles de­liv­ered 38 MAN A95 dou­ble-deck buses to Trans­port for New South Wales re­cently

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Penske Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles de­liv­ered 38 MAN A95 dou­ble-deck buses to Trans­port for New South Wales re­cently.

The MAN A95 ul­tra low floor bus chas­sis is based upon MAN’s ex­ist­ing ur­ban bus chas­sis range and fea­tures a Euro 5 10.5-litre MAN D20 hor­i­zon­tal in­line 6-cylin­der en­gine with com­pound tur­bocharg­ing and in­ter­cool­ing that de­liv­ers 320hp.

“The ex­tremely low lev­els of driv­e­line noise and vi­bra­tion, along with low ex­haust emis­sions, ben­e­fit both the en­vi­ron­ment and pas­sen­gers,” Penske Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles Na­tional Bus Sales and Ser­vice Man­ager Clint Sto­er­mer says. “The A95 chas­sis is equipped with a ZF EcoLife six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion with in­te­grated hy­draulic re­tarder, all of which max­imise op­er­at­ing econ­omy and im­prove ser­vice life.

“The com­bi­na­tion of sta­bilis­ers on all three axles with an ex­tremely low cen­tre of grav­ity means the on road han­dling and pas­sen­ger ride com­fort of the A95 dou­ble- deck is sim­ply un­equalled. And when com­bined with the lat­est brak­ing sys­tem tech­nol­ogy, which in­cludes elec­tronic brak­ing sys­tem (EBS) as well as elec­tronic sta­bil­ity pro­gram and roll over pro­tec­tion, it all makes for an ex­tremely safe and com­fort­able driver and pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The trans­for­ma­tion of pub­lic trans­port on the North­ern Beaches started on Novem­ber 26 with the start of turn-up-and-go B-Line ser­vices be­tween Mona Vale and Wyn­yard, as well as im­prove­ments to the lo­cal bus net­work.

New South Wales Min­is­ter for Trans­port and In­fras­truc­ture An­drew Con­stance says the new B-Line route, run­ning be­tween the Syd­ney CBD and the North­ern Beaches, will be ser­viced by the mod­ern heavy-duty three-axle dou­ble-deck buses.

Con­stance says the bet­ter bus net­work will add more than 3200 ex­tra weekly ser­vices across the North­ern Beaches in­clud­ing 2000 B-Line ser­vices, mak­ing it eas­ier for cus­tomers to travel around the re­gion and to-and-from the Syd­ney CBD.

“North­ern Beaches cus­tomers are fi­nally get­ting ma­jor ser­vice im­prove­ments with the new B-Line ser­vice of­fer­ing a more re­li­able, con­ve­nient and fre­quent ser­vice,” he says.

Com­muter car parks will also be avail­able at Mona Vale, Narrabeen, Dee Why and Brook­vale. The first stage of the War­riewood car park will be open prior to Christ­mas, with Manly Vale due for com­ple­tion in 2018. The launch of the B-Line ser­vices and the changes to the lo­cal bus and road net­work are just the first phase of im­prove­ments to pub­lic trans­port on the North­ern Beaches and Lower North Shore.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of AM peak bus lanes in Bal­go­wlah and Neu­tral Bay is also pro­posed in early 2018, which would pro­vide

“North­ern Beaches cus­tomers are fi­nally get­ting ma­jor ser­vice im­prove­ments”

ad­di­tional bus pri­or­ity along the cor­ri­dor and im­prove re­li­a­bil­ity of bus ser­vices for cus­tomers.

“Th­ese changes, along the with in­tro­duc­tion of new and ex­tended tidal flow sys­tems on Mil­i­tary and Spit Roads, will im­prove traf­fic flow and pro­vide greater re­li­a­bil­ity to pub­lic trans­port users,” Con­stance ex­plains.

“Whilst we’ll see some ini­tial ben­e­fits, con­struc­tion work will con­tinue in 2018 and pub­lic trans­port users will see the full ex­tent of th­ese im­prove­ments upon pro­gram com­ple­tion.

“We’ll con­tinue to keep bus cus­tomers and mo­torists in­formed about th­ese changes as we roll them out in 2018.”

The new MANs will help pro­vide more than 3200 ex­tra weekly ser­vices across the North­ern Beaches

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