JUNE IS­SUE 358

ABC (Australia) - - YEAR IN REVIEW -

NEW COASTER

Toy­ota launched its new Coaster bus lineup with a re­designed model for 2017 that the com­pany says is stronger, safer and more com­fort­able. The 2017 Coaster fea­tures a stronger and more rigid frame, the ad­di­tion of driver and front pas­sen­ger airbags, and up­graded sus­pen­sion hard­ware and tun­ing. The Coaster’s new body is 70mm taller and 45mm wider with more up­right sides for more in­te­rior space. Ex­te­rior up­grades in­clude new head­lamps and tail lights, twin rear doors with an emer­gency exit, a larger en­try step, and rear fog and high-mounted stop lamps. A mod­ernised dash­board lay­out pro­vides a more func­tional work space for the driver, in­clud­ing bet­ter vis­i­bil­ity and ad­di­tional stor­age op­tions.

SYD­NEY CON­TRACTS

There are 233 bus routes in Syd­ney’s in­ner-west set to be pri­va­tised, in a move that did not es­cape crit­i­cism. At the time, State Tran­sit Author­ity (STA) ran the ser­vices in ques­tion. NSW Min­is­ter for Trans­port An­drew Con­stance said that the de­ci­sion to pri­va­tise Bus Re­gion 6 ser­vices was due to lack­lus­tre per­for­mance re­sults.

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