Latest high-volume green buses take to the streets
Perth’s two newest and greenest high capacity passenger buses were introduced today at Kings Park.
Three new CNG-powered (compressed natural gas) articulated buses, worth about $800,000 each, will be trialled across Perth’s northern and southern suburbs for the next three years, servicing high volume routes and special events.
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said one of the buses, a Scania, was the first of its kind in the country and was already providing a better quality of service to commuters along Perth’s busiest routes.
“These terrific new fully-automatic buses will allow up to 120 passengers, 63 seated, to board -which is 24 more passengers than existing articulated buses,” Ms MacTiernan said.
“In addition, the new articulated buses will be able to lower their floors and also provide a ramp for easy wheelchair access.
“They comply with the toughest European exhaust emission standards for buses and are Euro5-emission compliant, producing lower levels of carbon and nitrous oxide than the current fleet of Euro 4 buses.
“This trial will assist Transperth in identifying a suitable model to replace our fleet of articulated vehicles, some of which are now up to 27 years old. The feedback we receive from drivers, technicians and our passengers during the trial will help us decide how we replace our current articulated fleet.”
The Scania bus will be servicing Fremantle, Melville, Willagee, Kwinana, Cockburn and Rockingham; whilst the M.A.N bus will be servicing Nollamara, West Swan, Wanneroo, Swan Hills, Mt Lawley and Girrawheen. Routes for the third CNG-powered bus (manufactured by Ivecko) are currently being arranged by the Public Transport Authority.
The new buses:
- cost about $800,000 each;
- are each 18m long and 2.5m wide;
- have a top speed of 95km/h;
- can journey approximately 400km on a tank of fuel; and
- hold approximately 1,500 litres of gas.
The Scania has an 8.9-litre engine and is rated at 300hp. Among the 1,070 Transperth buses operating throughout the metropolitan area, 329 are gas powered and 102 are articulated.