Tassielink Transit low-entry bus

SCANIA and Bustech have developed a unique low-entry bus for Tasmanian bus operator Tassielink Transit.

The Disability Discrimination Act compliant wheelchair friendly bus provides easy access for all passengers

It also features significant luggage capacity thanks to “deep under floor bins” and luggage racks.

Based on a successful design used on the Gold Coast where the bus operates as an airport shuttle, Tassielink managing director Shane Dewsbery said the vehicle’s arrival in Tasmania was perfectly timed to help improve the passenger transport product.

“While it is important that companies like Tassielink invests in the industry with new buses like this one, our passengers expect reliability,” he said.

“While we can deliver reliability through our vehicles, the congestion during peak hour periods in Hobart is an obvious concern that needs to be addressed.

“We are very pleased that the Minister for Infrastructure has put together a group to identify solutions for the problem.

“We strongly support the need for a mature conversation around the issues with the ultimate goal being buses able to operate out of the congestion.

“I would like to see a broader discussion occur around public transport issues, covering topics like bus priority lanes, clearways and smart technology.

“And there is no light rail solution available for the eastern shore or the Southern Outlet, so we need to include this in the conversation, especially how we utilize the current modes of transport that we already have.”

Mr Dewsbery said it was vitally important that the public transport network simplified the “passenger transport experience”.

“Tassielink and Metro now share a common ticketing system, so passengers can travel on both Tassielink and Metro services with a single card,” he said.

“They can also plan and connect their public transport trips on Google Maps, which is adding a level of convenience that was previously unavailable to public transport passengers.”

Mr Dewsbery said the new bus was the first Bustech vehicle specifically designed with Tasmania in mind, catering for regional roads and conditions.

“We specified 52 coach-like seats that have thicker than usual bases to give greater comfort because many passengers will be seated for longer periods than is usual on a route bus,” he said.

“We have also added armrests for the aisle seats to enhance passenger comfort because some of the routes have many corners.”

The new bus will operate between Hobart and Port Arthur, the Huon Valley and Richmond.

Mr Dewsbery said while backpackers and local travellers have bulky loads, at the same time Tassielink had to take account of passengers in wheelchairs and provide them with “hassle free” access.

“This style of bus is essential in the outer urban and regional areas to cater for our passengers’ travel needs,” he said.

Caption: Tassielink managing director Shane Dewsbery (pictured) says the company’s new low-entry bus will improve passengers’ transport experiences.

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