Sydney Buses orders 150 three-door artics

By: Jason Whittaker


Sydney Buses has ordered 150 three-door articulated buses for use on the State Transit network in a bid to reduce

Sydney Buses has ordered 150 three-door articulated buses for use on the State Transit network in a bid to reduce loading times and increase capacity on the public transport network.

Sydney Buses General Manager for planning Roger Wilson told the BusNSW Leading Edge seminar on Friday (July 19) State Transit is transitioning its fleet of buses to be cashless with multiple loading points, ahead of the roll-out of the much anticipated electronic ticketing system.

"The new articulated buses that we buy will be three-door buses," says Wilson. "Once we’ve got the new ticketing system, we’ll look at having boarding by every door, not all via the front door."

Three-door entry allowed passengers to alight buses faster with load distribution spaced more evenly throughout, "rather than everyone getting clogged up near the driver."

"We’re looking to, as much as possible, use high-capacity buses," says Wilson. "We generate a lot more revenue out of those for not much more operating cost."

Wilson says he hopes to see the first of the three-door buses on Sydney roads later this year.

In addition to the new vehicles, Sydney Buses is simplifying its route network to operate at higher frequencies.

"In some cases this is going to mean fewer routes at high frequencies rather than more routes at lower frequencies."

Wilson says Sydney Buses is working to improve its energy efficiency with lower gas and noise emissions.

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