Transport Canberra welcomes Alternate Fuel Buses to the fleet
Alternative fuel buses have joined the Transport Canberra fleet as part of a 12 month trail. The trial will involve the use of two electric buses and one hybrid bus used on regular routes across the bus network. Currently there is one hybrid and one electric bus operating in the network. An additional electric bus will join the fleet late 2018.
This new, innovative way of improving public transport is helping improve our public transport system and assisting in managing the growth of our city.
Recent improvements in technology mean electric and hybrid buses are becoming more economical and operationally viable, with obvious benefits for the environment. The two electric buses are being supplied by Carbridge and have been specially built in China for this trial. These vehicles are used currently at the Sydney and Brisbane airports to provide passenger shuttle services.
The trial, which will see all three buses run as part of the bus network until the end of 2018, will enable the ACT Government to assess the viability of using alternative buses within the bus network to see if they can progressively replace the existing fleet.
These buses have been installed the necessary equipment like MyWay ticketing, CCTV, bike racks and NXTBUS real time information system.
This trial is just another way the ACT Government is working to improve our public transport system so it has a more modern fleet which is convenient, efficient, affordable and reliable – a genuine alternative to driving.