Australasian Bus & Coach Issue 400

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5 min
liar, liar! pants on fire…

Happy 400th issue to us! Hooray! Happy 2,000th Australian-delivered bus to BCI! Yipee! Happy 2000th bus made at its Perth factory, to Volgren! Yahoooooo! If there were one word to sum up the image of ‘metaphoric fist-pump into the air while annoyingly loud music and gameshow-winning tinsel-y confetti and balloons rained down on stage of an obscure cable TV channel’s production studio’, I would most definitely type it [here]. Alas, at 4.59am such a word escapes me. Yet, one word that does come to mind with marginally less drama but entirely more believable impact is the word ‘celebrate’. And better still, most celebrations often commemorate a milestone of sorts, so right there is another one: ‘milestone’. So that’s two words. BOOM! There goes the neighbourhood. If the $2 shop coin hasn’t dropped just yet, let me…

3 min
australia’s largest order of e-buses placed to date

BUS OPERATOR Transit Systems – part of the Australia’s multi-modal Sealink public transport group – has placed the largest order for electric buses nationwide thus far, with 31 units out of an initial 50 announced by the NSW state government, recently. As part of the NSW Zero Emission strategy, which aims to replace the entire 8,000-bus fleet with electric-powered vehicles by 2030, the Transit Systems allotment of Gemilang-bodied BYD e-chassis buses are set to arrive progressively at their Sydney depots from February 2021, the operator confirms. The order comes following the ongoing and successful electric bus trial with Transport for NSW (TfNSW), which has seen the fleet of four zero-emission electric buses rack up more than 300,000 kilometres during 18 months, it states. Group CEO of SeaLink Travel Group Clint Feuerherdt says creating…

2 min
bus driver resilience safety grant

TRANSIT SYSTEMS bus drivers are to receive heavy-vehicle safety support thanks to the operator’s allotment from a $5.5 million federal government-backed grant issued via the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), it was announced recently. Known as the Driver Resilience Training Program, Transit Systems bus drivers Australia-wide will have access to the scheme that is part of the NHVR’s 2020 Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative. SeaLink Travel Group CEO Clint Feuerherdt, which owns Transit Systems, says the funding would help support the organisation to further improve heavy vehicle safety. “Safety is our number-one priority as Australia’s largest multi-modal land and marine transport company; it’s a responsibility we address and incorporate in our operations every single day,” Feuerherdt explained. “Our drivers are on the roads, connecting our community each and every day – and it’s not just…

2 min
2021 sydney bus and coach expo

A NEW WEBSITE heralds the highly anticipated 2021 Sydney Bus and Coach Expo, which has been set for September 29–30 in The Dome and Halls of the Sydney Showgrounds, in Sydney Olympic Park, organiser BusNSW confirms. Executive director of BusNSW Matt Threlkeld says he is expecting keen exhibitor interest, with the expo returning in 2021 to Sydney after five years. “Preparations are well underway and BusNSW has commenced discussions with its partners and other industry suppliers wishing to exhibit at the Covid Safe event. “The last Expo in Sydney in 2016 was deemed a world-class exhibition and one of the best ever undertaken in Australia. “In 2021 we are hoping to build on that success with an increased number of displays covering more than 14,000 square metres, all under the one roof. “We will again…

2 min
vic government three-year ‘zeb’ trial call

THE VICTORIAN state government will invest $20 million via its 2020/21 Budget in a state-wide trial to investigate solutions to achieve a zero-emission bus fleet and create a pipeline of local job opportunities, it has announced. The zero emissions bus (ZEB) trial will run over three years, trialling different technologies on buses right across the state – with an expression of interest for companies to begin soon, it explains. According to the government, it is delivering clean, sustainable public transport to keep Victorians moving, with a trial of ZEBs to start in the coming months. The trial will support the Victorian economy with a boost to the transport equipment manufacturing and electricity supply sectors, driving the local development of skills and innovation and contributing to regional economies where some manufacturers are established. Achieving zero…

3 min
bustech partners with sage for telematics

CURRENTLY COLLABORATING to create integrated platform solutions for existing and new bus fleets, it is key that vehicles in operation present the next level of telematic data for performance measurement and vehicle optimisation, say Bustech and Sage of their joint program. With the transition to zero-emission buses (ZEBs) well underway, Sage’s IoT data-capture device, Sage Edge, has been installed onto buses and vehicle infrastructure such as bus stops. Data captured by the device provides a range of information to benefit drivers, operators and passengers alike, such as real-time traffic condition updates and traffic event notifications, Sage explains. Passengers will ultimately have access to in-vehicle infotainment services and real-time service updates, such as vehicle arrival time, seat availability and security alerts, it says. COMPREHENSIVE DATA Transport network operators will obtain a dashboard view of vehicle placement…