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New Scania buses for ACTION

By johnboy - 29 November 2011 24

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Chief Minister Gallagher has announced (dated 27 November but only online this afternoon) new buses for the ACTION fleet.

a contract has been signed to purchase 20 new accessible, articulated, large-capacity and environmentally friendly buses for the ACTION fleet.

“Following a thorough and exhaustive tender process, Scania Australia has been selected to provide ACTION with the Scania Euro 5 easy access articulated buses, which will be the first new articulated buses in Canberra for over 20 years,” the Chief Minister said.

It is expected that the buses will carry up to 105 passengers and will be progressively delivered between July 2012 and March 2013. They will be used on high volume, high frequency routes across the ACTION network.

A team of ACTION fleet, driver and workshop representatives this month performed a pre-production test of the buses to finalise the specifications.

“The new buses are the latest available from the manufacturer, are fully accessible, climate controlled and low emission, and will help make public transport a more attractive alternative to driving a car,” the Chief Minister said.

“These replacements will be part of the ACT Government’s commitment to achieving an accessible fleet target of 55% by December 2012.

Custom Coaches have more on the purchase:

The new buses due to be delivered between 2012 and March 2013 will replace the existing articulated buses in the ACTION fleet. ACTION Buses Strategic Fleet and Capital Projects Richard Matto, says that ‘the Scania articulated buses will replace the oldest of the 33 Renault bendy buses which Action has had in service for 23 years. The remaining 13 will be replaced at a later date’

The ACTION CB80 Artic will be built using state of the art technology at the Custom Adelaide plant, using CB80 city bus bodies and design. Custom has extensive experience building & designing articulated buses including most recently supplying South Australia’s DPTI bus fleet with CB80 Artics.

[Photo Courtesy Custom Coaches]

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New Scania buses for ACTION
KB1971 9:50 am 30 Nov 11

Waiting For Godot said :

Isn’t SAAB/Scania almost broke? Not exactly the best investment to make.

SAAB was owned by General Motors & have not been apart of Scania for some years. Scania is a strong compaby with a strong market presence in the world market, Europe in particular.

SAAB have been unloaded by GM after the GFC hit & there were no takers so they announced that they were going to dispand the company. Somebody else has come to the party I believe.

SAAB are actually an aeroplane manufacturer & were way before they built cars.

A quick google though reveals this reported yesterday (or today as the case may be…):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/8924038/Saab-GB-goes-into-administration.html

I this form SAAB themselves:

http://newsroom.saab.com/news/news/swedishautomobilenvissuesthirdquarter2011tradingupdate.5.6b70d8f7131ef59e7497ffe843.html

Anyway on the subject of bike racks & buses, the standard length for a rigid vehicle is 12.5M, almost all large rigid buses are built to this length, the ACTION buses are very close to this so the fitment & use of a bike rack makes them overlength or close to it.. The tag steer buses are already over dimension in their standard format (14.5m) & require special approvals to be built & use on public roads. ACTION being a goverment department have done this in conjuction with the ACT RTA.

The maximim length of an articulated vehicle is 19m, the articulated buses are old tgechnology that has been around for ages & the tag steer is relatively new to buses (has been used on low loader trailers for years). An articulated bus does not need a special approval as they are geneally well under 19m.

Technically there would be no reason that an arctic could not have a rack given the standard dimension but I cannot see it happening as I think the drivers would be against it. It would also have to still be able to turn in a 25M radius with the rack down.

Bus specs can be found here:

https://www.action.act.gov.au/about_us.html

DarkLadyWolfMother 9:09 am 30 Nov 11

I thought Action bought the extra long buses to replace the old articulated ones? Or have I got things confused as usual?

qbngeek 8:52 am 30 Nov 11

Henry82 said :

Hint: It’s to do with turning corners without wiping out cars, poles, people. 🙂

After seeing two people in two years get taking out by the mirrors on turning buses in Woden while standing on the footpath waiting to cross the road, I think they may need to think about a mirror redesign as well.

Waiting For Godot 8:19 am 30 Nov 11

Isn’t SAAB/Scania almost broke? Not exactly the best investment to make.

Henry82 11:30 pm 29 Nov 11

Bussie said :

Pretty sure the Australian Design Rules or whatever the relevant standard is doesn’t allow bike racks on long buses (or possibly any buses as there’s allegedly something against things protruding from the front of vehicles)

Hint: It’s to do with turning corners without wiping out cars, poles, people. 🙂

Mumbucks 10:46 pm 29 Nov 11

Turn the old buses into quality green back packer style accommodation. Forget about water .

BicycleCanberra 10:13 pm 29 Nov 11

Bussie said :

The capacity could be increased by having fewer seats but I doubt Canberrans would like that. A higher capacity would be handy for some of the big charter jobs but I’d be very surprised if any existing artic route leaves people behind due to overcrowding.[/quote>

If we don’t like standing then we wont like rail either! At peak times the buses are quite full, one articulated one driver v two single buses with two drivers there must be a saving there.

Aeek 9:57 pm 29 Nov 11

more buses that can’t carry bikes?

Bussie 9:45 pm 29 Nov 11

Pretty sure the Australian Design Rules or whatever the relevant standard is doesn’t allow bike racks on long buses (or possibly any buses as there’s allegedly something against things protruding from the front of vehicles).

Yes they’ll probably sell off most of the old artics, they are pretty old, shabby and slow. Buses cannot be used to carry paying passengers beyond age 24 (the bus age, the passengers’ ages are irrelevant before any smart arse jumps in) unless all the panels are taken off and the chassis is inspected for rust/metal fatigue. ACTION has done this in the past but the last time was the early 90s. Some of the old artics would be close to 24.

The capacity could be increased by having fewer seats but I doubt Canberrans would like that. A higher capacity would be handy for some of the big charter jobs but I’d be very surprised if any existing artic route leaves people behind due to overcrowding.

milkman 9:40 pm 29 Nov 11

The old ones could be turned into a pretty cool motor home!

bystander_effect 9:19 pm 29 Nov 11

Wow. Wonder if the’ll sell off some of the old articulated ones? Anyone know?

BicycleCanberra 9:18 pm 29 Nov 11

The Capacity seems to be still quite small for these articulated buses when other buses have capacities at 140 – 150. Bi Articulated Buses can take around 200 passengers!

BicycleCanberra 9:10 pm 29 Nov 11

Henry82 said :

No bike racks on long buses 🙁

they do in LA and San Diego

Henry82 8:27 pm 29 Nov 11

No bike racks on long buses 🙁

zippyzippy 8:26 pm 29 Nov 11

Does anyone know if they can accommodate bike racks on the front?

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