SOUTH Australian Transport Services Minister Chloë Fox last week said an 88-seat double-decker Scania bus will be put through its paces this year as part of a trial to decide whether to include the vehicle in the Adelaide Metro fleet.
Ms Fox said the fully air-conditioned bus has far greater capacity than the standard 47-seat bus and the 67-seat articulated bus and will allow Adelaide Metro to move more people, particularly during peak services.
"Downstairs can seat 33-people including disability access while upstairs there is room for 55 more passengers. There is also an option for WIFI accessibility," Ms Fox said. "The Scania design is compatible with the existing Adelaide Metro fleet and with a clearance of 4.3 metres can be used on the South Eastern Freeway and across the CBD."
Ms Fox said that if the trial is successful, Adelaide Metro will begin contract negotiations to determine whether a local manufacturer is able to supply the new double decker to meet fleet standards.
"Overseas experience has also found that double decker buses have been very successful in enticing people back to public transport," Ms Fox said.
She added that while the double-decker bus costs approximately $700,000, compared to $450,000 for a standard bus, it has twice the capacity and requires only one registration and insurance coverage.
Ms Fox said the trial is a further example of the government's commitment to public transport, which has included the rollout of real-time passenger information, MetroCard options and new park-and-ride facilities.