THE South Australian Government last week announced plans to invest $300 million over ten years for 400 new buses to service the Adelaide Metro network, with a tailored industry participation plan to require the successful tenderer to maximise opportunities for local industry.
The contract, which is for the supply and support services of approximately 40 buses per year from July 2018, will also encourage innovation with flexible contractual conditions that facilitate the development of new and emerging technologies such as electric buses, micro-hybrids and hydrogen powered buses.
The 400 new buses will replace aging buses and those that reach the compulsory retirement age of 25 years. Tenderers for the contract will also be encouraged to propose innovate ideas that can improve the customer experience on public transport, such as WiFi and new safety technology.
Each bus will be required to comply with all relevant regulations, including the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said the contract will be South Australia's largest single order of new buses.
"The replacement buses will benefit South Australians by providing a modern, cost-efficient fleet that requires less maintenance, less time off the road, and that will provide an efficient transport option that will ease traffic congestion," the Minister said.