THE WESTERN Australian Government this week announced it would replace half of Transperth bus fleet, with a plan to purchase of at least 650 buses over the next decade. The Government said its plans "represented a significant commitment to the future of the State's public transport network."
The Government said that in 2009, there were more than 73.9 million individual bus trips made on Transperth buses.
The replacement program will result in the oldest models being retired with new models. WA Premier Colin Barnett said the new buses are to have improved safety features, disability access and environmental friendliness. He also said the Government would consider Euro5 diesel systems, compressed natural gas vehicles and hybrid technology.
Transport Minister Simon O'Brien said the plan would also have positive flow-on effects to the local economy.