New TAS coaches


Tasmanian Redline Coaches are the first private operator to have articulated 18 metre coaches

Tasmanian Redline Coaches has been delivered the first articulated 18 metre coaches to be brought into the state by a private bus company.

Rowan Larissey, of Tasmanian Redline Coaches, says the new coaches have American Cummins engines, Allison automatic transmissions, climate control, and 80 seating positions.

The coaches also have dedicated wheel chair positions, and with the vehicles kneeling at the passenger entrance for ease of access for the elderly and the disabled

The operator purchased the vehicles as part of its fleet upgrade and modernisation programme.

"The articulated buses are normally only used on city shuttle runs where large numbers are carried, however we have the large numbers and experienced  drivers to handle these vehicles in the more rural areas of Launceston," says Larissey.

"We operate in two large volume areas in Tasmania, Dodges Ferry to Hobart and Mole Creek/Deloraine to Launceston.

"However, only the Deloraine route has suitable roads for the 18 metre fleet therefore we have placed both of them there."

The business will benefit due to passengers not having to transfer to additional buses in the fleet and instead can carry the 80 odd people on the same vehicle for the entire route.

This improves travelling time for the customer and better timetable management across the board.

Bonluck are the body suppliers and the new coaches add to the 24 vehicles already bought from the body manufacturer.

 "The two dedicated drivers are still smiling with the joy of being the first two drivers of a private Tasmanian transport company to operate these fantastic 18 metre articulated vehicles," says Larrisey.

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