THE first of 28 new buses reaching 18-metres in length were deployed on the roads in Palma last week.
A presentation was held on one of the new buses on Avenida Antoni Maura, where it was explained by EMT executives that the buses will be tested on two routes – numbers 3 and 15. They will later be tried out on lines 5, 7 and 8, so that drivers can get used to the different turning angles of the city.
The 18-metre buses, built by Scania, are costing Palma Town Hall €11.2 million. These buses, plus shorter ones of 12- and 15-metres made by Iveco and Man, will be phased in so that they can all be in operation by spring of next year.
The buses run on natural gas and use solar energy for interior equipment. They have control cameras, four doors, two screens as well as LED lighting.