VDL BUS & COACH DELIVERS FIRST CITEA LOW FLOOR DOUBLE-DECKER TO BVG
Mid-August the first VDL Citea Low Floor double-decker was delivered to the
Berlin Transport Authority (BVG, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe). With this new 11.40-meter long, 2-axle vehicle VDL has now entered the double-decker bus segment for public transport lines. The Citea DLF-114 has two staircases to the upper deck and can accommodate up to 97 passengers. As such, the DLF-114 fulfils both the economic and environmental requirements of modern-day city traffic, with a maximum number of seats and passengers for a 2-axled unit. This highly efficient alternative for the city meets all aspects of the requirements VDL sets in connection with its brand value “Profit of Ownership”. The Citea DLF-114 is expected to bedeployed on the bus lines in the Spandau borough of Berlin starting in early October.
To ensure that they continue to have the right transport resources to meet the widely ranging requirements of a growing city BVG tests new buses regularly. A key aspect of these tests is the flow of passengers, especially between the lower and upper deck, and particularly in combination with the waiting time at the stops and the occupancy of the lower and upper deck. In addition to testing, interviews are conducted to survey passengers' subjective impressions. Of course the BVG drivers involved in the testing are also asked to share their findings.
In developing the new VDL Citea DLF (Double deck Low Floor), optimum use was made of the module system around which the Citea range is built. Thanks to the clever combination of a vehicle superstructure and a lightweight low floor construction, the Citea DLF also has a low net weight, which results in excellent fuel economy and minimal emissions of harmful exhaust gases. Add to that the long service life and the result is maximum ‘Profit of Ownership’.
For the passengers, the VDL Citea DLF-114 offers some extras and innovations compared to the buses in BVG’s current fleet. The rows of seats on the upper deck are equipped with USB connections. Via a display on the lower deck passengers can see how many seats are still free on the upper deck. The boarding area has heated floors. Furthermore, the Citea DLF features a new, innovative interior concept. The floor covering at the boarding area, on the stairs and in the upper deck area is made in a lighter colour and the seat fabric has a completely new colour. Led lamps on the staircases and each tread provide better visibility. Kerb lighting and ribbed hand grips at the second door offer visually impaired passengers better orientation when boarding and alighting.