BI-ARTICULATED BUSES FOR BRISBANE
Electric-powered buses almost 30 metres long could move Brisbane commuters in the new "metro" service announced by Brisbane City Council recently. While the council calls it a "metro" service, it is new-generation buses that would shift the people.
They are called "bi-articulated" buses and are common throughout Europe and South America, the council says. The plans are to have a bus available every three minutes on two new routes which are particularly created for these buses. The local Council is looking at two concepts as it finalises a business case by May 2017 for the two new routes. Work could start in 2018 and be finished by 2022.
The buses for this new service are not yet selected and ordered, though there are two possibillities: the Van Hool Exquicity 24 from Belgium and the Hess Autotram from Switzerland. They would look like modern "bi-articulated buses" with three passenger sections and two rubber-lined joints, with the driver sitting in the front section. The Ccouncil is still reluctant to call them buses, arguing that while they would have rubber tyres, they would operate more like trams.