Oeiras showcases upgraded bus fleet
The Portuguese municipality has acquired new, modern vehicles that will start servicing passengers at the start of next week
- February 01, 2020 12:00
- Anton Stoyanov
On 3 February, new modern vehicles will begin transporting passengers in the Portuguese municipality of Oeiras. The COMBUS buses, acquired by local authorities, are far superior to their predecessors – not only to they boast more capacity and offer more comfort, but they are also adapted to the needs of passengers with disabilities.
Features and upgrades
The new buses were first showcased just a couple of days ago at an official ceremony, attended by the mayor of Oeiras Isaltino Morais.
The vehicles boast a wide array of high-tech functionalities. Inside the vehicles, passengers will find monitors that display images and information about the Municipality of Oeiras, as well as destination information panels and USB plugs on each set of seats, perfect for charging of phones and laptops.
Furthermore, on the subject of accessibility, the new buses have two doors – one at the back and one at the front, exclusive for departure and entry, respectively. These doors are also entirely equipped to handle the needs of disabled persons, thus making the COMBUS buses a perfect transport alternative for many, regardless of their physical conditions.
The first two vehicles will begin traversing the urban landscape on 3 February – the remaining two will be launched on a different route at some point in March. The routes of the buses will be slowly expanded until they cover a vast majority of the area of Oeiras and its parishes.
Municipal estimates suggest that over 100,000 citizens will make use of these new buses by the end of the year – a substantial number that more than justifies the investment made by the municipality, amounting to 2 million euros.
The COMBUS buses will be available Monday through Friday and will operate between 8 AM and 7 PM, completing a full journey every 90 minutes.
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