More than 300 fossil-free buses are to be introduced in the northern suburbs of Stockholm when French public transport operator Transdev commences bus services in two new traffic areas from August and November 2022.
The order comprises 200 Volvo buses – of which most are 12m- and 15m-long 8900 RLE buses and about 40 9700 DD double-deckers – and 120 MAN Lions City 18 buses, which will connect two areas with Stockholm Technical University.
The new buses are fuelled by RME, a biofuel produced from rapeseed oil, and accessibility has been adapted to offer enhanced comfort for passengers with USB sockets at each seat and free Wi-Fi.
Mattias Galante, responsible for the start-up project at Transdev, said: “It feels great to introduce new buses in northern Stockholm. It is important for us to offer reliable, safe, comfortable and sustainable mobility solutions to our passengers.
“That we chose Volvo and MAN is no coincidence. We have worked with them before, they live up to our expectations and work with sustainable supply chains, which is important for us and our clients.”
Transdev currently operates bus services on behalf of the Stockholm Regional Transit Authority in Märsta, Sigtuna, Upplands Väsby and Vallentuna, and from 15 April 2022 will also operate Roslagsbanan – a commuter rail line.