VDL to Supply 31 Futuras & 21 MidEuros to BBus in Latvia
VDL Bus & Coach will make its debut in the public transport sector in Latvia on 1 August. With 30 Futuras FMD2-129, 1 Futura FMD2-135 and 21 MidEuros in intercity version, Latvian passenger transport company BBus is strengthening its public transport operations in the Riga, Saldus and Kuldiga regions. The order from BBus is VDL Bus & Coach’s fourth order in a row in which Futuras are used in the public transport sector: at the end of last year VDL made its debut in the public and intercity transport in Iceland with 5 Futuras, this month 30 coaches were deployed by Bus Éireann for its commercial intercity transport in Ireland and this year a further 53 double-deck Futuras FDD2-141 will be delivered to the Irish National Transport Authority, to be used on regional and commuter bus services.
The Futuras are all equipped with camera systems and destination indicators. In addition, the coaches have been optimised to carry a maximum number of passengers. All 31 Futuras are wheelchair accessible for passengers with mobility impairments. This also applies to the 21 MidEuros, Tour Basic 15+1 coaches based on the Mercedes Sprinter 514CDI. The vehicle length is 8,067mm.
The Latvian company B-Bus was formed in 1998 and has more than 20 years of experience in passenger transport in Latvia and Lithuania. Today the company provides public transport services using 550 buses on 200 routes and employing 1,000 workers. Each year their company buses drive 25 million kilometres and transport 30 million passengers.