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100th locally built Metro bus

Metro Tasmania's unveiled its 100th locally manufactured bus in a $45 million purchase programme renewing the fleet.

Bustech and Tasmanian company Elphinstone, have partnered to produce the buses.

Transport Minister Michael Ferguson has marked the occasion.

"Built here in Tasmania on the North West Coast with our advanced manufacturing capability rising to the challenge, employing people, employing Tasmanians and also taking 94% of nitrous oxide and diesel particulates out of the air."

In statement Minister Ferguson expanded further:

"Metro estimates the programme will reduce its carbon footprint by at least 20,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas equivalent over 20 years.

The new buses are more fuel efficient and require less maintenance than the buses they replaced.

They are also more reliable which means fewer breakdowns, leading to less disruptions to passenger journeys.

Elphinstone recently won the contract to deliver 26 additional buses in Wynyard to further support local jobs. 

In addition, Metro has been tasked with trialling zero emissions buses, either electric or hydrogen, in the next two years." 

(Photo: Minister Michael Ferguson left with Glenorchy acting Mayor Bec Thomas and Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman)