The first shipment of 14 solo buses for Promet Split, purchased as part of the “No Regret” project, which is 100% funded by European Union funds, has arrived at the MAN service center in Dugopolje, reports Slobodna Dalmacija on July 31, 2019.
The new vehicles won’t be handed over to the public transport company just yet, as they need to be registered before hitting the Split city streets. It is anticipated that along with 20 other Mercedes articulated buses, which are expected to arrive in August, on September 4, all 34 will be operational on the Split streets.
In addition to the announcement of new buses in just over a month, on Wednesday, a contract was signed between Promet and Autobus for the purchase of eight new buses by the “Iveco” brand.
“This is a continuation of that series, and according to the announcement, these eight vehicles should arrive by the next Sv. Duje celebration. This will be followed by ten more buses, for which we are waiting for the decision of the State Commission to sign the contract,” said Miroslav Delić, director of Promet.
In addition to the Split public transport company upgrade at the beginning of May next year, a contract to purchase several dozen new buses should also be signed.
“So these 52 buses we are talking about now are not the end, but part of the process. This will reduce the age of our fleet from 14 to seven. There is no need to say how much more new buses will mean in terms of improved service and quality of transport,” Delić said.
Throughout Promet’s technical and technological recovery process, the head of the city’s public transport company confirmed that they would also procure an e-ticketing system, for which EU funds should be approved by the end of August.
“As a company, we are moving towards a better position in the public transport system, and we hope that the business will not show losses at the end of this year,” concluded the Promet director.
Mayor Andro Krstulović Opara also participated in signing the contract for eight new buses, and said that everything that will happen in the coming weeks and months would be the best confirmation of what started a year and a half ago when it was announced that Transport would assume an important role, not only in the provision of its services, but in transforming public transformation in Split.
Robert Vrhorski, a spokesperson for Autobus on behalf of Iveco, announced the delivery of eight solo semi low-floor buses like Promet already owns.
These are EURO 6D vehicles with the highest environmental standard.
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