GERMANY Klaus Dieregsweiler of infra fürth verkehr gmbh (sic) recently took delivery of the first two Euro 6 Citaro LEs from Rüdiger Kappel, Brand Manager for Mercedes-Benz Buses and Coaches.
Both feature 50 City Star passenger seats supplemented with a wheelchair space with grab handle, stop request buttons and a lean-on area with integrated folding seat (mother/child seat), as well as two additional folding seats in the standing platform area opposite the centre door. The interior busstop name displays consist of two 48 cm (19-inch) TFT monitors in the front and rear of the vehicle. Linked to an integrated on-board information system (IBIS), they display information on the vehicle’s progress along the route as well as the next stop. News items, event notices and adverts can also be displayed.
In addition to a CCTV system monitoring the centre door, infra fürth specified reversing cameras which can be used not only as a parking aid but also to monitor the area around the rear of the vehicle. The images are transferred to a video monitor in the driver’s cab. Additional safety equipment includes a fire alarm and extinguishing system in the engine compartment.
Operator infra fürth is responsible for the entire public transport system in Fürth, near Nuremberg. With eight routes covering around 1,147 km, it carried 18m passengers in 2012. The company has 54 vehicles, 48 of which are Citaros. Among these 48 vehicles is also the milestone 25,000th Citaro, which was handed over to infra fürth verkehr gmbh in a special ceremony in Stuttgart in 2009. The two new Citaro LEs will be deployed on all routes in Fürth.