More MAN city buses for operation in Estonian capital are in the way
Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS (TLT), the transport operator in the Estonian capital, has just submitted an order for a further 30 Lion’s City buses. That’s 20 MAN Lion’s City LE rigids and 10 MAN Lion’s City GL articulated vehicles. The city buses will be delivered from April 2017, adding to the approximately 450-strong TLT fleet, and bringing the total supplied by MAN to 145. For MAN, this is the fifth large order from TLT in the last five years, with the first ever order of MAN buses being received from Tallinn in 2011.
“The high quality and reliability of our vehicles have been crucial to this success,” said Rudi Kuchta, Senior Vice President Product & Sales Bus at MAN Truck & Bus.
“TLT is also extremely happy with the low fuel consumption of our city buses – this is a decisive factor, particularly as, the vehicles cover around 100,000km on the streets of Tallinn each year.”
The 20 MAN Lion’s City LE rigids have a low entry design, making it extremely easy for passengers to board and exit, and space on board for a total of 84 passengers. The 12-metre buses are powered by a 290hp (213kW) diesel engine that meets Euro 6.
The 10 MAN Lion’s City GL articulated buses have 320hp (235kW) engines. The low-entry buses have space for 157 passengers over a total length of 18.75 metres and four sets of double doors, ensuring quick passenger turnover. Double glazing and a heating package specially developed for northern countries ensure additional comfort.
Passengers with restricted mobility can also board and exit the vehicles with ease thanks to the buses’ wheelchair ramps and kneeling function.
An LED exterior display and the 29-inch TFT interior displays provide guests with information on the route and current location at a glance. A camera surveillance system with recording function provides increased safety for drivers and passengers, as does a new lighting concept consisting of LED lighting in the passenger area and around the doors, as well as exterior lights.
“We are extremely pleased to be part of Tallinn’s journey to a highly modern public transport concept with this repeat order,” said Roman Kaluzynski, Head of Bus Sales Center Importers East/CIS at MAN. “This once more emphasises that the city sees MAN and MAN importer Keil M.A. as reliable, long-term partners.”
Keil M.A. is also responsible for maintaining and servicing the buses.