Hong Kong’s biggest bus operator unveiled three new-generation double-decker buses on Thursday, aiming to provide passengers with more comfortable seats and better services aboard, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The latest model from Kowloon Bus Motor Co. (KMB), Volvo Wrigtbus B9TL MK II, which costs about the same as the existing ones, is eye-catching as it comes in bold red, as opposed to champagne gold currently seen on most KMB vehicles.
The buses will be officially put into service end of the month, serving three routes that include Kwun Tong-Tsim Sha Tsui (1A), Tuen Mun-Hong Kong Island (960) and North District-Hong Kong Island (978).
According to KMB, the seats on the newest buses adopt a design that is more suitable for the body shape of Asian people, providing more comfort.
Each bus comes with 12 USB ports. In addition, passengers aboard can enjoy free Wi-Fi service for 30 minutes per day per device , with no need to input passwords. KMB plans to bring wireless internet to 1,000 existing buses by the end of 2017.
Another notable feature is that a screen on the lower deck shows the seat vacancy of the upper deck.
By the end of the year, there will be 70 of the new red buses running on the road, KMB said, adding that the long-term goal is to have nearly 2,000 buses it owns replaced by the new model.
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