Vilnius considers purchasing new buses (Lithuania)

By News Editor / Updated: 17 Dec 2016

Vilnius City Council is discussing plans to buy over 100 new buses to update its public transport fleet.

Officials are reported to be preparing to publish an international tender for 100 two-axle and 50 three-axle low-floor buses.

If the purchase goes ahead, it would update 40 per cent of the municipality’s fleet.

'Upgrading public transport upgrade is one of the priority tasks,' said Remigijus Šimašius, the mayor of Vilnius.

The contract spans a period of 8 years, during which the winning contractor will have provide bus maintenance and repair.

'With the acquisition of new buses, the company will be able to significantly reduce operating costs, and  provide innovative, fast and quality service to the citizens,' said Gintaras Maželis from Vilnius Public Transport.

The city council expects to reach a final decision on the procurement of the buses on 21 December.  

The municipality also plans to upgrade its trolley fleet. Over the next two years, it will use European Union structural funds to buy 35 new trolleybuses.

For more information, visit vz.lt (in Lithuanian).

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Country: 
Lithuania
Topic: 
Collective passenger transport