BUSTECH TO BUILD 100 METRO BUSES IN TASMANIA

Transit Australia Group’s manufacturing arm Bustech has this week made history securing a contract to build 100 low emission buses for Tasmania’s Metro network.

The $45 million project marks the single biggest investment in public transport in Tasmania’s history. It is also the first time any Australian government has procured buses that are entirely made in Australia.

Bustech is Australia’s only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) with each bus built using chassis designed, engineered and made in-house.

The Metro contract will see Bustech partner with Tasmanian company Elphinstone Pty Ltd on the state’s North-West Coast to utilise existing capabilities while providing a boost to local manufacturing.

The four-year project is expected to create 40 new full-time jobs in Tasmania, including at least 24 jobs at Elphinstone and additional jobs throughout the local supply chain.

Elphinstone’s executive general manager Lee Whiteley, Tasmanian transport minister Rene Hidding and Transit Australia Group chairman Luke Gray

Elphinstone’s executive general manager Lee Whiteley, Tasmanian transport minister Rene Hidding and Transit Australia Group chairman Luke Gray