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Bus operator Arriva will welcome ten new hydrogen buses into its Netherlands fleet later this year in what is its biggest investment in hydrogen power yet.
Arriva’s investment for the seven year contract will see all buses fitted with WiFi, mobile ticketing technology, video surveillance and security systems.
The commencement of the new contract makes Arriva the principal bus operator for the Czech Republic's Pilsen Region.
At the beginning of the year, Liz Benison, Managing Director, Mainland Europe, at Arriva, spoke with Intelligent Transport to explain the multifaceted challenge of managing public transport networks across Europe, including ways to attract and retain staff, and why smarter collaboration is needed to keep innovation front of mind.
The Arriva Watford contract will last four years, with the option of a two-year extension. The service aims to reduce the need for private car ownership and provide a more environmentally friendly way to travel.
A survey of ArrivaClick customers shows that the service is encouraging the switch from single use vehicles to public transport.
Arriva says it is one of the first major public transport companies to commit to the large-scale operation of e-buses in the Netherlands.
With access to real-time data and driver coaching to promote advanced driving techniques, Arriva expects to reduce CO2 equivalent emissions by up to 72,000 tonnes a year.
The sheer number of m-tickets processed by the leading UK provider shows accelerating appetite for smarter digital ticketing, both in the UK and overseas.
As the role of public transport continues to change, it is the role of mobility operators to ensure this happens for the benefit of the passenger. Could microtransit be the answer?
Currently, 34 nine-metre buses, equipped with Euro 6 engine technology, are on the roads in Warsaw, bringing the total number of buses Arriva operates in the city to 88.
Both new MDs bring with them a wealth of experience and will share responsibility for Arriva's operations across 13 mainland European countries.