With gradual and steady steps, the Organization of Urban Transport of Thessaloniki is renewing its fleet, receiving 36 newer buses, replacing the same number of older ones.
In particular, 20 leased 12-meter buses from 2006 with 100 seats are being replaced with the same number of newer buses. At the same time, another 16 buses of 2006 are being replaced with 18-meter, 150-seat articulated buses, also newer. By now they have arrived in Thessaloniki and are at the Organization’s depots, where the ticket validation machines, the ticket issuing machine, the telematics system and everything else required, 29 of the 36 buses are being installed. The remaining seven are expected at the end of the current week.
In the meantime, OASTH will immediately launch all the newer buses it has. The newest buses will be launched on the most important lines that cross the city, improving the service of the main axes both in terms of transport capacity (more articulated buses), and in terms of travel quality and operational reliability (newer buses).
Besides, the Thessaloniki Urban Transport Organization is in the process of hiring 150 drivers, who are expected to start work in the first days of next January, giving Thessaloniki a transport “breather”, since more buses will be able to run on a daily basis.