Stuttgart / Mannheim – GR Omnibus GmbH, a company of the Schlienz Group, is once again backing the urban buses by Mercedes-Benz: for the third time in the past 18 months the company has ordered the best-selling Citaro for use in the FilderExpress. At the bus plant in Mannheim the twelve Citaros – eight articulated buses and four rigid buses – were recently handed over by Jürgen Nachbar, Sales Mercedes-Benz Bus and Coach Unit South West, to Erhard Kiesel, head of GR Omnibus GmbH.
For the route bundle around the cities and municipalities of Denkendorf, Esslingen, Neuhausen and Ostfildern, GR Omnibus GmbH has set up the so-called FilderExpress. The FilderExpress is fully backing the Citaro and, with the latest delivery, has grown to 22 state-of-the-art vehicles. The share of Euro VI vehicles in the overall fleet therefore rises to over 80 per cent. With the buses in metallic black and their destination displays surrounded by white light, the company has hit upon the Zeitgeist of commuters exactly. But the route is also well received by the passengers thanks to the comfort features. The twelve new Citaros are equipped with free Wi-Fi and have USB charging sockets, with which the passengers can charge their smartphones. On the inside of the Citaro articulated omnibuses two special usable areas offer space for wheelchair users and prams with folding seats and leaning areas. The free access allows an electrically operated cassette platform at entry 2. The articulated buses, which will in future drive along the routes from Esslingen to Stuttgart Airport and to the trade show, are additionally equipped with stable luggage racks. The floor has a dark wood design throughout. A further bonus for the customer is the connection to the real-time information system of the VVS public transit association in Stuttgart. This allows passengers to find out about the current arrival and departure times via their smartphone, or, if applicable, diversions or traffic disruptions.