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Bus seat Refurbishments

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Busfanatic101

September 18, 2014, 06:03:07 pm Last Edit: September 18, 2014, 07:11:59 pm by ...
 
QuoteBus seat refurb enhances comfort, safety and appearance
Released 18/09/2014

Bren Burkevics, Chief Operating Officer, ACTION, today announced that over 50 of ACTION's older bus fleet have received a full passenger seat refurbishment.

"Since the commencement of the refurbishment program in 2012-13, a total of 54 buses have received a complete passenger seat refurbishment which represents an investment of $570,000 by the ACT Government," Mr Burkevics said.

"The refurbishment program includes seat base repairs, new foam padding to make the seat more comfortable and the reupholstering of the seat with new fabric that is modern, durable, fire retardant and helps provide an overall cleaner interior.

"A different coloured fabric is also being used to identify priority seating. This comes after a successful trial was conducted on four buses last year with different fabric used for seats within priority spaces. The trial found that making priority seating more distinctive helped to encourage passengers to give up their seat to the aged, people with a disability or pregnant women.

"These seat upgrades are an important part of improving the customer experience and making public transport a more attractive option for getting around Canberra.

"The passenger seats on all 20 Irisbus Agoraline buses have been refurbished and the program is continuing on older model vehicles including Scanias, Renaults and Dennis Darts which have between 10 and 20 years of service.

"The investment by the ACT Government recognises the fact that ACTION's bus fleet carries over 70,000 passengers per weekday and travels over 24 million kilometres per year which places a high demand on all components of the bus and in particular the passenger seats.

"The refurbishment program will continue in 2014-15 with a further $250,000 allocated to passenger seat upgrades which equates to about 25 buses.

"The seating upgrade is one of many wide ranging improvements the ACT Government is making to public transport.

"Over the last two months the first delivery of ACTION's 77 Euro 6 buses commenced service, and the remainder of the cleaner, greener buses will be progressively rolled out over the next four years, further enhancing ACTION's customer experience."
http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/open_government/inform/act_government_media_releases/tamsd/2014/bus-seat-refurb-enhances-comfort,-safety-and-appearance

QuoteACTION's bus seat refurbishment program
As part of our refurbishment program a total of 54 buses have now received a complete seat refurbishment.
The program includes repairs and / or replacement of foam padding to make seats more comfortable, then the re-upholstering of the seat with new fabric that is modern, attractive, durable and fire retardant.
A different coloured fabric is also being used to identify priority seating. This comes after a successful trial was conducted on four buses last year with different fabric used for seats within priority spaces. The trial found that making priority seating more distinctive helped to encourage passengers to give up their seat to the aged, people with a disability or pregnant women.
We've got 25 more buses to complete as part of the program. It's just another one of the improvements we are making to create a cleaner, greener, simpler, smarter, quicker ACTION bus service.
Join us as we #SpringIntoACTION to bring you a more comfortable and clean journey.
http://www.action.act.gov.au/news/news_articles/actions-bus-seat-refurbishment-program

928 has had the new rainbow covers on their seats for a while, and I saw 146 today with the MAN style covers. I think a 945 also has it.

What other older buses have gone through the refurbs?

smitho

At least one of the Belco PR3s has the MAN Style seat fabric, as have at least two of the Tuggeranong PR2s (incl 945); one or more of the Belco Darts also have the MAN style seat fabric.

King of Buses

Quote from: smitho on September 18, 2014, 09:28:23 pm
At least one of the Belco PR3s has the MAN Style seat fabric, as have at least two of the Tuggeranong PR2s (incl 945); one or more of the Belco Darts also have the MAN style seat fabric.


998 and 999 were the PR3s If I recall what ACTBusspotter said. I only know of 928 and 945 as the PR2's and 140 & 142 have the rainbow pride stuff. Interestingly, some Gas Scanias seem to have newer versions of the fabric in them too to what that had initially. (351 I think I was on the other day with this...)

Barry Drive

September 18, 2014, 11:58:40 pm #3 Last Edit: March 08, 2019, 11:27:05 am by Barry Drive
I did say that, but I was wrong: 998 wasn't done (*).

Here's the list, based on what's been reported (update #29.3)-

Renault PR100.2
901 903 906 908 909 910 911 913 925 928 929 930 931 933 934 935 936 937 938 939 940 945 946 950 951 952 953 954 955 956 957 958 959 960 961 962 963 966 967 968 971 973 974 975 976 978 979 981 982 (40/55)

Renault PR100.3
992 993 994 996 997 999 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 131 (16 - all)

Dennis Dart
135 140 141 142 144 145 146 147 148 150 151 (6 - all)

Irisbus Agoraline
300 301-319 (19 - all)

Scania L94
Reported / sighted: 320 321 322 - 324 325 - 327 328 - 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 -  340 341 - 343 344 345 346 347 - -  350 351 352 - - 355 356 357 358 359 - 361 362 363 - 365 366 367 368 - 370 371 372 373
- although all are assumed to be done (54)

Update: 8 March 2019

* Note: 998 was withdrawn from service without refurbished seats

smitho

321 returned to service today after a week or so off-line, with a complete set of newly refurbished seats. ^-^

King of Buses

908 is now decked out with 'rainbow pride' seats...and a Hanover desto...

volvo

Worth noting that some of the PR2's which haven't had the seat refurbishment have had their seats thoroughly cleaned - 903 for example.

Busfanatic101


Barry Drive

October 30, 2014, 08:18:47 pm #8 Last Edit: December 24, 2014, 11:17:03 am by ACTbusspotter
Add 101 to the list.

smitho

Anyone know who is doing the refurbs?....assume it is contracted out to private sector.

Snorzac


smitho

One or two of the old Tuggy Redex fleet returned from a souurn at Belconnen with non-matching materials on seats. The "foreign" fabric was the stuff you mainly see in Irisbuses....just does not go with the fabric pattern found throughout the MAN gas & diesel fleet.

Antonio

I saw another Renault PR100.2 with it. It was the 949 if I remember correctly


smitho

Had 328 today, its seats fully refurbished with new "sunrise" fabric. Certainly gives these otherwise tired old workhorses a lift! (Actually, this bus goes very well....even fewer rattles).

Buzz Killington

I think 140-142 have been done, but the other darts still in service could use new seats. I caught one today and it was like sitting on plastic chairs.

smitho

Quote from: Buzz Killington on November 06, 2014, 08:43:30 pm
I think 140-142 have been done, but the other darts still in service could use new seats. I caught one today and it was like sitting on plastic chairs.


Yes, agree...cushioning is very thin and faded. Whether it is worth putting an effort into what I suspect are peak period only buses is an issue....especially with plenty of PR2s warranting seat upgrades as well.

Busfanatic101

November 08, 2014, 08:21:31 am #16 Last Edit: November 11, 2014, 05:21:44 pm by ...
Quote from: smitho on November 07, 2014, 12:58:06 pm
Yes, agree...cushioning is very thin and faded. Whether it is worth putting an effort into what I suspect are peak period only buses is an issue....especially with plenty of PR2s warranting seat upgrades as well.



Not sure about 140-142, but there are quite a few darts operating outside peak hours. While the darts are really thin and faded, the Renault 100.2s have really thick and soft seats, and I find that for most of the renaults, the thorough cleaning they've done on some should be enough for another few years.

smitho

Yeah, the Mark 2 Renaults with the grey seats generally scrub up pretty well with a thorough clean.

The blue seats (as generally found in Mark 1s) are often in pretty poor condition and don't come up so well....but there can't be too many blue seated buses running around now.

Busfanatic101


Busfanatic101

probably 327 as well? seats in amazing condition with un-faded colours, however, they have used same rainbow fabric instead of purple for priority seating...


Would anyone happen to know if they are putting in new padding as well or just covers on each different type of bus?

smitho

Bus I had yesterday appeared to have 100% seat refurbishment - Bus 336.

Can't say whether they're using the same padding; seat swabs were pretty thin, mean and uncomfortable in the Scania gas buses, so hopefully they've upgraded the padding as part of the refurb.

Barry Drive

Have sighted a few more PR100.3s with refreshed seats - 100 106 107 114 119. The list has been updated above.

Quite possible there are more.

Quote from: ... on November 14, 2014, 07:57:26 pm
Would anyone happen to know if they are putting in new padding as well or just covers on each different type of bus?

Asks the person who posted the article in the first place. Did you actually read it?

Quote"The refurbishment program includes seat base repairs, new foam padding to make the seat more comfortable and the reupholstering of the seat with new fabric that is modern, durable, fire retardant and helps provide an overall cleaner interior.

Busfanatic101

November 17, 2014, 02:55:36 pm #22 Last Edit: November 17, 2014, 03:05:11 pm by ...
Quote from: ACTbusspotter on November 16, 2014, 12:23:40 pm
Asks the person who posted the article in the first place. Did you actually read it?



Damn, you guys notice everything ???!! I did read it, before forgetting everything in it :-[

Barry Drive

Quote from: Antonio on November 05, 2014, 05:44:15 pm
I saw another Renault PR100.2 with it. It was the 949 if I remember correctly

It wouldn't have been 949 (or even "the" 949.)

King of Buses

I believe 320 and 322 need to be added to the list. I got them this afternoon and they seemed more comfortable and the seat covers looked new...then I got 150...they could (if anyone cared) do with the refurb treatment

Busfanatic101

I'm pretty sure 361 also had it, however, somehow missed putting it up here. That should bring count up to 50!!!!!!!!!! YAY! Mission Accomplished

King of Buses

Add 330 too...should've mentioned that at least six weeks ago...oops.

So that equals 51  8)
Three left to find (in theory)...not the 50 implied by '...'
Quote from: ... on November 17, 2014, 06:52:46 pm
That should bring count up to 50!!!!!!!!!! YAY! Mission Accomplished

So don't celebrate yet

Busfanatic101

November 17, 2014, 09:06:45 pm #27 Last Edit: November 17, 2014, 09:07:27 pm by ...
Quote from: King of Buses on November 17, 2014, 08:58:50 pm
Add 330 too...should've mentioned that at least six weeks ago...oops.

So that equals 51  8)
Three left to find (in theory)...not the 50 implied by '...' So don't celebrate yet


Oh yeah. It said 50 in the top article, but 54 in the second...
so maybe ::) just possibly ::) they may have meant 51?

smitho

Had 336 again; noticed this time that two pairs of seats halfway down the saloon are re-covered in the original Iris bus style seat fabric. The remainder are refurbished in the standard 'sunrise' fabric.

Busfanatic101


Busfanatic101

November 24, 2014, 07:01:59 pm #30 Last Edit: November 24, 2014, 10:42:25 pm by ...
And 362.

Antonio


Busfanatic101


Barry Drive

What did the QCity O405 originally have? Because it now appears to have "rainbow pride".

Also, 144 has recently been done. Not aware of any others at B depot.

Busfanatic101

December 09, 2014, 09:04:52 pm #34 Last Edit: December 09, 2014, 09:05:18 pm by ...
Judging from the cond. of the seats and the differentiation in colour of priority seating, 148 has been done as well. Main fabric is the same as the old grey-based fabric as used in 151. priority seating is purple fabric

Busnerd

Presuming you mean the ex Kings Bros. 0405NH? it came like this, unsure if it has changed in the last few years or not.

King of Buses

Quote from: Busnerd on December 10, 2014, 05:36:33 pm
Presuming you mean the ex Kings Bros. 0405NH? it came like this, unsure if it has changed in the last few years or not.


Passenger and all? I know he hasn't exactly moved far but..

Snorzac

Well that particular passenger could go and sit there anytime he wanted now...

King of Buses

I know...but why anyone would want to stay on that bus is another matter...

Barry Drive

A few more recent sightings: 906 125 144 148 330. List will be updated.

Probably safe to assume all Scania L94s up to at least 350 have been refurbished. Possibly all of them have been done - what might be useful is reports of any Scania L94 that DON'T appear to have new seat fabric.

Busfanatic101

December 24, 2014, 12:55:47 pm #40 Last Edit: December 24, 2014, 02:03:42 pm by Busfanatic101
Good to see them doing more than the advertised 54 buses for refurbs  :D

Barry Drive

Maybe try reading the article closely.

King of Buses

976 I believe had at least the back seat in rainbow pride...

And 355 has NOT had a refurbished yet. Just thought I'd mention that cause of the most recent request...

Busfanatic101

343 and 353 haven't been done either

Barry Drive

903 was done shortly after being moved to Belconnen.

King of Buses

Quote from: ACTbusspotter on February 24, 2015, 11:25:47 am
903 was done shortly after being moved to Belconnen.


Hmm...that was one of the buses that actually still had the interior (seating) in fairly good condition with the vinyl stuff...

King of Buses


Busfanatic101

925 has had just the bottom pad of the disabled seating replaced

King of Buses

994 I believe has a new full set too

Barry Drive

Quote from: Busfanatic101 on April 23, 2015, 07:52:54 am
925 has had just the bottom pad of the disabled seating replaced

If we're going to be that detailed, 998 has had one seat changed recently into Camira BDI314. Still waiting for the remaining seats.