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41 VDL MidCity dial-a-ride buses delivered to De Lijn

The last of the 41 VDL MidCity dial-a-ride buses included in the large order Belgian passenger transport company De Lijn placed with VDL Bus & Coach in 2013 were delivered last week. 13 of these new MidCity buses are in service in the province of West Flanders, while the provinces of Antwerp and Limburg have 7 and 21 respectively. The buses replace the old fleet, and that means less harmful emissions as a result of the new fuel-efficient Euro 6 engines. The 27 VDL Citeas SLF that are also part of this order will be delivered this summer.

Willem van der Leegte, Deputy Director VDL Groep says, “We are very pleased with the good cooperation between VDL and De Lijn during this process. We are confident our buses will make a positive contribution to the sustainability and profitability of the De Lijn fleet.”



VDL MidCity dial-a-ride bus
The MidCity from VDL Bus & Coach was developed exclusively for Public Transport and includes a multifunctional area with a low floor that is ideal for use as standing room or for wheelchairs. This conversion to a low floor bus is a speciality VDL Bus & Coach developed itself and offers enormous flexibility. The MidCity dial-a-ride buses for De Lijn will be MB Sprinter conversions. All 41 MidCity dial-a-ride buses will have 13 seats (including 2 folding seats) and 9 standing spaces and all will be wheelchair accessible. Its compact dimensions (total length is 6.944 metres) make the MidCity highly manoeuvrable and therefore ideal for transport in the narrow streets of old city centres.



V.V.M. De Lijn
De Lijn is the commercial name for the ‘Vlaamse Vervoermaatschappij’, the Flemish Transport Company, which is an autonomous government company for city and regional transport in Flanders making use of buses and trams. De Lijn aims for high quality, customer-oriented public transportation. Much attention is paid to punctual, reliable and rapid service provision with satisfactory capacity, frequency and safety. A total of about 10,000 people are employed. About 7,500 of these work for V.V.M. De Lijn. The other 2,500 work for bus companies which run on behalf of V.V.M. De Lijn.
 

Valkenswaard, June 2014


VDL Bus & Coach bv
Marleen van Zeeland
Communications
+31 (0)40 208 44 14
m.van.zeeland@vdlbuscoach.com

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