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Warsaw. Neoplan bus on tourist line 100

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At the request of the inhabitants of Warsaw, a historic Neoplan bus will run on the historic line 100 on the weekend of June 24-25. The peak of the use of these vehicles on regular lines was in the 1990s and the first decade of the 21st century.

At the beginning of June, the Masovian Voivodship Monument Conservator recognized the revitalized Neoplan bus as a monument.

“We officially welcome the revitalized Neoplan to the family of historic buses! Today it received yellow plates. This is our fourth vehicle, right after the French Somua, Warsaw and Jelcz, recognized by the provincial conservator of monuments” – MZA announced on June 7.

This week, the company announced that this weekend the historic Neoplan will carry passengers on the tourist route 100.

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The first low-floor bus in the capital

In the 1990s, MZA began to look for other alternatives to replace the Ikarus and Jelcz. Among various brands, the 15-metre low-floor Neoplan was chosen. It was a cheaper alternative to articulated buses and was to replace the 16.5-meter long Ikarus. In November 1994, the first low-floor vehicle appeared in the MZA fleet, which was also the first three-axle bus – Neoplan N4020/3. The bus was manufactured at the German Neoplan factory in Pilsting.

“It did not differ significantly in terms of capacity from the articulated Ikarus, which made the Neoplan a potential competition. The vehicle could accommodate a total of 149 people, and as many as 40 of them on plastic, vandal-proof seats (3 of which on fold-out stools opposite the middle door). Engine It was situated in a horizontal way, which made it necessary to climb one step when entering through the last door. The vehicle uses a rather poor version of passenger information based only on boards” – informs Klub Miłośników Komunikacji Miejskiej in Warsaw.

Gradually, more Neoplans, which differed in engines and soft seats, began to arrive in the capital from the factory established in Bolechów near Poznań. The equipment of the passenger information system was also changed. One bus stood out. It was a model that had a turret engine. Thanks to this solution, it was possible to eliminate the step in the third door, thus lowering the floor height to 340 mm.

A total of 104 Neoplans were running on the streets of the capital. They ended their line career in 2015 and were replaced by Solaris Urbino 15.

Route 100

Line 100 runs on the route: Dw. Centralny, Plater, Świętokrzyska, Prosta, Towarowa, Okopowa, Anielewicza, Świętojerska, Bonifraterska, Konwiktorska, Sanguszki, Wybrzeże Gdańskie, Śląsko-Dąbrowski bridge, al. “Solidarity”, Targowa, Ratuszowa, Wybrzeże Helskie, Wybrzeże Szczecińskie, Świętokrzyski Bridge, Zajęcza, Topiel, Kruczkowskiego, Książęca, Al. Ujazdowskie, Bagatela, Marszałkowska, Koszykowa, Central Railway Station.

The line runs from May 1 to September 24 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Additional routes of bus line 100 are scheduled for June 9 and August 14. The standard ZTM tariff applies to buses on line 100.

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