This morning I managed to drag myself out of bed a bit earlier than usual to make my way to town. The reason for this was to ride on the first double decker bus that is going to be used in Auckland and I was very impressed by it. The bus looks and feels superb, both inside and out.
The bus definitely turned a few heads as we drove past.
A view outside the upstairs window with the single level NEX bus off to the right. I bet there will a lot of people wanting these seats on a nice day like today.
From about the middle of the top level, looking back. One of the great things is that the seats are more spaced out than other buses giving passengers more room. It was much more like you get on a train. The great thing is that this is apparently now a requirement in the NZTA spec so we should be seeing it in other new buses in the future. All up the bus has 86 seats compared to the 51 on other NEX buses.
The stairs to get to the top level, to the right there is even a little luggage area.
And looking in the other direction on the downstairs level of the bus.
Another great feature is that both of the doors are wide enough for two people to board or alight at the same time which will definitely be useful once HOP starts rolling out next month.
Lastly from the upper level you get a stunning, unobstructed view across the harbour on the journey.
All up, a very welcome addition to Auckland. The first normal run will happen next Monday.