We’ve all seen the iconic red Gray Line Sightseeing tour buses taking visitors to some of the most scenic and historic parts of the city.
As charming as they are, some of these vintage double-deckers date back to the 1950s, and are neither fuel efficient, nor good for the environment.
In recognition of this fact, this week Wilson’s Transportation and Gray Line Sightseeing Victoria are replacing eight of these buses with new fuel-efficient Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 buses – they’re also way more quiet and comfortable!
The switch to the new vehicles is commended as an act that will help reduce greenhouse gases, and shows Wilson’s Transportation’s commitment to help Victoria realize its Sustainability Vision.
“It is time to embrace a new generation and do our part as good corporate citizens in our hometown,” says John Wilson, President and CEO of the Wilson’s Group of companies.
This doesn’t mean they’re getting rid of the old buses entirely!
Wilson added that the red vintage double-deckers are an important aspect of the city’s charm and history, and will continue to be used in parades and displayed during ceremonial events.
“We know many visitors love the experience of touring the city in a double decker, and we are happy that can now be done in vehicles that meet the standards that today’s travellers expect,” says Paul Nursey, President and CEO of Tourism Victoria.
The new fleet will commence active service starting October 7th.
So whether you’re new to the city or have lived here for years, go check out the new era of sightseeing in Victoria – we promise you won’t be disappointed!