One Citybus Shows Local Buses' Evolution with Restored Fleet & Exhibition
June 09, 2023
Citybus and New World First Bus (NWFB) recently announced their partnership to launch an exhibition showcasing the evolution of franchise buses.
The “One Citybus” exhibition, available from now to July 23 at the Central Harbourfront Event Space, features retro and retired buses as well as the fleet currently in service.
The development comes after Bravo Transport had announced the merger of Citybus and NWFB franchise into the newly established Citybus from July 1, a merger to last for a period of 10 years.
To commemorate the occasion, NWFB’s rickshaw sightseeing bus (人力車觀光巴士) will operate a special route H1B at the Central Ferry Pier Bus Station, deploying an open-top bus to commemorate NWFB’s 25 years of service in Hong Kong.
A Daimler Fleetline (珍寶巴士) has also been restored for the exhibition. It comprises an iconic bus body which has served CMB and NWFB over the years.
In addition to the exhibition, NWFB and Citybus encouraged netizens on Facebook to vote on their favourite style of bus bodies for the new merger from June 9 to 18.
Upon the end of the NWFB franchise in May, the company offered free bus services on the designated Route 25, where four buses with the classic ‘wave’ livery ran the route and provided a nostalgic last ride. The symbolism of driving Route 25 coincides with the 25 years of history of NWFB serving Hong Kong commuters.
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