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HAL/Princess swap out older Juneau buses for new Enviro500 model

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The new Holland America-Princess Cruises Enviro500 buses will help reduce traffic congestion and air emissions in Juneau
Holland America Line and Princess Cruises swapped out their Juneau fleet of eight older buses with four newer double-decker, environmentally friendly coaches.

These coaches are used to shuttle passengers between the dock and Mendenhall Glacier. 

Each new Enviro500 bus has about the same capacity as two older ones.

Cleaner air, less traffic

'We want to do our part and help with cleaner air and less traffic,' said Bill Hagevig, Holland American and Princess Alaska division manager in Juneau.

Benefits of converting from single-deck to double-deck buses are related to reducing the number of vehicles while maintaining carrying capacity — reducing congestion, emissions, fuel consumption and overall environmental footprint.

Also, the new fleet runs on 10% biodiesel.

Faster boarding

Because of their low floor nature, a double-decker bus with 70 to 80 passengers loads and unloads quicker than a traditional coach with 50 people, reducing boarding wait times.

The new buses are wrapped in a graphics package with the distinctive logos for the company’s sustainability program called 'Sustain Alaska and the Yukon,' intended to focus on reducing waste, utility usage and the company’s carbon footprint. This design includes mountain imagery, an ice design representing Mendenhall Glacier and a blue background reflecting the Alaska sky.