Malta’s iconic buses are back with a bang, with a revamped fleet setting up shop in an exhibition in Valletta showcasing their new look.
A seven-year idea finally unveiled six months ago, Mizzi Studio, together with Move Malta, has finally unveiled their striking attempt to bring Malta’s old buses back to our roads.
Kicking off in an unveiling in Triton Square, the exhibition will continue running on until December underneath the Parliament building.
The bus on display is a 1:6 replica, made out of rapid prototyping technology, all machined in 3D.
The traditional hand-painting line pattens and lettering (tberfil) that had characterised the old buses have been re-imagined through LED technology, which will allow drivers to customise their vehicles as they had in the good old days.
The fleet will be fully electric and emission-free, using a solar-powered roof that will also be on display.
The buses also have state-of-the-art airconditioning and cooling systems, middle doors for efficient boarding and disembarking and low floors and ramps to ensure full accessibility for people with disabilities.
“It is a concept that brings together something very nostalgic for us Maltese and something we are looking at for our future – sustainability, alternative means, electromobility,” Transport Minister Ian Borg said at the event.
Mizzi’s plans for the bus fleet were first revealed by Lovin Tomorrow, a one-off newspaper published by Lovin Malta to mark April Fools’, with the designs also being picked up by Wallpaper, the world-famous architecture and design magazine.
The public was immediately smitten with the idea, with the return of the iconic yellow buses creating nostalgia-filled excitement.
Backed by the Ministry for Transport, the reborn bus could very well be on Malta’s streets sometime soon!
Arts Council Malta, Heritage Malta, Tallinja, Malta Public Transport, Transport Malta, Stargate Studies Malta, Lovin Malta, Eden Leisure Group, The Mizzi Organisation, and Gadgets also helped in bringing Mizzi Studio’s vision to life.
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