City Cat users are already the envy of other Brisbane commuters. The high-speed catamarans cruising the river make the humble bus and train feel comparatively proletariat.
Now, the fleet is getting a major upgrade, the Brisbane City Council unveiling a design for $3.7 million double-decker high-speed vessel to be delivered in 2019. It will be called, unsurprisingly, the Super Cat.
The new catamaran will have 16 seats on its upper deck and the inside of the boat will feature tables, lounges and USB charging points.
In a news release quoted in a Brisbane Times story, deputy mayor Adrian Schrinner likened the new vessel to London’s double-decker buses and talked up its scenic views.
Murarrie-based Aus Ships is handling the construction of the new vessel. It’s expected to be completed by late next year.
“Following the introduction of a new City Cat in 2015, our fleet of 21 City Cats and nine ferries is providing more than 219,000 services a year for approximately 5.4 million passengers,” Schrinner said.
The Courier Mail reports that the Super Cat will have high-speed capabilities and the capacity to carry up to 170 passengers.