4 March 2012

THE NEW ROUTEMASTER


Busses are not good urban citizens. They do carry a lot of people at a relatively low cost, but there are a lot of things they don't do well: they don't play well with other vehicles, they are a menace to pedestrians, they don't maneuver very well, they are a visual blight. They serve a specific need in public transportation, but over the years as transportation agencies have tried to control costs, buses have turned into hissing, grunting leviathans.


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I'll grant that the leviathans and other large busses do fine in dedicated busways and transit stops, but they are simply awful loose on the streets.








New-Routemaster-Bus copy
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The London Routemaster is different. The doubled decked configuration and easy rider access, allows for capacity, maneuverability and quick stops. Its been a staple of the London transportation system, so it was a tragedy when they were phased out a few years ago. Fortunately, a new design has been rolled out, and they are just hitting the streets of London. Its a crisp update with low emissions and accessibility features added to the iconic red shape.

I wish the Northern Ireland manufacturer, Wrightbus would make these an item for export.

Here is a link to an article on the rollout from the
Guardian.



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