DaTrain Posted May 28, 2009 Share Posted May 28, 2009 (edited) I knew before METRORail was up and running, many routes that were eventually truncated to terminate with the new light rail stations and split in two carried 60 foot articulate buses, such as the 65, 2, 68, 82, 56, and many more. Now that the Main Street Corridor and the paralleling streets in Midtown are reduced to having just one bus route (the 1 Hospital), it also seems like more and more articulates are replaced with regular 40 footers. In the last couple of years until now I noted the 163 Fondren Express was the only route to run 100 percent articulates at least on the workdays. Others that still have them but not as many are the 2, 85, 65, 68, 56 I can understand that METRO doesn't have the full capacity of people to continue having the 60 foot buses but the only advantage over the rest of the fleet is that EVERYBODY gets to have a seat at their own personal comfort and space. If they are going to retire the entire fleet of the articulators how come all this time they bought a fleet of two models of 40 foot hybrids that they couldn't look into new 60 foot buses, particulary hybrid low floors? I don't wanna see Houston lose its distinction of being the only city in Texas and the south to have articulate transit buses only to have another cookie cutter transit system consisting of a fleet of 40 foot buses only or less. I'd rather METRO spend a little extra on new articulates instead of waiting 5 years later for the 81 or 82 routes for example to be overcrowded and constantly remedy it with more 40 footers because it wouldn't be worth it. They'll just go off schedule and bunch up behind the other anyway. With the Neoplan models disappearing, METRO could still invest in these like this low floor hybrid in Albuquerque (minus the hybrid model face): or this one in LA: LA METRO uses these on the Metro Rapid system, so I would like for METRO to run these on Westheimer as potential for the second quickline on this heavily travelled corridor by car or public transport behind the 402 Bellaire aka QL2. Being a city influenced by the auto is one thing and snarling the nose at bus transit is another, but it isn't really time to go R.I.P. Houston Articulated Transit Bus. But I'm still backing METRORail expansion regardless even though routing is debated but that ain't the point right now. Edited May 28, 2009 by DaTrain Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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