Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Can we get higher capacity buses on the Orange Line?

As those of you who have read this blog know, I believe the Orange Line should have been built as and should be upgraded now as a light-rail line.

In the meantime, every time I ride the bus line everyone is stuffed like sardines into regular articulated buses.  Why not have tri-articulated buses as they have for other BRT systems in the world?

Here are two examples of what these type of buses look like.

Metro, can we purchase some of these so we can breathe again?


.fLoOreDFuN. said...

I've always wondered about that same upgrade to the Orange line.

Is there another agency in the US that uses a tri-articulated bus? The only consideration that I could see is that there would need be additional testing reqired

Anonymous said...

I think the answer here is to extend the red line to the Warner center, or at least to van nuys. This was being considered quite a while ago but was stopped by NIMBYs and lack of funds. I think many will be in support of this after seeing how packed the orange line gets nowadays. Metro really needs to push for another tax like measure J to get more projects started. Heavy rail subways are the best solution in crowded areas.... The red line at least as far as van nuys would definitely have enough ridership. Also the red line has the lowest operating costs because it has the most ridership and brings in the most ticket revenue.