on Fri Feb 17 09:56:13 2012, in response to Re: 126 O7's Racking Up High Mileage, posted by JFK DEPOT on Fri Feb 17 08:52:40 2012.
Are low floor buses really necessary? Since the advent of streetcars, people have always "stepped" into the vehicle. I realize and admire the efforts being made to accommodate the handicapped, but low floor buses are, in my opinion, a disaster. Not only is seating capacity greatly reduced (the older 40-foot Fishbowls had a general seating capacity in the area of 45-53), but low-floor buses appear to have more maintenance problems than high-floor units. Of course, the handicapped must be accommodated, but why can't we revert to high floor with lift buses? This worked before. While the dwell time at bus stops might be a little bit longer, the seating, and possibly standing, capacity of a high floor bus is far greater, the ride certainly smoother, maintenance problems probably less, and longevity of the bus itself possibly greater due to less stress on their structural components. What goes around comes around..... maybe.