New Designs and Operating Experiences with Low-Floor Buses


R. D. King

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operations - capacity, infrastructure - vehicle, planning - safety/accidents, planning - surveys, mode - bus


Acceptability, Acceptance, Data collection, Industries, Low floor vehicles, Low floors, Maintenance practices, Markets, Operation and maintenance, Ridership, Safety, Specifications, Surveys, Technological development, Technology, Transit buses, Transit operating agencies, Vehicle capacity


This report will be of interest to transit managers, policymakers, operations and maintenance professionals, bus procurement specialists, bus manufacturers and suppliers, and others interested in operating experience to date with low-floor transit buses. The report provides information on the current market for low-floor buses and provides a summary of operating experiences on the basis of discussions with transit agencies and low-floor bus manufacturers. The report includes information on customer satisfaction and acceptance, bus capacity and ridership impacts, bus operating experiences, impacts on maintenance and facilities, safety experiences, and operator and mechanic acceptance and satisfaction. Also included is a discussion of the current market and market trends for low-floor buses, an update of the status of low-floor bus technology and technological developments, and a summary of key specifications for low-floor buses available to the North American transit market. This report will be particularly useful for transit agencies considering the deployment of low-floor transit buses.


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