Stand and Deliver * Australia - How buses will bend rules
When you can't fit any more buses on to Sydney's congested roads, what's the answer? Strip out seats and triple the number of standing passengers
Newcastle,Australia -The Newcastle Herald, by LINTON BESSER -14 Oct 2008: -- ... That is what State Transit is trialling in its new "super metrobus" between Leichhardt and Kingsford... In the trial's three different buses, between nine and 12 seats have been removed and the number of standing passengers has been boosted from 20 to up to 69. In total, 115 passengers will cram aboard instead of 70 to 80... If all inner-city buses were reconfigured this way, complete with more standing room and hand rails, total capacity could jump by about 36 per cent... A former chief executive of State Transit, John Stott, said the removal of seating was a logical response to the soaring patronage... But only three buses from the $4.5 million order have been received so far. This includes two all-new three-door bendy buses, as well as a newer version of the 14.5-metre rigid Scania used by commuters since 1993, but with 12 of its 61 seats removed... Most passengers spoken to by the Herald thought the new Metrobus was a good way to ease overcrowding and said they would not mind standing for short journeys...
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