MUNI explores adding double deckers to bus lines
A double-decker bus zips along a bus and taxi only lane in rush-hour
traffic in England.
MUNI is exploring the use of double-decker buses in an effort
to improve publc transportation performance in San Francisco.
Photo courtesy Highways
By Laura Dudnick
December 7, 2007
The first double deck San Francisco Municipal Transportation
Agency transit bus will be introduced to city streets Wednesday
for a nearly month-long trial period, a Muni spokesman said Thursday.
Riders will be able to take the bus free of charge during the
trial period, said Alan Siegel, a Muni spokesman. Riders can then
offer their input to help determine the effectiveness of the double
deck bus within the transit system, according to Siegel.
"We are testing it and seeing how well it fits in our fleet,"
Siegel said. The public's response will tell officials "whether
or not we want to continue looking at that type of bus. We're
looking at a lot of different options."
The transit agency is borrowing the bus for the trial period
from the British bus manufacturing company Alexander Dennis Limited,
according to Siegel.
The size of the bus is efficient both for the driver and for
the passengers, Siegel said.
The 40-foot long double deck bus will take up less space on the
street than the 60-foot articulated buses usually driven throughout
the city and will seat more passengers than the articulated buses,
Siegel said. The double deck bus is 14 feet tall, allowing 4 feet
of space between the bus and the electrical wires used by other
Muni buses, he added.
During its trial period the bus will run on more popular Muni
lines, but the schedules are subject to change depending on the
public's response, Seigel said.
To see an updated list of lines the bus will use, visit www.sfmta.com/double.
Passengers riding the bus during the trial period have the option
of filling out a survey on the bus. "The public will have
a large hand in determining if (the bus) will be successful,"
The trial period is scheduled to end Jan. 9. The transit agency
is considering other options to improve transportation services
in the city as well and will showcase further options as they
become available, according to the agency.
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