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Old 03-25-2013, 09:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by RiderofBikes View Post
School buses are made to accommodate various types of people too(including handicapped) and have been for a very long time. Older City buses had the same bench type seating the school buses still have today.
Standard school buses are not made to accommodate handicapped. They have special buses for this. Older city buses did have this type of seating before ADA laws went into effect.

What would really be the difference between, say, a (kid/adult) stand-up riding in a city bus and stand-up riding in a school bus. Isn't the inherent "potential" danger the same? Even with or without influence of law... What logic did they use?
since when did logic ever have anything to do with laws? The dangers are the same, but, for what ever reason, it has been determinded that it is OK to have people stand on city buses, but, not on school buses. Probably has to do with the drastically lowered number of seats on handicap accessible buses.

Assuming that Both types of buses meet the same Safety Crash requirements? but still...

Wouldn't it just be simplier/cheaper to design/build one base type of bus utilizing 1 particularly efficient mode of propultion. Rather than having two diff types that accomplish the same task (People carrier in this case) and one be less efficient, but it being a more used asset(city bus), instead of the more potentially efficient one?
Obviously, an EV bus small or large would be ideal, but seeing as this might not happen within the next decade? or so, why not improve ontop of whats already available...
every hear the term, jack of all trades, master of none? this is what you propose. i am all for sharing platforms, when it makes sense. in this case it doesn't. ADA laws state that normal public trans buses be configured for handicap accessibility. school buses (for normal, highly mobile children) do not have this design restraint, nor should it. it costs a lot of money to make a bus that kneels at the curb to allow handicap access.

Like i was mentioning, as local Cargo route trucks, from like local distribution centers to companies requiring specific loads, etc. you know kinda like UPS/Fedex delivery trucks, but with a bigger payload capacity. This would also mean more driving work as salary/hourly paid positions, rather than mileage paid drivers that would otherwise fail. Considering a Bus (loaded) compareble to an (ungodly common) box truck might just be more fuel efficient with accepted payloads.
Not exactly sure what it is you are saying. If you are talking about centralized trucking centers that make smaller deliveries with E trucks, I think that is a great idea. Another thing I would like to see is getting away from long distance OTR trucking. We have an existing network of rail. Every day thousands of individual trucks drag 53 foot boxes across the country. Why not have these boxes all strapped down to trains which can move them much more efficiently and safely between distribution centers. They could use the same container concept that is used by that moving company, PODS.
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