Articulated buses (artics)-high capacity transit vehicles-are introduced by public agencies as a way to save costs, carry more passengers and lure new riders. These buses first went into service in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles RTD and the San Diego Transit Corp. are among 11 transit properties which formed a nationwide consortium to order and purchase 325 articulated buses in 1976. The buses are hybrids, a mixture of foreign and domestic design, engineering and craftsmanship. The buses are considered successful products although they have some major problems. Despite air-conditioning breakdowns and other problems, the artics have many advantages because of their size. The larger coaches have a seating capacity of 65 with room for 60 standees. No uniformity is noted in the way various members of the consortium have deployed artics. The service patterns in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Chicago are briefly discussed.

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    Carter (C Carroll)

    538 National Press Building
    Washington, DC  United States  20004
  • Publication Date: 1979-12

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  • Accession Number: 00308130
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM