Low floor bus technology has revolutionized urban bus transit in Canada and Europe, and is increasingly gaining acceptance in the U.S. market as well. The lack of an internal step to access inside the bus greatly enhances the ease of use of the bus by all customers, but in particular by those with mobility impairments; access to the bus by disabled riders can be gained through the use of a simple ramp, rather than a complex hydraulic wheelchair lift. The rapid implementation technology has raised a variety of technical issues related to the design of the vehicle. The objective of this study is to synthesize key and other vehicle design issues, as they were identified through a comparative review of the technical specifications prepared by transit systems procuring low floor vehicles, or through interviews with transit system representatives who operate vehicles. The report provides a comprehensive overview of low floor bus design issues, as well as some suggested guidelines for transit systems interested in this technology.

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    Delcan Corporation

    133 Wynford Drive
    Toronto, Ontario M3C 1K1,   Canada 

    Canadian Urban Transit Association

    55 York Street, Suite 1401
    Toronto, Ontario  Canada  M5J 1R7

    Transportation Development Centre

    Transport Canada Building, Floor 27C, Place de Ville
    Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N5,   Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Kershaw, D
  • Publication Date: 1994-9


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices;
  • Pagination: 83 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00716364
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0920559247
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 13 1996 12:00AM