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Old February 24th, 2011, 05:44 PM   #1
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MISC | Single or Double Decker Buses

London, HK and Singapore use double deck buses to increase capacity. I'm not sure which other cities use double deck buses, probably not many, definately not in the rest of Europe.

Why are the other cities (i.e. those equally dense cities) to not use double deck buses? What are their philosophy?

Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts.
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Old February 24th, 2011, 06:09 PM   #2
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pretty much all of the UK uses double deckers, not just London. I think they are a bit slower and some places might not have the vertical clearance for them, but they do fit a lot more people and the view is better from the top
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Old February 24th, 2011, 07:21 PM   #3
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Erm, didn't TfL decide to buy bendy busses (Mercedes Citaro) exactly because they have a higher capacity (and shorter stop times) compared to double deckers?
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Old February 24th, 2011, 07:25 PM   #4
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Bendy buses are now out of favour in London, due to the vast road space they take up and percieved cause of congestion and accidents.
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Old February 24th, 2011, 10:01 PM   #5
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Bendy buses are now out of favour in London, due to the vast road space they take up and percieved cause of congestion and accidents.
Mainly according to one man that is
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London, HK and Singapore use double deck buses to increase capacity. I'm not sure which other cities use double deck buses, probably not many, definately not in the rest of Europe.
Berlin has them as well.
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Old February 25th, 2011, 01:42 AM   #8
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Tks for the info on Berlin, and also double deck in the rest of UK.

I find it interesting to observe and discuss the continuum, i.e.

Very large capacity -> Large capacity -> small capacity:
Double-Deck -> Single deck -> Minibus.

In a way, tuk-tuk and jeepneys in BKK and Manila can be considered a form of minibus.

While HK uses minibus as supplement, Jeeneys in Manila ply truck routes. In fact, jeeneys forms the backbone of system there.

So, given the pros & cons of using large capacity buses to the smaller capacity buses, which approach offers superior solutions?

Any thoughts?
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Old February 25th, 2011, 04:04 AM   #9
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The US and Canada are just now introducing double-deckers as city buses.

Usually, we North Americans prefer bendy buses for high-capacity work.
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Old February 25th, 2011, 06:10 AM   #10
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Theres a couple in Seattle.
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Old February 25th, 2011, 06:39 AM   #11
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The commuter service (GO Transit) in Toronto uses double-decker buses primarily along a recently built toll highway. The buses serve several post-secondary institutions along the corridor.

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Due to low overpasses in Toronto's downtown they unfortunately don't serve routes out of the Union Station Bus Terminal.

Intercity bus operator Megabus uses a newer model which are able to make the vertical clearance and operate to the Coach Terminal. They operate routes in the northeastern US and along the Toronto-Montréal corridor



In Victoria, BC they also use double deckers as part of the municipal system.

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Finally, Dublin also uses them in their network.

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Istanbul also uses double decker





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Old March 6th, 2011, 12:49 PM   #13
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Belgrade’s operator Lasta runs a couple of double-deckers in the city. Even though they look attractive and the kids love them, they are not practical for the inner-city lines. They are cramped inside, the ceilings are very low especially on the upper deck. The stairs are narrow and getting on and off takes time and creates jams. They are better suited for low congested, suburban lines.



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