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Old September 28th, 2005, 02:32 AM   #1
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MISC | All about Buses

I live in Vancouver and translink has both high and low floor buses. I'm just wondering why is there this difference and what are the advantages and disadvantages to both. I dont know much about buses and i just noticed it from observing.

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Old September 28th, 2005, 02:44 AM   #2
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Low floor buses are easier to access for the elderly and people with disabilities, but due to the height difference of the back section of the bus and the seat arrangement, they have a slightly lower capacity. I much prefer high floor buses myself.

TriMet low floor bus:

High floor:

Another high floor, my favorite (Gillig Phantom):

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Old September 28th, 2005, 03:00 AM   #3
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thanks for your reply. Yup, i noticed that low floor buses have less seats.
I like low floor buses coz they have more head room, makes the bus seem more spacious.
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Old September 28th, 2005, 03:41 AM   #4
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Low-floor

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Old September 28th, 2005, 04:55 AM   #5
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Low floor SEPTA new flyer bus (we also have hybrids and new diesels arriving this year to replace old neoplans)



High floor neoplan





High Floor Nabi



High floor neoplan articulated

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Old September 28th, 2005, 05:28 AM   #6
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Courtesy of TransitToronto:

Low:




High:




(People in Manhatten might just recognize this bus )





There are many other models that is in the TTCs service , mostly High.
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London, Hong Kong and some other smaller markets have low-floor double deckers. HK is probably the biggest application of the technology, with almost all of the buses now being low-floor.

Low-floor buses have a much more modern and spacious atmosphere inside.
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Old September 28th, 2005, 03:50 PM   #8
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Berlin also has low floor double deckers.I think it would be quite difficult to even find high floor busses in the whole of Germany.

Btw:
these are the brand new bus-types in Freiburg i. Breisgau (southern Germany)


this particular bendy bus-type is already in use since 10 years in Freiburg



these are the new bendy-bus types.manufactured by MAN


the trams are also low floor:

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Old September 28th, 2005, 09:30 PM   #9
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I think it is a legal requirement in the UK now for all new busses to be low floor, to allow easier access for the disabled, elderly and parents with prams.
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Old September 29th, 2005, 12:45 AM   #10
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My local town has low floor buses like these

but only on the busy routes. We still have the older high floor buses on the less frequented routes
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Old September 29th, 2005, 02:12 AM   #11
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Mumbai has a few low floor buses. 644 more are ordered and 30 ultra low floor buses too.

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Old September 29th, 2005, 02:27 AM   #12
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I know with some buses in Vancouver (high floor?), they can piss off compressed air to lower the front end. This is supposed to make it easier for the elderly/etc. Personally, I like the high floors for the better view.
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Old September 29th, 2005, 02:39 AM   #13
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Montreal low and high

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Old September 29th, 2005, 02:42 AM   #14
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"I know with some buses in Vancouver (high floor?), they can piss off compressed air to lower the front end. " - Aha, I believe they are called 'kneeling' buses.
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I know with some buses in Vancouver (high floor?), they can piss off compressed air to lower the front end. This is supposed to make it easier for the elderly/etc. Personally, I like the high floors for the better view.
Yeah, i've ridden some of those too. But you still have to go up a few steps in the bus
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Quote:
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"I know with some buses in Vancouver (high floor?), they can piss off compressed air to lower the front end. " - Aha, I believe they are called 'kneeling' buses.
We have those in Brisbane...but they are low=floor buses that kneel for disabled people, prams etc.


Brisbane's Bus fleet:

Low floor

MAN 18.130:


Mercedes-Benz O500LE


Scania L94UB


Volvo B10L (Austral Pacific)


Volvo B10L (Volgren)


Volvo B6:



High Floor

MAN SL200:


MAN SL202:


B10M mk2:



B10M mk4:
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Old September 29th, 2005, 08:16 AM   #17
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Buses of King County Metro transit (Seattle area)

High floor trolley bus, all of the trolley bus are high floors...none are low floor
This is a Gillig 40 feet


Breda high floor articulated trolley bus (ex tunnel bus replaced by the hybrid buses)


New Flyer high floor artiulated diesel


New Flyer hybrid bus articulated low floor

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Old September 29th, 2005, 08:17 AM   #18
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Berlin also has low floor double deckers.I think it would be quite difficult to even find high floor busses in the whole of Germany.


Here in Bangkok too

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Vancouver also uses low floor New Flyers:

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