Thank you for the information. This is the first unfavorable report I have seen regarding the performance of the Civis buses in Las Vegas. There are some other fundamental limitations of the system:Wally said:Normal Pic
Yes, it works but the average speed is lower than expected. The second line is postponed and should not use the same technology (one central guiding rail).Otis LA said:I wanna know: Is the Bombardier tram-on-tyres in Nancy operating, despite the problems? I wanna see any picsand technical informations... thanx
Wow! thats *very* interesting - so they are going to look at the Translohr then?Bender said:Yes, it works but the average speed is lower than expected. The second line is postponed and should not use the same technology (one central guiding rail).
Yes, the "trolley" version of the civis used in Lyon is excellent: It goes fast, and I think it's more powerfull than a diesel bus.spsmiler said:Similar also operate in Lyon and have been found to be much more economical.
TipNTop said:Yes, the "trolley" version of the civis used in Lyon is excellent: It goes fast, and I think it's more powerfull than a diesel bus.
....and the snow is not really a problem
But if you look at the pics closely that I posted, it seems that at least two buses are involved in the Skyscraperpage gallery. One is driven by a woman (if you look closely on the one where the bus is about to dock at a station with the cop, you can see red manicured nails) and one is driven by an African American. In both instances, despite the optical guidance of the Civis, they still use their hands to steer the bus. Given that the optical guidance feature inflates the price of a Civis, it makes you wonder why would you buy such a vehicle for your bus fleet if drivers still use their hands to steer.greg_christine said:I looked through Mr. Aquino's Skyscraper gallery. One of the first photos in the Las Vegas guided bus sequence is the following:
The caption states, "Irisbus Civis stuck in traffic." This is pure speculation on my part, but what are the chances that the bus was delayed by traffic and that the driver chose to regain some schedule time by approaching stations at higher speeds than allowed for the optical guidance system? As the bus approaches each station, the driver can clearly see the people waiting on the platform. If none of the people waiting appear to have disabilities, it would be perfectly reasonable to approach at higher speed and not use the optical guidance system. Of course, it is impossible to know for sure that this was the case without having a statement from the driver.