Changes to come with King County Metro. In the coming months the new and improved Rapid Ride will replace two busy bus lines in Seattle. As you may recall I’ve touched on the packed bus issues. I am excited that one of the two lines that begin in fall of 2012 is my very own bus line that I ride most of the time. Not only do we get new fancy coaches, the metro promises the busses will come every 10 minutes during peak time and 15 minutes in off-peak hours.
King County Metro Rapid Ride
The red and yellow will be a stand out change from the green busses that populate the Seattle streets. These swanky transits will offer three doors for embarking and disembarking the bus. In the past few months the stops construction to revamp the bus stops has been in full swing. The newly constructed stations will have a pay before you board option and a signal to let the bus driver know someone is waiting at the stop. This will be great for the winter months when the sun sets at 4:30 pm… More fancy dancy technology that is on board will trigger red lights to turn green sooner and green lights to stay green longer so the bus can keep on truckin’ along. I’m very excited for this to start and hope that it’s not all just hype.
In the meantime on the other side of the globe in Dresden, Germany the worlds longest bus has just been unvailed. This monster makes our busses look like Fiats. The Autoram Extra Grand will be riding along at 98 feet long, that is just shy of a football field. This mini train will hold 256 passengers. With the aid of a computer the driver will be able to make those tough turns a bit easier. This was a solution for the city that cost much less than a commuter rail would. For my fellow Seattleites it seems as though we could use a few of these 5 axel machines around town too.
Autoram Extra Grand