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Vancouver To Test Double-Decker Buses On Translink Routes Next Week

Double-Decker Buses

While the idea was proposed back on September 7th, Vancouver is moving forward with its plan to run double decker buses in the city.

The taller buses experience success in other major Canadian cities, such as Toronto and Victoria. As a result, Translink decided they were a worthwhile project for the city. Starting next week, Vancouverites can expect to see a couple of towering locomotives on transit routes.

British manufacturer Alexander Dennis has supplied the company with two double-decker buses, completely free of charge. The pair will run a pilot project over the course of three months in the city. Once it is completed Translink will determine if they are a worthwhile investment for the city.

To prepare for the pilot runs, Translink has been doing test runs; they use a test bus that is framed to mimic the size and shape of a double-decker bus. As a result, it will ensure that the routes are not obstructing manoeuvrability for the taller models.

Double-Decker Buses To Combat Crowding

Translink CEO Kevin Desmond notes that the buses will be much roomier and and comfortable. He says that this will help compensate for a steadily growing increase in Metro Vancouver ridership.

“Desmond said double-decker buses are best suited to highway travel because they’re comfortable and can carry more passengers. They can accommodate more than 80 people with room for four people with mobility devices and have up to 83-per-cent more seating than highway coaches,” reports the Vancouver Sun.

In an additional effort to battle congestion, Translink is adding 56 new skytrain cars by 2018.

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