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September 14th, 2005
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Plush Bus
The bus I rode this morning had plush seats! I didn't even know the MBTA had these. The forward-facing seats were also taller, more like something you'd find on a Greyhound bus. Also, instead of there being single seats on one side and double seats on the other, there were double seats on both sides. No clue how old this bus is, or how many of them they have. I heard one of the other regulars talking about how she had been on one of these recently.

Anyone else heard of or seen these buses?
In other news, I think it was pretty much the same temperature this morning as yesterday morning, but the walk was sweatier because of the humidity. I imagine it will be this humid (or worse) for the next several days at least, as Ophelia is moving into the area Friday and Saturday.

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From:gnomi
Date:September 14th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)
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I've been on the plush-seated buses a couple of times. They were running them on the 5:18 PM 66 out of Harvard for a brief time.

I still hate the new bus design, though.
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From:queue
Date:September 14th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure these are new. I'm pretty sure these must be older buses.

The only new buses I know of are the ones designed to be more accessible and which have a two-level thing going on. I like sitting on the upper level of those, since I get to see more.
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From:treacle_well
Date:September 14th, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC)
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I don't like them because it seems to take longer to get off them, especially if you're in the upper-level, and because it's hard not to get stuck on an inside seat because all except a couple of "way back" seats are double, and if you're on the outside it's hard to reach a signal strip.

Anyway, I don't think I've been on plush buses. But I reall don't like the new buses.
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From:queue
Date:September 14th, 2005 01:42 pm (UTC)
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I like to sit on the front-most upper level seat, on the right (facing forward), on the outside seat. There's a signal button on the pole there, so you don't need to reach over to the window to signal.

But, yeah, I appreciate the single seats and use them whenever possible.
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From:pling
Date:September 14th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC)
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Allowing for the fact that you guys drive on the other side of the road to us - that's the same seat I always sit in on a double-decker bus :)
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From:gnomi
Date:September 14th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
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When making them more accessible in the front to wheelchairs and the like, they narrowed the aisles and took out a lot of the standing room. The stairs are also problematic for people who are standing. When I have an aisle seat, I get hit in the head (or shoulder) with bags frequently, because people are so squished together in the narrow aisle that there's nowhere to even put a bag on the floor. Further, the material on the floor of the bus is more conducive for wheelchairs than the previous floor material, but it is also slicker for people who are walking/standing, and in the rain it is actually quite dangerous.

I'm not convinced that the T did sufficient testing with real riders in real commuting conditions before implementing the new fleet of buses.
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From:queue
Date:September 14th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
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Ah, yeah, the plush bus I'm talking about is not on of the new buses. These seats have a couple of inches of padding on them, not the little bit of padding that the new buses have.


I'm not convinced that the T did sufficient testing with real riders in real commuting conditions before implementing the new fleet of buses.

That would not suprise me at all.
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From:hrafn
Date:September 14th, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC)
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All the buses around here have plush seats :) They've also got the stupid "back section elevated" design of the new MBTA buses (hatehatehate - think they're great for accessibility - *in front* - but don't think they work well for the rest of the passengers).
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From:queue
Date:September 14th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
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Do you ride the buses much?
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From:hrafn
Date:September 14th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
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No. I think I've been on 3 different lines, and they were all cushy. But most places I need to get to, I can do via bicycle. I've only taken buses wehn I had to move something too big/awkward to put on the bike rack. I suspect when winter gets really bitter, though, I'll be taking advantage of the bus stop across the street :)
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