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Ghost Rider on the Bus
Ghost Rider on the Bus
When "the big red bus that bends in the middle" (otherwise known as "articulated") arrived in Honolulu for demonstration by the D.O.T. late in August, Ghost Rider was privileged to be a passenger on one of its early runs. The previous day it had gone around the Island, and the following week was to begin 15 days of demonstration runs of five days each on our three most heavily-traveled lines--Nos. 1 and 2 (our longest) and No. 8 (the tourist line between Waikiki and Ala Moana Center).
The ride on the "artic" was a bonus feature of a previously planned (and twice-postponed) O.M.P.O. Citizens' Advisory Committee tour of the new Halawa Bus Facility, which took place on August 29. A transportation officials and approximately a dozen bus driver trainees also went on the tour. Ghost Rider and a trainee were the only gals present, except for Z our driver, who was a real pro at handling the 60 foot long monster.
Being the most unmechanical person in the world, Ghost Rider was in no better position to explain the operation of the bus following the ride than she was beforehand. Suffice it to say that "it can turn sharper corners and climb steeper grades than can our familiar G-M models," to quote an M.T.L. official. A big mystery was that when riding in the rear of the bus, the bending feature was not even visible on the floor, but the accor ion sides were seen to expand and contract as the bus made turns. The articulating mechanism "operates on a turntable principle, and the rear wheels turn independently," again quoting the M.T.L. authority.
While brand new on the scene here, articulated buses have/been used extensively in Europe and Asia for decades, and they are now coming on the scene in various American cities--Seattle has had 150 of them in service since early this year and has 228 more on order. This model, Ikarus 286 (with our name TheBUS already boldly appearing on its side) will carry up to 107 passengers, 61 seated and 46 standing, compared to 60 to 70 in a standard bus.
Honolulu's M.T.L. employees working in or out of Halawa, as maintenance people or drivers, now have a first class facility as a base of operations. The tour of the new facility which has been in operation since mid-May showed us:
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