Friday, August 29, 2008
BEST gets better
There are LED destination indicators on the front, side, rear and inside displaying the destination
The bus has a unique 'air curtain', which restricts the cool air inside from going out each time the door is opened and closed
The bus has spacious interiors, comfortable seating and adequate standing space, besides a proper emergency exit
Passengers will have seat belts, as the bus is expected to run long distances like Thane to CST or Dahisar to Nariman Point
The manually operated ramp enables easy entry of passengers on wheelchairs and space for parking a wheelchair is also provided inside
The bus 'tilts' to enable easy entry for those who can’t raise their feet much. The ramp, 399 mm from the ground, can be lowered to 290 mm
On Thursday, BEST undertook a test drive of the all-new 'Starbus' in the city. If feasible, the low-entry, passenger friendly Starbus, made by Tata Marcopolo, could well be the new face of Mumbai's public transport.
The bus has several unique features, including spacious interiors and comfortable seating. Adequate standing space has also been provided, and a manually operated ramp will enable easy entry even of wheelchairs into the bus.
The manufacturers have given this bus on trial to BEST for a period of six months, and it will be operated between Cadbury Junction and Colaba depot (Route BRTS-I) from September 3. Here's a sneak preview of the new mode of travelling in the city:
1. The seating capacity is just 35, making it difficult to travel long distances standing
2. Seat belts might prove troublesome to fasten and unfasten in case of short distance travel. Seating arrangement also needs to face one direction
3. The bus is 12 metres in length and could be troublesome to manoeuvre along Mumbai's congested roads
WHAT THE BUS WILL OFFER :
Posted by Shoeb Hakim at Friday, August 29, 2008