I’ve been thinking about what we can do about really crowded routes like the 15 and 545, where the buses are already articulated and are still absolutely packed, and literally can’t accept any more riders. The headways are already as short as is practicable with a bus in traffic, and it’s not clear that there’s the money to put more buses on anyway.
What if we tore out seats? Yeah, sitting down is more comfortable, but isn’t more standing room preferable to standing with someone’s elbow in your gut? Preferable to not being able to get on it all? Best of all, the cost of something like this is a rounding error compared to the cost of some other capacity increases.
I’ve ridden buses with this configuration in Montreal and Marseille, although I couldn’t find any pictures.
The buses I ride typically aren’t quite as crowded, so what do you guys think? Fewer seats on a selected set of buses?
Tacoma Link photo by Seatrans Flickr Pool contributor Oranviri.