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Quick-Load Double-Decker

For faster bus stops.
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Start with your standard double-decker bus. Now add several sets of wide doors to the curb side of the top level. Then, at busy stops, add a platform with stairs and a money accepting turnstyle.

The result will be a bus that un/loads very quickly at the top, while still allowing for normal slower stops and wheelchair access at the bottom.

Worldgineer, Apr 02 2008

Curitiba http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curitiba
... where this might most readily work [Ned_Ludd, Apr 03 2008]

Curitiba bus stop http://en.wikipedia...curitiba_brasil.jpg
[Ned_Ludd, Apr 03 2008]

link for [brightsparks] helter_20skelter_20buses
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       By my (unreliable) calculations, a lean-angle of 1 degree will mean that the top of the bus is around a foot closer to the top of the stop than when the bus is upright.
angel, Apr 03 2008

       Closer to 4 inches per degree. Regardless, this could be dealt with the sort of auto extending step (with pressure feedback) that is presently used in some trains to mate with uneven platforms. Said step could mount on the bus or on the platform. +
MechE, Apr 03 2008

       Maybe you could just provide a dump-truck mechanism, and simply tip the whole load out the back?
DrCurry, Apr 03 2008

       [MechE], of course (I blame an erratic degrees to radians conversion), but double-decker buses lean a lot more than one degree (I speak as a former driver of them). I like the notion though.
angel, Apr 04 2008

       Add an inflatable aircraft escape slide from the back of the top deck .....
8th of 7, Apr 04 2008

       We can add "Mind the gap" announcements to buses as well.
dbmag9, Feb 03 2009


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