AUSTIN - Capital Metro will begin testing a double-decker bus as part of the MetroExpress service, according to a release.
The double-decker bus will start running Monday, October 31, until Friday, November 11, along Route 935, from the Tech Ridge Park & Ride to Riverside Drive. The bus will run approximately five minutes ahead of the regular Route 935 bus, the Tech Ridge Express.
No fare will be charged to ride the double-decker bus during the pilot program.
The double-decker bus, which measures 42-feet long and 13-feet 16-inches tall, can accommodate up to 100 people. A regular Capital Metro bus can seat 36 passengers and carry 15 more passengers standing. The double-decker bus is also ADA compliant and has a bicycle rack.
British bus manufacturing company Alexander Dennis built the double-decker bus. Cities including Seattle and Las Vegas are already running similar buses from the same manufacturer.
The pilot program will help determine the feasibility of double-decker buses running on heavy commuter corridors such as I-35, MoPac and U.S. 183. Surveys will be conducted during the pilot program. After the test period, input from riders, bus operators and maintenance staff will be compiled and reviewed.
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