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What is Bus Rapid
Transit? BRT includes any or all of
- A dedicated lane or separated guideway for the bus
(so the bus isn't slowed down by auto traffic).
- Devices that keep a traffic light green so the bus
doesn't get stuck at a red light.
- Buses with low floors to make it easy to get on and
- A limited number of stops.
- Train-like boarding, where passengers buy tickets
before they get on the bus.
All of these together make the bus act more like a
train, without the big infrastructure costs of installing
a train system. Of all these features, the first (a
dedicated lane) is the most crucial. If the bus is stuck
in car traffic then there's barely any real benefit over
a regular bus, or a private automobile. (more
Taking a BikeE on the bus.
Here's how to get a BikeE onto
a Capital Metro bus rack:
1. Turn the steering 180
degrees--makes the wheel base shorter.
2. Put the rear wheel in the
well reserved for the front wheel. In other words,
use the movable restraining bar over the rear wheel
instead of the front.
3. The front wheel still will
not fit completely in the other well, but enough so that
wrapping a bungee cord through the rim and around the
well supports will keep it from inadvertently jumping
4. When maneuvering the movable
brace over the rear wheel, tilt the bike slightly
temporarily toward you so that the brace doesn't strike
the derailleur--once in place return the bike to an
I've used the bus now maybe 20
times and have had no problem. (I do take my flags and
panniers off, although I think one could leave the panniers
on--I'll have to try that).
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