Wave Transit does use smaller buses on some routes, including the ones around the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the Brunswick Connector and Castle Hayne routes.
It also uses them on other routes on weekends, when ridership is lower.
But Albert Eby, Wave director, said the smaller, 28-foot buses really aren’t buses, they’re “light transit vehicles.”
They are not built for the rigors of daily routes, with all the stopping and starting and wear and tear caused by daily use. That means they require much more maintenance than their 35-foot counterparts. The routes the light transit vehicles are used on generally don’t require the stops and starts of some other Wave routes.
“They’re called light transit vehicles for a reason,” Eby said.
Yes, the smaller buses are cheaper to buy and get better gas mileage. But they also require much more maintenance than their larger counterparts.
Date posted: December 10, 2009
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