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starcanuck64
2014-Apr-01, 08:03 PM
...in innovative transit solutions.

http://www.sherwoodparknews.com/2014/03/31/dibs-on-being-first-to-ride-triple-decker-bus


Sometimes if you want to lead by example, you have to put your neck out there and see if your head stays attached.

It didn’t work out that well for poor Ned Stark, but boy did it ever pay off for George R. R. Martin and his encyclopaedic Game of Thrones series.

Really. What was Ned thinking? Everyone knows Joffrey’s word is only as good as his slap shot. (Spoiler alert: It’s not that good.)

Anyway, Strathcona County is apparently hoping that it is more Martin than Stark amid the development that it will be purchasing triple-decker buses for the municipality.

Considering that the recently debuted double-decker buses cost approximately $800,000 a pop, one can only imagine how much these three-storey high monstrosities will cost.

Unconfirmed word on the street is that the buses are in hybrid form, which means they’ll get incredible gas mileage — but their weight means passengers may have to get out and push at certain points along the route, like that slight incline on Broadmoor Boulevard near that golf course whose name I can’t think of at the moment.

redshifter
2014-Apr-01, 08:07 PM
It's not too difficult to imagine how much the triple decker buses (April fools joke...) will cost: $1.2 million. $400k per deck based on the $800k price for a double decker :)

starcanuck64
2014-Apr-01, 08:07 PM
They really are quite attractive looking vehicles.

http://www.sherwoodparknews.com/2014/03/31/triple-decker-buses-looming

redshifter
2014-Apr-01, 08:08 PM
That's a pretty funny article! It should be in the Onion...

starcanuck64
2014-Apr-01, 08:09 PM
It's not too difficult to imagine how much the triple decker buses (April fools...) will cost: $1.2 million. $400k per deck based on the $800k price for a double decker :)

They were also reporting the retracting upper deck controversy on CBC radio this morning, which can lead to tragedy if people don't vacate the upper deck quickly enough when it's lowered to allow the bus to go under obstructions.:)

http://www.cbc.ca/player/AudioMobile/Edmonton%20AM/ID/2446018605/?cmp=rss

NEOWatcher
2014-Apr-01, 08:14 PM
I like the traditional triples as shown in one of the Harry Potter movies better than those modern ones.

Swift
2014-Apr-01, 09:15 PM
If a triple is good, wouldn't a quad or a penta be even better. Have we really reached the limits of bus technology?

Let's look at an example of a bus with n levels, as n approaches infinity. For simplicity, we will assume a spherical bus...

http://www.users.muohio.edu/pechanmj/182/182Equations.gif

starcanuck64
2014-Apr-01, 09:22 PM
I'd like to present my inflation model of the early bus/universe and how it quickly grew to fill all space.:)

Trebuchet
2014-Apr-01, 10:21 PM
If a triple is good, wouldn't a quad or a penta be even better. Have we really reached the limits of bus technology?

Let's look at an example of a bus with n levels, as n approaches infinity. For simplicity, we will assume a spherical bus...

http://www.users.muohio.edu/pechanmj/182/182Equations.gif

But there's a sign wrong in the twelfth line so global warming is a hoax and we don't need buses!

spjung
2014-Apr-01, 10:27 PM
To get a quadruple-decker bus, it needs to be atomic-powered (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Bus).

NorthernDevo
2014-Apr-02, 07:02 AM
Good for an April Fools joke but as an Edmontonian; transit here is so pathetic it is not even worth the humour. Ihave walked the breadth of this city faster than what is jokingly called 'public transport' in this city can provide. Transit in this city is no joke. It is so bad humour is inappropriate.

NEOWatcher
2014-Apr-02, 02:58 PM
If a triple is good, wouldn't a quad or a penta be even better.
The hoax has gone that high (http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/weblog/comments/a_brief_history_of_triple_decker_buses).
Funny thing is, the link shows there were a few triple deckers. Not exactly in the vertical sense though. More like split levels.

Trebuchet
2014-Apr-02, 03:06 PM
The hoax has gone that high (http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/weblog/comments/a_brief_history_of_triple_decker_buses).
Funny thing is, the link shows there were a few triple deckers. Not exactly in the vertical sense though. More like split levels.
Railroad dome cars were like that. Same level as the rest of the train at the ends, but with an elevated portion at the dome and a low level corridor under it.

Here in Snohomish County Washington, the transit agency has two decker commuter buses which, due to our obsession with coffee, are called "The Double Tall". They make sense to me, carrying a similar number of passengers to the very long bendy buses but occupying less road.