Gearheads Alert: Jay Leno Tours the Electric Bus
November 3, 2012
The best mass transit experience I’ve had was in Amsterdam, and no, I hadn’t visited a coffee shop. There, street level, human scale trolleys whisk you around the city center in a jiffy – and are as quiet, convenient, and readily available as elevators in a New York high rise. You never lose touch with the experience of the city and being on the street, along the canals.
Not long ago, I took a ride from Ann Arbor to Detroit Metro on a brand new hybrid bus. The seats were comfortable, the ceiling was high, the windows were big and bright – it had wi-fi. It gave me hope that we could do something near term in the US that might get us on the road to real, comfortable, desirable mass transit. Certainly if I could catch a bus like that to Chicago, I’d do so in a heartbeat.
I don’t know if the bus Jay Leno features above has wi-fi, but for most American cities, in the near term – mass transit if going to rely heavily on making buses more efficient, more attractive, and more available. This is one solution that could go a long way.