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Blacked out windows on VTA buses

Original post made by Giraffe, Greenmeadow, on Oct 5, 2018

I noticed that in Oakland, the bus windows are not blacked out.

Maybe the VTA buses have blacked out windows so it is difficult to see that there are usually very few riders. Do they really need those double length buses? Could they switch to smaller buses that are a better fit for our constantly narrowing lanes?

Comments (4)

Posted by R. Davis
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 5, 2018 at 5:23 pm

Probably to block the sun during the daytime runs.

Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm

If you set up a viewing location so the buses pass between you and a light-colored background, you will confirm that VTA indeed carries very few passengers.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 5, 2018 at 5:34 pm

As with most public transport buses, the telling point about how many passengers have to be when the bus is passing the busiest part of its route, not its quietest. For example, the VTA bus that serves Gunn should be viewed before or after the Gunn students get off in the morning or on in the afternoon, not at the end of the route when most of the passengers have reached their destination and alighted.

Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 5, 2018 at 7:17 pm

Busses are always fuller in denser areas. Busses in San Francisco are often standing-room-only, even when the come every 5 minutes during rush hour. Comparing city routes to once-an-hour suburban routes on the peninsula is foolish. Peninsula routes travel longer distances and are full only along certain parts of the route (like closer to San Jose).

And yes, tinting the windows is to keep them cooler.

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