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Old 25th November 2016, 17:28   #1
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Volvo has unveiled the world’s largest bus chassis, the Gran Artic 300, a bi-articulated chassis which is 30 metres long and can carry up to 300 passengers.

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Launched at the FetransRio exhibition, in Brazil, the Gran Artic 300 has been developed for high passenger capacity transport systems, Bus Rapid Transport (BRT), where buses run on dedicated lanes.

“This vehicle will provide more efficient transportation systems, offering a higher quality for the passengers and improved cost efficiency for the transport operators,” says Fabiano Todeschini, head of Volvo Bus Latin America.
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We are proud to say that the world’s largest bus is a Volvo and that it was developed in Brazil”, said Idam Stival, Sales engineering coordinator, Volvo Bus Latin America.
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Looks good on paper. Sadly I don't see this being road friendly. These are not trucks that would only see highways. Where I live, I've seen articulated buses but doing very limited rounds. 12 or 15 meter buses running on suburban routes 2-3 times matching high school start-end timings. The routes are mostly straights with some turns. Even these buses are prone to sideswiping. Not all are good at judging the blind spots, let alone how they can sideswipe.

Double articulated buses will take these disadvantages to a whole new level. Few other points that affect such decisions would be the patronage, buying and operating cost of such buses. Not to forget licensing regulations to drive such a vehicle.
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Great news!
We need buses of these type to move people. Its sad that India is still not thinking to invest in a proper BRT, where these buses play a vital role, unlike Bogota.

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Looks good on paper. Sadly I don't see this being road friendly. These are not trucks that would only see highways. Where I live, I've seen articulated buses but doing very limited rounds. 12 or 15 meter buses running on suburban routes 2-3 times matching high school start-end timings. The routes are mostly straights with some turns. Even these buses are prone to sideswiping. Not all are good at judging the blind spots, let alone how they can sideswipe.

Double articulated buses will take these disadvantages to a whole new level. Few other points that affect such decisions would be the patronage, buying and operating cost of such buses. Not to forget licensing regulations to drive such a vehicle.
These are indeed road friendly. In MTC these are lifelines and MTC have successfully demonstrated how effectively articulated busses can be utilised in peak hours.
And moreover these busses are more efficient and productive in closed BRTS which is non existing in India.
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