Southwest Transit sees 15 percent ridership increase, tests double-decker buses

By Bruce Bisping, Star Tribune

By Bruce Bisping, Star Tribune

From the Transportationist.  After seeing a jump in ridership this year, Southwest Transit is testing double-decker buses on certain routes this week.  The buses hold 45% more seated passengers than a regular, cost a lot more, but use a similar amount of fuel.

According to the article, they have not been widely used in the US because they weren’t Made In America and therefore didn’t qualify for a federal funding requirement.  Anyone know how much federal funding the private Southwest Transit gets?  Interestingly, we have let “foreign” cars drive on our federally funded roads for a long time.

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