Last month the MTA announced plans for a 35 day test run of double-decker buses in passenger service. The trial was met with tons of excitement from transit officials but more importantly the riding public. Unfortunately because of height issues in relation to tree branches, (something that was mentioned as a possible issue prior to the trial) the MTA has been forced to put off testing on two lines in Manhattan. Martin Espinoza of the New York Times has more in this report:
Because of a height issue — which would seem to be a built-in obstacle — the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has had to put off its plans to test its double-decker bus on two routes, including one that traverses Fifth Avenue.
The reason? Tree branches on Riverside Drive and Fifth Avenue are in the way.
Instead, the authority is currently limiting the trial to one route, the X17J from Staten Island to Manhattan.
Even on a good day, it can take about an hour and 45 minutes to complete its journey, from Huguenot Avenue on Staten Island to East 57th Street in Midtown, during peak commuting hours.
Click here for the complete report.
I wonder why they even chose the routes they did if they knew in advance that their was a strong possibility of height issues. Who knows….