I rode SunTran for a year when I was in college at the University of Arizona. I lived too far to walk or safely ride my bike to school, but the #15 bus was just 2 blocks from my house and took me right into campus, my bus pass for the entire academic year cost me only $130 bucks (standard fare was $1.00 w/ one transfer included). The bus ride was not even 20 minutes. Only downside was that the #15 ran every half hour and at peak times it was standing room only.
SunTran had a variety of equipment. Most common on my route were Neoplan AN440s running on CNG
. These were the middle aged buses in the fleet. The oldest buses were the RTS
. SunTran also had brand new RTS
buses as well which ran on CNG
and had the wheelchair lifts up front. And the rest of the fleet, and generally the newest buses besides the new RTS
models, were New Flyer C40s. All of SunTrans fleet were high floor models.
When I was in grad school in Charlottesville I got around without a car very easily between the university's and city's excellent bus systems. UTS ran a mix of buses all 35 footers, with the bulk of them being diesel powered Gillig Phantoms. And most of the rest being older Orion Is.
Most of the CTS
fleet were New Flyer D35LFs.
I always found it odd that some of my friends thought it was strange that I took the bus. But in many ways it was cheaper and easier than driving, or in the case when I did not have a car it was my only choice. So having a good bus system is a huge plus. And after riding on them for a while you start to take notice of the equipment too. Sort of like becoming a bus spotter.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia