KingFriday013
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Rochester RTS Bus Wipers... Why So Many?

Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:28 pm

Having been here in Rochester, NY for a little over a year, I've noticed that in the public transportation system (RTS) there are some buses which are much newer than others. The newest buses seem to be Gillig Advantage buses:

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_rA3dO4kAJMQ/So1u73TlASI/AAAAAAAAEZc/7OakfIRDti4/IMG_5594.JPG
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/4yvV6QIzbaXTZaewrB_F-g

Here's another photo of a similar model:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0c/StarMetro_Gillig_BRT_29.jpg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:StarMetro_Gillig_BRT_29.jpg

(N.B.: both images are property of their respectful owners and do not belong to me, these are used under fair use, contact me if you have an issue, etc. etc.)

Notice on the window at the front of the bus, in front of the driver and adjacent to the windshield, there's a wiper on it! Do they really need an entire wiper mechanism to cover that little bit of space? It just seems like a waste of money in terms of design and potential maintenance.

Thoughts?

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RE: Rochester RTS Bus Wipers... Why So Many?

Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:36 pm

Quoting KingFriday013 (Thread starter):
Do they really need an entire wiper mechanism to cover that little bit of space? It just seems like a waste of money in terms of design and potential maintenance.

Presumably it's there to improve the drivers vision and situation awareness. Unlike a car, they don't have the benefit of a rear view mirror, so they have to be using the side-mirrors to see what is coming up behind them. And if a window is covered in raindrops, it can be bloody difficult to get a good look.
 
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RE: Rochester RTS Bus Wipers... Why So Many?

Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:28 pm

Personally, I like to see what is coming from my left when making a right- or left-hand turn.

Maybe thats just me. After all, many people think its perfectly fine to drive a car listening to music through their earbuds.
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RE: Rochester RTS Bus Wipers... Why So Many?

Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:09 pm

Yeah, it's so the driver can see what's in his mirror.
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RE: Rochester RTS Bus Wipers... Why So Many?

Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:48 pm

I don't know a lot about buses, but I'd say that since those buses travel primarily in areas where they're making a lot of turns and driving at low speed, and given that water droplets from rain and spray can stagnate pretty easily on that flat piece of glass, they'd want a mechanism to keep those windows clear.

If I had to guess, that little wiper probably came from driver/operator feedback.
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