Originally Posted by Keith P.
The later GM/MCI "classics" were nowhere near as good, though all were far superior to today's low-floor buses as they actually had usable seating capacity instead of all the wasted space the low-floors use for the occasional passenger in a wheelchair. A prime example of govt standards being set unrealistically for a tiny squeaky-wheel minority that negatively impacts the vast majority who pays the freight.
It's not as great as it sounds, especially when you're on the 14 and it stops at SMU, taking on 15-20, and they all stand around you and don't "move to the back of the bus" like the driver tells them too.
The new Artics are nicer, in that they don't need BOTH seats to be up, in order for a wheelchair to be there. At least, not my Quickie. The trade-off is the crappy one-belt tie-down system, and the fact that there seems to be no uniform way of using it.
I'm really hoping MT gets NewFlyer DE60 ALFs next time they go shopping for buses. The two blue buses are great for transporting chairs.
As for having to stand up because a wheelchair is using the seats: people with the ability to use their legs should, uh, use them once in a while. ;P (Just like I sometimes use crutches when I go out with friends.)