Metro’s ‘Bendy’ Buses Hit the Road

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – No more getting stranded road-sideofficials with Metro says that’s the idea behind a fleet of larger buses that roll out next week.

Metro president John Nations says each “articulated” bus is 60 feet long with 54 seats and a lot more room for standing.

They’ll operate on the busy “Grand Line,” which Nations says is the busiest line, dating back half a century.

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Photo: Brett Blume/KMOX

“Over the last year or two, as our ridership growth has led the country, we’ve actually been leaving people at bus stops due to capacity issues,” Nations says.

Metro spent $6.4 million to purchase a total of 15 articulated buses and rebuild them to like-new condition.

They’ll all be on the road by the end of the year.

Nations says the buses will give them 25 percent more capacity with an increase in operating expenses of only 2 percent.

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