|New buses can't climb San Francisco hills.|
There is, however, a wacko environmentalist caused glitch: Some of Muni’s newest "low energy" buses can't climb up San Francisco’s hills, reports the San Francisco Examiner.
A longtime Muni operator, who did not want to be named to protect his job, said the new buses are a poor fit for the city.
“The [new trolley buses] have good straight line power, but have difficulty with grades,” the operator said. “This is troubling, especially because San Francisco’s fleet is called upon to climb the steepest terrain of any trolley-coach system in the world on a daily basis.”
Muni transit chief, John Haley said New Flyer warned the San Francisco agency that grades more than 10 percent would wear out the traction motors on the 60-foot buses.
The city will only be able to run the buses on flat routes.
“That’s a reasonable decision,” said Peter Straus, a former SFMTA planner and now member of the San Francisco Transit Riders, an advocacy group.
“Not every bus needs to go everywhere and do everything,” he said.
The Examiner continues: To purchase more powerful buses, the SFMTA would’ve had to go through the process of ordering buses “all over again,” he said, a process that could take up to 10 years.
The buses were unveiled on Earth Day last year.
At the time on the unveiling SFMTA posted:
The introduction of the new low-floor biodiesel hybrid and electric trolley buses coincides with this year’s celebration of Earth Day. The new hybrids will run on B20: a blend of diesel and biodiesel, which is made from recycled oil and fat. The trolleys operate on 100 percent hydro-electric power....
In addition to being one of the most diverse transit fleets in the world, Muni is also the cleanest multimodal fleet in California.
The new buses will also make Muni more reliable...We want to make your green transportation options in SF the best transportation options. Thank you for helping us get there!
(ht Graham Dugas)