Accessibility

Champion's FlexBus to be tested for usability

Posted on April 14, 2014

Champion Bus Inc.’s next generation FlexBus transit shuttle will be provided for use as a test vehicle in a usability research study to evaluate the performance of low-floor buses for people with special physical needs.

The study, organized and conducted by the Dallas Smith Corp. and the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access at the University of Buffalo, is part of a five-year project to evaluate current bus models and recommend improvements for future designs.

In the first phase of the study, groups who use manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, scooters, ambulation aids, and strollers will analyze new and existing ramp technologies.

The usability of boarding a next generation transit shuttle bus equipped with an electronically adjustable access ramp will be compared to the usability of boarding a conventional transit shuttle bus equipped with entry steps and a lift. The usability of uniform-slope access ramps will also be compared to ramps with grade breaks.

“We are very pleased to participate in this study which will compare the performance of our proprietary electronic ramp technologies on the FlexBus to conventional lift equipped vehicles,” said John Resnik, president of Champion Bus. “Our innovative air-ride suspension system has automatic sensing and self-leveling features that provide an even ramp slope for improved accessibility, making it the only one of its kind in the industry.”

The Equalizer ramp system comes with automatic sensing technologies that provide an even ramp slope for improved accessibility. The system makes passenger entry and exit much safer and improves route efficiency by decreasing boarding and exit times.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

D.C. advocates call on Uber, Lyft to add wheelchair accessible vehicles

For months, Uber has been seeking agreements with a handful of D.C. cab companies to access the companies’ wheelchair-ready vans for use on the Uber Taxi platform. The cab companies, however, are not interested in working with Uber.

Utah's FLEX bus service touted by FTA

FLEX follows a fixed route, but will deviate up to three-quarters of a mile to pick up a limited number of riders who phone and make an appointment. The routes serve both the general public and the disabled, but anyone can request a deviation.

Interactive mapping can aid mobility planning for people with disabilities

Because these maps are interactive, users can input information — say, where sidewalks end or do not exist, or whether a restaurant bathroom is truly accessible — the same way drivers upload traffic information to a navigation app like Waze

Access to public transportation is key for returning military veterans with disability for reintegration success

Access to reliable transportation, particularly public transportation, is essential for returning military veterans with disabilities to reintegrate to civilian life and obtain critical medical and support services, according to a new Rutgers study.

CapMetro marks accessibility milestone with achievements

Agency was first in Texas to achieve 100% vehicle accessibility. Took delivery of its first lift-equipped buses in 1986.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)



More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close