The Fort Worth Transportation will debut eight 80-passenger, articulated buses during the Feb. 6 Super Bowl, a T official confirmed Wednesday. The T bought the eight futuristic buses with $6.4 million in federal Recovery Act funding.
These buses, which hold about triple the passengers of most of the T's fleet, will become part of the T's new bus rapid transit lines on East Lancaster Avenue in east Fort Worth later this year. Bus rapid transit is kind of a hybrid between bus and light rail. The buses have lots of standing room, and give passengers the feel of a light rail car.
T drivers have been training on the buses for several weeks, and T officials decided they were ready to debut the buses during the Super Bowl. They'll be used to ferry Super Bowl attendees from the CentrePort Station of the Trinity Railway Express to Arlington's Cowboys Stadium, which is about seven miles south of the TRE rail line.
I saw the articulated buses at the T's lot near 1600 E. Lancaster Avenue this morning, and took a quick picture with my mobile phone.
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