"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win." ~Mahatma Gandhi
Depending on cost (and reliability), the retrofit of cooling equipment sounds like a good thing ["mini hybrid"]. But, it really seems like a misuse of the term hybrid. After all, it still uses the good ol' diesel engine/automatic transmission combo that all conventional buses have.Many new cars have electric power steering rather than hydraulic. That doesn't make them "mini hybrids"!
The problem is that TriMet has been touting the "mini-hybrid" yet very, very few other transit agencies have followed TriMet's lead.Meanwhile, other transit agencies are buying up true hybrid buses left and right, and TriMet seems to think it knows better than much larger transit agencies. (Hint to TriMet: Nobody's paying attention to you when it comes to operating a bus agency - in fact in transit circles, TriMet is a joke.)TriMet right now has the capability of proving the success of the mini-split cooling system - and yet TriMet fails to do so. Why? Something is fishy - VERY fishy...the fact that TriMet could take two identical 2600s or 2500s or 2300s...one with the system and one without, stick them on back-to-back 12s (or 57s or 33s or 4s or 9s) and clearly demonstrate how one bus is better than the other...why hasn't TriMet done it?
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