Sunday, March 23, 2014
A Trimet driver writes
1. Un-level floor. slope at the front and rear door. as the bus age the ramp starts to separate and bow up, causing a trip hazard for ADA.
2. front area of the bus to the back door has widened. 90 percent of the passengers use the front door. they don't wait until the bus stops they play Tarzan to get to the front door. refer to point number one.
3. back of the bus passenger area has grown smaller and harder to get to the back, thus weight discrimination.
4. by the fire extinguisher there is a vision barrier if a passenger is standing there.
5. when the buses of the back door will not open immediately when you push on it. thus the possibility of a rider getting caught in the door is high.
6. drivers seat is injury prone causing right hip injuries.
7. drivers cabin is height discriminatory, if you are below 5'6 you will have problems with vision barriers from the left side and the right side. Auto announcement will not help if a operator can not see.
8. operator wheel too big. One cannot reach the dashboard, if it is raining you have to pull over to turn on the windshield wipers.
9. operator window too small, hard to turn the mirror when window will not open all the way. height discrimination, and possible left shoulder injuries and “drivers neck"
10. light indicator separated from dashboard. operator has to take eyes off road to look up.
11. Left turn mirror blocks view. crosswalk is partially blocked from view. also height discrimination. causes “drivers neck"