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I have something to say about these two comments...
"Not surprising. There's a lot of fools in this area that robotically assume that if it's built in Europe, it must be better. They forget a lot of crap comes out of Europe. After all, where can you buy a Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Renault, Lancia, Peugeot, etc.? Nowhere. Because they're all crap.
Comment by Manuel De Piedra - January 26, 2008 @ 01:58 PM"
"No, I am not confused. I know they are only assembled in Alabama. But they are the only example AC Transit has of a bus typical of American-made low-floor buses. The buses that many, if not most, European manufacturers are imitating.
Comment by Joyce Roy - January 26, 2008 @ 05:19 PM"
First of all, Manuel, you need to do your research. BMW, Mercedes etc are european and are built better than comparable products in the USA. Secondly you can buy Alfas in the US, I would personally say that most of the "crap" cars currently available are made in the USA by companies like General Motors.
Joyce, please do some research before you make sweeping statements....
If European bus manufacturers are imitating American bus design, please tell me why homegrown products were more suitable, as according to you they already had all the design features available. Don't see many double decks in the US, and thats because they were designed in Europe along with low floors and stylish buses.
The ONE AND ONLY reason that these buses don't work is due to the fact that someone thought that just by buying new vehicles everything will be fine, and didn't think that infrastructure and perhaps driver training needed to be looked at. In Europe, drivers wait until people are seated and generally drive safely. Perhaps also you may need to fill in the potholes in the roads if you want ANY form of comfortable public transport system...
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