First articulated buses roll for Palm Tran
Palm Tran, Palm Beach County Florida’s public transportation system, began using articulated buses for the first time this week. The new buses, six in total, were recently acquired from New Flyer Industries using federal grant funds.
Designed for crowded routes, the 61-foot vehicles are often called “a bus and a half” because they can seat 58 passengers and are capable of carrying approximately 80 riders including standing loads.
“These buses are clearly needed based on our growing ridership and will enable us to increase capacity during these times of economic constraints without the additional operating costs of placing more buses on these routes,” said Palm Tran Executive Director Chuck Cohen, soon after the buses were purchased.
The articulated buses will be used on select trips on Route 1, traveling via US-1 from the Gardens Mall to Camino Real in Boca Raton, and on Route 3 via Military Trail between the VA Hospital in West Palm Beach and the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton.