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    Another day, another DART bus embarassment

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    Re: Another day, another DART bus embarassment

    Yeah - but there was a squirrel involved and now PETA is up in arms....


    Question - why would closing the doors automatically disengage the breaks? Seems like a serious design flaw.

    The bus doors closed, disengaging the brakes, and the bus began to roll, said DART General Manager Brad Miller.


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    Re: Another day, another DART bus embarassment

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Yeah - but there was a squirrel involved and now PETA is up in arms....

    Question - why would closing the doors automatically disengage the breaks? Seems like a serious design flaw.
    Perhaps the parking brake wasn't set?

    In city busses, opening the doors engages the brakes (to ensure a full stop for riders to enter and exit the bus) and closing them releases them (so the bus can continue on its route). The disengagement of the brakes is part of the safety mechanism - just not the one you were thinking of.


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    Re: Another day, another DART bus embarassment

    Quote Originally Posted by TykeClone View Post
    Perhaps the parking brake wasn't set?

    In city busses, opening the doors engages the brakes (to ensure a full stop for riders to enter and exit the bus) and closing them releases them (so the bus can continue on its route). The disengagement of the brakes is part of the safety mechanism - just not the one you were thinking of.
    Well, I can see engaging them as a safety mechanism.

    Not sure I can see how automatically disengaging them would be. I would think you'd still want manual disengagement.

    I see what you're saying about the parking break however. That's pretty lax if she didn't engage it.

    My wife used to drive Cambus in Iowa City. Have to get her take on this.



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    Re: Another day, another DART bus embarassment

    If she got out of the seat she should have engaged the parking brake and put the bus in neutral.

    The bus brakes come on when you open the door, but all CyRide drivers know not to rely on those brakes to hold the bus . . .



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