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On 1/15/2021 at 3:06 PM, Chris.A said:

I hope WMATA do away with those rear windows though. Too many buses have back windows.

Wow!

We are all entitled to our own opinion -- but I am surprised to hear this.

I love, love, love the rear window. I worked for a transit system that was buying New Flyers and I lobbied successfully for rear windows. The feature has proven very popular among customers and operators.

From the interior, the rear window makes the entire ride brighter and happier from the moment you step on. Natural light promotes a sense of safety and calm. While riding, it makes it feel like you're part of the city -- rather than just stuck on the bus. Minus the rear window, the interior can feel kind of dreary and sad.

From the exterior, the rear window reminds the world that transit carries actual people. If you're a motorist driving behind a bus with no rear window, it looks like a truck. Get that thing out of my way.

A rear window, on the other hand, causes you to peer inside. You see that real people are using that bus to go to real places! It makes transit much more relatable and approachable.

I am genuinely curious -- what don't you like about the rear window?

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On 1/5/2021 at 8:10 AM, Chris.A said:

Actually no, it seems that WMATA had either loaned their 2012 Orion VII 3G hybrids #3082-3087 to Fairfax Connector or they were sold to them (possibly the latter, since they no longer have D.C. plates, but VA ones now instead). If so, these would be Fairfax's first hybrid buses! The WMATA Decals were also removed, but the TAGS scheme is still on the buses.

 

On 1/5/2021 at 10:32 AM, Chris.A said:

I saw two of them myself yesterday on my way to work and it would appear to be the case. Wouldn't be the first time WMATA sold buses to another area bus system. Remember the 1999 baby Orion Vs (#3900-3950)?

Are 3082-3087 with FFC now? I haven't been down to Franconia in a while so Idk tbh

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