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FTA: Public Buses Strain Carrying Heavier Riders
WTAE ^ | March 24, 2011

Posted on 03/24/2011 8:09:23 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

PITTSBURGH -- The Federal Transportation Administration said buses are feeling the strain of carrying heavier passengers.

Buses in most cities are designed for an average weight of 160 pounds per passenger, based on data collected in 1960.

The average rider today is 175 pounds.

The FTA said that weight matters when considering the wear and tear on public transportation across the country.

Some ideas to help lighten the load is removing seats from public buses or placing a weight limit for riders.

"It's discrimination against overweight people. They can't help the way they are. I think they should make accommodations for them, if anything," North Side resident Greg Rodgers said.

(Excerpt) Read more at wtae.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: buses; napl; obesity
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1 posted on 03/24/2011 8:09:30 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Michelle Obama and “Let’s Move” may have a new issue to talk about. Her people who live in food deserts tend to be in our cities, and such people ride public transportation. There can be some connections made here.


2 posted on 03/24/2011 8:11:22 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro

Ping!

The public transportation lobby sez, “I like big bus and I cannot lie.”


3 posted on 03/24/2011 8:13:24 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
"It's discrimination against overweight people. They can't help the way they are. I think they should make accommodations for them, if anything,"

Sorry, we can only pick up fat people every other stop. If you start running now I can pick you up in two blocks.

4 posted on 03/24/2011 8:14:10 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Washington is finally rid of the Kennedies. Free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.)
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5 posted on 03/24/2011 8:17:47 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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  1. Gubmint inserts itself into the mass transportation market
  2. Gubmint mismanages program, operates it at a deficit
  3. Gubmint uses program as a springboard to regulate other areas
  4. Repeat #1

6 posted on 03/24/2011 8:20:56 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Mr. Silverback
*GROAN*
7 posted on 03/24/2011 8:21:43 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 791 of our national holiday from reality. - It's 3 AM, where is the 'president'?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Maybe they should start handing out fruit on buses... or encouraging people to walk.
8 posted on 03/24/2011 8:22:00 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

So, if 50 passengers average 15 pounds higher, the bus will have to carry 750 pounds more. That doesn’t seem like such a big deal. It’s like having 5 extra passengers.


9 posted on 03/24/2011 8:24:23 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Our Constitution: the new Inconvenient Truth)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

> “It’s discrimination against overweight people. They can’t help the way they are.”

Bull$*t!!!! They CAN help the way they are. That good old Americans With Excuses Act keeps coming back to bite us.


10 posted on 03/24/2011 8:27:18 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
It's discrimination against overweight people. They can't help the way they are.

Yes they can. It may not be easy or fun, but they CAN help it.

11 posted on 03/24/2011 8:30:35 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

FTA: Public Buses Strain Carrying Heaviest Drivers


12 posted on 03/24/2011 8:34:08 AM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

That’s weightist!


13 posted on 03/24/2011 8:35:04 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

It’s a well-known fact that, overweight people die younger.

So, is early death discriminatory for overweight people? What can government do for those “unfortunate” people?


14 posted on 03/24/2011 8:40:31 AM PDT by adorno
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Install a scale and charge by the pound like meat...


15 posted on 03/24/2011 8:42:01 AM PDT by red tie
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Here’s an idea for a solution:

Charge riders by the pound.

For each rider, have a standard charge, say, $2.00 per rider. And, have a weight scale at the doorway, and, for every pound over 160, charge, say, 5 cents. That could be an incentive to lose weight and save money at the same time.


16 posted on 03/24/2011 8:47:55 AM PDT by adorno
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Easy fix.....end public transportation.
17 posted on 03/24/2011 8:48:08 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Jared Lee Loughner - Disciple of Michael Moore)
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To: red tie

Seems like you and I were thinking somewhat alike at the same time.

Great minds...


18 posted on 03/24/2011 8:49:23 AM PDT by adorno
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I think we are dealing with a clear case of widespread “bus abuse”.


19 posted on 03/24/2011 8:54:02 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: adorno
Since they will no doubt be doing body scans in the near future they could calculate their mass and determine the charge at the same time. If the machine detects alcohol or bad B.O. they could be directed to the back of the bus as well.
20 posted on 03/24/2011 8:54:37 AM PDT by red tie
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