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Designed to both reference the spirit of the iconic original whilst meeting the needs of 21st century commuters, the RouteMaster 2012 aims to optimize the convenience and desirability of public transit. Powered primarily by an on-board battery and ultra-capacitors charged at each hub, the RouteMaster 2012 emits no exhaust.
It integrates with Bikeshare by communicating with transit hubs to properly disperse bike modules, according to demand, throughout the city. While passengers board the bus, the small pneumatic motor powers arms that load and unload bike modules from the hub to the side of the bus. This motor also powers the retractable wheelchair ramp.
Specialized interior zones with unique seating solutions address the varied needs of passengers. Space directly across from the entrances and flat floors facilitate the ingress/ egress of wheelchair assisted passengers. Compact, ergonomically correct lean seats provide a safer location for short-stop and otherwise standing passengers downstairs, while long-distance travelers and tourists can enjoy London from the panoramic second floor.
Modular construction allows for short and longer versions of the bus, while expansive side glazing doubles as digital billboards that promote London culture through public service ads.
A video showing an interactive virtual model of the RouteMaster in real-time.
To view the complete design and process book for this project, please click on the link below.