COME AS YOU ARE
The strength of any public transport system or mode is its ability to move all passengers en masse ‘quickly’, ‘safely’ and ‘conveniently’. The landmark, award-winning North American MCI D45 CRT LE high-floor coach breaks all the design rules to achieve al
Equality, egality, equity – all passengers on public transport deserve it. The North American MCI D45 CRT LE high-floor coach’s innovative design to meet those principles rocks. Fabian Cotter reports.
Did you know Canada invented the first wheelchair-accessible bus in 1947? Did you also know Canada invented – aside from peanut butter, garbage bags, the egg carton and the paint roller – the first motorised wheelchair in 1952? If you did then there’s no need to thank ABC magazine when you win your local pub or church trivia night because those questions had popped up. Yet if you didn’t then, you know … feel free to share your winnings with us – or at least grab us a cheeky drink at the bar later.
Based in Canada but now a US subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. (NFI Group) – the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America – Motor Coach Industries (MCI) has perhaps truly honoured wheelchairusing commuters worldwide – or at least on its own continent for now – by designing a luxury high-floor coach that has a unique vestibule area for customers to comfortably travel in.
It truly revolutionises the ability for wheelchair users to greater imbue themselves with a sense of equality and freedom as passengers, as they can quickly and conveniently access and alight from the coach all on their own.
In that capacity, the MCI D45 CRT LE arguably offers them, as commuters, a sense of public transport ‘equity’ the world has never seen – well in terms of global bus product at least. And while world bus-design markets are at times totally different and moulded and restricted by a raft of seemingly wildly idiosyncratic localised laws and regulations, such ingenious use of space and the thinking behind why it needed to be achieved is eminently worthy of celebration regardless of where you are on the planet.
So here it is ... in ABC magazine ... for all the world to see…