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The Buses From Hell

After AC Transit purchased costly foreign buses that drivers hate and many riders fear, its service and finances took a wrong turn.



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But despite Scheidig's protests, AC Transit seems to have admitted at least some culpability for Daniels' amputation. Late last year, agency officials ordered the Belgian bus maker to remove the elevated platform directly behind the driver on all new buses it builds for AC Transit.

And in an apparent nod to drivers' complaints, Fernandez and his top staffers also recently ordered Van Hool to jettison the extra doors, and lengthen the wheel base on future buses. As a result, the new Van Hools will be nearly identical to their American-made competitors.

Coming next week in part two: European travel, no-bid contracts, "washing" federal funds, and doing an end run around American businesses and workers.

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