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The future is bright, The ftr is prpl
|The past meets the ftr in York|
|The ftr is prpl|
|Is it a tram ?
Is it a bus ? No
it's a Streetcar ! However this is is no streetcar named desire -
this is actually just an articulated bus developed by Wrights and Volvo
for First Group. The obvious differences from a conventional
bus is that the driver sits in a compartment at the front and there is
wrap round seating at the rear. They are branded "the future of
travel" hence the "ftr" shorthand name, but yet they require conductors
to sell tickets due to high profile problems with the original on-street
ticket machines. There are nearly 40 of them with operation
starting in York in 2006 and then spreading to Leeds and Swansea, with a
handful being used at Luton Airport before the delayed South Wales
service got going. Many changes have been made to the local
infrastructure, particularly in Swansea where vast tracts of the city
centre are now bus lanes.
They only operate on one route per city, numbered 4, and only operate
during daylight hours. When darkness falls it is back to the
past rather than the ftr, when normal service buses appear.
The future is bright, the ftr is prpl.
|Special Swansea stance
||Perfect for poker
||Back from the ftr at 7pm
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