Transport is a major problem in day-to-day life in western countries. In an effort to?
GV Bus for handicapped
CU Handicapped symbol on side of bus
SV and CU Man in wheelchair operates securing control (2 shots)
GV Man in wheel-chair gets out of bus on elevator
SV Advertisements for Dial-a-Bus
SV Angled safety seats
SV and CU Man operating control for slide-out steps (3 shots)
GV Dial-a-Bus vehicles (2 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT TO SV and GV Roosevelt Island bus (2 shots)
SV Man Demonstrating electric engine
GV and SV Articulated bus (3 shots)
MACMILLAN: "The Convention's considering many flexible approaches to mass transportation problems, trying to serve the many segments and special interests that make up the mass. Much attention is being focused on the needs of the handicapped, with several designs featuring wide doors, ramps and elevator platforms. A dozen buses of this design are already in service in Denver, operating on routes laid out by wheelchair patrons. A Canadian company is displaying a safety design with seats set at an angle. It's got some added social benefits, but the aim is safe seating. Other manufacturers have installed slide-out steps which added to any bus, give the elderly that extra step up from the sidewalk. Many transportation specialists are adding smaller buses to their fleets with limited seating aimed at a special group in one neighbourhood. The Dial-a-Bus plan in Toronto, for example, lets passengers phone ahead for a seat. When several calls are combined, drivers make out a delivery route and make pick-ups and deliveries to order. The system's worked well in several smaller cities as a back-up to regular mass transit. There were moulded plastic buses, buses with batteries where engines should be - to fight pollution - and buses that bend it the middle - all part of the expanding and diversifying transport picture."
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Newsman, Andy Macmillan, visited the buses displayed at the Convention. A transcript of his report on film appears below:
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Background: Transport is a major problem in day-to-day life in western countries. In an effort to reduce the problem, a convention of bus manufacturers met in New York recently to discuss ways of making travelling easier and more convenient.
They concentrated on safety and the interests of special groups -- the elderly, the handicapped and people who live away from recognised bus routes.
On display for the convention were new buses of all sorts, incorporating many special features such as slide-out steps and elevator platforms to enable easier entry for the handicapped and elderly.
Many exhibits showed the manufacturers' concern over the increasing volume of traffic on roads. One design included a concertina-section between carriages to make cornering easier. Also on show were battery-powered bussed to reduce pollution.