Friday, April 19, 2013

Questions Answered: Buses Idling Policy

There were a few questions and concerns posed on Twitter about HSR buses idling at their recovery points so here is the HSR policy concerning idling as provided by the Hamilton Street Railway Company.

"All bus are required to have their engines shut off during recovery from April through October. All Operators are to shut down buses at the ends of lines subsequent to a 5 minute cool down period. This means that the bus must sit on fast idle with the air conditioning turned off before shutting down the engine.

The fast idle direction is provided for days when it is above 27 degrees Celsius so that the engine can be cooled down before shutting off the bus. If the recovery is less than 5 minutes then no shut down is required.

When the ambient temperature is less than 5 degrees Celsius or is above 27 degrees Celsius we are at that point exempt from the requirement to shut down the engine.

During mild but not hot days they can shut down immediately and will do so if they will be idling more than 5 minutes."

So there you have it. If you have any questions about the HSR in general you can always contact the Hamilton Street Railway Company directly, or drop me a line and I'll find out for you.


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