Wright StreetCar

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Wright StreetCar
Ftr bus in University Road, York University campus, 19004 (B7 FTR), 7 April 2007.jpg
Wright StreetCar in use in York on FirstGroup's ftr service
Manufacturer Wrightbus
Body and chassis
Doors 2 or 3 door
Floor type Low floor
Chassis Volvo B7LA/Carrosserie Hess
Engine Volvo (Volvo B7LA)
Transmission ZF
Predecessor Wright Eclipse Fusion
A Wright StreetCar in Swansea.
A Wright StreetCar in use on FirstGroup's ftr service in Leeds city centre.

The Wright StreetCar is an articulated bus developed by Wrightbus and Volvo Buses for FirstGroup. It consists of an adapted Volvo B7LA chassis, featuring a separate driver compartment at the front, resembling to some extent similar designs in continental Europe.

They feature air-conditioning and a wrap-around seating arrangement at the rear. They are designed to mimic trams in their appearance and in the UK, the Wright StreetCar buses are used on First Group's ftr services since its launch in May 2006, with high frequencies and dedicated stops to further enforce the impression of a premium service. They have also gained the nickname of "understeer streetcar" with some drivers because of a tendency to understeer negotiating roundabouts.

Las Vegas RTC Transit Wrightbus Streetcar

In 2006, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada in the United States placed an order for 50 StreetCar Rapid Transit Vehicles for delivery in late 2000s. Developed from the Wright StreetCar, these will be hybrid-powered vehicles with chassis built by Carrosserie Hess of Switzerland. On 24 December 2008, RTC StreetCar A016 arrived, appropriately on Christmas Eve.

In 2007, bus operator Go North East, in the North East of England ran a trial on its popular X66 CentreLink service (operated by Wright Solar Fusions at the time) between Gateshead Interchange and MetroCentre. The StreetCar was lent from First Group.

The StreetCar was ultimately an expensive failure, and the project has been referred to as a white elephant. The majority of remaining StreetCars were withdrawn from the streets of Leeds during 2016, and most of the existing fleet were sent for scrap during 2017 and 2018 at only a little over 10 years old. Only two StreetCars remain in service, operating a shuttle between Luton Airport Parkway railway station and London Luton Airport with Go-Ahead London.

See also

  • FTR - FirstGroup's brand for services operated by StreetCars.

External links

  • Product description of Volvo B9LA model
  • Product description of Hybrid model
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