Palm Tran, Palm Beach County’s public transportation system, will begin using articulated buses on Route 1 and Route 3 on Monday, April 16. Routes 1 and 3 lead the transit system in ridership, with heavy boarding during peak morning and afternoon commuting times.
The articulated buses will be used on select trips on Route 1, traveling via US-1 from the Gardens Mall to Camino Real in Boca Raton, and on Route 3 via Military Trail between the VA Hospital in West Palm Beach and the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton.
Designed for crowded routes, the 61-foot vehicles are often called “a bus and a half” because they can seat 58 passengers and are capable of carrying approximately 80 riders including standing loads.
This is the first time Palm Tran will use buses of this kind. The new buses, six in total, were recently acquired from New Flyer Industries using Federal Grant funds.