Can Anyone Fx Those Flxibles?

When the Urban Mass Transportation Administration began planning the "bus of the future" in 1970, designers were full of ideas. The new bus would be attractive, roomy, comfortable —and low enough for the handicapped and elderly to board without difficulty. Flxible and General Motors came up with prototypes in 1973. With an eye toward saving fuel, the UMTA sent them back to the drawing board with an offer to pay $3 per bus for each pound they could remove from the vehicle's weight. In 1977 GM devised the RTS ill, a flashy bus with clean lines and an optional 1 wheelchair...

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