Why doesn’t Metro use smaller buses during less busy times?
Metro is considering smaller buses for some service needs, but substituting a smaller bus would not always save money. A bus that begins work for the afternoon rush hour, for example, may stay out on the road long into the evening. It would not be practical to bring the large bus back to the garage after rush hour and then send out a smaller bus. This would mean lost schedule time, wasted manpower, and increased operating expense. Smaller vehicles work most efficiently on designated services that never require a bigger bus even during rush hour.