For those of you not hip to today's popular bus manufacturers, this means we went from a bus like this:
to one like this:
|Photos by So Cal Metro, via Flickrhivemind|
Hold it. Did you just say free WiFi?
Yeah, we have it tough. But it's hard for someone used to having free WiFi on their way home from work to suddenly not have it. First-world problems . . .
I can understand why UTA would want to run a Gillig instead of an MCI. Given that the following relationship almost certainly holds:
and that the following is true by observation:
Most people took it in stride (I for one have certainly seen the 817 run far less glamorous buses than an '09 Gillig), but it was diverting to watch people's looks of consternation as they realized that the bus coming down the road actually was the bus they were waiting for, instead of one of the lesser buses they usually superciliously contemplate without patronizing. We eight-seventeeners are an interesting lot.