OmniRide, which runs commuter buses on I-66 and I-95 from Prince William County into DC and other job centers, is testing out a double-decker bus. You may spot it this week, and maybe next, plying the region's highways and streets.
For now, there's only one double-decker bus. OmniRide is running it as a short term experiment, to gauge riders' reactions and to test whether the agency wants to buy double-deckers permanently. The double-decker began running Monday, April 8, and will run for “about eight days,” according to OmniRide Executive Director Bob Schneider.
The double-deckers have 81 seats, compared to 57 on a normal single-level OmniRide bus.
Although double-deckers are not otherwise used by any transit agency in the Washington region, double-decker tour buses are common in DC, and transit agencies in other cities do use them. For example, suburban Seattle's Community Transit runs more than 60 of them.