Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday Wishlist: San Jose's Double-Decker Bus

I think I'm going to start a new regular post about wishlist items. These are ideas--some small and some large--that I think would make San Jose an even better and more interesting place to live. You guys already know one of my big wishlist items, Halloween in the Park. When you swing by Christmas in the Park this year, imagine that for an extra month each year, but with a Halloween twist. But that's not my idea for the day...

London has just unveiled the design for their latest generation of iconic double decker buses (just in time for the Olympics). When I use the word iconic in that sentence, I really mean it in its truest form. Think of a red double decker bus... what's the first thing that comes to mind? Try to stare and the photo below and NOT think of London. You can't, can you?

Pure and simple, San Jose needs a Double-Decker Bus. Something iconic that when people lay eyes upon it, they will immediately think of San Jose. Even cheap, dynamic LED lighting would go a long way (imagine if every bus and light-rail train was lit teal during sharks games). Or perhaps LCD screens on the sides of the bus displaying art that changes with every stop. There are lots of options that could go a long way in adding character and interest in even the most mundane things you can think of... like buses. Just ask our friends from across the pond below.

New London Routemaster Double-Decker Bus Prototype


  1. thats really badass! maybe we could start by getting all the lights working along fountain alley, so it's not so creepy at night. wait, it's super creepy at all times of the day. i digress.

  2. The san joses double Decker bus is described very well here. Read all about it here