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AstroChuck's avatar

How do bus drivers close the door when they get off the bus?

Asked by AstroChuck (37438points) May 25th, 2008

I found this question on the internet once and it was never answered. I know it has a simple answer, but it has me wondering.

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jrpowell's avatar

You can push them shut from the outside. It doesn’t really take much effort. I ride the bus a lot and see the drivers do it all the time.

AstroChuck's avatar

Thanks. I knew it had to be something as simple as that. Kind of a stupid question, but it had me wondering.

richardhenry's avatar

The ones I’ve seen over here (England) have a button on the outside labelled ‘emergency open’. I’ve noticed the driver push the button before when the doors were open, and it closed them.

AstroChuck's avatar

Wow. Thanks for the “great question” lurve. I really thought this was just a dumb, lazy question as I saw it some time ago on the internet without any response.

richardhenry's avatar

To be fair, it’s exactly the kind of thing I would wonder had I not seen them actually do it once before.

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nayeight's avatar

what? No one has ever noticed that their driver side has a door? The actual bus doors are only for passengers.

bluemukaki's avatar

@nayeight: Depends on the bus, some do, some don’t.

Cardinal's avatar

No school buses, except twinkie school buses, (the small gasoline engine buses) have a drivers side door. The door handle on the full size buses, actually a knob to open and close the door with air pressure is pulled out to the open position and a lever above the door is pushed to the open (vs closed) position then the door can be moved manually.

johnpowell must be very fit, I have never found a new or old school bus door you get open or close w/o the air being bypassed. You may push then a little, but will open back up when you take the pressure off.

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