Help Me Choose – Window Style Help

Introduction

 

The selection of passenger windows in a vehicle is a critical decision point that can have a significant impact on vehicle aesthetics, passenger comfort, ridership, operating costs and safety. As such, when making a selection, several factors should be considered:

  • Cost (initial cost, operating cost, maintenance cost)
  • Passenger demographics
  • Size of maintenance team and ability to accommodate window maintenance
  • Requirement for natural ventilation (ie. windows that open)
  • Whether or not passengers will be permitted to open windows
  • Concern that riders will mistreat windows (extend appendages out window, discard trash, objects etc.)
  • Window configuration of existing fleet and desire for similarity
  • Importance of aesthetics
  • Ridership development plans

A simple decision tree may aid in your decision-making process.

Decision tree