BOSTON (WHDH) - Edwin Robles remarked on his time as a coach bus driver, saying driving a bus that big in Boston was quite the challenge. A challenge that many of the Orange Line shuttles will soon face.

“If you have experience, this is good, but if you don’t have experience, it will be a little difficult,” said Robles.

Nearly 200 coach buses are set to blanket the city streets beginning on Friday, replacing the Orange Line as it undergoes a 30-day shutdown.

Robles transports people from New York and New Jersey into the city several times a year via coach bus. However, Robles is not one of the drivers for the Orange Line shuttles.

Coach buses are much bigger than MBTA buses and will have to be driven with caution in the city, according to Robles as they ride higher than the regular MBTA buses.

“Always, we have to be careful,” said Robles.

Coach busses compared to MBTA busses:

  • Coach buses are 45 feet long, MBTA buses are 40 feet long
  • Coach buses have a 50 person capacity, MBTA buses carry 30-33 people plus standing room.
  • Coach buses have a turning radius of 45 feet, MBTA buses have a turning radius of 40 feet.

Transportation officials warned pedestrians and bikers to watch out for the new shuttle buses, especially when they are making turns.

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