LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Over 500 new Metro buses will be equipped with new technology designs that will safely and quickly load wheelchair passengers.

The wheelchair stations, called Q’PODs, are expected to be installed in 550 40-foot, heavy-duty compressed natural gas buses, from the order of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

“We have set the high standards for safety, performance, reliability and convenience when it comes to serving the residents of our community,” Metro General Manager Richard Hunt said. “By installing two Q’PODs on each of these new buses, we are offering our mobility riders a safe, secure and convenient way to ride that keeps everyone moving at full speed.”

After testing the system, operators have suggested that it is faster and easier to use. Meanwhile, customers are expected to find the system less invasive, according to Hunt.

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