One month before we revealed the first RIDE, DNAinfo’s Jill Colvin wrote an article about our “souped-up tour buses.”
“Audience members who board the buses will be taken on a 4.2 mile ride through Midtown, where sites including Central Park and Times Square will serve as real-life backdrops for the storyline. The show will feature 18 performers on the street and two improv-trained “tour guides” per bus. A romantic dalliance between the tour guides provides a loose plot line for the show.”
Colvin talks about the unique technology on each of our vehicles:
“The buses are manufactured in Quebec City and then “amped” up by a team of engineers who raise the height of the roof to the legal limit and install the equipment. Passengers sit on three rows of patented stadium-style ceiling so they can look through floor-to-ceiling windows.”
“Brett Jarvis, 37, from Washington Heights, the show’s technological supervisor and audio visual designer, said each bus carries about $250,000 worth of audio-visual equipment. That includes 40 video screens, 105 speakers, 3,000 LED lights and ‘enough processing power in the basement to run a medium-sized corporation.’”
Tourists she questioned seemed fascinated as well, with comments like “It sounds cool! The buses look good,” from Charlene Stoeber, Germany, and “That’s really neat. It’s unique,” from Joe Rabuck, New Jersey.