A version of this piece is published at The New Statesman/City Metric
Is it a tram? Is it a bendy-bus? Is it a bendy-bus-tram? Or is it just a long purple bus running on a not-quite-continuous network of bus lanes? Or, is it, as former Ireland rugby international Stephen Ferris (and now self-appointed part-time traffic infrastructure spokesperson) wrote on Twitter a shambles?
In Belfast it’s known as The Glider, a new £90m diesel-electric hybrid bus rapid transit system (RTS) launched — to mixed reactions as a quick #Glider search on social media reveals — at the end of 2018.