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In brief: Worldwide montly news & informations about Buses, Busmakers, Passengers' and the Transport Industry


AIR POLLUTION * UK / Norway - Report: Diesel cars emit up to four times more toxic pollution than a bus

* England - Failure to use available technology to cut dangerous nitrogen oxides in new cars is a ‘disgrace’

-- A modern diesel car pumps out more toxic pollution than a bus or heavy truck, according to new data, a situation described as a “disgrace” by one Member European Parliament (MEP)... The revelation shows that effective technology to cut nitrogen oxides (NOx) pollution exists, but that car manufacturers are not implementing it in realistic driving conditions... Diesel cars tested in Norway produced quadruple the NOx emissions of large buses and lorries in city driving conditions, according to a report from the Norwegian Centre for Transport Research. A separate study for Transport for London showed that a small car in the “supermini” class emitted several times more NOx than most HGVs and the same amount as a 40-tonne vehicle... The issue of NOx pollution, thought to kill 23,500 people a year in the UK alone, gained prominence when VW diesels were discovered to be cheating official US emissions tests. The scandal also led to revelations that the diesels of many car manufacturers produce far more NOx on the road than in EU lab tests, though not via illegal means... The Transport for London research compared nine diesel cars, ranging from the super-mini class up to SUV, against three HGVs and one LGV. The NOx emitted from the cars was similar to that from the heavier trucks though one car – the smallest diesel tested – produced more than double the 12-tonne lorry and the same as the 40-tonne vehicle... Emissions expert James Tate, from the University of Leeds, said the reasons car manufacturers were not implementing the NOx reduction technology on cars were convenience and cost... 
 (Photograph: Mar Photographics/Alamy - Diesel cars tested in Norway produced quadruple the NOx emissions of large buses and lorries in city driving conditions)   --   London, EN, UK - The Guardian, by Damian Carrington - 22 October 2015


ELECTRIC BUSES * USA: On the University of Georgia Campus Transit

* Georgia - Campus Transit experiments with electric buses, hopes to increase sustainability

-- Students taking the East-West campus bus route Tuesday may have noticed an all-electric bus driving that route. The bus is on campus as part of a test for new electric buses for the University of Georgia Campus Transit, said Director Ron Hamlin... Hamlin said multiple electric vehicle manufacturers have brought their vehicles to campus, and this is the third bus that Campus Transit has tried out... He said Campus Transit, with the help of the Office of Sustainability, applied for a $10.5 million federal grant in June in order to fund investment in electric buses... Electric vehicles would require huge upfront costs, he said. But over the life of the vehicles, electric vehicles would cost less than the current diesel vehicles... 
(Photo by Brayden Robinson - UGA Buses: UGA Transit is looking into alternative forms of fuel for on-campus buses, but price and other complications may hinder them)   --  Athens, GA, USA - The Red & Black, by Nate Harris - Oct 23, 2015


BUSMAKERS NEWS WORLDWIDE * UK: JV amidst ADL and BYD -- ** Japan: Mitsubishi Fuso Bus'

* Scotland / UK - ADL seals £660m Chinese bus deal

-- Falkirk-based bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) is celebrating after securing a £660m contract with Chinese firm BYD... The deal will see ADL, one of the worlds largest bus manufacturers, build 200 single deck buses per annum, representing turnover of around £660m over the next 10 years... This would include the building of double deck buses, a sector in which ADL is a renowned world leader. If this happens, there is potential to triple the scale of the current deal to almost £2bn... ADL is the largest British-owned business in the UK automotive sector and in recent years has been one of the fastest-growing bus and coach manufacturers in the developed world... The group anticipates further growth of circa 20% with turnover moving towards £600m this year. It employs 2,500 people globally and supports a further 1,500 jobs through its global build partnerships... 
(Image: An ADL bus)   --  Falkirk, Scotland, UK -  BQ, by Bryce Wilcock -  21 Oct 2015

* Japan - Tour bus makers warily welcome gains

-- Manufacturers of large sightseeing buses are enjoying brisk sales as orders have increased from bus operators experiencing a surge in the number of foreign travelers as preparations continue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics... Mitsubishi Fuso Bus and Truck Corp., a major manufacturer of commercial vehicles, will increase hiring next spring by 10 percent from a year earlier... The company’s Toyama plant is manufacturing at a high rate the Aero Queen, a sightseeing bus on sale since July, with another painting line added in August... Mitsubishi Fuso made the decision to expand its workforce, including hiring workers under fixed-term contracts, as the company received nearly double its usual volume of orders for large-size buses in the first half of the year, on a year-on-year basis. The number of orders it has received has exceeded its production capacity with current staffing levels, even if they were to work overtime and give up days off... Thus, the company reviewed its production plans and decided to increase by 20 percent its large and midsize bus production volume for 2016 compared to that for 2014... Besides the number of senior citizens who are fond of taking sightseeing trips by bus, there are an increasing number of foreign visitors to Japan. In some cases, bus operators have had to wait nearly a year for delivery of their vehicles ordered... 
(Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso, tourist bus Aero MM model)   --   Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan - The Yomiuri Shimbun - October 22, 2015



PUBLIC TRANSPORT POLICIES * Europe: The European Standard for IT solutions

* Sweden - Nobina becomes strategic partner in implementation ones
-- Nobina who make public bus transport services in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark, is the first operator to join as a strategic partner in the European ITxPT (Information Technology for Public Transport) Association to support the development and implementation of the future’s standardised IT solutions for public transport... The European Association that was initiated by the UITP (International Association for Public Transport) is a cooperation between bus manufacturers, PTAs, operators and IT companies. The objective is to introduce commonly accepted standards for a cost efficient and safe development of digital systems for public transport... With harmonisation of information systems via open IT architecture, it will become easier to create and further develop services. Commonly referred to as ‘plug and play’ integration of new applications and IT units facilitates on-board installation and maintenance. Operating costs are reduced by integrating multi-modular information systems, thereby facilitating improved planning of urban and regional transportation and optimising connections between all types of transport and parties involved. Additionally, they facilitate accident management by taking effective measures... 
(Photo: A Volvo 7700 bus, owned by the company Nobina, is here running Line 3 in Falköping -in Västergötland, Sweden-  for Västtrafik)   --  Stockholm, Sweden - Nobina AB/Business Wire - October 14, 2015


CONCEPT ELECTRIC BUS * UK - New platform enters testing programme

* Oxfordshire - Extended electric truck and bus chassis

-- A revolutionary range extended electric truck and bus chassis from a new to the industry business begins its testing programme in the UK this month before being readied for commercial operations... The company involved, Charge R&D Ltd, has substantial financial backing from Kinetik, a new $500 million international investment company. Charge, headquartered in Enstone, Oxfordshire, UK, is developing electric powertrains for commercial vehicles and its platform offers game-changing driveline and vehicle solutions... It has two unique propositions that give it an edge over other solutions: cost and scalability. First, Charge’s product is expected to come to market at a price comparable to a conventional carbon fuel solution (excluding the battery cost); and secondly, it is designed to work in vehicles from 2.5 to 26 tonnes... Combined, these features will form an important part of Charge’s strategy to move the commercial vehicles market towards EV technology... 
(Photo: A Charge electric truck 2 weeks ago) -- Enstone, Oxfordshire, UK - UKHAULIER - 6th October 2015


ELECTRIC BUSES * India - Automated charging system for buses

* Delhi - ABB propels electric buses with

-- ABB, a provider of power and automation technology, has announced the launch of an automated fast charging system that allows electric buses drive 24/7, while also enabling zero emission... The system is offered in 150 kW, 300 kW or 450 kW modules... With this modular system, ABB aims to solve the key problems associated with large scale adoption of zero emission electric buses: long charging times and short driving range belong to the past... In a favorable industry response for the system, ABB in July 2014 announced partnership with Volvo bus to jointly market fast chargers and buses... The automated fast charger will be offered with other related services from ABB including remote diagnostics, remote management and over-the-air software upgradeability... ABB’s fast charging system will be shown to the public for the first time in Kortrijk, Belgium at the Busworld 2015 show... 
(Photo: ABB’s fast charging system)  --  Patparganj, Delhi, India - Green Tech Lead, by Rajani Baburajan - October 15, 2015


IT'S A BUS * USA: The vehicle that could save the planet

* South Caroline -  Isn't an electric car 

(Proterra EcoRide Electric Bus - How does it Charge? - Video from Proterra Inc. - Oct 23, 2013: The EcoRide™ is the world's first battery electric bus with fast charge enabled infinite range. With unmatched durability and energy efficiency based on rigorous industry testing at Altoona, the Proterra product is proudly made in America) 

-- Proterra, a company that manufacturers buses that run solely on electricity, have now tested a bus that travels for 258 miles on a single charge. That's far enough to travel from New York City to Boston without having to stop for a charge, and more than enough to make the rounds on a metropolitan public transit route... The South Carolina-based company, makes the news every month or so for landing in a new city with a fleet of buses or completing another multimillion-dollar funding round. Proterra's buses, which can get up to 35 minutes of travel out of just 10 minutes charging, have been replacing buses in cities such as Tallahassee, Florida; Reno, Nevada; Worcester, Massachusetts; and Los Angeles. Louisville, Kentucky, added 10 of the buses for the city's public transit system this past January, and it's estimated that the Proterra buses will save the city $300,000 a year... Many cities are using local clean initiatives and stimulus money to pay for the buses, which, at $825,000, cost almost twice as much as a standard, fuel-guzzling diesel bus. But those extra hundreds of thousands of dollars can be justified by the money saved by using electricity instead of fuel. Proterra buses only use about 19 cents a mile in electricity, while most city buses burn off a gallon of diesel in nearly 4.71 miles... But the Proterra would make that money back over the course of a city bus' typical 12-year lifecycle. Slate crunched the numbers: "A diesel bus can consume between $500,000 and $600,000 of fuel, while [the Proterra] would consume about $80,000 worth of electricity, based on average industrial electricity rates" ... 
 Greenville, SC, USA - Tech.Mic, by Jack Smith IV - October 05, 2015

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ALTERNATIVE FUELS * USA: Buses with Propane Autogas

* DC - Fleet success with

(Video from BlueBirdCorporation - Jan 29, 2014: PERC interviews Ron Latko, Director of Transportation for Mesa Public Schools on his success with a Blue Bird Propane School Bus fleet) 

-- According to the National Association for Pupil Transportation, school buses are the safest mode of transportation to and from school. This year, however, the yellow bus is getting an upgrade. More than a half a million students will ride a school bus powered by propane autogas this year... “Diesel has long been the standard in school transportation, but for districts that want to reduce harmful emissions, save money and create a safer, healthier ride, propane autogas is an excellent alternative,” said Michael Taylor, Propane Education & Research Council’s director of autogas business development... Among the health and safety advantages of propane-autogas-powered buses are that they are quieter than diesel and they reduce exposure to diesel exhaust, which the World Health Organization classifies as a carcinogen. Transportation departments are also reducing fuel and maintenance costs with propane autogas compared with diesel, giving schools the opportunity to invest in more teachers or school programs... Recognizing these benefits, schools across 45 states — a total of more than 7,000 buses — have transitioned to propane autogas. And as propane autogas sales reach record numbers this year, and all four major school bus manufacturers now offer propane-autogas-powered models, PERC is highlighting the stories of school districts that have adopted the fuel...
Washington, DC, USA - The Propane Education & Research Council (P.R.)/ School Transportation News, by Ryan Gray - October 6, 2015



* California - Electric bus maker buzzing over orders

-- In a hangarlike building on the north end of Lancaster, 13 electric buses move through the assembly line at BYD Coach & Bus... Some are almost empty shells, while others near completion with wiring and windows installed. Sections of a 60-foot bus are in booths for painting. Finished vehicles get a final check before customers take delivery... All this activity at the plant must accelerate after BYD announced last month an agreement with Washington state and Oregon for up to 800 new buses. That’s in addition to 100 buses already on back order... The new orders mean the factory’s payroll of 120 will have to expand. And the company will have to reconfigure its manufacturing operation to double output... 
(Photo: BYD electric buses manufactured in Lancaster, CAL)   --   Lancaster, CAL, USA - The San Fernando Valley Business Journal, by MARK MADLER - October 5, 2015

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ALTERNATIVE FUELS * Australia: Compressed Natural Gas

* Victoria - Caltex has launched its first Compressed Natural Gas refuelling facility at a service station

-- Caltex recently marked the opening of its first Australian service station to offer Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), with the Caltex Star Mart site in Tullamarine, Victoria, now offering the alternative alongside its mainstream fuels... Caltex Australia has partnered with AGL Energy Limited to bring the niche fuel to the site, spearheading a push to develop a wider network – first in Australia's eastern states, then nationally... The alternative fuel is essentially natural gas compressed to less than one per cent of its normal volume at standard atmospheric pressure. It's said to be a cleaner-burning and more cost-effective option when compared to regular fuels... But with the exception of the bus industry, CNG as an alternative fuel has been largely overlooked in Australia. However, if Caltex and AGL are successful, it seems Australia will soon be following most other parts of the developed world in adding CNG to existing fuel options, which in turn could well hasten the local introduction of CNG passenger cars... 
(Pictured: Toll's trucks at Caltex refuelling station)   --   Tullamarine, VIC, Australia - Motoring, by Rod Chapman - 25 September 2015

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* DC - FTA offering more grants for alt-fuel transit buses

-- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the latest round of funding under its Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo)...  The agency is making $22.5 million in new grants available to help deploy transit buses powered by alternative fuel technologies, such as hydrogen fuel cells and electric and hybrid engines... ‘The LoNo program has helped deploy environmentally sound, technologically advanced vehicles across the country, providing a better riding experience for passengers and improving public health,’ says Acting FTA Administrator Therese McMillan. ‘By reducing fuel and maintenance costs, these modern vehicles are a great public investment – saving taxpayer money in the long run while powering innovative American enterprises’ ... The FTA says it will award the LoNo funds on a competitive basis to transit agencies and state transportation departments working either independently or jointly with bus manufacturers already making low- and zero-emission buses... 
(Photo: A zero-emission bus )  -- Washington, DC, USA - NGT News - Sep 28, 2015


BUSMAKERS NEWS * India: The urban development ministry release funds for new fleet of buses

* Delhi - New bus orders dry up as states fail to utilise funds

-- After receiving the purchasing order, the urban development ministry had released the first instalment of Rs 884.21 crore for 7,509 buses to 18 states covering 114 cities in 2014-15. However, only 11 states reverted to the ministry with information on procurement of 2,288 buses. These states include West Bengal, Karnataka and Maharashtra... Senior officials of two of India’s largest bus makers, Ashok Leyland and Tata Motors, have said new bus orders from state transport undertakings (STUs) have nearly come to a standstill for about a year... According to data provided by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, sales of medium and heavy buses fell 22 per cent last year to 36,837 units, against 46,913 units sold in 2012-13. Sales to STUs form a critical part of the overall demand equation, otherwise reliant on private companies... 
Mumbai, India - Business Standard, by Swaraj Baggonkar - September 26, 2015

* Maharashtra - MSRTC’s new fleet of luxury buses scheduled to hit city roads by Diwali

--The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation's (MSRTC) new fleet of luxury buses under the brand name Shivneri is set to hit the city roads by Diwali... "Buying 38 buses from Scania Commercial Vehicles India Private Limited, a subsidiary of Scania Group from Sweden. The corporation has also placed another order of some 30 buses with the coach maker Volvo to widen the luxury bus coverage in the state" ... Volvo's luxury buses have been in the MSRTC's fleet for almost a decade... Since the last one decade, the MSRTC has been purchasing only Volvo buses, as its previous plan to shift to China-based buses failed... 
(Photo: A Volvo de luxe bus tour in India)  --  Kolhapur, Maharashtra State, India - TNN, by Nikhil Deshmukh - Sep 29, 2015


BUSMAKERS NEWS * Africa: "The ‘East’ assault onto the ‘West’ "

* Tanzania - When Chinese wheels roll into northern zone

-- Since their landing on TanzaniaScania products, both trucks and buses were to become the sole choice among transporters in the country. Tanzania Automobile Manufacturers (TAMCO), located in Kibaha, Coastal region was the initial assembly plant for the Swedish Marquee... Commanding the largest share in commercial trucks and buses, Scania led the pack ahead of other European Manufacturers such as Mercedes Benz, Iveco (Fiat) and DAF (Leyland)... The entrance of China’s Foton Daimler into the Northern Zone’s transport industry is described by experts here as the ‘East’ assault onto the ‘West’ ... The Foton distributors explained that, their trucks were fitted with engines made by Mercedes-Benz of Germany, or with ‘Cummings’ machinery from the United States... But Foton-Daimler isn’t the only Chinese vehicle manufacturer, too ‘Yutong’ has been filling the local roads with low, mid and high-end buses. China is also importing here brands such as Zonda, Howo and Zhong-Tong all parading trucks and buses... Still Foton does it better in planning to build manufacturing plants in East African countries already an assembly plant is operational in Nairobi, near Arusha... So are the Northern Zone transporters ready to switch their wheels from West to East?... 
(Photo by Marc Nkwame - Dodoma Transport Agency’s Director, Mr Pamu Mand -left- displays one of the Auman trucks made by Foton-Daimler)  --  Arusha, Tanzania - The Daily News, by Marc Nkwame - 29 Sept 2015




* Illinois - IC Bus first to offer new Eaton Transmission option

-- Trish Reed said IC Bus is excited to be the first brand in the school bus industry to offer its customers the option of the new Eaton's new dual-clutch, seven-speed Procision that was released last year... While the Procision is an option on the CE Series model starting later this year, the benefits of 8- to 10-percent improvement in fuel economy will result in "close parity" with the Allison 2000 Pupil Transportation Series. The data is based on Eaton testing... A feature called "Tap Down Shifting" provides drivers with more vehicle control at the brake pedal, and Procision is designed to offer drivers improved low-speed maneuverabilty in forward and reverse speeds... The transmission is designed to prevent rolling backward on 8-percent grades, based on grade and weight, and it allows for a controlled launch... The Procision will soon be offered as an option by other school bus manufacturers... 
 (Photo: An IC Bus CE Series powered by the new Eaton Procision transmission at the STN EXPO on July 28. The bus was on hand for trade-show attendee, ride-and-drive opportunities)   --  Lisle, Ill, USA - School Transportation News, by Ryan Gray - July 31, 2015



* DC - School-bus seat under scrutinity

--   The School Bus Manufacturers Technical Council has petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to determine if the structural integrity of the school bus seating and restraint system needs to be changed... The request came in response to a National Transportation Safety Board recommendation regarding three-point belts for school buses... The issue is at the center of an NTSB investigation into two fatal school bus crashes occurring about a month a part from each other in 2012 — the first on Feb. 16 of that year in Chesterfield, New Jersey, and the second on March 26 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Both incidents involved a truck striking the school bus from the side, causing high lateral and rotational accelerations that contributed to the fatalities and injuries... In its final analysis of the New Jersey crash and an attached review of the Port St. Lucie crash that was finalized on July 23, 2013, NTSB recommended to SBMTC that it “develop a recommended practice for establishing and safeguarding the structural integrity of the entire school bus seating and restraint system, including the seat pan attachment to the seat frame, in severe crashes — in particular, those involving lateral impacts with vehicles of large mass.” ... In the Port St. Lucie crash, one seat pan with the self-latching mechanism became dislodged. All the seat pans in New Jersey collision held up. Both students killed in each crash were not wearing their lap belts, NTSB concluded...
(Photo from NTSB - Two fatal school bus crashes, one in New Jersey, left; and the other in Florida, right) -- Washington, DC, USA - The School Transportation News, by Ryan Gray - August 5, 2015


ELECTRIC BUS FLEET * UK: 1st Large-scale one

* England - London to get its Electric Bus Fleet, thanks to BYD + Alexander Dennis Limited partnership

-- Go-Ahead London has contracted BYD Company + Alexander Dennis Limited to provide 51 emissions-free, all-electric buses as part of a £19 million deal between the groups, according to a recent press release... The 51-strong electric bus fleet will, once delivered, represent the largest such fleet in the whole of Europe, making the deal quite an important one for the region, for BYD, and for Alexander Dennis Limited, hopefully paving the way towards an electric future... The deal will see BYD provide the chassis and electric drivetrains, while Alexander Dennis Limited will body the buses — using the company’s market-leading Enviro200-like midi bus design as the template... Transport for London plans for all of the London’s single-deck buses to be completely emissions-free by 2020...Previous statements from the head of Barcelona’s transit agency to EV Obsession indicated that BYD’s electric buses were competitive with conventional diesel buses when comparing lifetime costs. If that’s the case, given the tremendous health, quality of life, and climate benefits of electric buses, it seems like a given that cities should switch to these... 
London, EN, UK - EV Obsession/Clean Technica, by James Ayre - August 3rd, 2015

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ORIGINAL SCHOOL BUS * Canada - Loaded with technology

* Ontario - Maker Bus visits festivals in Detroit and Toronto

-- London’s own book bus for the 21st century, is now delivering a message to techies from Toronto to Detroit... The Maker Bus, a kind of classroom on wheels that takes lessons on making things, quite literally, to schools, libraries and community groups, was on the road this holiday weekend to a Maker festival in Toronto and the weekend before, to Detroit... The converted, nine-metre long, 26-year-old school bus bristling with technology such as a 3D printer, laser cutter, soldering for circuit boards and as well as old fashioned hand tools and a sewing machine, is the labour of love for three London Makers, students and graduates of Western University who want to show people, especially youths, how to make stuff... The Maker movement, or culture, is growing with Maker groups found in most large cities, but few can boast a mobile version, such as London’s... It marries high-tech with traditional arts and crafts... 
(Photo - The Maker Bus)  --  London, ONT, CAN - The London Free Press, by Norman DeBono - August 5, 2015


PROPOSAL BUS SERVICE * India: To deploy 10,000 new DTC buses

* Delhi - Govt plans roadmap for better bus service

-- Days after the National Green Tribunal questioned its proposal to deploy 10,000 new DTC buses, Delhi Government has said that it is preparing a detailed roadmap to improve the public bus service... The plans include getting 500 acre of land from Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for parking buses, floating a fresh tender for procuring an initial lot of 1,380 semi-low-floor non-AC buses and 500 midi- buses, and redesigning 1,260 km of roads under Public Works Department... Earlier on July 20, the green tribunal had directed the Aam Aadmi Party government to come out with a proper study to support its plan of rolling out 10,000 Delhi Transport Corporation buses, twice what the AAP had promised in its poll manifesto... 
 (Image: Indian DTC's express buses) -- NEW DELHI, India - The Deccan Herald, by Pratik Kumar Aug 1, 2015


BUS MARKET * China: Research Report & Electric buses

* China - Bus market research report from 2015 to 2018 set to grow according to forecasts

-- In 2014, the new energy bus became a new sport light in bus market, with sales volume hitting 27,000 vehicles, up 160% from a year earlier. In terms of power type, the plug-in hybrid bus gained in popularity in the market with its lower prices and high cost performance... In 2014-2015, although macro-economy would have certain impact on bus market, city buses, new energy buses, and light-duty buses, which were driven by downstream market, presented a rise in demand, thus leading to growth of overall bus market in China. In 2014, the sales volume of buses (including bus chassis) in China came to 606,900 vehicles, up 8.37% from a year earlier... And therefore it accounted for the largest share in new energy bus market, at 47.5% in 2014. Spurred by technology maturity and polices, the battery electric bus developed rapidly, representing 47% in 2014, an increase of 31 percentage points from 2013... However, the ordinary hybrid bus, which was not brought into the national subsidy list, occupied an increasingly lower market share, to 5.5% in 2014. It is expected to gradually withdraw from the market in the future... 
(Photo: 18-meter-long Electric Buses debut in Beijing. 2015 shows a brand-new electric bus, 18 meters in length, at the Fuchengmen Outer street bus terminal in Beijing, capital of China)  --  Shanghai, SH, China - RnR Market Research/WhaTech Channel (Chicago, Illinois, USA) - 6 August 2015 

* China - Electric Bus Market to grow at a CAGR of 33.6% to 2020

--  Sales volume of electric bus reached 27,000 vehicles throughout the year 2014, soaring by 160.3% from the previous year, and kept growing rapidly in the first half of 2015, approaching 20,000 vehicles. It is expected that China will sell 154,000 electric buses in 2020, with a CAGR of 33.6% during this period, said the "China Electric Bus Industry Report 2015-2020" ... The variety that is vigorously promoted is electric public bus which accounts for 85% of total sales volume of electric bus. City bus ownership in China now has exceeded 500,000 vehicles, carrying 60% of city passenger transportation in urban public transport system. As of 2014, electric public bus ownership nationwide topped 80,000 vehicles... It is expected that new electric public buses added in 2020 will make up 70% of new public buses added that year, and cumulative electric public bus ownership will exceed 300,000 vehicles by 2020... Besides public bus, light business-purpose bus and touring bus markets will be next market spotlights for electric bus. New energy commercial bus rating had been completed in the first quarter of 2015, and 3,000 vehicles are expected to be sold in 2015... Seen from battery, motor and electronic control industry chain, electric bus now adopts mainly LFP power battery and "LFP+ supercapacitor" dual-battery system. Based on the type of battery used by electric bus in the first half of 2015, configuration rate of LFP power battery including "LFP+ supercapacitor" dual-battery system was up to 82%. Rated power of drive motor for electric bus mostly falls into the range of 80 kW to 120kW. Asynchronous motor still holds a dominant position, as it can provide high-power traction; permanent-magnet synchronous motor starts to be massively used in medium-sized and small buses... In point of competitive landscape among companies, top5 electric bus manufacturers in 2014 were Yutong Bus, Xiamen King Long Motor Group (including three wholly-owned subsidiaries: Higer Bus, Xiamen King Long United Automotive Industry, Xiamen Golden Dragon Bus), BYD, Nanjing Golden Dragon Bus and Zhongtong Bus, together producing 17,011 vehicles, 62.5% of the country's total... As electric bus enjoys enormous space for future development and can greatly drive the development of relevant industrial chains, China has ushered in an electric bus investment boom since 2014, with planned investment in electric bus announced by key bus makers nationwide exceeding RMB21 billion according to preliminary statistics and a lot of capacity putting into production in 2016 and 2017... 
(Photo: Depot buses, settled in for the night)   --  Shanghai, China - PRNewswire-iReach (Chicago,ILL,USA) - Aug. 3, 2015

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SAFETY BUSES * USA: Better flammability requirements

* DC - NTSB says commercial buses need they

-- The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that motorcoach interiors be designed with improved flammability requirements as well as improved emergency exits, and that event data recorders be installed on commercial trucks and motorcoaches... The recommendations resulted from the investigation of the truck-motorcoach collision that resulted in 10 fatalities in Orland, California, on April 10, 2014... In the crash, a 2007 Volvo tractor-trailer operated by FedEx Freight crossed a 58-foot-wide median, struck a 2013 Nissan Altima four-door passenger car, and then collided head-on with a 2014 Setra motorcoach... Both the truck and the motorcoach drivers were killed, along with eight motorcoach passengers... 
(Photo: A California Highway Patrol Officer photographs the crash scene where a tour bus and a FedEx truck crashed on Interstate 5 in Orland, California, in April 2014. As a result of the crash the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending motorcoach interiors be designed with improved flammability requirements)  --  Washington, DC, USA - The Trucker News Services - 14 July 2015



BUSMAKER NEWS * China: Yutong buses to Venezuela

* Jiangsu - Chinese bus maker Yutong to open plant in Venezuela

-- Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has said that Chinese bus maker Yutong will open a plant in the South American country in October... Land transportation minister Haiman El Troudi said the factory will be built in the western state of Yaracuy and will have an assembly capacity of 3,500 buses a year... The Yutong plant is part of Venezuela's national transportation policy... At least 90 Venezuelan cities have adopted the BusCaucagua surface transportation system, which is operated with Yutong buses... So far there are 235 routes with 2,414 Yutong buses that benefit 2 million people every day, he said...
(Photo/CNS - Yutong buses await export to Venezuela at Lianyungang in Jiangsu province  ) --   Lianyungang, Jiangsu, China - Want China Times - 18 May 2015


BUSES STRIKE * India: Punjab & Odisha

* Punjab - Private bus owners go on strike in 

-- Private bus operators in Punjab on Saturday went on a strike to protest against the "haste" shown by police in registering cases against drivers and conductors without proper investigation... The move comes a day after a case was registered against a private bus conductor by police on a complaint filed by two minor sisters who alleged that they were harassed by the conductor in Muktsar district... Bus drivers and conductors of private buses held protests at various places including Muktsar, Bathinda, Faridkot, Amritsar, Patiala, Rajpura, Khanna, Jalandhar in the state and blocked roads leading to bus stands, causing traffic jam... Bus owners were also protesting against the damage to their vehicles by protesters on the roads, alleging that police had failed to prevent such incidents... With about 4,500 private buses remaining off the roads across the state, commuters had harrowing time because of the strike... However, state-owned Punjab Roadways and PRTC were plying their buses... 
(Photo: City buses move out of the Police Lines after these were released) Chandigarh, Punjab, India - Zee News - May 16, 2015 

* Odisha - Pvt buses to stay off roads from June 5

-- The Odisha Private Bus Owners' Association on Friday threatened to go on an indefinite strike from June 5 if their demands are not fulfilled... The decision followed the rise in petrol and diesel prices by Rs 3.13 and Rs 2.71 a litre, respectively... In October last year, the state government said it will take a decision after the technical committee submits its report on the quantum of downward revision of bus fares."The committee, which visited Kerala and Maharashtra, has submitted its report, but the government is yet to introduce it" ... More than 15,000 private buses ply across the state every day...
(Photo: Bhubaneswar gots 568.38 Crore Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) Projects Officially from JNNURM) Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India - The Times of India - May 16, 2015


DOUBLE DECKER BUSES * Malaysia: For Rapid KL

* Kuala Lumpur - Double-decker RapidKL buses in September

-- Around 120 RapidKL buses, including 40 double-deckers, are set to hit the streets in September... The buses will be capable of picking up an additional 10,000 passengers daily when they begin serving the more heavily-used roads in the Klang Valley. The 4.2 metre tall Alexander Dennis Enviro500 diesel double-decker will have 83 seats and standing room for 25 people, as well as a screen showing how many free seats there are on the upper deck. It is capable of carrying 50 more people than RapidKL’s current single-decker buses. Costing RM1.4 million each, the double-deckers are disabled-friendly and fitted with security cameras... 
(Photo: A RapidKL's double decker bus)   --  Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia -, by Jonathan James Tan - 18 May 2015

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INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS * USA: Contrafow lane for buses on SF Gate

* California - Wrong-way bus lane: Right fix for Bay Bridge jams?

 -- Sometimes to get where you’re going, you have to head in the opposite direction... Such is the idea behind an unusual proposal to relieve crowding for transbay transit riders by turning an eastbound lane on the Bay Bridge into a bus lane heading west into San Francisco during the morning commute... With BART trains packed during the morning commute and the economy booming, transportation officials are pondering the creation of what’s known as a contraflow lane. The lane would allow transit agencies, including AC Transit, to run more buses into San Francisco... A morning contraflow lane is just one idea in a regional study looking at how to improve travel across the bay by increasing the capacity of transit. BART carries more than 430,000 riders a day, and trains through the Transbay Tube have become increasingly crowded. The new study aims to come up with quick, mid-range and long-term solutions. A long-range fix — a second Transbay Tube — has been the biggest attention-grabber so far... While far less sexy, converting a lane of traffic to a wrong-way bus lane across the bridge would provide relatively quick and inexpensive relief to transit commuters. The cost is projected at $51 million to $177 million... The concept for the contraflow lanes would place buses, and carpools if allowed, in the No. 1 — the northernmost — of the five eastbound lanes of the Bay Bridge. Existing lanes would be narrowed by 4 to 7 inches, depending on the lane, to make way for a 12-foot-wide bus and carpool lane with 2 feet for a movable barrier like the one on the Golden Gate Bridge. The lane would operate only during the morning commute... Buses would access the lane in the East Bay via an existing carpool-bus lane on Interstate 80, a new carpool lane on Interstate 580 or a new ramp from Interstate 880. They would travel across the bridge in the dedicated lane, then exit on a Transbay Transit Center bus ramp between the First Street and Fremont Street ramps... There is less need for such a solution during the evening commute, because it is not as concentrated as the morning commute, explained AC Transit spokesman Clarence Johnson... 

... AC Transit, which runs 30 transbay bus lines carrying about 14,000 passengers a day, is interested in the possibility of the bus lane. Its buses now use carpool lanes and special ramps to skirt the backup at the Bay Bridge toll plaza but must sit in the often-sluggish traffic across the span. That traffic is only going to get worse and would likely make bus trips not competitive within 20 years, the 2011 study found... Whether the contraflow bus lane rolls toward reality remains to be seen. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission expects to complete the current capacity study within two years, and it’s likely to make a recommendation on whether the lane should be considered. Transportation officials will also have to persuade Caltrans to approve the project and find the money...
(Photo: by Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle - Aerial view of the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Bridge suspension tower visible from the Oakland, Calif., side on Wednesday, January 14, 2015)  --  San Francisco, CAL, USA - San Francisco Gate, by Michael Cabanatuan - May 17, 2015

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* Oregon - Metro tests ‘turn warning’ buses, explores ways to prevent pedestrian collisions

-- In an effort to improve pedestrian safety and reduce collisions, King County Metro Transit is testing and evaluating an audio and visual turn warning system on 10 buses for the next month in parts of Seattle and south King County... The audio system, called TurnWarning, announces “caution, bus turning” in English and Spanish and includes a left-side strobe light activated when a bus is turning at an intersection. The installed system is triggered when the bus driver turns the steering wheel at least 270 degrees left or 360 degrees right... This system was tested for three days this week on eight buses as they traveled through busy intersections in downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and Madison Park. Staff recorded initial observations and pedestrian feedback that will be further analyzed as part of the evaluation. Another month of testing remains on a total of 10 buses traveling around the county... 
(Photo: A King County Metro bus. Metro operates a fleet of about 1,300 buses)   --  King County, ORE, USA - The Enumclauw Courier Herald - May 15, 2015



SAFETY OF GIRLS STUDENTS * India: Compromised on school buses

* Chandigarh - Molestation of five-year-old on school buses

-- Norm of female attendant on school buses given the go-by... A day after the molestation incident, buses associated with almost every school in the city were seen without female attendants today... Women teachers were seen travelling by a few school buses in the morning and after school hours. They were also seen helping students board the buses. But they were not on board till the last student was dropped at his/her place in the afternoon... A survey by The Tribune revealed that the buses were jam-packed with students. The vehicles were having conductors and a majority of them were youths. Not a single bus in the city was seen having woman attendants and conductors, except for those of Carmel Convent School... School bus conductors were seen lifting small kids carrying heavy school bags on their back to help them alight from the bus at their respective stops... Almost all of the school buses on the city roads were found to be ill-equipped and did not have CCTVs and GPS facility. The bus crew members were neither wearing the uniform nor their name plates... The UT Administration is working towards installing GPS-based vehicle-tracking system on school buses as well as those for the general public to ensure safety and security of school students... 
(Photo Tribune Photo by Manoj Mahajan - A conductor boards a school bus in Chandigarh on Thursday)  --  Mohali, Chandigarh, India - Tribune News Service, by Dr. SB Deepak Kumar, deputy commissioner - May 15 2015

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BUS PUBLIC SERVICE * USA: New warning system

* Washington - Seattle pedestrians will hear a new warning system on King County buses

-- That's not your imagination playing tricks on you. Some King County Metro Transit buses are "talking" now. It's an effort to increase pedestrian safety... Metro is testing the audio system called TurnWarning on 10 buses for the next month in parts of Seattle and south King County. From sidewalks and crosswalks, you'll hear the warning "Caution! Bus is turning" from a speaker... Metro estimates the 10 devices cost about $4,000 each. Desmond says outfitting the entire fleet could cost as much as $3 million... 
(Photo by Josh Green, KING 5 News - King County Metro Transit is testing out a new turn warning system on some of its buses) Seattle, WASH, USA - KING 5 News, by Josh Green - May 14, 2015


BIKE RACK on BUSES * Canada: TTC limits access on

* Ontario - About 200 buses will only allow one bike in the rack

-- The TTC is limiting to one the number of bikes allowed on some of its bus racks. When loaded with two bikes the racks create sight-line problems for drivers... All buses will still accept at least one bike on each rack and most will still allow two. But the 153 bendy buses and about 50 new 40-ft. Nova buses arriving later this year will only take one bike on the rack at the front of the vehicle... Those buses still comprise only a minority of the TTC's 1,800-vehicle fleet, said spokesman Brad Ross. They are the models where the driver sits a little lower relative to the bike rack and the bike at the front of the rack can impede the operator's sight line creating a safety issue... The Ministry of Labour last year ordered the TTC to review driver sight lines in relation to the bike racks... 
(Photo by RON BULL / TORONTO STAR - The TTC is limiting to one the number of bikes allowed on some of its bus racks. When loaded with two bikes the racks create sight-line problems for drivers) Toronto, ONT, CAN - The Toronto Star, by Tess Kalinowski - May 14 2015