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29.7.14

ELECTRIC BUSMAKERS NEWS * USA & Canada: Proterra's - New Flyer's

* Utah/USA - UTA examining electric bus that recharges in 10 minutes. It is more expensive but has zero emissions

(Photo: A Proterra's electric bus maker) 
Salt Lake,UTH,USA -The Salt Lake Tribune, by Lee Davidson -Jul 28 2014: -- The Utah Transit Authority took a close look Monday at a possible way to help clean Wasatch Front air: a zero-emissions electric bus with fast-charging technology that can operate 24/7 without conventional refueling... Proterra brought its new second-generation electric bus for inspection by officials of UTA, Park City Transit and the media. UTA says while it is examining the bus for possible future use, it has not made any purchase commitments...


* British Columbia/Canada - Ballard Power secured a contract to supply New Flyer for fuel cell buses

(Photo: A zero emission fuel cell bus) Burnaby,BC,Canada -US Finance Post, by Asif Imtiaz -July 28, 2014: -- Ballard Power Systems Inc., announced last week that it has secured a deal with New Flyer Industries Inc., to supply power modules for new buses that will run on fuel cells. Ballard Power is one of the prominent U.S.-based companies involved in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and service of fuel cell products for a variety of applications. On the other hand, New Flyer is the company behind heavy duty transit buses... Ballard Power is scheduled to deliver the modules by the end of 2014, and the buses are likely to hit the road in early next year. These buses are about to be run under the new U.S. Federal Transit Authority National Fuel Cell Bus Program initiative...

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SCHOOL BUSES * India

* Maharashtra / India - School buses may not ply on high tide, heavy rain days to avoid pothole hazards

(Photo: A model school bus. The Indian government adopted this model as the official state policy) Mumbai,Maharashtra,India -TNN, by Sujit Mahamulkar & Yogita Rao -Jul 27, 2014: -- Parents of city students may have to make alternate arrangements to ferry their children to schools on heavy rain days coupled with high tide. For, school bus owners could refuse to ply kids on potholed roads on such days... They say water-logging on these roads is not just risky for ferrying kids, but also adds to owner's misery due to regular vehicular breakdowns. Bus owners have now decided to take no chances with students as the BMC has done little to patch up cratered roads... School Bus Owners' Association (SBOA) president Anil Garg said, "Drivers are unable to see huge potholes due to water-logging in some areas. There have been instances of buses getting stuck in these potholes with children on board. Usually the BMC does something to patch these craters, but this year, these have been left as they are" ...  He added that three buses were stuck in drains at Powai, Kurla and Dharavi in the rains last year...

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PASSENGERS TRANSPORT INDUSTRY * USA

* Nevada - Buses’ wheels go round and round


(Jason Bean/Las Vegas Review-Journal: Commuting on an RTC Transit bus in Las Vegas on Wednesday, July 16, 2014) 
Las Vegas NV,USA -Las Vegas Review-Journal, by y MICHAEL LYLE -July 26, 2014: -- From a few blocks away, riders see Transit Bus 108 coming around the corner on Swenson Street causing them to gather their belongings and stand in anticipation of escaping the 100-plus degree heat... “I thank the dear Lord I’m not walking in this heat,” says one passenger... The doors open... It’s time to ride.... In 2013, an estimated 60 million people traveled on the bus system through the Regional Transportation Commission — it’s the nation’s 17th busiest transit system... Fares range from $2 for a single ride to a 30-day pass at $65, but the stories people might hear from traveling on a Las Vegas bus can be priceless... Whether it’s adding signs and advertisements or adjusting issues on the bus, RTC Assistant General Manager, MJ Maynard, says, the RTC relies on its customers’ feedback... “Three years ago, we decided to take our public feedback to a new level,” Maynard says... Instead of assuming what the customers want, they decided to interact directly with people... “We do a formal survey every year,” she says. “If we make a change, we also try to go out and get people’s opinions by doing informal surveys. We have become more efficient from our feedback” ...


* Massachusets - Bridj brings Uber model to Boston buses

Boston, MASS,USA -The Boston Herald, by Jack Encarnacao -July 28, 2014: -- A new “pop-up” bus service called Bridj is applying for the same license every other Boston bus company holds, while maintaining it doesn’t need one to legally operate — a departure from the regulation-shunning approaches of transportation services like Uber and Haystack... Backed by $3 million in venture capital, Bridj creates temporary bus routes based on an analysis of demand, and partners with licensed coach bus vendors for pickups. Bridj began charging for its service last week after a six-week pilot run and receiving a state Department of Public Utilities charter, CEO Matthew George said... George said Cambridge-based Bridj has only applied for a “jitney license” — basically a permit to transport large groups of people — at the request of Boston officials, including Mayor Martin J. Walsh... According to Bridj’s license application, routes launch from Centre Street in Brookline and unload at 640 Boylston St., 100 Federal St. and 347 Congress St., and 250 Kendall St. in Cambridge. Rates ranges from $1.50 to $10 based on length of trip and time of departure, with capacity for 15 to 54 passengers...

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TERMINAL INFRASTRUCTURES * New York / USA

* New York - Nation’s busiest bus terminal is jammed mess 

(Photo by BEBETO MATTHEWS / AP: Passengers head for buses at the dilapidated Port Authority Bus Terminal, which is run down with holes and cracks in the ceiling) NY,USA -Associated Press/The Seattle Times, by Verena Dobnik -July 28, 2014: -- At the nation’s busiest bus station, winding lines of riders wait amid cracked floors, crumbling ceiling tiles and a wheezing air-conditioning system helped along by old-fashioned floor fans... Dark corridors of Manhattan’s aging Port Authority Bus Terminal are populated by homeless men and women, and the sweet smell of warm pretzels from rows of food stalls mixes with an occasional whiff of urine... After a recent test ride from the New Jersey suburbs, the Port Authority’s new chairman, John Degnan, offered a one-word review: “Unacceptable” ... Commissioners this past week approved an extra $90 million for an improvement plan that will include fixes to floors and ceilings, better cellphone service, cleaner restrooms and more street-level bus gates... At the same time, the Port Authority is dealing with multiple investigations, including one into allegations that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and authority commissioners diverted $1.8 billion in agency money to non-agency projects. Christie and the other officials deny the accusations... Those pressures could mean more of the same for the 220,000 daily bus riders — both commuters from New Jersey and travelers from elsewhere — who use the terminal filled with stores and food outlets that covers two midtown Manhattan blocks from 40th to 42nd streets near Times Square... Among riders’ biggest complaints are service delays caused by a shortage of gates. Each afternoon, overflow buses that don’t fit into the terminal idle on surrounding avenues as far as six blocks away...

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27.7.14

BUSMAKERS NEWS * India: Volvo's

* Andhra Pradesh - Govt may ask Volvo makers to put fuel tanks in centre to avoid mishaps

(Photo: Firefighters douse the fire that engulfed the private bus near Mahbubnagar) 
New Delhi,India -ZeeBis -July 27, 2014: -- In the backdrop of 52 people charring to death in accidents involving Volvo buses last year, the government may issue directives to manufacturers for minimising impact of such mishaps, including designing fuel tanks in centre and easily accessible emergency exits... The recommendations for change in bus designs has been given by a high-level panel probing two accidents involving Volvo buses last year... In the first accident at Mahbubnagar in Andhra Pradesh on October 30, 2013, 45 passengers were charred to death as a Volvo bus burst into flames after its fuel tank caught fire as the Hyderabad-bound bus from Bangalore hit against a culvert. The entire bus was engulfed in flames in a matter of minutes...

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PASSENGERS TRANSPORT INDUSTRY * India

* Maharashtra - Smart NMMT buses to hit the road within next six months


(Photo: AC Buses from Navi Mumbai) Mumbai,Maharashtra,India -The Times of India, by Sameera Kapoor Munshi -Jul 26, 2014: -- Within the next six months, travel within the city is set to get comfortable and smart. The 185 buses purchased by Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) for Rs112 crore under the JNNURM scheme, promises commuters not only a comfortable ride but also real time information about bus timings, position and route details. The new buses are to be installed with a brand new software — Intelligent Transportation System (ITS)... This system, which costs Rs 6 crore, will be an upgrade on the existing passenger information system installed on 150 buses in 2009. The current system tells passengers about the route the bus is taking and the expected time it will take...


* Haryana - Bus pass system introduced in three cities

(Photo: Punjab Roadways employees stop CTU buses on Chandigarh-Mohali border) 
Chandigarh -The Hindustan Times -July 24, 2014: -- The Haryana government on Thursday announced to introduce pass system for city bus service in Faridabad, Gurgaon and Panchkula... Interacting with news- persons here, state transport minister Aftab Ahmed said that the passes would be issued to travel within municipal limits for non-AC and AC buses on monthly, quarterly, half-yearly and yearly basis...

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PASSENGERS' TRANSPORT INDUSTRY * UK

* England - 'Ban older buses to cut emissions'

(Photo: Strict emissions targets in UK Cities) 
 Leicester,East Midlands,EN,UK -Leicester Mercury, by Dan Martin -July 25, 2014: -- Campaigners want old buses banned from the city centre to try to improve air quality... Healthy Air Leicester and Leicestershire said the city should follow in the footsteps of London, Norwich and Oxford and declare a low-emission zone (LEZ)... The council said it was updating its air quality action plan and an LEZ has been discussed, though not proposed... The campaign group called for a zone covering the central part of the city which only buses that meet the Euro IV standard for emissions would be able to enter... It said the measure would lead to a significant improvement in air quality, by reducing nitrous oxide and particulate emissions...

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BUSMAKERS NEWS * Africa: Yutong's

* Ghana - J.A. Plant Pool launches Yutong executive buses

(Photo: JA Plant Pool Ghana Limited are the sole importers of the Yutong buses) 
Accra, Ghana -B and FT on line -July 25, 2014: -- J.A. Plant Pool Ghana Limited has launched new Yutong luxury intercity buses onto the market as the company celebrates six years of Yutong buses in the country... The introduction of the new coaches is expected to boost the popularity of Yutong buses on the country’s roads... Currently, there are more than 1,000 units of Yutong buses in Ghana -- making the brand one of the most patronised buses in the country, with a reputation for good performance and adaptability to the Ghanaian terrain...

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CRACK DOWN BUSES * USA: 'Jersey Jitney' Buses

* New York - 'Jersey Jitney' Buses getting shut down, ticketed by NYPD

(Photo from DNAinfo, by Mathew Katz - Aberto Sherwood stands outside of a Sphinx Jersey Jitney)
NY,USA -DNA Info NY, by Mathew Katz -July 24, 2014: -- The city is targeting cheap, unpermitted shuttle buses that ferry passengers between Midtown and New Jersey, according to officials and passengers... The so-called "Jersey Jitneys" are made up of a patchwork of different bus companies that pick up passengers along West 42nd Street, across from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and take them through the Lincoln Tunnel for as little as $3 a ride... According to passengers and workers for the jitneys, the NYPD has begun to crack down on the companies, either by fining them or simply telling them they can't pick up customers on West 42nd Street... A police source confirmed officers were enforcing DOT intercity bus rules on the block...

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PASSENGERS TRANSPORT INDUSTRY * USA

* Illinois - I. Tollway, Pace pin hopes on bus service


(Photo by Chuck Berman / Chicago Tribune: A Pace bus loads up at the Forest Park Transit Center in December 2012) 
Chicago,ILL,USA -The Chicago Tribune, by Richard Wronski -July 26, 2014: -- The Illinois Tollway and Pace have taken a major step toward bringing more express bus service to the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, and motorists' tolls will help pay for it... Under a partnership agreement the agencies finalized last week, the Tollway will turn over three parcels of land along the Addams (Interstate 90) that Pace will use for new park-and-ride lots, the first ones built along the Tollway system, officials said... Tollway and Pace officials anticipate that the lots, along with new express bus routes and feeder service, will reduce congestion on the Tollway and increase access to jobs in Chicago and employment centers along the Addams corridor...


* Illinois - Grundy Transit System gets multiple new buses


Morris,Ill,USA -The Morris Daily Herald, by Jessica Bourque -July 25, 2014: ... The Grundy Transit System finally received four new buses this week... Last month, GTS acquired an additional bus that was promised in 2011, making that five new buses for the system in just one month... In total, GTS now has nine buses which will greatly help meet the needs of the county's ever-expanding ridership. From 2013 to 2014, GTS Director, Sherey Zerbian said, the Grundy Transit System saw a 38.8 percent increase in ridership numbers, jumping from 7,900 to 11,000 riders in just one year...

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SAFETY SCHOOL BUSES * USA

* Kentucky - School buses tested for safety


Henderson,Ky,USA -Tristate homepage -24 July 2014: --School is already only weeks away. It's time to get the school buses safe, and ready to roll... Troopers with the Indiana State Police are making sure EVSC schools' buses make the grade before school starts... At the time of this publication troopers had inspected 202 buses and 147 got the green light to move ahead... The annual maintenance takes place at the EVSC garage, downtown close to 8th street... The school corporation is gearing up for their routes, as the year gets back in session on August 11th... You can check bus inspection results, by county and district, for the buses nearest you: Real-time inspection results...

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SAFETY BUSES * Canada

* Quebec - Seatbelts on buses a matter of passenger safety

(Photo by John DiGiacomo/AP: Seatbelts on tour and inter-city buses would keep passengers from becoming projectiles in the case of a crash) 
Montreal,QUE,CAN -The Gazette/Warren Mayhew letter -July 24, 2014: -- I totally agree with the Gazette’s view that all new tour buses should be built with seatbelts for all passengers... I would go even further and require that current tour buses without passenger seatbelts be required to be retrofitted and seatbelts installed... This requirement should also apply to all inter-city buses as well. Companies should be given a time frame to have the seatbelts installed on their current fleet... I know there is a cost involved, but without this requirement, it would take many years for the current buses to be retired and to make all buses safer... Our laws already require that all human occupants of cars and trucks wear seatbelts. These laws should be extended making it mandatory for drivers and passengers of tour and inter-city buses to wear seatbelts... It would help keep people in their seats, instead of becoming flying projectiles, in the case of a crash...

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24.7.14

BUS FIRES * Australia: ... Because new regulations

* Queensland - The school bus that burst into flames, it could happen again because of new regulations to cut emissions

(Photo: The bus exploded into flames on a Queensland highway moments after 61 students and three teachers escaped) 
Brisbane,QLD,Australia -AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS/Daily Mail, by SALLY LEE -24 July 2014: -- Paul West, of West National Coaches, says there had been a rise in the number of bus fires in not only Australia but also around the world. He believes such incidents could be the ramifications of a new environmental rule which forced engine manufacturers to reduce emissions... "Because of the change, there is an enormous amount of pressure put on diesel", Mr West told The Queensland Times. "Aviation fuel normally can't burn, but under pressures it burns beyond belief" ... Michael Apps, executive director of Bus Industry Confederation, agreed with Mr West's comments. He says there's no doubt that newer low emission vehicles operate on higher temperatures. Consequently this increases the risk of the vehicle to catch fire after there has been leaking fluid such as coolant, he said...

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PASSENGERS TRANSPORT INDUSTRY * India

* India - CTU buses to be modernised

(Photo: A Chandigarh bus
Chandigarh,Haryana,India -The Hindustan Times, by Vinod Kumar -July 24, 2014: -- Commuters of Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) buses will soon have the facility to know the estimated time of arrival (ETA) of buses to their destination at the bus queue shelters... Chandigarh, along with three other cities of Bhopal, Jaipur and Mira-Bhayandar, has been selected for a pilot project by the World Bank where the city bus services will be modernised. For the execution of the project, the World Bank has sanctioned around Rs. 15 crore... Transport director TPS Phoolka told HT that electronic displays with intelligent transport system (ITS) would be installed at a total of around 250 bus queue shelters spread across the city, which would run the ETAs of all buses touching the bus shelters...

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PASSENGERS TRANSPORT INDUSTRY * USA

* New Jersey - LBI shuttle buses are free ride growing in appeal. 2013 Pilot Program expanded this summer

(Photo by Ryan Morrill) 
Long Beach Island,Ocean County,NJ,USA -The Sand Paper, by Juliet Kaszas-Hoch -Jul 23, 2014: -- As the summer moves on, word of Long Beach Island’s free shuttle bus service continues to spread. “The numbers are strong, and getting stronger,” Long Beach Township Commissioner, Joseph Lattanzi saidof those filling seats on the colorful buses, which travel the entire length of the Island from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day... Last summer, the township ran a pilot shuttle program using three donated school buses. Six new shuttles comprise the current transportation program, for which potential passengers need only wait along the road and signal one of the buses to stop. Depending on the day and time, the wait could be anywhere from five to 20 minutes... Lattanzi said, feedback has been positive. He believes the service will continue to enhance the summer experience on LBI, begetting fewer cars on the roads and helping make local businesses more accessible...

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SCHOOL BUSES TRANSPORT INDUSTRY * USA

* Pennsylvania - Haverford school buses going green


Haverford,Delaware County,PENN,USA -Delaware County News, by Lois Pugilonesi -23 July 2014: ... The school district’s fleet of 70 buses traveled over 716,000 miles and transported a total 4,664 students this past year, according to the annual state of the fleet report Director of Transportation George Ramplin, presented at a recent school board meeting... Buses burned nearly 700,000 gallons of biodiesel fuel, which reduced particulate matter emissions by about 521 pounds, with reductions in carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide and sulfur oxide as well... The majority of school buses in the nation run on diesel, with biodiesel the most widely used alternative fuel. However Ramplin, asked the school board to consider “opening the conversation” to alternatives like electric, Compressed Natural Gas (CN G) and propane powered buses... Due to cost factors and infrastructure needs, Ramplin advised officials to consider incorporating propane buses into the fleet... Ramplin said the district has funds to purchase two propane buses in 2015-16, thanks to a grant shared with Radnor School district, which plans to buy three propane buses...


* Georgia - Cobb School Buses reduce pollution

(Patch File Photo: Cobb County's fleet of school buses is becoming more environmentally friendly through modernizing and retrofitting vehicles) 
Cobb,GA,USA -AC Worth Patch, by Justin Ove -July 23, 2014: --The Cobb County School District's Transportation Department has earned an award for reducing the amount of pollution its school buses generate... The district won the Georgia Diesel Emissions Reduction (GaDER) Gold Award, presented by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), during the Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation’s (GAPT) trade show and conference on Jekyll Island in June... Diesel vehicle using organizations that reduce their emissions by 26 to 74 percent are eligible for the Gold Award, said the school district in a press release... For school systems, reducing their diesel emissions is done by replacing old school buses, equipping school buses with modern diesel particulate filters, or adding vehicles to the fleet which run on alternate fuels...

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BUS RAPID TRANSIT System * USA

* Michigan - Silver Line buses, Grand Rapids' newest, high-tech transportation fleet


(Photo by Emily Rose Bennett | MLive.com: Grand Rapids' bus service, The Rapid, will be offering a Silver Line route beginning in August) 
Grand Rapids,MICH,USA -MLive.com, by Andrew Krietz -July 23, 2014: -- Come August, city streets will sport buses noticeably different than those on The Rapid's core routes... Green and silver buses, splashed with varying hues of both colors, will go into operation Aug. 25 when The Rapid establishes its new Silver Line route. The fleet clearly is distinct from the bus system's standard vehicles as it serves a separate — yet complementary — purpose: moving people across the metropolitan area, officials say... The Silver Line fleet is an operation of 10 hybrid electric buses designed for the route it serves in addition to 34 stations, said Peter Varga, CEO of The Rapid. Branding initiatives — including colors, logos and station design — launched from the beginning to qualify as a bus rapid transit (BRT) system needing grant funding from federal sources... What transpired was these special buses designed to cut 40 percent off the typical commute time along a 9.6-mile route from downtown Grand Rapids south to Wyoming and Kentwood, Varga said...

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23.7.14

DANGEROUS BUSES * Lebanon: From terrorism to tourism:

* ISIL starts bus tour of 'caliphate'


(Photo; AP image)
Beirut,Lebanon -First Post -23 July 2014: -- Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Islamic State (IS) is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its "caliphate"... Running twice-weekly tours from Syria's Raqa to Iraq's Anbar, IS' buses fly the group's black flag and play jihadist songs throughout the journey... One of the first clients was Chechen jihadist Abu Abdel Rahman al-Shishani, aged 26, who took his new Syrian wife on honeymoon, according to activist Hadi Salameh... But the two weren't able to sit together, because "women sit in the back, and men at the front... Abu Ibrahim al-Raqawi, another activist living in Raqa city, said the bus company is "popular" among those with relatives in Iraq... "Many people living in this area (northern Syria through western Iraq) have tribal ties stretching across the border. So they use these buses to visit their families"...  Speaking to AFP via the Internet, Abu Ibrahim also said others take the bus "to do business, while some just want to take a break from the shelling in Syria"...

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22.7.14

BUSES PURCHASE * Canada

* Alberta - Big bus purchases on the horizon

(Photo: A NYC Transit paratransit bus)
Lethbridge,Alberta,CAN -The Lethbridge Herald, by Nick Kuhl -July 22, 2014: -- Lethbridge Transit could be getting 25 replacement city buses and 36 new Access-A-Ride buses in the next 10 years, if funding by the province’s GreenTRIP grant program is approved... In order for an application to be considered at the Alberta level, the municipality has to support it – which city council did unanimously Monday afternoon... The capital cost of the replacement buses would be $22.9 million. The province would cover 66.66 per cent of the funding, with the city providing the additional 33.33 per cent through the Federal Gas Tax Fund, said transit manager Audra McKinley... She said the province has made a significant contribution to improving transit and no additional operating budget would be required for the replacements...

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RARE BUSES * China

* China - Buses with grass keep passengers cool 

(Photo: Bus line 931 in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, shows up on July 16, 2014 with green grass paved on the floor) 
Urumqui,Chian -cctvnews, by GI Korea -21 July 2014: -- A bus with artificial grass is on the road in Urumqi in China to keep passengers cool as temps hit 30° C ...

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BUSMAKERS NEWS * Sweden: Volvo's

* Sweden - ABB and VOLVO a global partnership for electric and hybrid bus fast-charging

(Photo: A Volvo electric-hybrid bus) 
Zurich,Switzerland -TWST -July 21, 2014: -- ABB, the leading power and automation group, announced today a partnership with Volvo Buses, one of the world's leading bus manufacturers, to co-develop and commercialize electric and hybrid buses with open standards-based direct current (DC) fast charging systems... Global agreement combines Volvo electric and electric hybrid buses with ABB fast-charging solutions, paving the way for rapid deployment of urban e-mobility... The cooperation creates a city-wide standardized charging system for electric and electric hybrid buses that can charge buses quickly through an automatic roof-top connection system at bus stops or through cabled charging systems overnight...

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21.7.14

BUSMAKERS NEWS * China: Zhengzhou Yutong Bus'

* Zhengzhou - Bus maker gains foothold in Venezuela


(Photo by WANG CHUN/CHINA DAILY: Coach buses manufactured by China's Zhengzhou Yutong Group Co are loaded onto a cargo carrier bound for Venezuela, in Lianyungang Port, Juangsu province, on Tuesday)
Port Lianyungang,Juangsu,China -China Daily/ECNS, by Qin Dexing -21 July 2014: -- Zhengzhou Yutong Group Co, China's largest bus manufacturer by production capacity, is pursuing a stronger foothold in Venezuela by assisting the country to build a new plant and more after-sales service stations, as Chinese automakers focus on this new and lucrative market in Latin America... The plant in the western state of Yaracuy has an expected assembly capacity of 3,500 buses a year by 2017. It will produce three models of buses for urban, suburban and rural use, including 25- to 54-seat diesel and gas buses... As part of a bilateral agreement signed in September when Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro visited China, more than 2,000 Yutong buses will be shipped to Venezuela within this year...

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SAFETY on BUSES * China

* Guangzhou - Crowded buses are adding undercover cops to halt a string of arson attacks


Guangzhou,China -QZ, by Cathy Sizhao Yi -July 18, 2014: -- A string of deadly arson attacks on Chinese buses have killed eight people and injured more than a hundred since February, including an explosion on a bus in Guangzhou that killed two people earlier this week. Many of the incidents are caused by disgruntled individuals, and in some cases they’re reminiscent of mass shootings in the United States. The Guangzhou attack, for example, was carried out by a man who was irate over a string of gambling losses... The attacks expose a significant vulnerability for security officials: buses are the main form of transportation in most Chinese cities, where they are far more widely used than subways or cars. To stem the violence, the country’s ministry of public security has announced that all buses will carry at least one police officer, either plainclothes or in uniform, along with additional security personnel patrolling bus stations... Aside from the huge logistical challenge in providing a policeman for every single bus and station... The new bus security proposal also includes encouraging citizens to help the police identify suspicious items, installing fire blankets on board, and tightening controls on flammable and explosive materials...

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BUSES INSPECTION * USA -

* Georgia - Wheels on the bus ... go round and round


(Photo from Cherokee Tribune: Inspector Cecil Lee checks a bus for the Cherokee County School District. The first day of school is Aug. 4 and buses are being checked for service and safety. Officers with the Georgia Department of Public Safety’s Motor Carrier Compliance division visited the Cherokee County School District bus garages in Holly Springs and Woodstock last week to conduct their annual inspection of the school district’s transportation fleet) 
Cherokee,GA,USA -The Cherokee Tribune -July 19, 2014: -- As the Cherokee County School District gears up for the first day of classes on Aug. 4, the school bus fleet is being readied to serve up to 26,000 students each day... Officers with the Georgia Department of Public Safety’s Motor Carrier Compliance division visited the Cherokee County School District bus garages in Holly Springs and Woodstock last week to conduct their annual inspection of the school district’s transportation fleet... More than 400 regular route, special education services and substitute buses were checked in preparation for the 2014-15 school year...

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BUSES' REGULATIONS * USA

* Tennessee - Differences between school bus regulations and Church buses

(Photo: Several of those involved in last night's fatal bus accident are back in Brazil,IND, this evening) Knoxville,TENN,USA -2WTWO -18 July 2014: -- The accident, involving a church bus of the Berea Christian Church in Brazil, happened Thursday evening in Knoxville, Tennessee... The bus hit two cars and killed a Knoxville woman... The vehicle was driven by the church's associate minister... He told police brake failure may have caused the accident... Unlike school buses, church buses are not required for inspection by the Indiana State Police... Instead, church buses receive an inspection from a qualified inspector once a year...

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PASSENGERS TRANSPORT SERVICES * Canada

* Ontario - TTC buses to replace streetcars on Broadview Ave. from July 20 to August 30

(Photo: Toronto's streetcars) 
Toronto,ONT,CAN -Toronto Transit Commission -July 17, 2014: -- The Toronto Transit Commission will be conducting streetcar track and overhead wire work on Broadview Ave., between Broadview Station and Queen St.E. from July 20 to August 30. As a result, buses will replace streetcars on Broadview Ave. between Queen St.E. and Danforth Ave... The TTC is committed to minimizing disruption to the community and is therefore taking advantage of the six-week period without streetcar operations to carry out the work. The overhead wire upgrade is necessary for the future operation of the TTC’s new accessible streetcars...

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PASSENGERS' PUBLIC SERVICE * USA: Google's

* California - Google placates the public with their own luxury buses

Mountain View,CAL,USA -Valley Wag, by Kevin Montgomery -18 July 2014: -- Google's glistening fleet of employee coaches will soon be tainted by the presence of Everyman. In an effort to get ahead of concerns that the search giant is growing too quickly for Mountain View, Google is funding a free shuttle network to appease their detractors... The network, which will operate around Mountain View and be available for anyone to use, aims to assuage fears that Google's corporate expansions will create traffic gridlock. According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the program hopes to reduce the number of crosstown trips residents make in private vehicles...


* North Caroline - Gastonia buses: Lifeline or sinking ship?


Gastonia,NC,USA -Gaston Gazette, by Michael Barrett -July 19, 2014: -- Allen Petty makes a mental note every time he drives past a Gastonia bus stop where no one is waiting... The local resident does the same thing when he spots a city bus that appears to have few or no passengers. Petty maintains he see both scenarios quite often... He believes Gastonia Transit is inflating its figures on ridership and ticket revenue, possibly to get more money from the state and federal government... Like many critics of the transit system, he doesn’t think the buses should be scrapped. He simply believes Gastonia could do it more efficiently than relying on 35-foot buses that run six citywide routes on five to six days of the week...

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18.7.14

BUSMAKERS NEWS * Belgium

* Belgium - Industry-First Modular Braking System Platform by WABCO


(Photo: Wabco introduces modular OptiDrive AMTs for CVs. AMT systems free drivers from frequent gear shifts, reducing their stress and fatigue while allowing them to concentrate on traffic conditions) 
Brussells,Belgium -MarketWatch -Jul 17, 2014: -- WABCO Holdings Inc., a global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, has launched its industry-first modular braking system platform (mBSP)... WABCO's latest innovative braking architecture now enables its customers to interchangeably equip their diverse global truck and bus platforms with anti-lock braking (ABS) or electronic braking (EBS) systems based on regional market or regulatory requirements worldwide... WABCO mBSP reduces the number of ABS components by 50 percent to the same amount of components as in EBS. By leveraging the advantages of WABCO's unique mBSP system, vehicle manufacturers can significantly reduce system development, installation and software testing time, accelerate homologation for their diverse brands and vehicle portfolios globally, and bring new trucks and buses to market faster...

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BUSMAKERS NEWS * Sweden: Scania's

* Sweden - Scania to deliver first Euro 6 buses to Indonesia's PT Transjakarta

(Photo: First articulated buses in Indonesia from Scania) Södertälje,Sweden -NGV Global News -July 16, 2014: -- Scania will deliver its very first articulated Euro 6 gas-fuelled buses to Indonesia. The 20 units will be delivered to the newly-established city-owned PT Transjakarta for operations on the TransJakarta Bus Rapid Transport system, considered as the world’s longest... The public company has placed an initial order for 20 units. Although Indonesian regulations only require the Euro 2 emission standard, Scania will supply buses for the Euro 6 standard, a major leap in cleaner technology. Biogas/natural gas powered Scania buses have 9-litre engines capable of developing maximum power of 340 hp and maximum torque of 1600 Nm.... The 18-metre articulated gas bus is configured for 140 passengers, of which 44 are seated. The bus will be built with three double doors, three on each side...

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BUS SALES * USA: Blue Bird's

* Virginia - City getting 78 new school buses

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Richmond,VA,USA -The Richmnd Times Dispatch, by ZACHARY REID -17 July 2014: -- Richmond Public Schools is going to replace more than a third of its school buses, beginning the modernization of a fleet that in recent years has grown old, unreliable and expensive to maintain... The School Board this week approved a seven-year, $7 million plan to buy 60 regular education and 18 special education buses from Blue Bird... The new 77-seat regular education buses cost $82,425 each. The 53-seat special education buses cost $89,517 each... The buses are equipped with four camera slots. Three will be used to record the driver and students. A fourth, on the exterior arm, will be vacant for the time being, but school officials are negotiating with a company that specializes in recording the license plates of cars who ignore the blinking stop signs already attached to the busses...

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