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28.2.07

DANGEROUS ROADS * Sweden - Six passengers killed as buses collide during morning rush-hour

Stockholm,Sweden -Independent (London,England,UK), by Louise Nordstrom -28 Feb 2007: -- Six people died and more than 20 were injured when two buses carrying commuters collided on a slippery road yesterday morning. The crash happened near the city of Uppsala in eastern Sweden, about 45 miles north of the capital, Stockholm... Hans Eriksson, a rescue worker, said the buses appeared to have crashed into each others' sides rather than collide head on... The cause of the collision, which happened near Lejsta, about 12 miles north-east of Uppsala, was unknown yesterday. Witnesses said roads in the area were dangerous because of the wintry conditions...

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* USA - Eldorado bus service to start April 2

Santa Fe,NM,USA -The New Mexican, by David Collins & Julie Ann Grimm -Feb 27, 2007: -- Eldorado residents for years have asked county officials to help with rides to work in Santa Fe and Los Alamos... "This is your chance," said Jack Kolkmeyer, director of the Land Use Department for Santa Fe County... Bus service is scheduled to begin between Eldorado and Santa Fe for a pilot project April 2. Planners from Santa Fe County and the North Central Regional Transit District will hold a meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Eldorado Community Improvement Association community center... The six-month pilot project is a sort of straw vote for Eldorado residents to show whether they will support the service, Kolkmeyer said. The state Department of Transportation put up an estimated $80,000 and Santa Fe County chipped in almost $14,000 as a matching grant to operate the trial project...

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* South Korea - Daewoo International to export 1,000 buses to Azerbaijan

Seoul,S.Korea -Baku Today (Baku,Azerbaijan), by Kim Yoon-mi/Korea Herald -Feb 25, 2007: -- Daewoo International Corp. said yesterday it will export 1,000 buses worth $60 million to Azerbaijan under a contract with the country's state-run transportation company Transgeyt... The deal, signed in the Azerbaijani capital Baku yesterday, calls for the first batch of 200 buses to be supplied within six months, Daewoo officials said...

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Hybrid Buses * USA - Paying Off For Evansville

The City of Evansville says it has seen a reduction in fuel use of 22 percent or about $16,000 per year since it put four hybrid buses into service. The city says when you combine the savings in fuel and the cost of repairs to the buses, it is a saving of about $42,000 per year

Evansville,IN,USA -Inside INdiana Business (Indianapolis,IN) -27 Feb 2007: -- The City of Evansville currently has four hybrid buses in service and they’re already paying off. METS says there has been a 22% reduction in fuel use, or a savings of 2000 gallons per bus per year, since it took delivery of the hybrids back in June 2006. At present prices, that’s about $4,000 saved per bus for a total estimated savings of $16,000 each year... METS has also been able to save money because hybrid buses have electric ramps instead of hydraulic. Fewer parts are being replaced and there is less downtime. That creates a savings of at least $2,000 per bus annually. There are also fewer brake service repairs because of the regenerative braking systems on hybrid buses. METS predicts this will save approximately $4,500 per bus per year... When you add up all the numbers, METS four hybrid buses are saving the city approximately $42,000 dollars a year...

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* Malaysia - Ops Sikap cops on buses reduce fatal accidents

Kuala Lampur,Malaysia -The Malaysia Star (Petaling Jaya,Malaysia), by KULDEEP S. JESSY -Feb 27, 2007: -- The presence of policemen on express buses has proven to be a successful deterrent to reckless driving... Police are so encouraged that they will continue the practice during future festive seasons... Federal traffic chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Datuk Nooryah Md Anvar said no fatal accidents involving express buses were reported during the 15-day Ops Sikap XII which ended on Sunday...

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DANGEROUS DRIVERS

* USA - School Bus Rolls Over, Injures 6 Teens
Windsor,CO,USA -My Fox Colorado.com (Denver,CO) -26 Feb 2007: -- A school bus crash on I-25 in northern Colorado sent 6 teenagers to the hospital early Monday... Colorado State Patrol investigators say the bus, driven by 55-year-old David Hurt of Ft. Collins, drifted off the left side of the highway and hit the safety cable rail in the median. Investigators say the bus went back onto the roadway, and did the same thing a second time when the driver tried to regain control. The bus then rolled and came to rest on its left side... Trooper Clinton Rushing the Third said the accident appeared to have resulted from driver error... (Photo: A school bus crash early Monday injured 7 people, including 6 students in the Poudre High School Choir)

* India - Bus plunges into Kashmir ravine, 12 killed
Srinagar,India -Reuters -Feb 26, 2007: -- At least 12 people, including nine soldiers, were killed when their bus skidded and fell into a gorge in Indian Kashmir on Monday, police said... Fifteen soldiers were injured in the accident that occurred in Udhampur area, about 240 km (150 miles) south of Srinagar, Kashmir's summer capital...

* India - Seven dead, 30 injured in Orissa bus mishap
Bhubaneswar,Orissa,India -The KalingaTimes -26 Feb 2007: -- At least seven persons were killed and over 30 injured when a private bus fell into a ditch in Kandhamal district of Orissa on Monday afternoon... The accident occurred at Kalinga Ghat when the bus fell into a ditch 150 feet down. The bus, carrying around 40 passengers, was on its way from Muniguda Kandhamal district of Berhampur...

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Tough rules * New Zealand - Will force buses to run on time and go green

Auckland,New Zealand -The New Zealand Herald, by Mathew Dearnaley -Feb 26, 2007: -- Bus passengers are being promised sweeping law changes offering them better odds of getting picked up on time, and by clean and safe vehicles... The tough new measures will be imposed regardless of whether the services are run commercially or with subsidies from the public purse... Regional councils will be able to deregister commercial services which fail to keep to their timetables. Ministry of Transport officials are working on an incentive and penalty regime to apply before that happens... (Photo by Derek Flynn - Integrated ticketing will enable passengers to move between buses, trains and ferries)

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* Australia - Curbing the carnage

Drug and drink-drivers beware

Victoria,Australia -Victoria Police -26 Feb 2007: -- You now face double trouble with the launch of dual purpose buses that can test drivers for alcohol and drugs... On 13 December, 2004, Victoria Police became the first jurisdiction in the world to randomly test drivers for drugs. Two years on, special dual purpose buses have been released to reduce the number of road fatalities related to drug and alcohol use... Three dual purpose buses have already taken to Victorian roads, and by mid-year eight buses will be out in force testing drivers for traces of drugs and alcohol...

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* Malaysia - 150 new buses on Penang's roads

Petaling Jaya,Selangor,Malaysia -Sun2Surf, by AugustMohd Tajudin -Feb 26, 2007: -- RapidPenang, which will be the new public bus service operator in the state, will have 150 new buses on the roads by August, said Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop... Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (SPNB) will be acquiring the buses on behalf of RapidPenang at a cost of about RM50 million, he said...

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* Japan - Govt failing to maintain bus checks

Tokyo,Japan -The Yomiuri Shimbun -Feb. 26, 2007: -- The Construction and Transport Ministry has been able to conduct safety inspections of only 10-20 percent of chartered bus firms across the nation in recent years... Since the industry was deregulated in 2000, the number of chartered bus firms has increased sharply and the government's safety check system cannot cope with the increase... Azumino Kanko Bus tour company based in Matsukawamura, Nagano Prefecture, which was involved in a recent fatal accident in Osaka Prefecture, in which one person died and 26 were injured, had not received a safety inspection until the beginning of this month... The ministry added more than 30 inspectors across the country in January, but the total number of inspectors is still only 166, far fewer than required...

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24.2.07

SALES * Azerbaijan - Daewoo International to export 1,000 buses to

Seoul,South Korea -Korea Herald (subscription) -23 Feb 2007: -- Daewoo International Corp. said yesterday it will export 1,000 buses worth $60 million to Azerbaijan under a contract with the country's state-run transportation company Transgeyt... The deal, signed in the Azerbaijani capital Baku yesterday, calls for the first batch of 200 buses to be supplied within six months, Daewoo officials said...

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* UK - Bobbies on the buses in bid to stop vandals

Glasgow,Scotland,UK -The Glasgow Evening Times, by Ross McKinnon -23 Feb 2007: -- Police officers could be drafted in to patrol buses in Glasgow in a bid to stop vandals wreaking havoc... Talks have started between Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, the police and the city's biggest bus operator First to get bobbies on the buses... (Picture: Vandals trashed five bus shelters along Edinburgh Road last week, leaving behind a trail of destruction)

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"GREEN" NEWS * USA - Bridgeport Retrofits 111 School Buses

Bridgeport,Conn,USA -Environmental Leader (Fort Collins,CO) -Feb 23, 2007: -- Bridgeport, Connecticut public school buses will be equipped with devices to reduce diesel emissions. The project involves 111 buses contracted by the city... The program is funded with $534,000 from the settlement of a lawsuit involving the Connecticut Attorney General’s office and EPA against the Virginia Electric Power Company...

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* India - 200 new PMT buses

Pune,India -Pune Newsline -23 Feb 2007: -- A fleet of 200 new Ashok Leyland buses will be added to the PMT’s existing fleet of around 800 buses by March 31. This is expected to improve the transport body’s passenger carrying capacity... The announcement was made by PMT General Manager C K Anil at the general body meeting of the Pune Municipal Corporation on Friday. The transport body is also looking forward to begin plying buses lying idle in depots, due to lack of repairs or spare parts...

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New Buses * USA - BISD With Seatbelts Arrive

Beaumont,Texas,USA -KFDM-TV News, by Jessica Hollwoay -Feb 23, 2007: -- The goal is for every student going out of town on a bus to wear a seat belt. The Beaumont school district has 19 new buses with seat belts that will be phased in over the next few months. Each bus is equipped with advanced features to ensure safety while the students ride. Some have complained the bus seats are too small so the next order will take that into account. Bus maintenance workers say students aren't the only ones enjoying the new buses with enhanced safety features...

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Freeze * USA - COLTS Buses Having Trouble on the Streets

Scranton,PA,USA -WNEP-TV, by Josh Brogadir -Feb 23, 2007: -- Side roads in our are continue to cause problems for some. Many people are opting to take the bus instead of driving themselves. The problem is in some cases, the buses can't take them... Some buses haven't been able to take their usual routes because piled up ice and snow...

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DANGEROUS DRIVERS

* Colombia - Bus Accident Leaves 11 Dead, 22 Injured In
Tolima,Colombia -Playfuls.com (Targu Mures,Romania) -Feb 24, 2007: -- A bus accident on Friday left at least 11 people dead - including a Japanese citizen - and another 22 injured in central Colombia. Several of those injured suffered serious wounds, authorities said... Police in the Tolima province said the vehicle left the road and fell down a 500-metre ravine near the town of Honda. The bus was travelling from the northern Colombian town of Santa Marta to the capital Bogota. It remained unclear why the bus went off the road...

* Bolivia - Bus kills 15 during Carnival
La Paz,Bolivia -The Australian (Sydney,Australia)/Reuters -Feb 24, 2007: -- A bus has run into a crowd of carnival revellers in Bolivia and killed 15 people overnight, according to local radio... The accident occurred on Thursday night on a highway running through the town of Huancane, in the Oruro region, 320km south of La Paz... Another radio station, Panamericana, reported the bus driver had fled the scene of the accident...

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HERO * USA - Bus Driver Leaps Off Bus to Save Girl

New York,NY,USA -Forbes/Associated Press -23 Feb 2007: -- A city bus driver is lauded as a hero after he leapt off his bus and snatched a 3-year-old girl from traffic. The bus security cameras show the girl getting off the bus with a cheery "Bye!" and walking straight into traffic on a busy street. Chris Leslie, 38, is pictured streaking out the door after her... One view from the bus camera shows a car making a rapid stop directly in front of Leslie and the girl last week... Leslie, an eight-year CU veteran, earned the utility's Driver of the Year award last year. His boss, transit manager Carol Cruise, said the utility's rules won't allow him to win it two years in a row...

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23.2.07

DISCRIMINATION * Israel - Women don’t belong at back of bus

Israel -The New Jersey Jewish Standard (Teaneck,NJ,USA), by Phylllis Snyder -23 Feb 2007: -- At a time when women are taking their rightful place at the forefront of Israeli society, something is pushing them back — to the back of the bus, that is. The matter soon will be considered in Israel’s highest court... Egged, Israel’s government-funded bus company, for more than a decade has run sex-segregated buses known as mehadrin on routes serving mostly haredi, or fervently Orthodox, communities... Introduced for religious reasons, the buses now move through religious and secular neighborhoods in and between cities. Along many routes the mehadrin buses are the only public transit option. And women, regardless of their religiosity, are expected to board using a separate entrance at the back and to dress modestly...

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* Honduras - Gang members guilty of Christmas bus massacre

Tegucigalpa,Honduras -Reuters/Stuff.co.nz (Wellington,New Zealand) -23 Feb 2007: --
A Honduran court convicted two members of the Mara Salvatrucha street gang for a Christmas Day bus massacre of 28 shoppers and commuters, considered the bloodiest moment in Central America's gang-led crime wave... The court this week found Juan Miralda, known as "La Pantera," and Darwin Ramirez, or "El Chele Sula," guilty of several crimes including murder and attempted murder... "They will sentenced on March 16 to a term of no less than 30 years in prison," said public prosecutor Benjamin Lavaire... (Photo: El Morrocotudo-Arica,Chile- "Mara Salvatrucha" it's an organization of gangs who control the Border between Central America and Mexico)

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DANGEROUS DRIVERS * Bangladesh - Bus-truck collision kills 4 in

Comilla,Bangladesh -Xinhua/People's Daily Online (Beijing,China) -23 Feb 2007: -- Four people were killed and five others injured in a head-on collision between a truck and a bus in Bangladesh's Comilla district, 90 km southeast of capital Dhaka Thursday, private news agency UNB reported... The bus driver went into hiding soon after the accident. Police seized both the truck and the bus and a case has been filed...

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Bravery Award * Australia - Sydney bus driver may get

Sydney,New South Wales,Australia -The Village Voice.com.au (Rozelle,New South Wales)/AAP -21 Feb, 2007: -- A Sydney bus driver who asked his passengers to excuse him as he chased down a suspected thief on foot will be nominated for a bravery award, Sydney Buses says... Sydney Buses chief executive John Lee said Michael Simon, 41, who has driven for Sydney Buses for nine years, deserved to be nominated for his brave actions in making the citizen's arrest in Newtown, in Sydney's inner west...

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Critics * USA - NTSB vs. FMCSA, over bus fire

Washington,DC,USA -Land Line Magazine (Grain Valley,MO) -Feb 22, 2007: -- The federal agency that investigates major crashes is criticizing the federal agency that oversees truck and bus safety... In a press release, National Transportation Safety Board officials said a bus explosion and fire that killed 23 nursing home patients who were fleeing Hurricane Rita was partly due to lax oversight of bus companies by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration... The NTSB found that a lack of lubrication in a wheel assembly probably caused the fire... However, NTSB officials said FMCSA was also partially responsible because it had done a poor job of making sure that bus companies are safe...

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Bus Layout * New Zealand - Safer around school buses but plea to obey speed law

Gisborne,New Zealand -The Gisborne Herald, by Martin Gibson -23 Feb, 2007: -- A new system is in place at Manutuke School to get students off the bus more safely... Manutuke School principal Rikki Walsh says it is much safer, but she wishes drivers would obey the 20 km/h law as they pass school buses... "We were thrilled with the changes. Before there were children everywhere, now there are designated areas for everyone... There is now a place for parents to park, a place for teachers and a place for buses to drop children off... The benefit of the new bus unloading layout is that people are legally required to drive at 20kmh or less..."

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BUSES' PURCHASE PROSPECTS

* Canada - Province pitches in for 15 new buses
Durham,Ontario,Canada -The Durham Region News (Toronto,Ont), by Erin Hatfield -Feb 22, 2007: -- Fifteen new, 12-metre, low-floor, urban diesel transit bus are on their way to Durham... On Feb. 22 Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield announced the Province of Ontario has partnered with six municipalities on the purchase of new transit buses, which will save municipalities an estimated $15,000 per bu

* Uganda - Schools to Get Buses At Lower Rates
Kampala,Uganda -New Vision -Feb 22, 2007: --
Stanbic Bank and Africa Motors and Machinery have launched a scheme for schools to acquire buses at subsidised rates... "No collateral is required. We look at the ability of the school to pay back based on its organisation," Joseph Kiiza, Stanbic's manager for new business, vehicle and asset finance, said... Kiiza said the lending rate would be 18%-20% per annum... Africa Motors' sales engineer, Douglas Kawalya, said they would supply the buses at a discount of 6%-7%...

* India - Jammu & Kashmir Governments to operate 40 special buses in hilly districts
J & K,India -The Hindu (Chennai,India) -Feb 23, 2007: -- The Jammu and Kashmir Governments will purchase 40 special buses and operate them in the hilly districts and accident-prone areas of the State, the Minister for Transport, Hakim Yaseen has said... The Government will buy the buses at a cost of Rs 5.5 crore, Yaseen said while speaking at a high level officers meeting here on Wednesday...

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Smart buses * Canada - Hit the road

Mississauga,Ontario,Canada -The Mississauga News, by Radhika Panjwani -Feb 22, 2007: -- A powerful device installed on some Mississauga Transit buses will help commuters beat the traffic blues and arrive at their destinations on time... The key is an infrared system on the buses that will enable red traffic signals to be turned into green ones and allow the vehicles to keep on schedule... The goal of the $700,000 SmartBus program, a pilot project on 30 Mississauga Transit buses running on Hurontario St. is to ease gridlock, improve transit services and help transit authorities study patterns of commuter behaviour... Funding for the project was provided by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Fund...

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* USA - L.A. County Metro buses to get NBC TV coverage

Los Angeles,CA,USA -Los Angeles Business -Feb 21, 2007: -- NBC's Los Angeles stations have partnered with Transit TV to provide some local news, weather, sports and entertainment programming to Los Angeles County Metropolitan bus riders, the company said Wednesday... The stations, KNBC channel 4, KVEA channel 52 (Telemundo) and KWHY channel 22 (Independent Spanish-language), will provide local programming to the approximately 1.2 million Los Angeles Metro bus riders through Transit TV's wireless network of 4,400 LCD screens on 2,200 buses... The Transit TV screens, provide 48 minutes of programming every hour. The partnership will see 5 minutes of the hourly content provided by NBC's family of Los Angeles stations including both English and Spanish-language content...

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* Australia - Cattle-class buses in Sydney

Sydney,New South Wales,Australia -The Daily Telegraph, by Kate Sikora -Feb 22, 2007: -- If it is good enough for Delhi, it is good enough for Sydney... Premier Morris Iemma has had to look to the Indian subcontinent to find a solution to the CBD's public transport problema fleet of standing room-only buses... The Daily Telegraph has learned that a Circular Quay "cattle class" route will lead to five new buses being deployed throughout the city by Christmas... The standing-room-only buses will cram 115 on board – more than double the capacity of existing buses – ferrying thousands of workers from one end of the city to the other every hour... (Picture by The Daily Telegraph : Indian link ... a crowded bus in Delhi)

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"GREEN" NEWS

* Sweden - Scania to Test Electric Hybrid Buses Together with Stockholm Public Transport Company SL
Stockholm,Sweden -BUSINESS WIRE -Feb 21, 2007: -- In collaboration with Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL), the regional public transport company in Stockholm, Scania will carry out large-scale testing of electric hybrid buses. The tests will begin during 2008 and run for at least one year. A prototype is expected to be completed in May 2007... The Swedish Energy Agency is supporting Scania’s hybrid technology and contributes with more than SEK 16 million for the development of city buses powered by Scania’s hybrid technology. The technology involves fuel savings of 25 percent or more...


* USA - Hybrid buses ready to roll
Bradenton,FL,USA - The Bradenton Heral,. by SYLVIA LIM -20 Feb 2007: -- Two new hybrid school buses will soon be blazing a trail to Manatee County... The buses' arrival marks a beginning for the area and the state: The Manatee school district is the first and only in Florida to buy and use these hybrids, officials said...

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Report * USA - Seventy percent of Muni's buses or streetcars run on time

San Francisco,CAL,USA -KESQ (Palm Springs,CAL) -20 Feb 2007: -- A new report is confirming what many San Francisco commuters already know -- that the city's buses and streetcars often run behind schedule... According to statistics from the Municipal Transportation Agency, only seventy percent of its buses or streetcars showed up on time last year... That's short of a proposition approved by voters in 1999 requiring that 85 percent of Muni's buses and trains run on time by 2004...

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* Italy - Rome’s buses get thumbs down.

Rome,Italy -Wanted in Rome -20 Feb 2007: -- Rome’s buses and trams were dirtier, in a more dilapidated state and less regular compared to last summer, according to a survey conducted by the local public service agency, for the period 18 September to 7 December 2006... 29.7 per cent were found to be strewn with litter against 15.3 last summer, while 52.6 per cent had graffiti on the walls and seats compared to 30.4 per cent in the previous survey... Passengers had to wait for long periods for a bus, with some 23 per cent of buses running behind schedule, on a par with the results of the previous survey... There was also a 6 per cent increase in the number of obstacles passengers had to face at the bus stop when boarding, such as cars and motorbikes blocking the way... Although in 75 per cent of the cases there were available seats for passengers this was less than when the survey was last conducted, when seats were available 80 per cent of the time...

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* Cameroon -- 30 New City Buses to Expand 'LeBus' Urban Bus Operations

Los Angeles,CAL,USA -PRNewswire-FirstCall/Yahoo -Feb. 20, 20074: -- Transnational Automotive Group, Inc. (TAUG), a global leader in transportation services and sustainable energy development, today announced that on February 22, 2007 the company will ship 30 new city buses from Shanghai to the Republic of Cameroon to augment TAUG's urban bus system, LeBus, in Cameroon's capital city, Yaounde... The TAUG vehicles are new "Higer" city buses manufactured by China's leading bus manufacturer, Kinglong United Automotive Industry (Suzhou) Co. The shipment of 30 city buses are the first of 60 additional buses ordered by TAUG for its Yaounde operations...

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* Venezuela - To provide for cheap fuel to subsidize bus fares for London's poor

London,UK -AP/Canadian Press, by Jennifer Quinn -Feb 21, 2007: -- Mayor Ken Livingstone signed an agreement Tuesday with Venezuela's state-owned oil company to provide discounted fuel for the city's iconic red buses, praising the idea as the brainstorm of the country's leftist leader, President Hugo Chavez... Livingstone - a committed socialist known locally as "Red Ken" - met last year at city hall with Chavez to discuss the deal to provide cheap oil to London in exchange for advice on urban planning in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital... Venezuela has signed similar agreements with cities in several other countries, including the United States. Analysts call it "oil diplomacy" - and say it is designed to embarrass U.S. President George W. Bush, who Chavez has repeatedly mocked...

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Yoga Bus * Israel - Stressed-out bus passengers learn yoga during morning commute

Tel Aviv,Israel -AP/Canadian Press -Feb 20, 2007: -- Stressed-out commuters got a peaceful surprise as they boarded an Israeli bus on Tuesday: a yoga instructor with a microphone coaching them how to breathe correctly... The passengers stretched their hands toward the ceiling and bent their heads forward as Miri Harovi, a 21-year veteran yoga teacher, guided them through a set of exercises that can be performed while sitting down...

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20.2.07

* USA - Who's Your Bus Driver?

Topeka,KS,USA -WIBW, by Marla Carter -Feb 19, 2007: -- You may think you know who's taking your kids to school, but in some districts, the bus drivers don't even have to tell you their name. Some are calling it a loophole. 13's Marla Carter tells us about a proposal to change it... The bill would require private bus company's to give bus driver's names, salaries, positions and length of service. There have been a couple of incidents in the Wichita area with Durham as well. A driver there took pictures of girls on a bus. A mother says it took eight months for her to find out the driver's name...

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OPINION * USA - Buses do keep our kids safe

So, be aware that it is all of our responsibilities to keep our children and our roads safe

Atmore,AL,USA -The Atmore Advance -Feb 19, 2007: -- The recent accidents involving school buses that have occurred throughout Escambia County are alarming... However, accidents do happen. Yes, it is very tragic that these particular instances involved children, but we must remember that accidents can happen to anyone... Our school bus drivers are trained professionals and parents should feel safe having their children riding in buses... It is very important that citizens of Atmore pay close attention to traffic rules at all times, but especially during the morning and afternoon hours that our beloved children are trying to get to and from school...

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SALES * Sweden - Scania to Deliver 53 Buses to Private City Bus Operator in Poland

Stockholm,Sweden -Autochannel (press release) -20 Feb 2007: -- Scania will deliver 53 OmniCity low floor buses to PKS Grodzisk Mazowiecki, an independent company providing public transport service in Warsaw. The deal includes a 10-year contract for parts delivery, as well as training of drivers and service technicians. The buses will be produced at Scania’s Polish plant in Słupsk... Scania is entering the Warsaw market after city authorities decided to privatise public transport and invited independent transport operators to participate in tenders...

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DANGEROUS DRIVERS

* South Africa - 17 die as commuter buses crash

Makhado,S. Africa -News24 (Cape Town,SA) -19 Feb 2007: -- Seventeen people died and 45 were injured when two buses collided early on Monday morning near Makhado, said Limpopo police... The accident involved buses from the Eno and Madirimisa bus companies. The dead included both drivers... Ramatseba said: "One of the bus drivers was trying to avoid a donkey and he lost control"...

* Uganda - 7 killed in bus crash in Uganda
Kampala,Uganda -The New Hope Courier (New Hope,OK,USA) -Feb 19, 2007: -- A bus and a truck carrying goods collided head-on in Uganda, killing seven people and injuring 20, police said Monday... The crash occurred 25 miles from Uganda‘s capital, Kampala...

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Women Only Buses * Indonesia - Introduced In Pekanbaru, Riau

Jakarta,Indonesia -Bernama (Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia), by Mohd Nasir Yusoff /Antara news agency -Feb 18, 2007: -- The administrators of Pekanbaru, the main town in Riau province in Indonesia, have introduced public buses meant only for women, a first for the republic and probably in the world... Pekanbaru secretary Fawaz Ilyas said the move was taken because of rampant crime and sexual harrasment committed against women taking public buses... It had also helped increase the number of people using buses, as women, especially those working away from the homes, felt more safe, he was saying...

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DEBATE: Road Watch * USA - School buses are safer without seat belts

Why don’t school buses have seat belts?
Chester,PA,USA -The Delaware County Times, by John Roman -18 Feb 2007: -- This is a perennial question I didn’t have space or time to answer in my in-depth article on school-bus safety a few Sundays ago... As I pointed out, school buses are one of the safest forms of transportation on the road today, according to the National Transportation Safety Board... Compared to more than 42,000 people killed in other traffic crashes on U.S. roads every year, an average of six children are fatally injured inside school buses annually and 96 percent of the 8,500-12,000 children injured in school bus accidents annually are considered minor -- scrapes, bruises, etc., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...

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Health * USA - Are school buses making our kids sick?

Exploring the effects of diesel exposure on school childrenMillions of children rely on school buses for transportation
Potsdam,NY,USA -CLARKSON UNIVERSITY/SooToday.com -Feb 18, 2007: -- According to Clarkson University researcher Peter Jaques, "Those who commute in non-retrofitted, diesel-operated buses can be exposed to potentially harmful agents emitted from the exhaust, including carbonaceous ultrafine particles and diesel particulate matter (DPM), which have been linked to increases in upper-respiratory illnesses."... Jaques, assistant professor of biology: Alan Rossner, assistant professor and director of Clarkson's Environmental Health Science Program; Andrea Ferro, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering; and Stephanie Schuckers, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, are working to characterize diesel exposure in school buses and develop methods for measuring lung function and cardiopulmonary effects in children...

Production * China - S-Korean auto makers to co-produce buses for export

Beijing,China - Zee News (Noida,India) -Feb 18. 2007: -- A leading Chinese automaker has teamed up with a South Korean company to co-produce buses in North Korea which would also be exported... China Brilliance Automotive Holdings Ltd and Pyeonghwa Motor Corporation of South Korea have agreed to co-produce buses in North Korea...

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Controls * USA - State Patrol Finds Maintenance Issue in School Buses

St.Paul,MN,USA -FOX 9 News (Minneapolis,MN) -16 Feb 2007 – The Minnesota State Patrol identified a potential maintenance issue Friday among school buses that may result in brake failure... The State Patrol estimates the issue impacts less than 10 percent of the buses in the nearly 13,000-vehicle fleet in the state. More than 1,000 buses are being checked for brake failure... (Photo: A school bus crashed in Ham Lake, injuring dozens)

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"GREEN" NEWS

* Ireland - New measures to introduce bio-fuel to State-owned buses
Cork,Ireland -The Irish Examiner -17 Feb 2007: -- Taoiseach Bertie Ahern today claimed that he is to introduce new measures for State-owned public transport in an effort to cut carbon emissions... Mr Ahern said the existing Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus fleet will have to switch to a 5% bio-fuel blend... The transport companies will have to plan for all new vehicles to use 30% bio-fuel in their engines...

* USA - UVM Rolls Out Green Buses
Burlington,Vermont,USA -WCAX (Burlington,VT) -Feb 16, 2007: -- Six new buses will be hitting the streets of Burlington soon, but these aren't you're average diesel burning buses. These buses burn compressed natural gas... The six compressed natural gas busses were paid for by $2.4 million grant from the federal government, and about $500,000 from the University of Vermont. The goal of the project is not necessarily save money, but to cut down on emissions...

* USA - Bright green buses may hit roads next month
Dickson,TN,USA -The Dickson Herald -18 Feb 2007: -- The new Murfreesboro bus system, with its bright green buses, was set to start in early spring, hoping the loud color would attract city residents who might otherwise drive... Nine buses had been ordered, costing $70,000 each, but routes and fare were still being determined...

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Buses, buses, buses ... getting Bermuda connected

Bermuda -The Royal Gazette, by Scott Neil -17 Feb 2007: -- Buses running every 15 minutes from first thing in the morning until midnight, smaller community buses for outlying areas and a new "Warbaby Fox" type ferry are amongst an armoury of transport initiatives designed to improve the experience for the travelling public... Hi-tech roadside monitors will also be rolled out across the Island to assist in the detection of motorists who are using unlicensed vehicles on the roads... At the forefront of its plans are 25 new buses that will be deployed in a way that makes it possible for passengers on the main routes to the East and West of the Island to enjoy a bus service that runs every 15 minutes...

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19.2.07

Report * Japan - 86 bus fires reported in past 4 years

Osaka,Japan -The Daily Yomiuri Shimbun -17 Feb 2007: -- There were 86 fires involving commercially operated buses in the four years from 2003, due mostly to poor maintenance, according to a report by the Construction and Transport Ministry... In many cases, the fires started near the engine of the bus, and in some cases the buses were engulfed in flames after passengers were evacuated... Bus operators use a bus for an average of 15 years, and 70 percent of the buses that caught fire had been used for 10 years or more... However, 10 buses caught fire less than five years after being registered for service... "Buses are being kept in service for increasingly long periods as their performance has improved," a ministry official said. "But most of the fires could have been prevented if the buses had been properly maintained or checked"... The ministry said it would call on fixed route and sightseeing bus operators to properly maintain and inspect their buses, while for its part, the ministry intends to strengthen supervision of bus operators...

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DANGEROUS TRIPS

* India - Bus falls off bridge, three dead
Bhubaneswar,Jamshedpur,India -The Calcutta Telegraph (Calcutta,India) -Feb. 17, 2007: -- At least three persons were killed and 30 injured when a bus plunged into the Baitarani near Kurmanga in Kendujhar district, about 250 km from here, early this morning... There were about 50 passengers in the vehicle when it fell off the bridge trying to avoid a truck coming from the opposite direction...

* Brazil - 13 dead in bus crash
Sao Paulo,Brazil -News24 (Cape Town,South Africa)/Sapa/AP -17 Feb 2007: -- A bus passing a vehicle in a mountainous region of central Brazil crashed head-on into an oncoming truck, killing 13 people and injuring 23, police said on Saturday... The accident happened late on Friday near the historic city of Ouro Preto, about 800 kilometres northeast of Sao Paulo... The cause of the crash appeared to be driver error by the bus driver, he said...

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17.2.07

Security * USA - Council rejects putting deputies on buses

Funding is available but some members want a signed agreement with Wayne County sheriff

Detroit,Mich,USA -The Detroit News, by Andy Henion -16 Feb 2007: -- A six-month effort to put police officers back on Detroit Department of Transportation buses failed again Thursday, frustrating drivers and passengers who say the inaction jeopardizes their safety... Detroit City Council refused to vote on a plan to allow the Wayne County Sheriff's Office to police the buses for three years, saying it first needed an intergovernmental agreement...

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BUSES' PURCHASE PROSPECTS

* USA - School Board OKs Purchase Of Three New School Buses
Holbrook,AZ,USA -The AzJournal.com, by JoLynn Fox -16 Feb 2007: -- The Holbrook School District Governing Board approved the purchase of three new 84-passenger buses for the 2007-08 school year Tuesday evening... The Bluebird buses will be obtained through the district’s agreement with Mohave Contracting Services. Each bus carries a sticker price of $115,161, for a total of $345,483...

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BIODIESEL * Spain - Pamplona switches buses to biodiesel

Madrid,Spain -Reuters -Feb 16, 2007: -- Pamplona started running 50 city buses on pure biodiesel this week, becoming the first city in Spain to do so, supplier Acciona, said on Friday... Acciona will deliver 1.5 million liters of fuel a year, produced from vegetable oil at its plant at Caparrosa, also in northern Spain... Acciona said the city planned to extend biodiesel use to the whole fleet of 127 buses...

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HYBRID BUSES

* Canada - Gatineau to get Quebec's first ones
Gatineau,Quebec, CAN -CBC News -Feb 16, 2007: -- Transit users in Gatineau will be the first in Quebec to try out hybrid diesel-electric buses, Gatineau's public transit company says... The Société de transport de l'Outaouais announced Thursday that two of the buses, which run on a combination of electric battery power and diesel fuel, will begin carrying transit riders in a matter of weeks as part of a two-year, $8.3-million pilot project funded by all three levels of government...

* Canada - City hits the road with 29 new diesel hybrid buses
Ancaster,Ontario,Canada -Ancaster News, by Mike Pearson -Feb 16, 2007: -- Politicians recently unveiled the single largest fleet expansion in the history of the HSR with the addition of 29 new eco-friendly buses... Funded by the federal and provincial government gas tax rebate, the acquisition includes 22 conventional 40-foot buses, plus seven 60-foot articulated buses, also known as accordion buses. All 29 units run on hybrid diesel engines. The first five buses arrived at City Hall recently and are now in service... The new 40-foot diesel buses offer an 80 per cent reduction in emissions compared to the buses they are replacing. The HSR will be the first transit service in Ontario to use the 60-foot hybrid units...

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DEBATE * USA - Bill requires seat belts on buses

Nashville,TN,USA -The Cookeville Herald Citizen (Cookeville,TN), by Mary Jo Denton -16 Feb 2007: -- A proposed new state law would require putting seat belts on school buses within the next few years... The bill may not become reality, but at least it is one good way to keep the long-running debate of that issue before the public, two area lawmakers say...

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16.2.07

TECHNONEWS * Austria - Hydrostatic drive for city buses now in production

Austria -Automotive World (UK), by Bill Godwin-15 Feb, 2007: -- A novel driveline concept for city buses, first revealed at last year's IAA Show in Hanover, has now been refined for use in production vehicles being built at the Slovenian assembly plant of Austrian manufacturer Kutsenits Bus. In the Hydra-City bus...

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"GREEN" NEWS * UK - Town's Buses to be "The Greenest" in

Reading,England,UK -icBerkshire, by Lucy Thorne -Feb 15 2007: -- A fleet of pollution-free buses could be on Reading's streets by next year - reducing the town's carbon footprint and giving it the nation's greenest transport service... Reading Buses hopes to begin testing an ethanol bus as early as this summer on the popular Tilehurst-Earley 17 route in a bid to cut its carbon emissions... If the trial is successful the fleet could begin carrying its 20 million annual passenger load diesel-free by next year...

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POLICE on BUSES

* UK - MSP wants cop patrols on buses to reduce crime
Glasgow,Scotland,UK -The Glasgow Evening Times, by Brian Currie -15 Feb 2007: -- Police must be put on Glasgow's buses to cut crime, a city MSP said today... Bill Aitken has written to Strathclyde Chief Constable Sir Willie Rae urging more protection for passengers after witnessing an assault on a Polish immigrant... The Tory MSP, a regular bus user, said the attack on the No16 bus was just the latest example of criminal behaviour he had seen on journeys between his West End home and the city centre...

* USA - Council to vote on police presence on DDOT buses
Detroit,Mich,USA - The Detroit Free Press, by MARISOL BELLO & ZACHARY GORCHOW -Feb 15, 2007: -- The Detroit City Council indicated Thursday it would vote next week on a plan to put the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in charge of policing Detroit Department of Transportation buses... It remains unclear whether enough support exists on the council for the move with some council members saying the Detroit Police Department should assign some of its officers to the buses, as it did until late 2005...

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NEW BUSES * USA - Fort Mill gets new buses from state

Fort Mills,SC,USA -The Fort Mill Times, by Mac Banks -Feb 14, 2007: -- In the coming months, the Fort Mill School District should receive between three and eight new buses... The buses, which are coming from the state, will be replacing older buses that are still in use. Some of these older buses are nearly 25 years old and have close to 400,000 miles on them, said district Transportation Director Bernard Gill...

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BUSES' PURCHASE PROSPECTS

* USA - Round Valley gets money for new buses
Willits,CA,USA -The Willits News -14 Feb 2007: -- The California Energy Commission has approved $130,845 for the Round Valley Unified School District in Covelo to purchase new, clean-burning school buses to replace pre-1977 vehicles... The commission also approved $130,845 for the Southern Humboldt Unified School District (Garberville), and $131,455 for the Ukiah Unified School District for bus replacement...

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Cleaner Buses * USA - Are Costly for School Districts

Syracuse,NY,. USA -13 WHAM (Rochester,NY) /AP-Feb 12, 2007: -- School officials are faced with tough decisions on whether to replace old buses or add new ones to their fleets. That's because the cost of new buses is expected to jump as much as 12 percent this year as a result of a new federal regulation requiring that all 2008 bus engines burn cleaner... Michael Leonard of Leonard Bus Sales in Deposit says he expects his price for a 66-passenger school bus to be between $83,000 and $93,000. That's a $9,000 increase from last year's range...

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DANGEROUS TYRES * USA - Goodyear warns that school bus tires may not be safe

Greensboro,NC,USA -AP/WWAY -13 Feb 2007: -- Goodyear is warning North Carolina officials that the school buses that children rode to class this morning may have problems with their tires... The tire manufacturer says it's concerned that the state's retread contractor, White's Tire Service of Wilson, stamped inaccurate information on some reworked Goodyear bus tires... The information suggests the recycled tires can carry up to 15 percent more weight than Goodyear considers safe...

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BIODIESEL TROUBLES * USA - Fungus in fuel tank slows down school buses

Bunker Hill,IND,USA -Associated Press/The Wabash Plain Dealer (Wabash, Indiana) -Feb 11, 2007: -- It wasn't just frigid weather that caused Maconaquah School Corp. to delay the start of classes Friday by two hours - a fungus also played a role... Ron Kirkpatrick, the administrative assistant to Superintendent Carmine Gentile, said fungal and bacterial growths were found in the main biodiesel tank used to fuel up the district's buses... Kirkpatrick said the substance, which was of the same consistency of melted caramel, clogged up the buses' fuel filters and left the vehicles stalled...

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12.2.07

ACCIDENTS * INDIA

* At Least 11 Killed in Bus Accident
Kolkata,India -The Statesman -Feb 2007: -- Authorities in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh say at least 11 people were killed Sunday afternoon when a bus packed with passengers veered off a road and plunged into a canal... The authorities say the accident happened in the Bulandshahr district after the driver lost control of the vehicle...

* Bus turns turtle on flyover: 1 killed, 14 injured
Kolkata,India -Voice of America (USA) -Feb. 11, 2007: - - One person was killed and 14 others were injured when a mini bus they were travelling in turned turtle near the AJC Bose Road flyover this morning while trying to avoid hitting a child who came in front of the running bus...

* 18 athletes hurt in bus crash at Games venue
New Delhi,India -The Peninsula On-line (Qatar) -Feb 12, 2007: -- A bus carrying participants and officials of National Games overturned yesterday injuring 20 people, including 18 athletes, police said... The packed bus hit a road divider outside the Games venue in Guwahati and overturned, local police chief S N Singh said...

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Campaign * Malaysia - Cops on buses prove effective

Kuala Lampur,Malaysia -The Malaysia Star (Petaling Jaya,Malaysia), by RASHITHA A. HAMID & ROYCE CHEAH -Feb 12, 2007: -- The deployment of policemen on express buses have proven to be effective in ensuring that drivers followed the law strictly while on the road... Federal traffic chief Senior Asst Comm II Datuk Nooryah Md Anvar said that following the move to have policemen travel with the passengers, the drivers have been found to be obeying traffic rules... She told reporters this after visiting the Jalan Duta Bus Terminal here on the first day of Ops Sikap XII yesterday... Twelve police personnel boarded various express buses yesterday as part of the campaign to ensure that drivers obeyed the laws...

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10.2.07

DANGEROUS DRIVERS


* Thailand - 25 injured as bus crashes after brake failure
Klong Toey,Bangkok,Thailand -The Bangkok Post -9 Feb 2007: -- A passenger bus went careering off the road and rammed into shophouses near Soi 82 on Charoen Krung road yesterday, injuring 25 people... The accident took place when driver Somporn Farichai lost control of the vehicle after the brakes failed as the bus was coming down the New Krungthep Bridge. The vehicle, carrying around 100 passengers, veered off the road and slammed into the shophouses... (Photo left, by KOSOL NAKACHOL - Two shophouses on Charoen Krung road were badly damaged after a bus veered off the road and crashed int

* UK - Passengers injured in bus shunt
Brighton,UK -The Argus.co.uk, by
Richard Gurner -8 Feb 2007: -- Two passengers were taken to hospital today when they were injured in three-bus crash... Roger French, managing director of the Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company, said: "It was down to error. There was a misjudgement as one bus braked. The one behind went into the back of it and then the one behind that went to the back"...



* Vietnam - Bus-train collision leaves 13 dead


Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam -The Thanh Nien Daily -Feb 9, 2007: -- A bus and train collided in Khanh Hoa province on Vietnam central coast, leaving 13 people dead and others seriously injured, police said Friday... Khanh Hoa province is about 450 kilometers northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. De said the bus, which was carrying 40 people, slammed through a barrier at a railway crossing on highway 27B and collided with the oncoming train... (Photo right)
* USA - Buses, Pickup Trucks Involved Crash
Des Moines,IO,USA -KCCI.com -Feb 9, 2007: -- Several vehicles and two buses were involved in a chain-reaction crash in Des Moines... Des Moines police said a school bus stopped to allow a pickup truck into traffic when another driver drove around the bus and slammed into the pickup... What followed was a chain reaction as a city bus hit two pickup trucks, and then one of the pickup trucks hit the school bus... Police reported only one minor injury...

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Takeover * USA - Greyhound buses to roll into British hands

USA -MSN Money -Feb 8, 2007: -- Greyhound of the US looks set to pass into British hands, with FirstGroup, the bus and rail operator, expected to announce on Friday an agreed takeover of Laidlaw International, which owns the inter-city bus service operator... Although a final price was not clear last night, a deal is understood to value Laidlaw shares at between $35 and $37, making the company worth $2.78bn-$2.93bn (£1.42bn-£1.5bn). Laidlaw's main business is operating yellow school buses...

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DANGEROUS JOBS * Brazil - Gang burns buses, attacks cops

Sao Paulo,Brazil -Associated Press/Leading The Charge (Milton,Queensland,Australia), by TALES AZZONI -Feb 7, 2007: -- Authorities were on alert after suspected gang members torched three buses and shot at police, raising concerns the violence could mushroom into a repeat of last year‘s huge crime wave, officials said Wednesday... "Police are on an above-normal level of alert," Public Security Secretary Ronaldo Augusto Marzagao said. "But there‘s no reason for people to get alarmed"... Many of the lockups in Brazil‘s largest state of Sao Paulo are controlled by the PCC, whose imprisoned leaders can easily order riots or attacks on symbols of government authority when they want to mount a show of force or protest prison conditions...

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UNHEALTHY JOB * USA - Bus Driver Dies After Heart Attack on Route

McColl,SC,USA -AP/First Coast News (Jacksonville,FL) -8 Feb 2007: -- A Marlboro County bus driver has died after suffering a heart attack while driving elementary school students... Authorities say ten McColl Elementary School students were on the bus when it ran off state Highway 381 and into some trees outside of McColl late Wednesday afternoon... Authorities say Beatrice Melvin had to be cut from the wreckage and died at the hospital. Marlboro County School District spokeswoman Deborah Wimberly says Melvin apparently suffered a heart attack...

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BUSES' PURCHASE PROSPECTS

* USA - T-Line will get two new buses
Texarkana,TX,USA -The Texarkana Gazette, by Jodi Sheridan -Feb 7, 2007: -- Texarkana Urban Transit District officials gave final approval Tuesday to the purchase of two new buses for the T-Line public bus transportation system... T-Line General Manager Amy Foerster said, the district plans to use a Federal Transit Administration grant, an Arkansas congressional earmark. The grant totals $396,000 and is an 80/20 share, meaning the four cities paying for T-Line will split a 20 percent share...

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Biodiesel blend * USA - School buses return today after switch in fuel blend

Fort Wayne,IN,USA -The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, by Krista J. Stockman -Feb. 07, 2007: -- Exactly what caused the problems that plagued area school buses this week is still somewhat of a mystery, but school officials are confident the buses will run fine today... Fort Wayne Community Schools and East Allen County Schools canceled school Tuesday after fuel turned to gel and shut down dozens of buses Monday. Mechanics worked feverishly to determine why the subzero temperatures had such an effect on the fuel, a problem not previously seen. About a quarter of each district’s buses ran into problems... Both districts use a 20 percent biodiesel blend in their fleets but are returning to their traditional winter diesel blends to get through the cold days ahead... (Photo: by Samuel Hoffman/The Journal Gazette - Mechanic Martin Fahlsing works under a bus Tuesday at the Fort Wayne Community Schools’ North Transportation Center on Cook Road)

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Diesel Fuel * USA - Test Runs for School Buses Wednesday Morning

Rochester,NY,USA -13WHAM-TV, by Evan Dawson -Feb 8, 2007: -- The fuel problem that shut down school buses in Rochester-area districts this week has been solved for most, but the fix is temporary... The reason buses wouldn’t run this week is because schools are using a new, low-pollution diesel fuel recently mandated by the federal government... They found out the hard way that the new fuel gets gummy in the bitter cold, stalling the buses. It took a creative solution to get back on the road...

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