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Electric bus system inaugurated in Luxembourg

21 December 2016

An OppCharge electric bus system with 12 Volvo electric hybrid buses and charging infrastructure supplied by ABB was inaugurated yesterday in Bertrange, commuter town in south-west of Luxembourg.

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London sees world’s first hydrogen-powered double-decker

20 December 2016

London mayor Sadiq Khan has recently unveiled the city’s first double-decker hydrogen bus. The bus, manufactured by Wrightbus, will be trialled on the English capital’s roads in 2017.

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Dutch cities head towards zero-emission public transport

20 December 2016

As of 11 December, 43 completely electrically powered articulated buses have started running in the Dutch cities of Eindhoven and Helmond. This is an important milestone towards the target of 100% zero emission in 2025, issued by the Dutch government.

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Decorated buses bring holiday cheer to customers in Pennsylvania

19 December 2016

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has showcased for the first time ever holiday-decorated buses during the Philly Holiday Festival taking place in Philadelphia

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Fuel cell electric bus project CHIC report - guide for cities and bus operators

16 December 2016

Fuel cell electric bus project CHIC launched its final project report as tool for cities and bus operators to help them in understanding the reality of operating fuel cell buses today.

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What if Santa delivered all his presents by bus instead of by reindeer?

15 December 2016

If Santa really wanted to go green on Christmas Eve, he’d be well advised to use the greenest mode of transportation available: buses. Buses emit a mere 0.19 lbs CO2 per mile meaning that Santa would save basically all of his carbon footprint if he traveled by bus - 35.3 billion lbs CO2, to be exact.

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Vattenfall’s wireless charging station inaugurated on new electric bus route

08 December 2016

The first hybrid electric bus route in the Nordic region with wireless bus stop charging is inaugurated in Södertälje, south of Stockholm. The city bus is charged rapidly and invisibly at Vattenfall's charging station.

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New Accessibility Guide pushes for inclusive public transport

05 December 2016

IRU, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), and the European Disability Forum (EDF) have jointly published a guide to improve service quality and accessibility for public transport services for persons with disabilities. The publication has been released to honour the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December.

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Travelling by bus instead of by car is the same as saving the carbon emissions of 54 million Americans

30 November 2016

As part of the “TheWay2Go” campaign which is supported by Smart Move, CheckMyBus -a leading search engine for bus travel- carried out an analysis which puts into context what the CO2 emissions from the transportation industry mean for the planet under the basic premise: What would happen if all Americans travelled by bus instead of by car?

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Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit project approved

29 November 2016

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board in Philippines gave the green light for the 48.6-kilometer Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – EDSA project. The project’s total estimated cost is PhP37.8 billion and it is expected to be operational in 2020.

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WEpods autonomous buses operate on the campus of a Dutch university

28 November 2016

WURby and Welly, the two self-driving WEpods, are currently operating as a weekly bus service as part of a trial on the campus of Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands.

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Alternative fuel buses – an important read for policy and business decision makers

25 November 2016

The recently published CIVITAS Policy note ‘Smart choices for cities. Alternative fuel buses’ provides useful information to help policy makers, public transport authorities and local decision makers choose clean public bus transport. The policy note could also serve as a guide for bus fleet operators that are considering renewing their urban transport fleets.

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New vision for collective passenger transport in East Africa with launch of regional high level group

24 November 2016

Jointly initiated by UN-Habitat and IRU, the East African Community (EAC) Smart Move high level group will work for a period of one year to devise a roadmap for boosting collective passenger transport in EAC’s cities and on EAC’s roads by 2030. Benefits include better transport services, reduced carbon emissions, more jobs, fewer road deaths and reduced road congestion by up to fifteen percent.

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German bus industry calls for fair competition between municipal and private companies

22 November 2016

During its Experts’ Forum in Public Transport, held last week in Berlin, the Federal Association of German Bus and Coach Operators made it clear that it opposes changes of the German Passenger Transport Act. The discussions revolved around the fact that the application of the law is currently producing tensions between municipal and private companies, with the European Commission being also skeptical regarding its implementation by municipalities.

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