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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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10% cut in price of hybrid buses for London

17 November 2016

London has been able to secure a 10% cut in the price of hybrid buses in 2016 as a result of demonstrating the global demand for clean buses through the C40 Clean Bus Declaration.

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Safe, green, affordable bus and coach transport for India

16 November 2016

IRU, ASRTU (the Association of State Road Transport Undertakings) and Busworld Academy joined forces to organise the congress within Busworld India 2016 in Bengaluru, “Bus and coach – a smart transportation system for India”.

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Green buses to run in Cape Town next year

31 October 2016

In its effort to reduce carbon emissions, the City of Cape Town has announced the roll out of 10 electric buses for the MyCiTi service in 2017. The tender, valued at R126 million was awarded to BYD, a Chinese electric car and rechargeable battery manufacturer which has a branch in South Africa.

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English report reveals that improvement in bus services would lead to growth in jobs

31 October 2016

The report, The Value of the Bus to Society, commissioned by Greener Journeys shows that a 10% improvement in bus services would lead to almost 10,000 more people in work in the poorest neighbourhoods in England.

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A smart transport system for India – promoting efficient, comfortable and safe buses and coaches at the Busworld India 2016 Congress

31 October 2016

IRU, ASRTU (the Association of State Road Transport Undertakings) and Busworld International are joining forces to organise the Busworld India 2016 congress in Bangalore, “Bus and coach – a smart transportation system for India”, putting a spotlight on connectivity, safety, coach tourism and electromobility.

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European Commission supports the purchase of environmentally friendly buses and related infrastructure in Portugal

27 October 2016

The European Commission has found Portuguese plans to support the purchase of low-emission buses for public infrastructure in urban areas to be in line with EU state aid rules. The measure contributes to reducing CO2 emissions while limiting distortions of competition in the Single Market

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IRU and Busworld offer vision for the future of bus and coach industry

26 October 2016

Showcasing relevant initiatives such as IRU's Smart Move campaign, which champions the use of buses and coaches as a clean, safe and sustainable way to travel, the event covers “coach and tourism”, “bus and city” and “bus and financing”. Participants include policy makers, business leaders and professional experts.

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Contactless bus travel across UK for Stagecoach users by end of 2018

25 October 2016

Stagecoach, one of the UK's biggest bus and coach operators, will deliver contactless bus travel on all of its regional bus services across the UK by the end of 2018. Passengers will be able to pay for their travel with a contactless credit or debit card, as well as Apple Pay and Android Pay.

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EU campaign promotes travel within Europe

24 October 2016

According to Eurostat, in 2015 the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in the European Union is expected to have reached a new record level of around 2.8 billion nights, up by 3.2 % compared with 2014. The European Commission’s goal is to support this trend, to promote travel within Europe and competitive growth of the tourism sector in all Member States and thereby to maintain Europe's position as a leading tourism destination.

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Smart Move’s objective in line with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

20 October 2016

Efficient, affordable, environmentally friendly and safe mobility for all could be achieved by significantly increasing the use of buses and coaches worldwide. This Smart Move message was passed by IRU to the thousands of people participating these days in the UN‘s Habitat III conference taking place in Quito, Ecuador.

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Smart Move award winner, Digital Matatus, creates pan-African blueprint for urban transport

29 September 2016

Digital Matatus – IRU’s Smart Move Award winner for ‘best innovation’ – reports on the successes of mobile phone crowdsourcing data to generate transport infrastructure and policy.

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Russian self-driving shuttle bus ready for testing in 2017

22 September 2016

NAMI, a Russian government-funded automotive research organisation, teamed up with Yandex - the company operating Russia’s largest search engine, Russian truck maker Kamaz and Daimler to build a driverless shuttle bus. The bus was already displayed at the Moscow International Automobile Salon and it is planned to have it tested on closed routes next year.

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More electric buses for Luxembourg

19 September 2016

Volvo has received an order for four Volvo 7900 Electric buses from public transport operator Sales-Lentz in Luxembourg. The buses will operate in the city of Differdange.

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Solaris to supply 99 HVO buses to Oslo

16 September 2016

Solaris, the biggest Polish bus manufacturer, has won two contracts with two public transport operators in Oslo to supply a total of 99 Urbino buses. Delivery is expected at the beginning of next year.

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French coach operator first in its sector to accept payments in bitcoins

13 September 2016

Coach users have now the possibility to pay their journeys with virtual money when travelling in France with coach operator Isilines. Isilines, a division of Transdev, has been accepting payments in bitcoins since the beginning of August.

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Cleaner urban transport with hydrogen buses

01 September 2016

Trials in cities around the world have demonstrated that fuel-cell passenger buses can cut emissions and noise pollution while providing good quality public transport.

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American Bus Association awards efforts that promote women in coach industry

11 August 2016

American Bus Association’s Women in Buses Award recognises those individuals or companies that can demonstrate having impacted the advancement and the promotion of women in the coach industry.

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China’s Elevated Transit Bus on the road for its first test

09 August 2016

The world’s first elevated transit bus has been recently tested in the Chinese city of Qinhuangdao in Hebei province. The 2m-high and 22m-long bus runs on electricity and can carry up to 300 passengers while cars can drive underneath it.

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Smart Move warmly welcomes two new partners from Latin America

04 August 2016

Colombian Transport magazine Colombiabus and Ipojucatur, a Brasilian passenger transport company specialised in charter and tourism, are both sharing Smart Move’s vision that buses and coaches should be recognised and treated as vital tools to help meet current and future mobility and travel needs.

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Hungarian city purchases large fleet of green buses

29 July 2016

The city of Nyíregyháza in Hungary has decided to enlarge its public transport fleet with cleaner vehicles. The roads of Nyíregyháza will soon see 41 buses fuelled by compressed natural gas and six electric buses.

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Major automaker begins testing of automated buses

28 July 2016

Daimler’s first self-driving city bus has been recently seen on the road in the Netherlands. The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus was tested on a 20 kilometre-long route, part of Europe’s longest BRT, in Amsterdam.

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New mobile learning app helps drivers to familiarise with Scania’s coaches

27 July 2016

Scania has developed a mobile app aimed at helping drivers and operators to get familiarised with the two-axle and three-axle Touring coach. The app, designed to act as an easily accessible vehicle guide, covers 27 areas of the coach with short videos explaining their functioning in a simple, non-technical way.

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UK guided busway provides rapid connections to bus travelers

26 July 2016

Part of Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) bus priority investment package, a 4.5-mile bus-only guideway between Leigh, Tyldesley and Ellenbrook was put into service in April this year. Thanks to its unique concrete track, the busway provides super-smooth and rapid connections for passengers.

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Buses - India’s most popular means of transport

25 July 2016

According to the Indian NSSO's report "Key Indicators of Household Expenditure on Services and Durable Goods", the bulk of the household expenditure on transport was spent on buses and trams in both urban and rural areas making these the most used modes of transports in India.

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Smart Move partner BDO and Messe Berlin launch trade event BUS2BUS

22 July 2016

BUS2BUS will premiere on 25 and 26 April 2017 in Berlin and will focus on the key themes that will shape the future of the bus and coach sector. This exclusive industry event will take place every two years and will bring bus operators together with vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and visionaries.

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Flash-charging e-buses soon to run in Geneva

20 July 2016

Transports Publics Genevois has awarded a $16 million contract to ABB to provide flash charging and on-board electric vehicle technology for 12 TOSA buses. The innovative technology allows buses to connect to the charging point in less than 1 second and to charge in only 15 seconds at the bus stop.

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A significant number of travelers are willing to take the coach, study shows

18 July 2016

A study carried out recently by ICB in Belgium shows that a considerable number of people are willing to travel by coach if certain criteria are met.

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Coaches find their way in London easier thanks to new map

26 June 2016

The 2016 edition of the London Coach Parking map provides coach drivers and tour guides with detailed information regarding parking, set-down and pick-up points and general guidance for driving coaches in the British capital.

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Dublin bus takes travellers back in time

22 June 2016

Outfitted as an under siege base of revolutionary action, the custom designed “1916 Rise of the Rebels” bus takes its passengers on a theatrical and informative journey that explores the landmark locations in Ireland’s rise for independence in 1916.

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Thomas Cook launches 'Domestic Coach Holidays' in India

22 June 2016

Thomas Cook India Ltd offers now Indian travellers the opportunity to visit their own country at a reasonable price in comfortable coaches.

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First fully electric bus line launched in Paris

22 June 2016

The first 100% electric bus line has been recently launched in Paris by transport operators Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) and Syndicat des transports d'Île-de-France (STIF).

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ETSC opens competition for its PRAISE Awards 2016

21 June 2016

If your organisation has made improving road safety a priority, the European Transport Safety Council will want to hear from you. Apply now for the ETSC PRAISE Awards 2016.

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IRU works for solutions for mobility challenges in India

20 June 2016

Learn more about IRU's activities in India from a one-on-one with Sonila Metushi who is leading IRU's work in this region.

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Successful year for Gothenburg’s electric bus service

16 June 2016

After one year of electric bus service on route 55 in Gothenburg, it is clear that the expectations have been surpassed by a wide margin. The buses and bus stops received a high rating by passengers and drivers alike, and the technology worked very dependably.

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London based gym transforms commuting by bus into a workout session

14 June 2016

Bus commuters usually spend their time travelling in many pleasant and interesting ways. Now, thanks to a UK fitness studio London commuters have one more possibility of making good use of this time: working out while commuting.

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IRU showcased Smart Move to Chinese passenger transport stakeholders

01 June 2016

IRU presented the Smart Move campaign to Chinese transport stakeholders, at a workshop on “Smart City and Intercity Passenger Transport by Bus and Coach” in Beijing last week.

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Urban Transport Roadmaps scenario-building tool

31 May 2016

Commissioned by DG MOVE, the Urban Transport Roadmaps on-line scenario building tool is designed to allow small and medium-sized cities in Europe to explore and identify appropriate sustainable transport policy measures and quantify the impact of these measures.

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Catch the Bus Week 2016: a smart campaign not to be missed

31 May 2016

The bus is yet again celebrated in the United Kingdom between 4 and 10 July 2016 during the annual “Catch the Bus Week” campaign. The campaign is organised by Greener Journeys and it runs for the third time this year. “Catch the bus week” aims to show people the benefits of taking the bus and ultimately change travel behaviours in the long term.

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Dutch public transport buses switch to zero-emission vehicles

31 May 2016

Emission-free buses in the Netherlands by 2025. This is the goal of the national agreement signed between The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and public transport operators from the 12 provinces of the Netherlands.

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IRU promotes bus & coach facilitation

30 May 2016

IRU brought together in Minsk leading representatives from national authorities, transport associations and leaders of industry from Belarus, Belgium, Germany, Latvia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine to discuss and share best practices on important aspects of facilitating international bus and coach travel.

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Bus fleet in Rennes to go fully electric by 2020

27 May 2016

The city of Rennes in France is planning to have a fully-electric bus fleet by 2020. A call for tender was launched seeking for proposals of both standard and articulated buses from manufacturers.

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New coach parking website for Amsterdam

27 May 2016

Amsterdam city authorities have produced a new website to help coach drivers and operators find parking locations in the city. The website - www.tourbuzz.nl - is available in Dutch, English and German.

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80 bi-articulated buses will soon run in Ecuador

24 May 2016

Volvo Bus Latin America has received an order for 80 bi-articulated buses to the BRT system of Quito, capital of Ecuador. This is the first time that bi-articulated buses will run in Quito’s public transport system.

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Moscow awarded for making ‘smart move’ to tackle traffic gridlock

24 May 2016

Moscow recently won the International Transport Forum’s 2016 Transport Achievement Award for its exemplary approach to improving traffic conditions, including through its investment in bus transport in the Russian capital.

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Smart Move family grows with two valuable partners

23 May 2016

Smart Move is delighted to announce that CheckMyBus and China Bus & Coach Yearbook have recently joined the Smart Move community of partners working to significantly increase the use of buses and coaches worldwide.

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KPIT’s smart electric bus technology wins ITF innovation award

18 May 2016

KPIT Technologies, an India-based global technology firm is the winner of ITF’s “Promising Innovation in Transport Award” 2016.

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Smart Move recommends the excellent GIZ China Transport Blog on Sustainable Transport in China

29 April 2016

The excellent GIZ China Transport Blog on Sustainable Transport in China provides comprehensive and well-documented articles, information and downloads containig best practices.

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IRU and Busworld Academy team up to organise a debate on clean technologies in Beijing on 24 May 2016

28 April 2016

IRU and Busworld Academy are teaming up once again, to organise an international debate on new bus and coach technologies, in Beijing China. The debate is organised within in the framework of the Beijing Bus and Truck Expo, running from 23 to 25 May 2016, with more than 10,000 visitors expected to visit the show.

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Chinese manufacturer produces world’s first fully electric double-deck bus

28 April 2016

The world’s first fully electric double-deck bus was launched by London's transport authority TfL last month. Built by the Chinese automaker BYD, the bus can carry 81 passengers and is be able to travel 180 miles (290 km) before needing to be recharged.

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U.S and Canadian coach industry continues to be strong, study shows

28 April 2016

According to a recent study commissioned by the American Bus Association Foundation, the U.S and Canadian coach industry continues to be one of the most reliable, cost effective and environmentally efficient means of transportation.

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Smart Move at the First World Conference on Tourism for Development in Beijing

27 April 2016

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of China are organising the First World Conference on Tourism for Development in Beijing on 18-21 May 2016. The topic of the conference will be “Tourism for Peace and Development”, with a kick - off high level debate on the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals.

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China to have 200,000 greener buses by 2020

27 April 2016

The Ministry of Transport (MoT) in China has recently announced that China plans to introduce 200,000 cleaner energy buses in the urban public transport system by 2020. This means a fourfold increase from the current 50,000 environmentally - friendly buses that run on the Chinese roads at the moment.

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CPT rewards coach friendly attractions

20 April 2016

The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) has recently launched the Coach Friendly Attraction status that is to be offered to tourist attractions that are making an extra effort in welcoming groups travelling by coach.

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Transtopics joins the community of Smart Move partners

19 April 2016

Smart Move wishes the Indian Transport News Magazine Transtopics a very warm welcome in its community of partners.

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Bus and coach industry discusses sustainable future

19 April 2016

IRU and Busworld Academy recently organised a congress where authorities, industry decision makers and members of the press from Turkey, Asia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Europe discussed ''Moving Towards a Sustainable Bus & Coach Future.''

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Newsletters - Smart Move India

13 April 2016

Smart Move India newsletters

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Double collective passenger land transport to tackle climate change

12 April 2016

As EU transport and environment ministers meet in Amsterdam the ECMF calls for a holistic vision in tackling climate change and calls for the doubling of collective passenger land transport to be a formal policy objective of the EU.

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High level workshop in India tackles new mobility patterns

06 April 2016

An exclusive high level workshop entitled “How technology and new business models redefine mobility” was organised by IRU in India on 4 April 2016.

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KPIT joins the All-India Smart Move High Level Group

05 April 2016

Smart Move is glad to announce KPIT Technologies Ltd as new member of the All India Smart Move High Level Group.

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Smart Move Partners’ community continues growth

05 April 2016

Smart Move is pleased to announce two new partners. Motorindia and Distribution have joined the community of Smart Movers who share the view that buses and coaches provide an optimal solution to various mobility problems like congestion, connectivity, safety and climate change.

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Smart Urban Mobility report outlines clear direction for passenger transport in India

04 April 2016

New report on Smart Urban Mobility, commissioned by IRU initiated All India Smart Move High Level Group, has laid out clear recommendations to create a sustainable, integrated transport system for India calling for proper investment and better regulation.

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ITF joins the All-India Smart Move High Level Group

31 March 2016

The All-India Smart Move High Level Group welcomes a new member - the International Transport Forum.

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Did you know that women are more likely to take the bus than men are?

25 March 2016

Women tend to engage in more complex daily journeys than men do and they appear to be more likely to use public transportation.

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CityMobil2 project close to its end

25 March 2016

Autonomous driving technology is improving thanks to the EU-supported project, CityMobil2.

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Portrait of a powerful woman in the transport industry

25 March 2016

Edith Bischof is one of Germany’s best known business women in the transport sector. Born in 1950, she founded Bischof-Reisen in 1979 becoming the CEO of her own bus and coach company.

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English TV personality encourages women to become bus drivers

23 March 2016

Ferne McCann, an English television personality, teamed up with Stagecoach, an UK public transport provider, in its efforts to encourage more women to consider a career in the bus and coach industry.

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Bus services exclusively for women in India

23 March 2016

Last year, India saw a number of women-only bus services being launched across the country.

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Blurring the boundaries between coach and taxi

21 March 2016

The newly launched “Executive Lane” brand from Sales-Lentz Group brings a mix of high-end chauffeur-driven cars and luxury coach travel, blurring the boundaries between the two.

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Europe’s tourism sector calls for smarter Schengen visa package

15 March 2016

IRU, as part of the Network for the European Private Sector in Tourism (NET), is calling on European parliamentarians to vote for a smarter Schengen visa package.

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Long distance coach market opening and smart technology - good for business, good for customers, good for society

09 March 2016

The IRU opened its 2016 series of global debates on long distance bus and coach services and innovation with a dedicated forum in Brussels. Prominent speakers from the research community, coach operators, ride sharing platforms, information and ticketing aggregators, and representatives from the European institutions participated in the event.

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Secrets of Creating Women-Only Tours

08 March 2016

To mark International Women's Day 2016 take a look at this story Secrets of Creating Women-Only Tours By Linda Edelman

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IETT collects awards for innovation

29 February 2016

Istanbul Electricity, Tramway and Tunnel General Management (IETT) won yet another prize for innovation during the “Turkey Innovation Week” held in Istanbul in December last year. IETT came first in the category “Culture and Organisation of Innovation”.

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Sixty new comfortable and eco-friendly city buses will run in Krakow this year

29 February 2016

Krakow City Transport (MPK) awarded a contract worth € 17 million to Solaris Bus and Coach to deliver 60 of their latest Solaris Urbino buses by June 2016.

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Uganda presents solar-powered bus

29 February 2016

The recently developed solar bus, manufactured by Uganda’s Kiira Motors, has two batteries and one of them can be charged by the solar panels placed on the roof of the vehicle. Kayoola, the prototype electric bus, was presented in Kampala and is described by its makers as being Africa’s first solar bus.

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TEMSA works together with Çukurova University on Smart Mobility Solutions

29 February 2016

Turkish bus and coach manufacturer TEMSA signed an additional protocol of cooperation with Teknokent from Çukurova University in Adana. Thanks to this protocol, a research program on Smart Mobility to address issues like digitalisation, sustainability, efficiency and safety was launched.

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Smart road charges electric buses while driving

29 February 2016

ElectRoad’s approach proposes to forget about the expensive and heavy batteries that make the shift to electric transportation difficult. Israel’s Electroad has developed a Dynamic Wireless Power Transfer (DWPT) system that powers the vehicles wirelessly from the road.

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Commuters could save £ 1,000 per year by choosing bus over car, research shows

29 February 2016

Commuting by bus is around 55% cheaper than the same commute by car according to a national study carried out by Stagecoach Group, one of the UK’s biggest bus and coach operators. On average, this saves passengers more than £ 90 per month and around £ 1,000 per year.

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Istanbul's Metrobüs success in figures

29 February 2016

Istanbul added the Metrobüs bus rapid transit system to its multimodal transport network in 2007. Today, more than 800,000 passengers use it every day.

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Liberalisation of German intercity coach market brings positive results

25 February 2016

According to the latest data published by the German Federal Statistics Agency, the intercity coach market registered a growth rate of 25% in 2015 compared to 2014. This growth is 6 times higher than the second best, air transport.

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IRU & Busworld Academy Congress to tackle innovation

24 February 2016

Busworld will be back in Turkey for the 6th time from 14 to 17th April 2016. The event will take place at Istanbul Expo Center and will gather more than 150 local and international exhibitors. IRU in collaboration with Busworld Academy will organise the congress entitled “Moving towards a sustainable bus and coach future”.

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Smart Move welcomes new media partner

08 February 2016

Smart Move is glad to announce its new media partnership with the European Bus Forum. Bringing together an audience of bus operators, vehicle manufacturers, transport authorities and industry suppliers from across Europe and the world, the European Bus Forum is back in Manchester on 23 June 2016.

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Keeping drivers cool under pressure

29 January 2016

With the aim of reducing the numerous road accidents happening on the Indian roads, the Union Transport Minister stated that improvement is needed including better work conditions for drivers. The air-conditioning in the cabins of the drivers becomes compulsory.

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Smart ticketing to come to Delhi buses by end of June

29 January 2016

Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has planned to install electronic ticketing machines in 200 buses by the end of January. The state bus agency manages a fleet of 4.500 buses and it intends to have all its buses equipped with ETMs by the middle of this year.

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Indian refineries to supply Euro VI-compliant fuel by 2020

29 January 2016

The Indian government’s decision to skip Euro V emissions standards and go straight to Euro VI emissions standards represents a big step towards reducing toxicity and public health risks in the country. The fact that refineries agreed to supply Euro VI-compliant fuel by 2020 made this decision possible. It is now up to vehicle manufacturers to also plan and implement the necessary changes.

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Electric buses to ferry Indian MPs

29 January 2016

The lithium-ion-powered buses received by the Indian Parliament from the Road transport ministry are the first prototype developed by KPIT Technologies, Pune, working together with the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT). The “Go Green” bus has been converted from diesel to electric and the technology was entirely developed in India.

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Collective passenger transport – the best solution for controlling CO2 emissions, ITF study shows

29 January 2016

In its paper “Low-Carbon Mobility for Mega cities – What Different Policies Mean for Urban Transport in China and India”, the International Transport Forum (ITF) presents three different types of policy scenarios and their expected impact on reducing CO2 emissions in ten cities of two of the most polluted countries in the world: India and China.

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Smart Move: children attending road safety summer camp in Delhi

29 January 2016

Delhi traffic police, in association with Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, organised last year a road safety summer camp for children aimed at raising their awareness on the importance of respecting traffic rules.

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India determined to increase road safety

27 January 2016

The number of people losing their lives on the Indian roads is alarming. Indian Ministry of Road Transport & Highways Statistics shows that in 2014, nearly 500.000 persons were injured and 140.000 people got killed in road accidents. The analysis of the data showed that about 56 accidents take place every hour in the country and driver’s fault (78.8%) was found the single most important factor causing road accidents. Even more alarming is the fact that 53.8% of the victims are young people aged between 15 and 34 years.

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Number of new low emission vehicles tripled in the UK bus sector

26 January 2016

More than half of all new buses and coaches registered in the UK in 2015 met the latest Euro-VI emissions standard. This shows that the number tripled compared with 2014, according to data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Princes Street coach ban proposal discarded

25 January 2016

The idea of banning tourist coaches from Princes Street in Scotland will not see the light of day. Due to the intervention of CPT Scotland, coaches will continue to drive along the iconic street of Edinburgh.

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Smart city, smart buses

17 December 2015

A Smart City has to have a smart bus network, and this implies one that is easy to understand, intuitive, faster and better connected, so travellers can save time and move around the city in a simpler and more sustainable manner.

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GoEuro gets $45M to make long distance trips by public transport just a click away

17 December 2015

While startups like Uber and BlaBlaCar continue to pack warchests with massive funding rounds as investors bet big that leveraging individual car ownership is the key to powering gigantic transportation/logistics businesses, other startups are taking a different route. And investors aren’t averse to this one either. The underlying assumption being that people, like devices, will be increasingly mobile — provided you make it easy enough for them to get around.

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Brighsun New Energy Bus With 1,000 km Range?

17 December 2015

Brighsun New Energy, one of the many Chinese companies engaged in the manufacturing of electric buses, stated an unbelievable record of 1,004 km (623 miles) covered on a single charge by a prototype electric Touring Coach from Melbourne to Sydney in Australia. If that’s true that would be twice the range of any other EV bus record (even considering potential low-speed driving).

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Luxury coach service launches Houston-Austin route

17 December 2015

After launching a route between Houston and Dallas in April, luxury motor coach service Vonlane announced that it will provide a nonstop service between downtown Houston and Austin, with coaches departing at least twice daily beginning January 17.

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Christmas bus rolls through the Pittsburgh to put passengers in 'better spirits'

17 December 2015

Bill Sanfilippo, a 47-year-old kid, may be driving the only bus in America where all the photos are taken of what’s inside the windows. Mr. Sanfilippo’s Christmas bus has become a holiday tradition in Pittsburgh, and he has never done it up bigger than this season. Rare is the passenger who can keep the traditional stone-faced commuter stare upon boarding his Port Authority bus, not when everyone from Santa to the Grinch is looking back.

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Christmas-themed buses bring cheer to commuting in Sydney

17 December 2015

A battle between the best Christmas-themed buses took place on Dec. 14, where three finalists faced off in front of Sydney's Town Hall for the annual event.

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Fuel cell electric buses: already cleaning transport

11 December 2015

As the COP21 starts, CHIC (Clean Hydrogen in European Cities), a flagship zero emission bus project saves over four million litres of fuel and demonstrates that the fuel cell bus technology is ready to underpin the decarbonisation of our urban centres.

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Significant progress on Indian smart urban mobility

07 December 2015

All India Smart Move High Level Group holds its second meeting on 23 November 2015 in New Delhi.

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November Smart Move Newsletter now available!

26 November 2015

The November issue focuses on Innovation in the Bus & Coach Sector.

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Majority of Sweden´s buses now run on renewable fuels

13 November 2015

According to the statistics of the Swedish Public Transportation Association, two thirds of the buses used in public transportation in Sweden now run on renewable fuels.

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Self-driving Buses coming soon to Switzerland

12 November 2015

The global expansion of autonomous vehicles is spreading to Switzerland next spring with the help of a startup called BestMile, a company founded by two graduates from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

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Introducing Innovation: Wanderu

08 November 2015

The bus and coach sector is bustling with innovation. From the established players to the newer startups, companies are constantly developing new ways to facilitate the life of travellers all around the world.

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Best Practice from Tokyo

07 November 2015

The Nihon Bus Association held its annual Bus festival in October. The festival was launched in 2009 to bring the environmentally friendly buses closer to the general public. For this year the visitor amount tallied to 31 000 people.

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FNTV study reveals how the French perceive coaches

01 November 2015

The results of a study on the “mots de l’autocar” conducted by Médiascopie for the Institute for the National Federation of Passenger Transport (FNTV) were presented at the 23rd Congress of the Federation on October 14.

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Smart Move newsletter relaunched

28 October 2015

The 36th edition of the Smart Move newsletter is now available!

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41st Busworld in Kortrijk Biggest Ever

23 October 2015

The 41st edition of Busworld (23rd in Kortrijk) was kicked off by the president of Busworld, Redgy Deschacht with some impressive news. This year´s Busworld was the biggest ever with 411 exhibitors out of which 59 were manufacturers.

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NET calls for policies that foster the competitiveness of the European tourism industry during a meeting with Commissioner Bieńkowska.

19 October 2015

A NET delegation comprising high level representatives from the European Private Sector in Tourism met with EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Bienkowska to discuss the main challenges and opportunities within the tourism sector.

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2015 IRU Smart Awards winners honored at the Busworld Kortrijk opening ceremony

19 October 2015

The opening ceremony of 2015 Busworld Kortrijk was the venue for this year´s IRU Smart Awards winners to receive their trophies.

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Long-distance bus transport thrives in Germany

09 October 2015

After the liberalisation of long-distances buses in 2013 the amount of passengers almost doubled in 2014.

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ITS Europe announced the launch of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) at the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux

08 October 2015

The official launch of Mobility-as-a-Service Alliance took place during the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux on 6 October 2015.

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Automated shuttles are coming to Brussels Airport.

02 October 2015

Belgian public transport operator De Lijn, in cooperation with Brussels Airport Company is working on introducing a fleet of automated shuttle buses that can provide reliable and safe, 24/7 transfer services for airport staff and passengers alike.

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Busworld Kortrijk

28 September 2015

The next Busworld Academy Seminar will be organised in Kortrijk from 16 - 21 October 2015. The aim of the seminar is to share the vision of manufacturers, operators and authorities on the future of the bus and coach industry. The overarching theme being “How will our mobility be organised in 2025 and what will the role of buses be? What does the bus of the future looks like?”

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The All-India High Level Group gains new members!

18 September 2015

The All-India HLG is delighted to welcome two new members, who will join the work in mapping out a joint vision and providing policy and business recommendations, as well as an Action Plan on removing existing barriers and facilitating bus and coach transport and taxis in India. The objective of the group is to substantially increase the use of collective passenger transport by 2030.

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ECMF Debate “Doubling the use of collective land transport"

27 August 2015

More than 100 public and private mobility experts gathered in Brussels to support the initiative of the European Citizens Mobility Forum to double collective land transport in the EU by 2025.

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Amazon plans for “Mobile Pickup Locations” using public transit

20 August 2015

The patent application for “Mobile Pickup Locations” was originally submitted in February of 2014, and made public recently by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The concept would turn buses alongside trains, subways and other vehicles into mobile pickup locations.

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Cluj-Napoca offered free rides to people reading on the bus

19 August 2015

The Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca celebrated the title of European Youth Capital 2015 with class. For a week in June, the city offered free ride to anyone who would be reading during their journey.

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Smart Move welcomes new partner: Loopy Slovenia

14 August 2015

The Smart Move team is delighted to welcome yet another new partner to the campaign, continuing the expansion of supporters working to double bus and coach use by the year 2025.

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Electric future for London double deckers

12 August 2015

During the Clean Bus Summit in London it was announced that the first electric double decker bus, designed and built by BYD, will enter service in the city in October. The aim is to reduce the air pollution levels in the capital.

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Catch the Bus Week

26 June 2015

From 29 June to 5 July sees the annual UK Catch the Bus Week campaign. The week-long campaign focuses on raising awareness of the benefits of using the bus.

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New Electric buses in Gothenburg, Sweden

18 June 2015

The city of Gothenburg has launched its first bus route fully powered by renewable energy.

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Smart Move welcomes new partner: Bus Station Ljubljana JSC

28 May 2015

The Smart Move team is delighted to welcome yet another new partner to the campaign, continuing the expansion of supporters working to double bus and coach use by the year 2025.

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ECMF publishes blueprint to double use of EU collective land passenger transport

16 March 2015

European Citizens' Mobility Forum proposes Action Programme blueprint to EU policy decision-makers on doubling the use of collective land passenger transport by 2025.

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Showcase the best! Smart Move Awards call for candidates now open

19 January 2015

The IRU is looking for candidates who demonstrate innovation and excellence in supporting and promoting sustainable mobility by bus and coach for the 2015 Smart Awards.

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Did you know why London’s Red Buses have White Roofs?

10 December 2014

Ten years ago, the Transport for London introduced a programme for the installation of white panels atop the capital’s trademark red buses in the framework of further climate-adaptation plans.

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Extra 500 buses in London before 2021

10 December 2014

Transport (TfL) for London has recently announced that more than 500 extra buses will be brought into use on the capital’s road.

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2000 public transport buses by 2020 in Qatar

01 December 2014

The authorities in Qatar have announced their plans to add more than 2000 buses on the roads by 2020, thus preparing for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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70 new green buses in Romania

01 December 2014

The city of Pitești in Romania improves its fleet of buses with 70 new environmetally friendly vehicles.

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UK's first 'poo bus' hits the road

24 November 2014

Britain's first bus powered by human waste takes to the streets of the UK, running between the cities of Bath and Bristol. The 40 seat bus can travel over 300km on one tank of gas.

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Pantou – a smart online platform that promotes accessible tourism in Europe

12 June 2014

Pantou is a free online platform that promotes accessible tourism in Europe, including by bus, coach and taxi, by connecting tourists with special access needs to the tour operators who can help.

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Slovakia makes huge Smart Move to double bus and coach use by 2020

02 June 2014

Slovakia launches biggest promotional campaign at national level in Europe thus far, to promote Smart Move goal of doubling bus and coach use to achieve sustainable mobility for all.

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2014 - Year of the Bus

01 June 2014

This year London celebrates the ‘Year of the Bus’ - a series of engaging events, exhibitions, recreations and activities that will reconnect Londoners with their bus network and remind the world of the incredible role it plays in this great city.

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IRU and CTC RTC create Smart Move Working Group in CIS region

23 May 2014

IRU and CTC RTC create Smart Move Working Group in CIS region to double use of collective passenger transport.

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SAVE THE DATE - Workshop on Multimodal Terminals, Brussles, 14 October 2014

20 May 2014

The European Citizens’ Mobility Forum (ECMF) will organise, on the 14 October 2014, in Brussels, a workshop dedicated to Multimodal Terminals which will bring together EU, national and local authorities, as well as civil society researchers and stakeholders, business representatives and trade associations to debate the role and place of passenger transport terminals in the intermodal transport chain.

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Latest technology to make journeys easier for millions of London bus passengers

15 May 2014

London celebrates the Year of the Bus by using the latest digital technology aimed at helping Londoners and visitors to the city get around the capital’s extensive bus network more easily.

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BRT Cleans the Air and Saves Commute Time in Mexico City and Istanbul

09 May 2014

The international transportation policy group EMBARQ highlights the benefits of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in Mexico City and Istanbul following the outcome of the organization’s recent report - Social, Environmental and Economic Impacts of BRT Systems.

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Towards smarter bus services and bus rapid transit in the Middle East

28 April 2014

IRU, IDB and GIZ stage successful three day Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) training workshop and visit to Istanbul’s BRT system for transport decision-makers from across the Middle East and Central Asia.

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Low emission zones in Europe: Have your say!

02 April 2014

The European Commission (EC) has recently awarded a contract to extend the coverage of the LEEZEN website and to convert it into a fully-fledged one-stop-shop for road freight and passenger transport operators.

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Innovative transport measures in a city near you

22 March 2014

The TIDE project (Transport Innovation Deployment for Europe), working on innovative urban transport and mobility measures, has published its innovation toolbox: ‘15 inspiring transport measures that can change your city’. The project’s aim is to foster a more favorable climate for cities and regions to integrate innovations in their urban mobility policies.

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Workshop - new intercity bus lines: market for the bus, competition for the rail

21 March 2014

The IRU to intervene at a workshop focusing on the new regulations concerning cabotage and its different cases of application across Europe, Brussels, 5 March 2014.

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Are you making the Smart or Dumb Move on the way to work each morning

05 March 2014

Are you making the Smart or Dumb Move on the way to work each morning? Play our printable board game to find out!

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French Competition Authority to boost long distance coach travel

28 February 2014

Following a one year industry investigation, the French Competition Authority recently published a report highlighting that the creation of long distance coach lines could create between 10,000 and 16,000 jobs, with the advantage of complementing TGV travel at a much lower cost.

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European Parliament seeking long distance coach operators for film prize trial

24 February 2014

The European Parliament is looking for long distance coach operators interested in promoting their services while showcasing the film entrant of this year’s LUX Film Prize.

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European Citizens Mobility Forum starts work to double the use of buses, coaches

12 February 2014

The European Citizens Mobility Forum, composed of all key political and business stakeholders, today held its first formal meeting with a view to propose new concrete actions to double the use and market share of buses, coaches and taxis in the EU by 2025.

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Smart Move welcomes new Greek Partner OFAE

28 January 2014

The Smart Move team is pleased to welcome on board the Hellenic Federation of International Road Transport (OFAE), which will join the more than 100 Smart Move Partners, to promote safe, user-friendly, green, efficient and affordable bus and coach transport services in Greece.

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Brazilian city of Curitiba, known for first-ever BRT system, is also a leader in

26 January 2014

The Brazilian city of Curitiba, best known for building the first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in the 1980s, is a well-known leader in sustainability with its model public transport network. It has been ranked third among the world’s “smartest cities” and will be featured as the guest of honour at the next European Mobility Exhibition in Paris from 10-12 June.

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Kazakhstan is making the Green Move

23 January 2014

The Kyzylorda public transport network in Kazakhstan is getting a major Green boost to buy 100 new eco-friendly buses with a USD 18 million investment from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

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Fun 8-bit video teaches kids about road safety by bus

15 January 2014

Smart Move Partner, French passenger transport association FNTV, has launched Operation Sécuricar, a campaign to teach youth about road safety by bus through a fun video and instructional booklet.

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Urban mobility an issue for Europeans

15 January 2014

4 in 10 Europeans experience problems with urban mobility according to a new European Commission survey. Air pollution, congestion and travel costs are among the biggest mobility issues for EU citizens.

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Meet the winners of the ABA "Green Operator Award" 2014

10 January 2014

Smart Move Partner, the American Bus Association, has announced the winners of the 2014 Green Operator Award with two leading American operators being honoured.

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First 'emission free' buses hit London streets

01 January 2014

An exciting new era of emission free bus travel was unveiled in London recently as Transport for London (TfL) and bus operators began a trial of the UK capital’s first all-electric buses.

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Germany doubles inter-city bus services in one year achieving Smart Move goal

09 December 2013

Germany exceeds the Smart Move aim of doubling bus and coach use with a 125% increase in services in just 12 months following deregulation of its inter-city coach market.

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Sustainable public transport saves lives

05 December 2013

A new report by transport researchers demonstrates that investing in sustainable transport can save lives.

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Smart Move welcomes FIAA as new strong partner

03 December 2013

Continuing its global growth, FIAA, the oldest and largest bus and coach trade fair in Spain, joins the Smart Move community to seek a doubling of bus and coach use.

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A Christmas hero : Meet bus driver Margaret Pannell

29 November 2013

Bus driver Margaret Pannell started off by trying to cheer up depressed people over the Christmas period by decorating her bus. Now, 16 years later, she is a Newcastle institution.

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100 reasons to ride the bus

20 November 2013

Customers of the Milwaukee County Transit System in the U.S. were asked to give their reasons for riding the bus. Check out what they had to say and why they choose to make the Smart Move.

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Long-distance buses join forces with German taxis for better customer service

19 November 2013

A new cooperation agreement between German taxi operators and a long distance coach service provider aims to bring a better service to customers providing them with a facility that will ensure that in the event of unusual disruption coach passengers can still reach their destination.

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Stop for me, speak to me

18 November 2013

Bus drivers get together with a group of blind and partially sighted people to work together on how to improve their mutual understanding when travelling by bus.

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BRT: perfect solution to transport problems in India?

18 November 2013

Bus Rapid Transit could be the answer to some of India’s travel and commuting problems with modal share likely to increase from 27% to 40% and decrease the number of accidents in larger cities.

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France to boost long-distance bus travel

13 November 2013

In France, only 2% of long-distance travel is done by bus, against 4-5% in Britain and Sweden, where the market is liberalised. Long distance buses are underutilised, says the Competition Authority, and an inter-regional network could be expanded at a low cost to society.

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New Helsinki bus lets you choose your own route

11 November 2013

An on-demand minibus service run by Helsinki’s public transit authority now lets riders choose their own route and summon a bus with a simple smartphone app.

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Natural gas buses arrive in Warsaw and Olsztyn

07 November 2013

Public transport is becoming more eco‐friendly in Warsaw, as the Polish capital municipal transport company decides to add 35 articulated LNG buses to its vehicle fleet.

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California will welcome America’s first electric school bus

04 November 2013

Developed in California, America’s first electric school bus will not only bring environmental improvements, but could also end up saving school authorities thousands of dollars. The bus could be picking up California students by 2014.

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Group tourism by coach: Driving seniors’ and off-season tourism

18 October 2013

8th European Bus and Coach Forum emphasises contribution of group tourism by coach to seniors’ and out of season tourism and travel in Europe and beyond.

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European Citizens’ Mobility Forum launched

18 October 2013

Policy-makers, transport industry leaders, cities and public transport customers unite forces through a permanent public-private Citizens’ Mobility Forum, with the aim to drive sustainable mobility and travel across the EU by doubling the use and market share of collective passenger transport in the EU by 2025.

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European Coach and Bus Week (ECW) vehicle competition: Meet the winners!

18 October 2013

Held on the eve of the Busworld exhibition, the world’s largest bus and coach exhibition, was again the European Coach and Bus Week. Six buses and twelve coaches participated in this competition, which was one of the biggest ever.

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Busworld Academy fully operational

18 October 2013

Busworld Academy is now fully operational and offers an online knowledge sharing platform for the worldwide bus and coach sector.

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eCalypso - everyone deserves a break

18 October 2013

eCalypso is an online platform that brings offer and demand within social tourism into one location, allowing for quick and simple transactions between the two.

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IRU and Busworld International join forces

17 October 2013

International Road Transport Union and Busworld International sign Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen private bus and coach industry’s leadership worldwide, and support initiatives providing sustainable mobility for all

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Skopje crowned best 2013 city for group tourism

17 October 2013

The IRU City Trophy 2013 was awarded today to the city of Skopje, the capital of the FYR of Macedonia, for its overall ambitious policy to promote group tourism by coach as an integral part of the city’s public transport system.

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Danish coach operator Papuga wins global IRU Coach Tourism Innovation Award 2013

17 October 2013

Danish coach company Papuga A/S awarded IRU Coach Tourism Innovation Award 2013, for highly innovative and affordable coach-cycle road tour concept "Let’s Cycle Together".

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Romanian company STP SA Alba Iulia commended 2013 best European bus company

17 October 2013

Societatea de Transport Public (STP) SA Alba Iulia wins IRU Bus Excellence Award 2013 for significant investments in a green and comfortable vehicle fleet accessible to people with special needs, and for its punctual schedule, integrated ticketing system, and customer satisfaction and information policy.

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Google Glass adds public transport directions with latest monthly update

07 October 2013

Public transport directions have arrived on Google Glass. After installing Google's latest monthly update, Glass Explorer Edition owners will now be able to select "transit" when receiving directions.

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8th IRU European Bus and Coach Forum only 8 days away!

07 October 2013

In just 10 days 250 representatives will be attending the 8th IRU European Bus and Coach Forum at Busworld Kortrijk, Belgium, for the launch of the European Citizens Mobility Forum, the first Busworld Academy Seminar focusing on technical aspects of the bus and coach industry, and to meet the winners of the Smart Move 2013 Awards.

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To attract urban investment, build a bus line

01 October 2013

Building a bus line can help a city get the most bang for its buck when it comes to attracting development according to a new report that compares 21 cities.

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Meet the winners of our "Take a smart shot" photo contest

30 September 2013

The Smart Move "Take a smart shot" photo contest gave participants the chance to share the benefits of buses and coaches with their social networks by making the Smart Move bus travel all around the world. The contest was a success and even saw the bus travel as far as India! Now, it’s time to meet the winners.

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German officials confirm that buses are the safest form of transport

25 September 2013

With 99% of an inspected bus fleet passing with flying colours, the latest report from German vehicle inspectorate, TÜV, has yet again shown what we already know – buses are the safest form of transport.

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European Coach and Bus Week is redefining industry technical standards

24 September 2013

The biannual European Coach & Bus Week (ECW) immediately preceding Busworld Kortrijk has been given a makeover for this year’s edition and will see the introduction of five new ‘labels to recognise Safety, Ecology, Comfort & Ergonomics, Styling & Design – an excellent Smart Move!

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Smart Move co-organises meet & greet with new partner Busbud

24 September 2013

Smart Move organises meet & greet event with new partner Busbud – the Canadian startup that is quickly rising to become the worldwide leader in online bus ticket sales.

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Smart cards are better value say customers

23 September 2013

As smart card ticketing gains in popularity, both customers and operators see the benefits. Indeed, smart cards contribute to higher customer satisfaction and even encourage them to take the bus more often.

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Bus driver of the year - A cut above the rest

08 September 2013

Perceptions of bus drivers are often not positive ones but this year’s winner of the UK’s bus driver of the year is a perfect example of the diversity and professionalism that exists within the industry.

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Smart Move Workshop calls for multi-modal cooperation on passenger terminals

05 September 2013

The Smart Move Workshop on Passenger Transport Terminals held in Latvia today, stressed the need for bus and coach operators to be given free access to other transport modes’ terminals in order to provide seamless multi-modal sustainable travel services to customers.

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Buses can curb road deaths as cities grow

03 September 2013

As urban populations swell, city planners must bolster bus and other public transport systems if we are to reduce traffic accidents.

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Bus and bicycle: the perfect mobility duo

03 September 2013

Bus company operating on France's Reunion island, offers free bicycle transport to passengers as a new service to promote green mobility.

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Join us at the 8th IRU European Bus and Coach Forum

28 August 2013

Some 250 representatives of the tourism and travel industry, Members of the European Parliament, national competent authorities, European Commission officials, bus and coach manufacturers, researchers, and specialised journalists from all over the world will debate the current and future contribution of group tourism by coach to seniors’ and out of season tourism and travel in Europe and beyond.

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Bonn aims to become Europe’s first city with fully electric public transport

12 August 2013

Bonn’s public transport company SWB has been engaged in electric mobility for a while. The outcome of an electric bus network feasibility study is anxiously awaited in December: the goal is to become Europe’s first city with a fully-electric public transport network.

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Do we really need sexy mass transit vehicles?

10 August 2013

Cities like Wellington have a strong case for choosing BRT over light rail when it comes to transit expansion, especially when looking for an efficient and low cost solution. Plus, riders may ultimately not really care how sexy a transit vehicle is — provided it picks them up soon and takes them where they need to go.

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New York’s MTA to swap out hybrid bus engines for diesel

05 August 2013

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) plans to pull back on its hybrid programme, swapping out their hybrid engines for newer diesel ones, which have become more fuel efficient than many comparable hybrid cars.

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"Take a smart shot" photo contest

31 July 2013

Smart Move "Take a smart shot" photo contest, in partnership with Workshop InFiné. This summer, make the Smart Bus travel around the world, and photograph some unique shots using the Smart Bus to illustrate one or more of the contest themes. Win awesome prizes and end the summer with a blast!

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Smart Move Awards finalists

05 July 2013

25 finalists from 13 countries on three continents enter the final stage of the global IRU Smart Move Awards 2013 competition.

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Passenger rights

01 July 2013

Eurolines demands Member States follow through on passenger rights commitments and calls on the European Commission to take action to ensure coach passengers benefit fully from the new proposals, including identifying key coach terminals across the 28 EU Member bloc.

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Coolest bus’ world tour hits Brussels

27 June 2013

The new version of the iconic London bus is on a world tour to promote greener bus transport, improved passenger comfort and vehicle design to other cities across the globe. The Smart Move team could not resist a peak when it arrived in Brussels.

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Coaches leading the way in USA environment push

27 June 2013

America has joined the rest of the world in the fight against climate change with President Obama marking a key shift in policy in June. . Buses and coaches are now leading the way in the USA in helping to meet the countries climate change obligations.

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Sustained public-private investments double the number of bus journeys

18 June 2013

18 June 2013 – By focusing on passenger needs and public-private partnership, Brighton and Hove has doubled the number of bus journeys in 20 years.

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Electric trial in Warsaw

17 June 2013

Warsaw becomes the latest city to trial electric buses with the arrival of a Chinese built vehicle that runs on electricity with fully recyclable batteries.

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Freedom Pass: Three ladies who bus

11 June 2013

Three retired women traveling every bus route in London star in a film on the Freedom Pass, a London scheme offering free travel to older and disabled passengers across all modes.

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Luxury coach booking services move forward in Malaysia

04 June 2013

Online booking of long distance luxury and express coaches in South East Asia has taken another step forward with three new major bus and coach operators joining Easibook.com, which currently handles over 5,000 departures a day and covers journeys in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

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Buses in Jamaica carry climate change message

01 June 2013

Last month, the Jamaican Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change unveiled a bus advertising campaign which seeks to draw national attention to the critical issue of climate change.

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Bus Rapid Transit Comes to Washington, DC

31 May 2013

Washington DC is to get a major boost in its fight against traffic congestion and pollution with a new Bus Rapid Transit scheme for the city that will link some of its key suburbs.

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Smart Move at the 7th Euro-Asian Road Transport Conference

25 May 2013

The IRU 7th Euro-Asian Road Transport Conference taking place in Amman from 12-13 June has made the Smart Move by working with luxury coach transport provider The Jordan Express Tourist Transportation Company (JETT). Political and business leaders from some 40 countries across the region will have the opportunity to learn all about the Smart Move campaign while relaxing in the comfort and safety of luxury coaches en route to the Conference venue.

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Growing market for long distance Coach lines in France

21 May 2013

Coach travel has once again demonstrated its affordability and flexibility on international routes from Amsterdam to Marseille, with two new stops in Paris and Lyon for a low price of USD 50.

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Private bus operators are best cost-effective solution for governments

20 May 2013

In times of economic hardship and government spending cuts, a new study from Canada shows that governments could save up to a fifth on public bus services by switching to private operators instead of increasing fares and taxes or slashing services.

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Opening transport data to solve traffic problems

16 May 2013

According to a recent study, traffic problems in the world’s 30 largest cities costs USD 266 billion per year. The study’s authors advocate the opening of transport data to facilitate mobile information and encourage drivers to leave their cars at home and take the bus.

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EU Smart Move High Level Group unveils final recommendations to save lives

15 May 2013

EU public-private Smart Move High Level Group provides recommendations on “doubling the use of collective road passenger transport” to save lives and cut carbon emissions, for the European Commission to adopt as a formal EU policy objective to be reached by 2025.

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EU Smart Move High Level Group recommends doubling use of buses, coaches & taxis

15 May 2013

EU public-private Smart Move High Level Group provides recommendations on “doubling the use of collective road passenger transport” to save lives and cut carbon emissions, for the European Commission to adopt as a formal EU policy objective to be reached by 2025.

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SNEAK PREVIEW: Final policy recommendations to double the use of buses and coach

07 May 2013

The EU public-private Smart Move High Level Group’s public debate and publication of its policy recommendations are taking place next week in Brussels, bringing together key transport and mobility politicians, industry stakeholders and European Institutions to double the use of buses and coaches in Europe by 2025. Get ready for a sneak preview!

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Free bus passes for parking violators

05 May 2013

“With us, this would not have happened to you”. As part of a plan to raise awareness on the benefits of public bus transport, the city of Fürth in Germany, is giving away free day tickets for local bus services to all car drivers that receive a parking ticket as an incentive and reminder to opt for bus transport the next time.

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Bus and coach road safety performance is no accident

03 May 2013

As part of the UN Global Road Safety Week, the bus and coach industry adopts the Smart Move Road Safety Handbook and charter, as a commitment to further improve its already exemplary safety record.

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Coach travels the world to raise awareness on coach tourism benefits

02 May 2013

A German travel company has launched an around-the-world coach trip to raise awareness on the benefits of coach tourism. The journey will cover an incredible 52,000 km and pass through 26 countries in nine months!

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Flight delayed? Travel by coach!

01 May 2013

As flight delays in America continue to soar in the face of government spending cuts, passengers are learning to make the Smart Move and are taking the coach instead to save both time and money.

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Newsletters - Smart Move Global

29 April 2013

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‘Catch the bus’ week for a billion fewer car trips

29 April 2013

Smart Move partner and sustainable transport group, Greener Journeys, launches. The ‘Catch the bus week’ campaign ran from 29 April to 5 May with wide support from operators on UK bus routes and full backing of the UK Government to get the public out of cars and onto buses.

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Group Travel by coach gets White House seal of approval

29 April 2013

Online group coach travel directory BusRates.com has received the White House seal of approval after being nominated for the prestigious White House Champions of Change programme “Transportation Technology Solutions for the 21st Century” awards. The company is also set on keeping up its meteoric rise with the launch of a new smartphone app.

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Buses could help Copenhagen reach its goal of becoming the first carbon-neutral

25 April 2013

EU funded project Compass4D meets in Copenhagen to plan upcoming work to test new technology on 90 buses to improve journey times through better road junction control, therefore helping the Danish capital to reach its goal of becoming the first carbon-neutral city by 2025.

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Lucky bus riders to receive 130 new greener buses and technology

24 April 2013

National Express is making a Green and User-friendly Move with a $40 million investment in 130 new buses, an upgraded control room, hi-tech equipment for a new smartcard ticketing system and a smartphone app for bus riders in the English West Midlands region.

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Track your coach

19 April 2013

National Express coaches, a key part of Smart Move partner Eurolines who run inter-city regular services, has launched a new and free of charge service for its customers, making it more convenient than ever to travel by coach. Using the latest technology, Coach Tracker allows you to track your coach in real-time, anytime, anywhere!

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Australian plan to develop public transport encourages Smart Move from cities

19 April 2013

Taking the Smart Move High Level Group model, Australia has committed itself to a major expansion and development of its urban mobility plans. It focuses not just on public transport with increased frequencies and funding for new services, but also on improving the environment and addressing the problems caused by other transport modes too. Furthermore, the City of Adelaide has committed itself to a 10 year Smart Move Strategy.

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New UK report makes the case for the urban bus

19 April 2013

Investing in the urban bus represents 'exceptional value for money for the taxpayer' – this is the message from a new report published in the UK. Not only that but it also shows that there are social, health and economic benefits too.

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New Pope gets on board

19 April 2013

Just hours after being elected as the leader of the world's 1.2bn Catholics, Pope Francis jumped on a bus with other cardinals instead of the usual papal limousine to 'help set a good example of what priests and bishops should do'.

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Home prices 42% better near public transport

19 April 2013

During the recession, residential property values in the US performed 42% better, on average, if they were located near public transport with high-frequency service, according to a new study released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

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New technologies: non-contact electric buses in Germany

19 April 2013

In 2014, the city of Mannheim in south-western Germany will test two electric buses equipped with contactless recharging technology. The vehicles quickly recharge by induction at each stop, without any connection - an answer to the problems of electric vehicles' range.

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More than wine popular in Bordeaux

19 April 2013

The number of passengers using buses and trams in Bordeaux has risen by a quarter in the last 3 years since the restructuring of the urban transport network, putting them well on the way to double bus use within 10 years! The network is to be expanded further in May 2013 to meet the growing demand.

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New passenger rights in the EU

19 April 2013

New passenger rights for regular bus and coach services and occasional coach services in the European Union come into force on the 1 March 2013, bringing coach travel in line with other transport modes.

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Smart Move welcomes innovative new partner Busbud: the bus travel companion

19 April 2013

The Smart Move campaign continues to expand its global footprint by welcoming on board its latest partner – Canadian based worldwide intercity bus schedule and information website: Busbud. All bus companies are invited to pool in and increase their ridership.

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London buses get smarter: pay your ride in the swipe of a card!

19 April 2013

It is now even easier to pay for bus travel in London, as the latest contactless technology to pay for journeys with a simple swipe of a credit or debit card is now available on board.

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Luxembourg public transport gets major user-friendly upgrade

19 April 2013

The Luxembourg transport system has announced a massive investment in the latest technology to regulate services, provide information to passengers and connect with transport systems in neighbouring countries.

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Buses are lifelines to jobs

19 April 2013

Last month saw the completion of the UK’s national Bus for Jobs scheme coordinated by Greener Journeys, which enabled jobseekers to travel free on their local bus services throughout January. Initial estimates are that in the region of 45,000 free bus journeys were made, attracting significant media and political attention.

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12-day derogation for group tourism by coach in Europe

04 February 2013

The passenger road transport industry strongly supports the European Parliament proposal to improve the 12-day driving derogation for international coach travel in the EU, adopted as part of the revision of the regulation on the digital tachograph that will significantly simplify the regulations governing its use.

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ABA names smart ‘Green Operators’

25 January 2013

21 January - Two outstanding coach companies, Anderson Coach and Travel of Greenville, Pennsylvania, and Northeast Charter and Tour Co. of Lewiston, Maine, were honoured as the recipients of ABA's “Green Operator Award”.

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Competitive tendering vs. negotiated contracts? Australian debate hots up

25 January 2013

An Australian academic has backed criticism of the South Australia State Government’s decision to competitively tender Adelaide’s public transport bus services. Heavy criticism is also levelled for over-investment in rail given its high costs and lower ridership.

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Kenya bus industry goes hi-tech with mobile ticketing apps

25 January 2013

Kenya’s bus industry has gone hi-tech with a new user-friendly mobile solution to book bus tickets.

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Theatre Bus puts on a show

25 January 2013

A new cultural bus service has started in Spain – the theatre bus. Unlike usual buses, it does not take you to the theatre: it brings the theatre to you, providing a 50 minute door-to-door dose of theatrical performance that is innovative, original and fun.

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PostBus Switzerland’s bus extensions to carry more people

25 January 2013

Swiss company intercity PostBus rolls out a bus extension, as of 12 January 2013, to accommodate additional passengers.

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Concessionary travel brings families together

25 January 2013

The Scottish Government’s National Older and Disabled Persons Concessionary Travel Scheme operates all year round, but its impact over Christmas and New Year is even more welcome, as it helps bring families together from across Scotland at a special and expensive time.

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Estonia’s capital offers free public transport encouraging drivers to leave cars

25 January 2013

Public transport in Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, is now free of charge as of 1 January 2013, as city’s much-debated free travel reform takes effect.

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Smart Move HLG final call for contributions

25 January 2013

The Smart Move High Level Group makes its final call for contributions from external interested parties. All the recommendations and contributions that have so far been received will be discussed at the next HLG meeting on 21 February for potential inclusion in the group’s final report.

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Looking for IRU Smart Move Awards candidates

25 January 2013

The IRU is looking for Smart Move award candidates who demonstrate innovation and excellence in business/policy best practices that promote sustainable mobility by bus and coach.

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The connection between public transit and health

25 January 2013

The connection between public transit and health

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Cars are 3x more expensive than bus and cost EU taxpayers 1,600 EUR per year

14 December 2012

A French report shows what we already knew – that car use is three times more expensive than public transport. A new study was also published this month from the University of Dresden showing that car use has hidden costs of EUR 1,600 for each vehicle every year.

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Free UK bus travel for jobseekers in January 2013

14 December 2012

A partnership between bus operators and the UK state employment agency offers free bus travel to job seekers across areas in England, Scotland and Wales in January 2013.

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Salzburg leads the way in smart urban transport

14 December 2012

Salzburg, Austria, continues to lead by example and orders more electric trolleybuses for its urban transport system, bringing its total to 65 by 2017.

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UNWTO launches 'One billion tourists: One billion opportunities' campaign

14 December 2012

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have launch a new campaign to encourage sustainable tourism as the world gets set to see the one billionth tourist this month.

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North American long distance coaches offer more for less

14 December 2012

Long distance coach travel in America is engrained in the national culture, but a new website and new coach services are making the experience even more affordable and more convenient.

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Strong demand for buses in India

14 December 2012

India is the second largest market in the world for buses and coaches, second only to China, with an nnual demand for buses and coaches of twice that of all Western Europe.

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Eurolines launches CO2 calculator

14 December 2012

Eurolines France has taken the smart route and introduced a CO2 calculator that lets customers compare CO2 emissions for their journey using different modes of travel.

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EU Smart Move HLG outlines recommendations for smart urban mobility

07 December 2012

EU public-private Smart Move High Level Group outlines recommendations to double the use of buses, coaches and taxis at final working meeting.

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EU Smart Move High Level Group focuses on commuting and urban mobility

21 November 2012

The next EU Smart Move High Level Group will meet on 6 December to discuss policy recommendations for doubling the use of buses and coaches for commuting and urban travel.

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France gets smart on teenagers' safety

21 November 2012

French bus and coach association FNTV leads the way on kid's safety with three new videos aimed at further improving the safety of children's bus travel.

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Your bus travel companion for eco-tourism

21 November 2012

A website for intercity bus travel has launched a newly redesigned website to celebrate its one-year anniversary. The new design of Busbud.com aims to make it easy for bus travellers around the world to find accurate travel information at their fingertips and make better travel decisions.

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California BRT line gets the jazz treatment

21 November 2012

The new Californian BRT JAZZ line began operating on 1 September, serving temporary stations. Now, in partnership with the Monterey Jazz Festival, the new Sand City Station and 24 other new bus shelters along the route, will allow waiting passengers to download jazz concert recordings from past festival performances while they wait for their bus.

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Euro Bus Expo celebrates a boost in industry orders and visitors

21 November 2012

Organisers of the coach and bus trade show, Euro Bus Expo, have heralded the event a major success with an increase in visitor numbers and the announcement of industry orders worth over £250 million.

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ANAV hits out on heavy tax in coach sector

21 November 2012

The Italian bus and coach association, ANAV, held its annual conference on coach tourism during the IBE Exposition in Rimini. They used the occasion to attack heavy taxes on the coach tourism sector the political ignorance that is stifling growth.

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Asian Development Bank champions the smart move

21 November 2012

With carbon dioxide levels in many Asian cities expected to rise by 50% by 2030 the Asian Development Bank is highlighting the role that green transport can make to the economic well-being of Asian cities, urging them to make better use of their infrastructure and invest in urban mobility.

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‘Bus Day’ in Pune a huge success

21 November 2012

In Pune, India, on 1 November, around 2,500 buses were deployed all over the city to celebrate ‘Pune Bus Day’, which encouraged commuters to make the Smart Move and abandon their private vehicles and use public transport in a bid to solve the city’s worsening traffic mess.

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Low carbon buses in UK receive £20 million boost and new easy-to-use toolkit

07 November 2012

UK Transport Minister Norman Baker announces £20 million funding for the Green Bus Fund and a new easy-to-use toolkit for low carbon buses.

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Coaches provide important transportation in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

06 November 2012

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and with all of the disruptions to the intricate transportation system in the north-east United States, it's clear that when it comes to safely transporting large numbers of people into or out of a disaster area, coaches are the most flexible and best alternative available.

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Long distance intercity bus travel: a mobile app to compare prices

25 October 2012

A New York City resident is working to bring the success of comparison travel shopping to buses in an easy to use and free mobile app called "bustripping."

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New Smart Move partner

25 October 2012

The Smart Move team is delighted to welcome yet another new partner to the campaign, continuing the expansion of supporters working to double bus and coach use over the next 10 years. The new partner is PSV Glass and its sister company Bus and Coach Glazing based in the UK

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New road safety design guidelines for Indian BRT Systems

25 October 2012

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems have emerged as a cost-effective, flexible, and environmentally sustainable form of public transportation. Several cities in India are currently developing or augmenting their BRT systems, with a special focus on improving their safety.

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Birmingham-Pakistan: travelling the Silk Road by coach

25 October 2012

A 12-day regular coach service linking Birmingham with a city in Pakistan has been floated as a means of strengthening ties between the two communities. The Birmingham-Pakistan coach would pass through at least seven countries and cost about £130.

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Real Time success in Wellington

25 October 2012

Real Time Information at bus stops in Wellington has been a success. The new signs have not only made things easier at bus stops, but increased online traffic to mobile information sites making journey planning easier.

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Transport poverty 'affecting millions'

25 October 2012

Millions of people in England are at risk of being cut off due to the cost of fuel and the lack of transport alternatives, a UK charity has said. Transport group Sustrans' report, Locked Out, has called on the UK government to invest more in collective transport solutions.

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Eco bus stops stimulate change in passenger attitudes

25 October 2012

By the end of the year, 2,500 bus stops in Santiago will be illuminated with renewable energy using low energy LED lighting systems. The move has stimulated a change in passenger attitudes to their bus services.

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EU Smart Move High-Level Group discusses future of coach tourism in Europe

03 October 2012

The Public-Private EU Smart Move High-Level Group (HLG) met in Brussels on 27 September to discuss its second main topic, namely, the future of group tourism by coach in Europe.

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Washington DC buses get ahead with lights, lanes, and shoulders

19 September 2012

Local officials in Washington DC are looking to speed up buses along the region's traffic-clogged roads, using various tools from special lanes to new signals at traffic lights that turn green for buses. The improvements are being financed by a $58.8 million federal stimulus grant.

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EU Smart Move High Level Group: Have your say

18 September 2012

The EU Smart Move High Level Group has been doing its work since May 2012. The group consists of the European Commission, representative from the 4 main parties in the European Parliament and leading industry stakeholders and operators A vital part of their work is to consult as widely as possible to find the best solutions for securing the future of the bus and coach industry in Europe. So make your voice heard.

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Keep your passenger rights at hand, everywhere

17 September 2012

Passengers stranded at bus terminals or awaiting missing luggage may now use a mobile application for free to check their rights immediately and on the spot.

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Love the bus

17 September 2012

A European bus operator conducted a flash mob to promote bus use among the wider public. Check out the video below for some fascinating facts and arguments about why taking the bus is best.

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“Intelligent co-pilot” further increases bus and coach safety performance

17 September 2012

A new vehicle safety system – a so-called “intelligent co-pilot” - that takes control of the vehicle when it detects that the driver may have failed to take account of road hazards - has been developed by researchers at the American university MIT.

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More Australian commuters choose ‘smart buses’

17 September 2012

PUBLIC transport patronage in Melbourne is booming, with commuters making an extra 19 million trips last financial year. Buses have seen the biggest growth with an increase of 16% or 17 million extra journeys.

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Hybrids capture 40% of transit bus market in North America

17 September 2012

Hybrid buses are gaining North American and Asian- Pacific markets. This trend looks set to continue its solid growth until 2018 a report says.

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Public transport successfully ‘delivered’ for London 2012

17 September 2012

18 million spectator journeys were made to venues in London using public transport during the Olympics. A further 900,000 spectators used park-and-ride, shuttle buses, accessible services, direct coaches, and special walking and cycling routes, to get to nine venues outside London during the Olympic Games. A Smart Move for the city and for the Games!

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The longest bus in the world

29 August 2012

The new and longest bus in the world has taken to the streets of Dresden, Germany this month as part of the city's continuing innovation in bus service provision.

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Busworld Asia 2012 joining forces with Auto Guangzhou

02 August 2012

The 12th edition of Busworld Asia, taking place from 22-24 November 2012, is moving to Guangzhou to join forces with Auto Guangzhou, China's third biggest automotive show.

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World’s first GPS app for blind and disabled bus riders

23 July 2012

Blind, deaf, and other disabled passengers in Spain and Italy have been given a helping hand from a new smart phone app that informs them where and when to board a bus using data from GPS based transit systems in various cities.

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Smart Move welcomes new partners as global support grows

23 July 2012

Smart Move continues its global expansion as momentum in the campaign and its values grows. This month we welcome on board two new partners; Kalter Truck & Bus from Ecuador, and Autobus Blog from Italy.

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Smart Move Summer 2012 photo competition

23 July 2012

The summer is apparently here and that means holidays – and we want to see all the Smart Moves that you have taken or witnessed on your travels. So post your photos to our Facebook page and share your experiences.

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Ground breaking for South Africa’s BRT

23 July 2012

Construction work begins on South Africa’s first Bus Rapid Transit network in Pretoria that will bring rapid, reliable, safe, efficient bus services with a low carbon footprint. The new BRT will link disadvantaged areas of the city with the economic centres, and so drive employment and growth. The system should be operational by April 2014.

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Rich car minority attack Delhi bus scheme

23 July 2012

Delhi’s successful BRT system, which the government is planning to expand, is being taken to court by a wealthy car owning minority in the city who seek the right to use dedicated bus lanes that serve the majority of the city’s road commuters.

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Buses & Economic Growth: The smart connection

23 July 2012

Bus travel is a key contributor to economic and social well-being, according to a new UK report published this month. It highlights that bus commuters generate a staggering £64 billion of economic activity every year, and that 1 in 10 bus users would have to find a new job if bus services were cut.

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An alternative to private cars: French SMEs rise to the SNCF challenge

23 July 2012

A group of French small private coach operators have joined forces to enter the newly emerging market in France with a fleet of new luxury coaches and new routes to provide an alternative to private cars

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G20 finally gets smart

23 July 2012

Following the annual G20 meeting in Mexico, where urban public transport was specifically discussed for the first time, the G20 affirmed that investment in public transport is crucial to achieving sustainable development.

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EU Smart Move High Level Group seeks to boost intercity regular coach lines

16 July 2012

The EU public-private Smart Move High Level Group, initiated by the IRU, started its work on how to achieve the Smart Move objective of doubling the use of bus and coach transport by boosting intercity bus and coach regular lines in Europe. Public and private stakeholders and citizens are invited to contribute.

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New Zealand’s ‘Touch and Go’ smart move

25 June 2012

A smart phone app in New Zealand allows customers to board buses and pay their fair simply by swiping their smart phone. The app will enable travellers to pay for bus and taxi fares as well as small retail purchases.

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Diesel-electric buses to be emission free

25 June 2012

Viet Nam will soon get new diesel-electric hybrid buses that will cut fuel consumption by up to 50% resulting in substantial cost and emissions reduction

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Dijon orders 102 new hybrid buses in PPP deal

25 June 2012

The authorities of Greater Dijon, France have signed a joint partnership with Heuliez Bus and Barclays, as part of a public private partnership (PPP) for the purchase of 102 hybrid buses. This is the largest order of this type of vehicles in France.

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Rapid transit between New Jersey and Philadelphia

25 June 2012

A new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system is being proposed to link New Jersey with Philadelphia. The new BRT would carry nearly 7,000 passengers per day, reduce congestion on a key commuter route, reduce journey times and expand the existing park and ride system by more than 2000 spaces.

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Green innovation in tourism – the smart move for jobs and growth

25 June 2012

Tourism experts from international organisations, United Nations agencies and the tourism sector have outlined how green innovation in tourism can drive sustainable development by reducing costs, boosting revenue, creating jobs and improving resource efficiency

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Smart Move awards first outing in Italy

22 June 2012

Italian Smart Move Partners ANAV presented the first newly instigated Smart Move Awards for innovation and excellence in coach tourism, regular long distance services, and local public transport. The awards were presented to the winners on 21 June 2012 in Rome

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New global database of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems launched

14 June 2012

Three global organisations have teamed up to launch the most comprehensive, public database of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems around the world. The new site, http://Brtdata.org, shows that 134 cities have BRT systems, serving 22 million passengers a day.

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Smart Move High Level Group to make proposals on doubling passenger numbers

29 May 2012

The Public-Private Smart Move High Level Group held its kick-off meeting and started its work with the ambition to submit recommendations and a Smart Move Action Plan on doubling the number of bus and coach users in the EU in the next 10 years, and contribute to the EU Growth Agenda 2020.

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Calgary improves services through new technology

22 May 2012

Calgary Transit is among the first Canadian major urban systems to make use of new technology, such as the online look-up schedules and trip planning tools. SMS notifications already provide users with instant messages about delays or new services and now new technology will help in service management and ticketing too.

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EcoManager helps drivers decrease carbon emissions and increase safety

22 May 2012

EcoManager uses industry leading technology to monitor driving behaviour, passenger comfort and critical vehicle information to provide fully automated reports on driver efficiency and safety.

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Bus station goes solar with £20,000 panel installation

22 May 2012

Buchanan Bus Station has been given a £20,000 solar panel system as part of owner Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s (SPT) commitment to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs.

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New passenger rights manual published

22 May 2012

The international road transport Union (IRU) has published a manual for bus and coach operators on the new EU Regulation on passenger rights that comes into force on 1 March 2013. The manual aims to provide information on the obligations of bus and coach operators to their passengers and promote increased service quality within the sector.

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Public transit users save $9,880 annually

22 May 2012

A new report on public transport from America shows that people who make the Smart Move and take the bus save almost $10,000 a year compared to car drivers, due to low fares, high fuel prices, and the high cost of car parking – not to mention the stress of finding a parking spot in the first place.

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Travel in business: take the coach

22 May 2012

Long distance coach services in India have just become much more luxurious with interior design, facilities and seat service that are more reminiscent of aeroplanes than buses.

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Did you know that public transport is good for your health?

22 May 2012

Taking the bus instead of the car is the healthy option according to a report from the USA. Public transport users are 40% less likely to be overweight, walk three times as much as their car taking counterparts, and contribute to lower emissions and vibrant communities

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Buses: the smart investment choice for economic growth and employment

22 May 2012

A new report by the Institute for Transport Studies and Greener Journeys will show that investing in the bus network mobilises the workforce and boosts spending :as societies struggle to come out of the economic doldrums, buses play a vital role in getting people to work and delivering shoppers to the high street.

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Smart Move for sustainable EU growth

22 May 2012

European leaders should seize the opportunity at the EU summit in Brussels this week and on June 28/29 to boost growth in Europe by actively supporting the Smart Move of doubling collective passenger transport by bus and coach to bring affordable and socially inclusive door-to-door mobility to all at the lowest cost to taxpayers.

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New Zealand celebrates Year of the Dragon with ‘Dragon buses’

19 April 2012

To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, two ‘dragon buses’ will operate along the City LINK bus route in central Auckland throughout 2012 to encourage increased bus use by members of the Chinese community.

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Philippines planning a BRT for 2020

19 April 2012

Taking its inspiration from Brazil, a proposal for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in the Filipino city of Cebu has been endorsed for a planned launch by 2020City representatives say the system will earn $15 million in revenues annually.

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New online travel planner in Basque region

19 April 2012

The Basque region of Spain has introduced a new online travel planning portal for combined public transport modes that could potentially be reproduced worldwide as a key mobility enabler.

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Coaches to the rescue as low-cost airline collapses

19 April 2012

Eurolines Romania jumped to the rescue of passengers stranded by the collapse of the Hungarian low-cost airline MALEV, by offering free seats to passengers on the popular Romania – Budapest route.

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Estonia offers free public transport

19 April 2012

Buses and coaches are the most cost-effective and economically sound means of passenger transport so how could it possibly get better? Just ask the Mayor of the Estonian capital, Tallinn, who says that the city will offer free public transport across its bus and tram network starting 2013.

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The Smart Move campaign continues to grow

19 April 2012

Smart move has continued to expand to new countries, by welcoming the New Zealand Bus and Coach Association and Israel’s Olam Ha’autobusim magazine as new Smart Move partners.

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Integrated public transport portal becomes a reality

03 April 2012

ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) provider i2MApp and the Basque autonomous regional government have joined forces to produce an integrated public transport portal that allows users to plan their journeys using a number of public transport options.

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New smart phone app helps passengers check bus companies’ safety record

03 April 2012

United States federal bus and coach regulators have unveiled a smart phone app that gives bus riders a quick and free way to review a bus company's safety record before buying a ticket or booking group travel.

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New Smart Move partner in Israel

28 March 2012

Smart move is proud to announce our recent partnership with the independent magazine based in Rehovot, Israel - Olam Ha’autobusim, or “Bus World” in Hebrew.

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New Zealand makes the Smart Move

21 March 2012

Hot on the heels of welcoming the American Motorcoach Marketing Council and the Ibero-American AITBUS organisations on board, Smart Move is continuing its global growth with the New Zealand Bus and Coach Association being the latest partner to recognise the strength and value of the campaign.

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Tourists go ape for Krabi bus stops in Thailand

20 March 2012

Tourists to Phuket's neighboring Krabi Province have been treated to a new two million baht network of bus stops that feature a striking monkey design.

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Green light for Mexico bus lanes

20 March 2012

A massive expansion of the innovative bus system in Mexico City has been given the green light. It will see the existing Metrobus system - introduced in 2005 and now carrying 263,000 passengers a day – extended from 20 to 220 km as part of a new five-year partnership designed to ‘green’ Mexico City’s transport system.

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Sydney Commuters Save Time With The Smart Choice.

20 March 2012

Peak-period commuters in North West Sydney will from this month have access to 24 new buses and 46 new services. The new services could slash 25 minutes from journey times as passengers will no longer have to change bus.

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First Euro VI Coach wins Spanish Bus of the Year 2012

20 March 2012

The first coach to meet the new Euro VI emissions standards which comes into force in 2014 has won the Spanish bus of the year award 2012. The manufacturers have been able to resolve the problem of reduced pollutants and have lower fuel consumption by using new engine and fuel technologies, thereby addressing a major industry concern relating to the new rules.

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US bus travel cool again

20 March 2012

Rising petrol prices and a new breed of British-owned discount operators, based in the densely populated US north-east corridor, have made the coach a viable alternative to the car, plane or train for a growing number of travellers.

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SNCF learns to make the smart move and takes to the road.

20 March 2012

SNCF has seen the benefits of bus travel and confirmed at an IRU conference in Brussels its intention to launch long distance regular lines in France.

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EC agrees to create high level EU group to make the "Smart Move"

07 March 2012

The first steps towards the further greening of road transport, while achieving the EU growth agenda, were agreed to by the European Commission (EC) and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) at the 2nd IRU/EU Road Transport Conference on "Efficient solutions for making road transport greener" held in Brussels last week.

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Highlights from the Workshop on Long Distance Bus and Coach Transport in Europe

02 March 2012

Check out the highlights from the first of its kind Europe-wide workshop on "Long distance bus and coach transport in Europe: (Re)discovering the wheel".

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World's largest bus can carry 300 passengers!

20 February 2012

The world's largest bus is getting ready to roll out in both Beijing and Hangzhou, where the need for public transportation continues to grow along with its population.

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U.S. leaders might 'miss the bus' on fair transport

20 February 2012

Quality and affordable transportation access is more critical than ever for linking Americans to jobs, schools, grocery stores, hospitals, and other vital services. Yet the U.S. Congress is preparing to vote on a proposal that would strip away all investments in public transit, leaving countless communities disconnected from opportunity.

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Smart Move gaining momentum in Europe

20 February 2012

The Smart Move campaign is off to a great start this year as we welcome, in addition to the recent partners from Germany, Spain, and Portugal in December, a new Ibero-American industry partner, AITBUS, and our 4 new media partners from Romania, Sigurant Auto, Transporter, TIR magazin, and Traveller magazin.

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Workshop only 9 days away! "Long distance bus and coach travel in Europe"

20 February 2012

On 29 February, leading representatives from EU institutions, European member states, academics, and transport operators of long distance bus and coach lines will come together in Brussels to share best practices and examine the opportunities and challenges of expanding long distance travel by bus and coach across Europe.

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Coventry wins Coach Friendly City Award

20 February 2012

Smart Move would like to extend its congratulations to the Coventry City Council, winner of the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT)'s Coach Friendly City Award, for its clear understanding of the commitments and investments necessary in providing high quality facilities for coaches, their passengers, and drivers, resulting in improved user-friendliness and efficiency of bus and coach transport.

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Bogotá's upgraded bus system to greatly improve urban mobility

20 February 2012

More than a decade after its inception, Bogota's pioneering TransMilenio BRT system carries 1.6 million passengers every weekday, and has successfully reduced travel time for Bogotanos, as well as reducing pollution and improving safety. But the new Integrated Public Transport System (SITP) is about to take the success story of TransMilenio a step further by reducing a chaotic, decentralised network of 66 different private bus companies into a streamlined and efficiently coordinated system of 13 companies that will completely transform the culture of transportation in Bogota.

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Queensland to conduct 12-month trial of hybrid buses to cut emissions

20 February 2012

Government of Queensland, Australia, to spend $1.4million on a 12-month trial of two diesel-electric hybrid buses, which could cut emissions by up to 40 per cent over a traditional bus.

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North America makes the Smart Move

17 February 2012

US-based Motorcoach Marketing Council partners with Smart Move to promote safe, green, efficient, user-friendly and affordable bus and coach transportation worldwide

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112 - The European emergency number to improve road safety for all

13 February 2012

The European bus and coach industry and the European Commission jointly promote the Single European Emergency Number 112 Europe-wide to enhance road safety and provide a rapid and effective response in case of a road accident.

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New Smart Move media partner

27 January 2012

Smart Move is happy to announce that www.chauffeurdecar.com has joined the campaign as a new media partner.

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Mexico makes the Smart Move

26 January 2012

See the interview with M.F. Gustavo A. Cardenas V., President of CANAPAT about why Mexico made the Smart Move.

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Multi-modal travel info app expands to other smartphone networks

20 January 2012

Multi-modal travel information via a smartphone has been extended in Scotland and Wales with the launch of two new apps for Blackberry and Android, showing live and scheduled bus times at selected stops.

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US intercity buses to cut costs and CO2 emissions – The Smart Move!

20 January 2012

Replacing subsidised air travel with inter-city buses would cut costs by 68% and CO2 emissions by 63,500 tonnes per year, research has found.

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Affordability and free Wi-Fi lifts US bus passenger numbers

20 January 2012

User-friendly onboard Internet service, low fares and high fuel costs get car users increasingly on buses, reversing a 46-year decline of the bus industry, once viewed as a last resort.

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Bus Rapid Transit is officially better than trams and trains

20 January 2012

An independent study on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in US cities confirms BRT as the best mobility solution over rail-based options for costs, flexibility and efficiency. City authorities should make this smart move!

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India gets Smart on long distance routes

20 January 2012

Indian authorities have massively invested in new deluxe vehicles, making long distance transport by bus safer and more appealing to citizens in southern India.

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Long distance bus wins over train and plane

20 January 2012

An Italian academic research shows that the bus is likely to win over airplaine and train for long distance transport.

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Spain makes the Smart Move

17 January 2012

See the interview with Ruben Prada Garcia, Vice President of the Spanish federation ASTIC about why Spain made the Smart Move.

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Make the Smart Move now: support buses and coaches at ZERO cost

05 January 2012

Buses and coaches are instrumental in achieving the sustainable mobility of all people, as safe, green, affordable, user-friendly and efficient elements of the entire public transport chain. Joining and promoting the Smart Move campaign can be a zero-cost way of supporting and encouraging the growth in bus and coach travel.

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Busworld Turkey Draws Top Manufacturers

28 December 2011

BUSWORLD TURKEY 2012, the International Trade Fair for the Bus Industry and Accessories will be organised from April 19 to 21, 2012 in the Halls 1 and 2 of the Istanbul Expo Center, gathering the industry's professionals together.

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Three new partners join Smart Move

22 December 2011

As 2011 comes to a close, we are pleased to welcome three new partners to the Smart Move family. Fenebus, Go Bus and Jornal Strada. These new partners have committed to promoting the Smart Move campaign in their respective countries.

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Bath wins through to GBP 40 million for Smart Buses

21 December 2011

A virtuous circle: innovative and cooperative transport policies pay off and help support sustainable mobility and new investments.

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9th symposium of lawyers

12 December 2011

The IRU is pleased to invite you to you the 9th Symposium of lawyers which will take place in Geneva on 24 February 2012. The theme of the Symposium is 'The Evolution of Contractual Relations in Road Transport- Increasing Liabilities for Road Carriers'.

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Mayor of Skopje, Macedonia, makes the Smart Move

09 December 2011

The Major of Skopje, Koce Trajanovski, promotes the Smart Move campaign by using public advertising screens showcasing the advantages of bus and coach transport.

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Workshop - Long Distance Bus and Coach Transport in Europe

05 December 2011

IRU Workshop on Long Distance Bus and Coach Transport in Europe: (re)Discovering the wheel"

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Tiramisu

23 November 2011

Tiramisu, a new iphone application, allows bus riders in Pittsburgh, USA, to track their current location while riding the bus and, in turn, share this information with people who are still waiting, thereby creating a more complete map and schedule of bus routes and times.

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The coolest bus in the world?

23 November 2011

The first fully working version of the New Bus for London (NBfL), formerly described as a "21st century Routemaster", has been unveiled in Northern Ireland... The UK capital's mayor, Boris Johnson emphasised the bus's "contemporary take", including its interior lighting and grooved flooring on the staircases and entrance, and stressed its environmental advantages.

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More Buses As Poland Goes Long Distance

23 November 2011

Polskibus expands its coach fleet to 68 vehicles, all of which meet the latest Euro 5 emissions standards and offer free wi-fi, leather seats and air conditioning. They will be used to offer fast inter-city express journeys for as little as 1 Zloty (0.22 euro).

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Amphibious Tour Bus Makes Its Debut in Amsterdam

23 November 2011

The Floating Dutchman, which began service last month, is a tour coach and canal boat rolled into one smart touring ride for passengers between two connecting flights at Amsterdam’s airport.

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Korea green Peanut Bus grows interest worldwide

23 November 2011

The city of Seoul, South Korea, has debuted its new electric bus, Namsan Electric Bus. Seoul’s newest form of public transport and the latest trophy in terms of green initiatives for the Seoul Metropolitan Government is a significant milestone for the city-wide efforts to go green. The buses, which are also dubbed Peanut Buses because of their distinctive look can carry 1,000-3,000 passengers a day and up to 47 passengers per trip

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Massive BRT Plan To Boost Chicago Inner City Mobilitynov2011

23 November 2011

A massive $1.23bn bus rapid transit scheme is being proposed for Chicago to address its transport needs. The proposal would add dedicated bus lanes, pre-paid fares, level boarding at defined stations every half-mile, and signal prioritisation to 95 miles of streets on ten corridors. The plan would see buses every 5-10mins and significantly improve connections with existing transport lines.

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Greening travel and tourism by doubling the use of buses and coaches

25 October 2011

European transport and travel political and business leaders discuss the best policies and operational practices to further green the travel and tourism chain highlighting that buses and coaches offer the best transport solution for ensuring the sustainable mobility of European citizens.

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RSV Reutlingen, voted best bus company, wins IRU Bus Excellence Award

25 October 2011

The IRU Bus Excellence Award 2011 goes this year to the German company "Reutlingen Stadtverkehrsgesellschaft mbH Hogenmuller & Kull Co. KG (RSV)", for its strong commitment to service quality and customer satisfaction achieved through innovative offers. In many cases, it delivered more than customers expected and helped change the mindsets of both customers and authorities.

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Southport (UK) awarded world's friendliest group tourism destination

25 October 2011

UK resort of Southport wins the IRU City Trophy 2011, as the world's most friendly city for group tourism, whose transport policy doubled the number of visiting tourist coaches over the past ten years.

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Videobustour - 2011 coach tourism innovation champion

25 October 2011

The IRU Coach Tourism Innovation Award 2011 international jury declared Videobustour, Germany's "better city sightseeing tour" company, this year's winner for its innovative coach tourism service: "Discover a new form of city sightseeing - unique multimedia tours on buses with on-board video screens", which couples a traditional sightseeing coach tour with modern multimedia tools.

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Busworld: 40 years as the world's largest exhibition of buses and coaches

25 October 2011

This year marked the 40th anniversary of Busworld, the largest exhibition of buses and coaches in the world. The fully booked 2011 edition was held in Kortrijk, Belgium from October 21-26 and allowed visitors from all over to discover what's new in the world of buses and coaches.

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Japan Bus Association (NBA) commended by international Bus Excellence 2011 Jury

25 October 2011

The Japan Bus Association (NBA) was recently commended by the international IRU Bus Excellence Award 2011 jury, for its involvement in the management of the post-crisis situation after the earthquake, the tsunami and the Fukushima power plant crash in March 2011 and the support offered to its members in the affected regions.

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Free bus rides across the Bay of Plenty for World Car Free Day

25 October 2011

More than 11,000 passengers enjoyed a free ride on the bus on Thursday 22 September as part of World Car Free Day activities in the Bay of Plenty. The region's Bay Hopper and City Ride buses were made free for the entire day as a surprise to reward those committed to using public transport.

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London-Paris Eurolines: backing-up Eurostar

25 October 2011

NATIONAL Express is operating around one hundred additional coaches during peak months to meet demand on its London to Paris service.

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Busway opens and draws the crowds

25 October 2011

CAMBRIDGESHIRE'S guided busway offering a minimum 10-minute frequency between St Ives and Cambridge, and bypassing the notoriously busy A14 trunk road, opened last week. Services are operated by Stagecoach and Whippet Coaches on the 25-kilometre busway, which is the world's longest.

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Did you know?

25 October 2011

Taking public transport can be anywhere from 10 to 20% less expensive than using your car?

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7th European Bus & Coach Forum - Register now!

19 September 2011

Leading representatives from the EU transport policy and business sphere will discuss best policy and operational practices to further green the entire travel and tourism chain at the 7th European Bus and Coach Forum, held in the framework of Busworld Kortrijk in October 2011.

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'Smart Award' Winners to be announced at Busworld

19 September 2011

The bus and coach industry will present the 'Bus Excellence', the 'City Trophy' and the 'Coach Tourism Innovation' Awards during the Busworld opening ceremony in Kortrijk - Belgium on 20 October 2011 in the framework of the global Smart Move campaign. These three global awards commend innovation, best practices and excellence in bus operations and coach tourism policies that promote and support sustainable mobility by bus and coach transport.

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French bus gets the first bus driving simulator

19 September 2011

First bus equipped to accommodate driving simulator is tested in France. This mobile training platform, called Cassiopeia, will be used to train 7,000 employees of the group's 170 members.

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Liberalisation of regular bus and coach lines cabotage in France

19 September 2011

French Transport Minister, Thierry MARIANI, has authorised cabotage operations on 230 new interregional coach lines crossing France within the framework of international journeys - thus reducing the number of empty seats while offering flexible and affordable services.

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China & Colombia are ahead in Bus Rapid Transit

19 September 2011

Bus rapid transit (BRT) ranks among the cheapest and quickest ways to cut CO2 emissions by transportation. According to a study conducted by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), the cities that have delivered the Bus Rapid Transit System most successfully while cutting the most carbon are in South Africa, Colombia, India and China.

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Bus journeys in the UK reach 53-year record high

19 September 2011

Official figures from Transport for London (TfL) say the number of journeys made on London buses has reached a 53-year high. Last year, the number of passenger journey reached 2.3 billion, surpassing the previous year by 24 million passengers.

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No frills' gains pace

19 September 2011

Safe, user-friendly, green, efficient and affordable: an example of a coach operation that ticks all the Smart Move boxes is Megabus.com in the US. Launched in 2006, the service is the first intercity express bus line dedicated to providing high-quality, low cost travel options to 17 Midwest and 13 Northeast cities.

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Luxury express coach service wins car and train users in Scotland

19 September 2011

A luxury express coach service, Scottish Citylink's Gold service, has carried more than 130,000 passengers on its up-market operation between Glasgow and Aberdeen and Inverness, since its launch last year. Scottish Citylink says that 36 per cent of customers previously used their cars, while 31 per cent used to travel by train.

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Make a Smart choice: Trade your transport

19 September 2011

'Trade Your Transport', a new initiative from the UK Company Cartakeback.com, encourages people to recycle their older, more polluting cars and choose a greener form of transport.

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Call for submission of smart ideas for a European multimodal journey planner

09 September 2011

Although more than 100 journey planners already exist, there is not one yet that allows users to find information or book a ticket for a journey within Europe regardless of the number of countries or transport modes involved. This is particularly true for planners that include buses and in particular long distance coach lines.

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Save CO2 emissions: travel by coach!

13 July 2011

Studies and emissions calculators show that if you take the coach instead of using your car, you are contributing to making a significant reduction in the CO2 emissions causing the greenhouse effect and protecting the environment from climate change.

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Moving smart around Europe...by bus

13 July 2011

A unique hop-on hop-off flexible coach network, Busabout, offers door-to-door service travel around Europe.

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In London this summer? Tour the city by bus!

13 July 2011

Taking a bus is one of the best - and cheapest - ways to see the capital, says Badaude, the illustrator of London Walks, a quirky, hand-drawn guide to exploring the city. Look for yourself!

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A journey in Turkey? Save time: travel by bus!

13 July 2011

Here's a travel tip: buses are much faster than most trains in Turkey, and provide inexpensive service almost around the clock between all cities and towns. They are fairly comfortable and often air-conditioned. Express buses between major cities are also significantly faster and more comfortable than local buses.

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Free 'Beach Bus' rides in Florida

13 July 2011

In Panama City Beach, Florida, free 'Beach Bus' rides will be provided up and down Front Beach Road this summer, giving visitors and locals alike the ability to simply wave the large buses down and go anywhere they want along the beach.

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Greener Journeys deliver: use the campaign toolkit and get the ball rolling!

13 July 2011

Following the successful rollout of the national modal shift campaign - Sometimes you can't beat the bus - in September 2010, Greener Journeys and the UK bus industry has made creative materials freely available to all bus operators and local authorities through an online toolkit.

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Working together to promote green travel and tourism by bus and coach

13 July 2011

Leading representatives from the EU transport policy and business sphere will discuss best policy and operational practices to further green the entire travel and tourism chain at the 7th European Bus and Coach Forum, held in the framework of Busworld Kortrijk in October 2011.

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Smart Move launched in Italy!

14 June 2011

The Smart Move campaign was launched in Italy today, on the occasion of a conference organised by the Italian National Road Passenger Transport Association (ANAV) and sponsored by the City of Rome and Italian Ministry of Transport.

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EU White Paper suggests buses for future long distance, intercity & urban transp

14 June 2011

The EU White Paper 'Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area - Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system' identifies buses as one of the best solutions for long-distance and intercity travel, and urban transport and commuting, highlighting the significant increase in fuel costs and congestion levels by 2030, which will lead to divergences in transport accessibility.

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'Better Bus Ride' wins Transport Achievement Award 2011

14 June 2011

Arriva Denmark received the International Transport Forum's Transport 2011 Achievement award for its 'Better Bus Ride' Project in Leipzig, Germany on 26 May 2011.

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BRT: changing urban mobility patterns at low cost

14 June 2011

The Wall Street Journal highlights the growing popularity of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system around the world, describing BRT as a modern transit system with the flexibility of buses, and the speed, comfort and reliability of rail.

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Argentina made the Smart Move with its first BRT

14 June 2011

The new BRT system, called 'Metrobus' has 21 stations and physically separated lanes that run in the middle of the street. As an extra safety measure, the Metrobus has elevated station platforms and features countdown clocks that notify riders of the next arriving bus on each platform to keep riders informed.

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BRT in Xiamen satisfies 70% of passengers

14 June 2011

An online survey conducted by Xiamen Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in May 2011, shows nearly 70% of citizens in Xiamen, China, rated the BRT service as 'excellent' and 'good'. The survey which involved 3,000 people mainly focuses on four areas: station staff services, hardware facilities; amenities and rush hour congestion.

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Our Future Mobility Now: discuss and shape the future of transport!

14 June 2011

Our Future Mobility Now, to be held in Brussels on 22 - 25 June 2011, will bring together the mobile generation of the future and Europe's leading vehicle manufacturers and to build a community that imagines how the vehicles and transport we use will evolve and influence 21st Century life.

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Study shows buses remain a basic means of transportation

14 June 2011

A study conducted in 2010 by the International Transport Forum shows that buses remain a basic means of transportation, in particular among the young, the elderly, and those with low incomes.

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The Rolling Hotel: a coach and hotel in one!

14 June 2011

The Rolling Hotel - Rotel rolls a coach and hotel into one unit. By day, passengers sit in the front of the coach and take in all the sights, and by night they adjourn to the rear of the vehicle to enjoy their semi-private sleeping quarters.

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UN Decade for Road Safety: buses and coaches in the UK deliver

17 May 2011

Travelling by bus or coach is by far the safest form of road passenger transport in the UK. It is over seven times safer than a journey made by car. Fewer cars on our roads also mean lower congestion and ultimately fewer accidents.

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Bus is the Most Cost Effective Means of Public Transportation in the US

17 May 2011

A new study released by The American Bus Association Foundation, Federal Subsidies for Passenger Transportation, 1960-2009, has found that the private commercial bus industry is the most cost effective mode of public transportation in the United States.

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Belgian bus and coach industry focuses on road safety

17 May 2011

The Belgian Bus and Coach Federation, FBAA has been conducting various activities aimed at promoting road safety for years, including a campaign for road safety on the website www.voyagescolairesecurite.org or www.veiligeschoolreis.org in Dutch.

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A cocoon in a coach: feel at home when travelling long distance!

17 May 2011

A cocoon in a coach: feel at home when travelling long distance! The coach company company, Willer Express, in Japan has transformed a coach into a luxurious mode of transport by designing the interiors of the bus as the first class cabins of wide bodied aircrafts. The extremely luxurious seat modules are called cocoons.

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Italian tourism department to address bus and coach industry requests

17 May 2011

Following the results of the first meeting of the all-Italian Round Table on the outstanding issue of coach tourism entry fees ('bus ticket') in Italian cities, and the joint intervention of the European travel and coach travel industry, represented by the IRU, ECTAA and ETOA, on 10 May, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in Italy has invited the competent Tourism Department to come up with its own observations to the proposals made by the organised coach tourism industry in Italy.

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Welcoming group tourism by coach is good for the environment and the economy

27 April 2011

The European travel and coach travel industry expects rapid progress in solving the problem of coach tourism entry fees in Italian cities, for the benefit of local economies, citizens and visitors alike.

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Increasing safety in coaches: a German initiative

19 April 2011

The German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development recently launched the 'Safety in coaches' initiative to define quality criteria and provide orientation to coach operators and allow them to check their safety standards online.

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Bus & coach at the heart of Spanish sustainable & affordable mobility

19 April 2011

The Spanish trade organisations Asintra and Fenebus have jointly published a book showing added value of buses and coaches in Spain, where long-distance public passenger transport by road is the key mode of transport to guarantee sustainable mobility of all population groups throughout the country.

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Coach tourism fuels German economy & employment

19 April 2011

The "Economic Impact of Coach Tourism", a two-year study involving 3,000 coach travelers and companies, published by the German Association for bus and coach (bdo) shows that coach tourism in Germany generates annual sales of EUR 10.5 billion Euros and ensures over 200,000 employments, including in hotels, leisure facilities, and gastronomy.

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World's longest buses: sustainable and efficient transport in Brazil

19 April 2011

The Brazilian city of Curitiba, the capital of the southern Brazilian state of Parana has introduced 544 environmentally-friendly 28-metre-long-double-articulated buses, which represent 29% renovation of the Curitiba Rapid Transit System and can carry about 77,000 passengers per day, reducing the carbon dioxide emissions by 50%.

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Asia Coach Week BAAV Awards winners unveiled - soon on the European market?

19 April 2011

Winners of the Asia Coach Week BAAV Awards were announced at Busworld Asia (29 - 30 March 2011) which focused on European market entrance criteria; this contest uncovered the overlooked strengths of Chinese bus product offerings and showcased the latest Chinese industry accomplishments to European audiences and industries.

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Doubling the market share of public transport in Sweden

19 April 2011

The Swedish Doubling Project, aimed at doubling the market share held by public transport, is a unique nationwide co-operation involving all employees in the public transport sector.

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Commemorative royal wedding Oyster Cards to go on sale in London

19 April 2011

Any London visitor has heard about the Oyster card: a user-friendly and efficient, transport pass that also makes bus transport affordable. Passengers can take as many bus journeys as they need in a day and they will never be charged more than the day pass price.

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Bus and Coach Industry Tackles Road Safety in Latin America

06 April 2011

Committed to contribute to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and its Argentinean Member Association the Federacion Argentina de Entidades Empresarias de Autotransportes de Cargas (FADEEAC) today held an international conference on "Road Safety and Road Transport Professional Training", attended by some 800 representatives of the public authorities, road transport and training industries from Latin America.

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Smart Move speaks Spanish

18 March 2011

Spanish speaking policy-makers, bus and coach business managers, media and citizens can now make the Smart Move too, as the campaign's messages have been made available in Spanish. With this new development, the word about how safe, user-friendly, green, efficient and affordable bus and coach transport is can now be spread in over 20 countries where Spanish is the official language.

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Moving Beyond Automobile with Bus Rapid Transit

18 March 2011

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) provides faster, greener, safer and more efficient service than an ordinary bus. "These systems operate like a surface subway", say BRT advocates, "but cost far less than building an actual metro."

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High gas prices make buses a more affordable option than cars

18 March 2011

As oil price continues to climb, taking the bus gets even more affordable compared to taking the car. Gas prices, as noted by the American Public Transportation Association in a recent statement increased 28 cents since the end of February, for a national average of $3.47 a gallon (3.78 litres).

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Buses and coaches drive energy efficiency in Spain

18 March 2011

In March 2011, one month prior to the EU's adoption of the White Paper on the Future of Transport Policy, the Spanish Council of Ministers adopted a comprehensive Strategy for Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency (Estrategia de Ahorro y Eficiencia Energetica, EAEE), supported by an awareness campaign on the importance of energy saving. The strategy, which focuses in three main fields: transport and mobility, construction and lighting and electricity consumption, will allow an annual reduction of 12.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.

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Busworld Asia 2011: New Energy Forum and Innovations in Renewable Energy

18 March 2011

Faced with increasingly severe environmental pollution, the scarcity of oil and other non-renewable resources and the growing necessity of energy efficiency and emissions reductions, new and renewable energy vehicles have become the latest developmental trend in the bus and coach industry. This year's Busworld Asia to be held from 30 March - 1 April, will therefore feature the latest innovations in renewable energy and facilitate international exchange and dialogue.

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Public buses warn pedestrians to watch their step

18 March 2011

A handful of cities in the US are running pilot programs to test an automated voice warning system on buses to alert pedestrians before they cross the street

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Keeping the noise down for fellow passengers: a user-friendly move

18 March 2011

A UK bus company, Arriva Yorkshire, has launched a campaign to make their customers' bus experience more user-friendly by highlighting the issue of people playing their personal music at levels that disturb fellow passengers, hence a more user-friendly bus experience for their fellow passengers

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A social network for bus passengers

18 March 2011

Kolumbus, a Norwegian transit company, has just launched a social network for buses, which features QR code, a specific matrix barcode readable by smart phones. This service is aimed at making bus schedules more easily available, through real-time information provided by the QR codes. The company has embedded the codes in more than 1,200 bus stops around the country.

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Carte Azur: a single ticket for unlimited travel by bus and tram

18 March 2011

"Carte Azur", a single ticket for unlimited travel by bus and tram, was launched on 28 February 2011. The multimodal and integrated new card system connects the will allow travelers to validate their tickets on any bus and tram in the French region of Alpes-Maritime.

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Bus/coach: the best transport deal for a competitive low-carbon Europe

10 March 2011

Buses and coaches are undoubtedly the best solutions politicians can think when devising strategies to reduce CO2 emissions and achieve decarbonisation and energy efficiency, as foreseen by the EU Roadmap for building a competitive low-carbon Europe by 2050, published on 8 March 2010.

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New passenger rights for bus and coach in the EU!

07 March 2011

Starting from 2013, bus and coach passengers in the European Union will enjoy the same rights are rail, air and boat travelers, as the European Parliament adopted new regulations on passenger rights in bus and coach transport in February 2011.

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Achieving sustainable mobility by implementing business-friendly rules for LEZs

02 March 2011

A harmonised framework for low emission zones (LEZs) is needed at EU level, with a single information window for travellers and businesses, in order to meet ambitious objectives in sustainable mobility.

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White Paper must place bus and coach at the heart of European transport policy

22 February 2011

Only by putting collective passenger transport by bus and coach at the heart of the EU transport policy can policy makers at EU and national level achieve inclusive, efficient and sustainable mobility for all European citizens.

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OmniBUS Agreement must be concluded in 2011

18 February 2011

IRU calls upon all stakeholders to conclude the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe OmniBUS Agreement on international regular bus and coach lines this year!

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Guangzhou, China, wins 2011 Sustainable Transport Award for its BRT System

17 February 2011

The city of Guangzhou, China, won the 2011 Sustainable Transport Award for its new world-class Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System that integrates with bike lanes, bike share and metro stations into a collective transport system.

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Beijing city buses align on EU highest environmental standards

17 February 2011

The first 100 city buses with Euro 5 emission standards, purchased by Beijing Transport Company, were launched on 3 January 2011. The first bus lines with Euro 5 buses in China were deployed to three suburbs bus lines.

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Busworld Asia 2011: register now

17 February 2011

This year's 11th edition of Busworld Asia exhibition will be held from 30 March to 1 April in the Shanghai Automotive Exhibition Center. As China is the largest market for new buses and coaches in the world by a long shot, the design and production of Chinese buses and coaches has undergone a rapid development over the last 10-15 years.

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Brazil prepares for the World Cup 2014 with BRT System

17 February 2011

With an additional 2.98 million visitors expected to flock to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, urban planners are grasping a golden opportunity to upgrade sustainable transport systems in the 12 host cities. In this nation of buses, that means special attention to state-of-the-art Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems, which provide fast, efficient, and affordable service.

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Theatre on RATP bus lines for a user-friendly bus travel

17 February 2011

The RATP launched an awareness campaign, "Share more, share the bus", that aims to create a better atmosphere and improve the travelling conditions on the different bus lines.

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Wi-fi gets social media on board

17 February 2011

A Canadian bus company in the city of Saint John has climbed on board with free public wi-fi on 60 bus fleets. As bus-buddies can now Tweet from the comfort of their vinyl seats, the internet access is expected to increase the use of buses in the city of Saint John.

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Audio Visual information: reducing barriers to bus travel

17 February 2011

Audio-visual information on buses are an optimal solution to reducing barriers to travel: as information is key to any journey, providing sufficient information such as times of travel, frequency of service, location of stops, may encourage people to use public transport.

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BUSSTOP: the Virtual School Bus Stop

14 February 2011

Launched in 2006, the BUSSTOP campaign aims to increase road safety for children, by providing proper information for teachers and parents through the internet, and training children on how to behave in traffic situations.

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Smart awards: promoting excellence in bus and coach transport policy

17 January 2011

The bus and coach industry calls for public and private candidates for three global awards rewarding company and authorities' innovation, best practices and excellence in bus operation and coach tourism policy to facilitate and further promote sustainable mobility.

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Bus shelters new generation: sustainable all the way!

17 January 2011

The sustainability of bus and coach transport is now enhanced by its related infrastructure as bus shelter designs rival in ingenuity.

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Busworld Asia announces eco-focused evaluation rules for the BAAV awards

17 January 2011

Last month, Busworld Asia unveiled in Beijing the new rules regarding the Asia Coach Week, the highest level award for the Asian bus and passenger coach industry.

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Intercity bus service in the USA grew by 6% in 2010

17 January 2011

result of rising travel demand, escalating fuel prices, investments in new routes, and improved customer service. These factors propelled motor coach travel to its highest level in years and made the intercity bus the country's fastest growing mode of transportation for the third year in the row.

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33% increase in London's bus travel

17 January 2011

The number of kilometres travelled by London buses has increased by 33 % over the past 10 years to reach 480 million people in 2010, according to the latest Travel in London report released by Transport for London. The number of passenger kilometres has also doubled compared to the beginning of the 1990s.

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Bus Rapid Transit: the future transport system

17 January 2011

Many examples of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems are in operation around the world, including Las Vegas, Sao Paulo, Beijing, Brisbane, Bogota, Lagos, Cleveland and many more. Istanbul also adds up to the numerous cities worldwide that has a very successful system in place. In the Turkish city which constantly suffers from severe traffic congestion, the one million passengers using the BRT save approximately 45 minutes each day.

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Hybrid buses makes Guadalajara greener

17 January 2011

In December, two hybrid buses were deployed in Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city in order to allow the city to run more buses with fewer greenhouse gas emissions, while also helping to reduce total vehicle kilometers traveled, congestion, and road injuries and fatalities.

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Smart Move: road safety first

14 January 2011

Bus and coach operators contribute to global UN Decade of Action efforts by making road safety their top priority for 2011.

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Smart Move objectives endorsed by EU Transport Ministers

17 December 2010

EU Transport Ministers endorsed Smart Move objectives while discussing ways of achieving efficient, safe, and sustainable road transport for the future, during the 1st IRU/EU Presidency Road Transport Conference and Ministerial Meeting in Brussels on 1 December.

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Coach crew professionalism saves lives

17 December 2010

Bulgarian coach crew from the BIOMET Company, Kremena Todorava, Dobrin Ivanov and Krum Krumov, received the IRU Grand Prix d'Honneur, an international award, recognising their outstanding act of courage, bravery, and professionalism that saved the lives of 37 passengers onboard when an armed man hijacked their bus.

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Single-window information on Low Emission Zones (LEZs) in Europe for bus & coach

17 December 2010

With some 160 European cities with Low Emission Zones (LEZs) today, the Low Emission Zones (LEZs) website provides timely and up-to-date information on Low Emission and Environment Zones around Europe.

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Santa Bus campaign: getting food & money to those in need

17 December 2010

From 6 -10 December, the Santa Bus campaign collected food and monetary donations with collection bins on every bus and various bins in the Thunder Bay district of Canada.

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Christmas-themed buses raise money for Australian children's hospital

17 December 2010

An Australian bus company, the Four Hills Buses, has decided to decorate their buses in five different Christmas themes to raise money for a local children's hospital. The initiative that started in 2007 managed to raise more than 8,300 Australian Dollars just last year.

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London Hydrogen bus launched just in time for a Smart Christmas shopping!

17 December 2010

8 hydrogen buses will be introduced to the London bus network before Christmas, with the first one being launched earlier in December on one of the city's most popular routes.

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Smart Move: From Portugal to Brazil and Mexico

27 November 2010

Smart Move further broadens its geographical scope to promote safe, green, efficient, user-friendly and affordable bus and coach transport in Brazil and Mexico.

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Smart Move Campaign Launched in Switzerland!

19 November 2010

The Smart Move campaign was launched in Switzerland today during the celebration of the first Swiss National Bus day, organised by IRU Swiss Member, the Swiss Road Transport Association (ASTAG) to improve the economic and political framework for bus and coach in the country.

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BRT reduce congestion, pollution and road accidents in Latin America and Asia

16 November 2010

A new report titled "Modernizing Public Transportation," presents reductions in air pollutants, greenhouse gas emissions, noise and traffic accidents, as well as increased efficiency achieved by bus rapid transit (BRT) corridors, compared with traditional bus services in 13 Latin America and Asia cities.

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How about omnibus transportation?

16 November 2010

CEO of the American Bus Association (ABA), Peter Pantuso, on the advantages of bus transport compared to rail, particularly in terms of costs and efficiency, on the National Journal Blog.

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Charterbusconnect.com: travelling in groups has never been easier!

16 November 2010

The recent launch of Charterbusconnect.com, an online booking portal for group travels that avoids consumer fees & middlemen, makes travelling by bus ever more affordable in the USA.

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"...And where pop culture goes, we can hope, so will the masses."

16 November 2010

After making the Smart Move in 2009 by launching the first bus, LEGO City has recently launched its first intermodal station. Despite a good rail network, the previous versions of LEGO City were dominated by cars and bicycles.

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7 Reasons to choose buses over planes

16 November 2010

For many years, air travel has been the preferred long-distance transportation. Recently, however, air travel's superior convenience has been overtaken by its crowded routes, increasing delays, and long security lines.

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UK Police make the Smart Move!

16 November 2010

Faced with budget cuts, police officers in the UK are told to take the bus. Although the emergency response team still has their cars, the community police that deal with minor offences at two UK towns, Clevendon and Portishead are told to use buses to get around and do their jobs, if no car is available.

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Want a greener city? Grow plants on buses' roofs!

16 November 2010

An NYU graduate student, Marco Castro Cosio, has found a good idea to associate buses with greener surroundings and cleaner air by turning them into urban gardens.

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Taxis support Smart Move

16 November 2010

The taxi industry has unveiled its support to Smart Move's objective to double the use of buses and coaches by adopting a set of common taxi values: flexible, comfortable, green, safe and accessible, including as a recognised part of the public transport, on the occasion of the IRU International Taxi Forum held in Cologne, Germany, on 5 November 2010.

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Entre deux arrets ensures women's safety when travelling by bus at night!

16 November 2010

"Entre deux arrets", a Canadian bus service allowing women to request that bus drivers stop in between designated bus stops between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m, or after dark, has been operational since 1996.

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Smart Move honoured at the EuroBusExpo 2010 Opening Ceremony

08 November 2010

IRU, CPT and EuroBusExpo leaders today joined forces to launch the Smart Move campaign in the UK, during the opening ceremony of the largest European bus and coach show, the EuroBusExpo 2010 exhibition.

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Buses and coaches: the smart mobility choice

22 October 2010

The global bus and coach industry celebrates the 1st anniversary of its commitment to achieve sustainable mobility for all by doubling the use of buses and coaches.

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Siemens launched the e-BRT system

22 October 2010

Siemens unveiled its new system of transportation, e-BRT, equipped with the guidance system, Optical guide (Optiguide) and an automatic energy recharge at the launch of Public Transport Day September 15, 2010, and the Mobility Week of September 16 to 22.

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Buses and coaches to help achieve MDGs

14 October 2010

achieving the objective of Smart Move (doubling the use of bus and coach transport worldwide in the next decade), can help achieve 5 out of 8 Millenium Development Goals.

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New York City makes the Smart Move!

14 October 2010

On the occasion of the 6th US Conference on Public Transport and Sustainable Development held in September, New York City unveiled the first results of its "Greener, Greater New-York" strategy which gives priority to buses and coaches since 2007 with the creation of dedicated lanes and new bus stops.

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Commuting by bus is better for health, scientists say

14 October 2010

A group of scientists, including psychologist Dr David Lewis - the man behind the term 'Road Rage', has been comparing the amount stress involved in bus and car travel and it's come up with some surprising results.

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Superbus: the future of public transport

14 October 2010

The University of Delft unveiled a 15 meters long bus prototype that can carry a 23 passengers and run up to 250 km/h.

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Cameras installed on bus shelters, making passengers feel safer

14 October 2010

The Nexus company, operating in the north-east of England is installing 60 cameras in bus shelters to make passengers feel safer while waiting at bus stops and stations.

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Wifi tames rowdy students in school bus

14 October 2010

What had started as an experiment to put a router on a school bus in Tucson, Arizona, has turned a rowdy bus into an Internet cafe.

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Omnibus: A giant leap towards efficient, user-friendly and sustainable mobility

30 September 2010

OmniBUS, a global multilateral agreement on the international regular transport of passengers by coach and bus developed initiated by the within United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), may be concluded as early as 2011.

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Buses & coaches make Papal Visit in the UK a success!

29 September 2010

During last week's Papal visit in Great Britain, over 2,000 buses and coaches were mobilised in order to transport some 250,000 pilgrims that came to see Pope Benedict XVI at open air events in Glasgow, Birmingham and London.

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For a competitive, sustainable and diversified tourism in Europe

28 September 2010

On the occasion of the European Tourism Day on 27 September, leading tourism business alliance, Network of European Private Entrepreneurs in the Tourism Sector (NET) presented its proposals for the future European Tourism Policy to European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani.

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Promoting the use of buses and coaches in cities and tourist destinations

27 September 2010

There are today some 160 European cities with Low Emission Zones (LEZs), some of them introducing traffic restrictions and limitations for collective passenger transport by bus and coach, including those equipped with EURO III engines, which was the best environmental deal only 5 years ago.

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Cities and Attractions Survey: Improving Group Tourism in Europe

15 September 2010

As part of the campaign to support group tourism in Europe, ETOA (European Tour Operators Association) has recently launched 'Cities and Attractions Survey'.

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China's straddling bus reduces congestion and carbon emissions

15 September 2010

Faced by increasing traffic congestion problems, China has revealed its plan to start trial operations by the end of this year in Beijing of an eco-friendly 'straddling bus' that can carry up to 1,400 passengers at once, and allow other vehicles to drive under its uplifted passenger compartment.

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Solarve: The first Solar-Powered public bus in Japan provides a high-tech ride

15 September 2010

Japan recently unveiled a Solar-Powered public bus, the Solarve (Solar Vehicle) produced by Sanyo and Ryobi.

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Bus Rapid Transit systems earn additional point in efficiency, user-friendliness

15 September 2010

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) provides the same capacity, speed and accessibility as light rail but with the added advantage of flexibility as it can travel on all roads, whereas light rail is limited to its rail track.

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European Mobility Week: Travel Smarter, Live Better

15 September 2010

The European Mobility Week to take place from 16 to 22 September 2010, with the participation of over 1,600 cities all over the world on the theme, Travel Smarter, Live better.

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Buses and coaches: a Smart Move for sustainable mobility!

15 September 2010

Smart Move is a global awareness campaign advocating an increased use of buses and coaches to achieve sustainable mobility for all.

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France sets high priority on urban transport until 2030

19 July 2010

The draft of the Transportation Plan published on July 12, 2010, by the Minister of Ecology, Jean-Louis Borloo, reveals plan to inject some 50 billion Euros investment towards urban public transport.

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Dutch bus and coach sector throws its weight behind Smart Move

19 July 2010

The IRU's Dutch Member Association, KNV, has launched the Smart Move campaign in the Netherlands.

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Smart Move: Double the use of buses and coaches in Russia and the CIS region

19 July 2010

Smart Move campaign advocates doubling the use of buses and coaches in Russia and the CIS region to improve social cohesion, safety and the environment.

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13 Media Partners Join Smart Move !

15 July 2010

As the Smart Move campaign gains momentum all over the world, it can now count on the support of 13 new media partners to help raise awareness of how safe, user-friendly, green, efficient and affordable bus and coach transport is and how it can help meet the current and future mobility challenges.

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Industry and cities join forces to promote Smart Move in Europe

01 July 2010

IRU and ECM launch a new generation of Smart Move partnership to promote green, safe and affordable mobility and travel.

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Smart Move: Double the use of buses and coaches in Russia and the CIS region

01 July 2010

Smart Move campaign advocates doubling the use of buses and coaches in Russia and the CIS region to improve social cohesion, safety and the environment.

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New website for route planning with all relevant information on LEZ in Europe

22 June 2010

A new website for route planning providing all relevant information on Low Emission Zones in Europe.

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Football fans took the bus

21 June 2010

Fans who watched the 2010 FIFA World Cup matches in Johannesburg were assured of a safe and reliable transport system to the Soccer City and Ellis Park, by making use of the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid System.

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Football world: Smart slogans for smart teams

21 June 2010

Find out all FIFA 2010 World Cup South Africa finalists' slogans written on their team buses/coaches.

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Subscribe to the Smart Move YouTube channel

17 June 2010

See what business and policy leaders think about buses and coaches and the Smart Move campaign.

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A Smart Move breeze at the FNTV stand

17 June 2010

A Smart Move breeze at the FNTV stand at the Transports Publics 2010 exhibition in Paris.

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Coach Tourism in the USA generates 1 million jobs and $40 billion profits

17 June 2010

According to a study released by the American Bus Association (ABA) Foundation, coach-based tourism generates as many as 1,056,750 jobs in communities across the United States.

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RDA joins the Smart Move 70-strong partner network

17 June 2010

Following the joint launch of the Smart Move campaign in the German speaking world (16-17 May 2010), the RDA from Germany also joined in their efforts to promote the Smart Move campaign.

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Join Smart Move at Busworld Russia, 30 June-2 July 2010

02 June 2010

The first Busworld Russia exhibition will take place from 30 June to 2 July 2010, in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

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Smart Move makes inroads in Macedonia

31 May 2010

At its meeting held on 20 May, the General Assembly of the IRU Member Association in Macedonia, the Makedonija Soobrakaj (AMERIT), decided to step up its efforts to promote the global Smart Move campaign.

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25-meter fuel-efficient and user-friendly bus at ITF annual meeting

31 May 2010

The annual meeting of the International Transport Forum on 'Transport and innovation: Unleashing the Potential' brought together over 800 delegates from around the world, including Transport Ministers, industry leaders and academics.

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Smartest buses and coaches awarded at Busworld Asia

27 May 2010

14 manufacturers were awarded for the excellence of their products.

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Smart Move for Better Transport, Better City, Better Life

27 May 2010

See the pictures of the Busworld Asia inauguration, the 10th Anniversary celebration of Busworld Asia, the launch of Smart Move in Asia and the Pacific region & the Asian Coach Week (ACW) Award ceremony, Shanghai, 5 May 2010.

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Jumping ahead: FBAA launches a nationwide Smart Move campaign

21 May 2010

Belgian Bus and Coach Federation, FBAA, launched a nationwide Smart Move campaign with the objective of addressing the main problems Belgian bus and coach operators are facing at home.

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Smart Move speaks Chinese

14 May 2010

Thanks to the efforts and contribution of the China Road Transport Association (CRTA), the Chinese version of the Smart Move website is now available for use by all our Chinese readers and friends.

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ASINTRA, Zhongtong and CSR join the Smart Move family

14 May 2010

ASINTRA, Zhongtong Holding and Hunan CSR Times Electric joined the Smart Move partner community.

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Smart Move event: Group tourism charter launched

14 May 2010

On 11 May in Brussels, ETOA - a dedicated Smart Move partner - brought together stakeholders in city tourism to launch Groups mean Business - A Charter for Successful Tourism, with partners, European Cities Marketing (ECM) and the International Road Transport Union (IRU).

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Smart move for Better Transport, Better City, Better Life

06 May 2010

The Smart Move campaign, officially launched in Asia and the Pacific region at Busworld Asia in Shanghai, gains new partners in China, Japan and Australia and broadens its scope to further promote safe, green, efficient, user-friendly and affordable bus and coach transport services and achieve sustainable mobility for all.

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Buses and coaches: a Smart Move for the effective decarbonisation of transport

30 April 2010

Setting measurable targets for the increase of European collective passenger transport by bus and coach will significantly help achieve EU sustainability, mobility and social policy objectives.

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Smart Move meets EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas

29 April 2010

Smart Move meets Vice President of the European Commission and EU Transport Commissioner, Siim Kallas.

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Smart Move: Group Tourism Charter to be launched in Brussels on 11 May

21 April 2010

On May 11th, ETOA will launch a Group Tourism Charter in Brussels in conjunction with European Cities Marketing (ECM) and the International Road Transport Union (IRU).

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Planes grounded because of a volcanic ash cloud, trains full or on strike

21 April 2010

Coaches, discrete but ever so efficient, on all the roads of France and Europe.

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New Smart Move videos available!

13 April 2010

You can now see new Smart Move video films from the 1st Euro-Asian Bus and Coach Forum in Istanbul on 25 March 2010.

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Join us at Busworld Asia in Shanghai from 6-8 May 2010

07 April 2010

The 10th Busworld Asia exhibition will take place in the Shanghai New International Expo Center from 6-8 May in parallel with the World Expo. Please contact Mr Tom Cao at tom.cao[at]vnuexhibitions.com.cn or Ms Sonja Vande Wiele at Sonja.VandeWiele[at]busworld.org should you have any questions about visas or accommodation.

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Smart Move in France

02 April 2010

End of March 2010, the French Federation of Passenger Transport, FNTV, held its traditional Coach Tourism Spring Event (Printemps du Tourisme en Autocar), with the participation of some 60 bus and coach company leaders. Smart Move was present and talked to French colleagues.

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Smart Move in Sweden

31 March 2010

Scandinavia's leading fair for the travel, tourism and meeting industries, TUR, took place at the end of March 2010 at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Center in Gothenburg. The Swedish Bus and Coach Federation, one of the largest exhibitors at the fair, held their own seminar program during the fair and invited Smart Move to speak about the campaign, background and achievements so far.

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Buses and coaches: meeting todays and tomorrows mobility challenges

30 March 2010

First Euro-Asian Bus and Coach Forum (Istanbul, Turkey, 25 May 2010) highlights the need for bus and coach-friendly policies to ensure sustainable and affordable mobility for all.

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BDO Congress 2010 in Berlin: Smart Move is speaking German from now on

25 March 2010

The umbrella bus and coach associations from Germany, Switzerland and Austria support the worldwide campaign of the IRU and ask for a doubling of the use of buses and coaches until 2020.

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Smart Move best practice

24 March 2010

Smart Move best practice: Doubling the use of buses and coaches by adopting the Bus Rapid Transit concept.

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Objective of doubling bus and coach transport must be included in EU White Paper

18 March 2010

Best policy and business practices to double the use of buses and coaches and achieve sustainable mobility for all within the next 10 years must be integrated in future EU transport policies.

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Smart Move Blog-Forum on-line at www.smartblog.travel!

18 March 2010

Smart Move campaign now has an on-line interactive blog-forum at www.smartblog.travel where you can join and share opinions through blog articles and forum discussions. Smart Blog is developed and maintained by Busoperators.org, the on-line media sponsor of the Smart Move campaign.

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The Arab Land Transport Union opens a smart way to the Arab-speaking world

09 March 2010

The Arab Land Transport Union (AULT) joined the Smart Move club, by becoming its first supporter from the Arab-speaking community.

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Smart Move welcomes Global Passenger Network (GPN) among its partners

08 March 2010

The Global Passenger Network (GPN), an elite group of leading coach companies around the world, joined the Smart Move family.

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New Smart Move materials available in Russian, Turkish and Arabic

05 March 2010

As of this week, our Russian, Arabic and Turkish-speaking supporters and readers can download three new fact sheets on the contribution of buses and coaches to transport and mobility.

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Japan Bus Association joins Smart Move

05 March 2010

The Nihon (Japan) Bus Association (NBA) joined the Smart Move family.

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Smart Move best practice: parking & ride facilities

04 March 2010

Smart Move best practice: Doubling the use of buses and coaches by constructing park & ride facilities. Park & ride facilities, situated next to major bus and coach routes in the suburbs, attract more people from the countryside to leave their cars outside the city and alternatively use collective/public means of transport to reach their final destination in the city.

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Photo reportage: Smart Move at the IRU Spring Cocktail

04 March 2010

The annual IRU Spring Cocktail brought together over 200 leading transport and travel representatives from the EU political, business and industry spheres, including MEPs, EU Commission officials, trade associations, manufacturers, transport operators, NGOs, as well as IRU Member Associations.

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Smart Move best practice:

24 February 2010

Doubling the use of buses and coaches by promoting flexible bus and coach lanes.

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Smart Move expands to Australia

24 February 2010

The Bus Industry Confederation of Australia (BIC) has joined Smart Move, by integrating the Smart Move film and messages into its own nation-wide promotional campaign.

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Busworld Turkey with a brand new website look

24 February 2010

Our strong supporters and colleagues from Busworld Turkey have just launched their newly (and smartly!) re-worked website, with information in English and Turkish.

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Smart Move by our customers: Coldest bus stop in UK given giant woolly hat

24 February 2010

According to our Member Association in the UK, the CPT, Britain's coldest bus stop has been found and promptly given a massive woolly hat to help keep commuters warm.

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Smart Move: DG TREN of the European Commission becomes DG MOVE

19 February 2010

The now former Directorate General for Energy and Transport (TREN) of the European Commission has been split up in two separate directorates.

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IRU study on best policy and industry practices

18 February 2010

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) just published the results of its pilot study on practical solutions to achieve a doubling of the use of collective passenger transport by bus and coach.

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Smart Move speaks Russian

16 February 2010

Smart Move campaign, promoting a greater use of buses and coaches worldwide, is now accessible to the Russian-speaking public.

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Bus and coach for sustainable Euro-Asian mobility

16 February 2010

First Euro-Asian Bus and Coach Forum on 25 March 2010 in Istanbul to focus on facilitation of bus and coach services and best practices to achieve green, safe, efficient and affordable mobility for all in South East Europe, Middle East and Central Asian regions.

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Association of Pan-European Coach Terminals supports Smart Move

11 February 2010

The Association of Pan-European Coach Terminals (APC) joined the 58-strong team of Smart Move Partners.

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Register online for the 1st Euro-Asian Bus & Coach Forum

11 February 2010

Register online for the 1st Euro-Asian Bus & Coach Forum which will take place on 25 March 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey. The working languages of the Forum will be English, Turkish, Arabic and Russian, with interpretation provided in all four languages. Registration and participation is free of charge.

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Save the date: 2nd Asian Bus and Coach Forum, Shanghai, 5 May 2010

11 February 2010

The 2nd Asian Bus and Coach Forum will take place in Shanghai on 5 May 2010, within the framework of the largest regional bus and coach exhibition, Busworld Asia, and in parallel to the World Expo 2010, also taking place in Shanghai from May to October 2010.

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A smart floating coach in test runs

11 February 2010

The BBC reports about the tests of an amphibious bus service in Glasgow (UK).

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Invitation to participate in the 1st Euro-Asian Bus and Coach Forum, Istanbul

04 February 2010

The Forum is jointly organised by the IRU, the United Federation of Travel Agents' Associations (UFTAA), the Arab Union of Land Transport (AULT), and the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), in the framework of the largest regional bus and coach exhibition, Busworld Turkey.

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Smart Move now available in Arabic Language

04 February 2010

Our Arabic speaking friends can now enjoy their Smart Move information in their own language.

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Smart Move Film now available in German

02 February 2010

The Smart Move video in German is now available on the German "Smart Move" website and on "You tube".

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Smart Choice: Coach travel is the cleanest travel choice in ALL circumstances

02 February 2010

According to the American Union of Concerned Scientists, the coach is the cleanest travel choice in ALL travel scenarios.

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Smart Move now available in Turkish Language - Otobüsler ve tur otobüsleri, işte

01 February 2010

Smart Move now available in Turkish Language - Otobusler ve tur otobusleri, işte Akıllı Adım!

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Smart Move in Arabic as from next week

29 January 2010

Smart Move in Arabic as from next week

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China Road Transport Association supports Smart Move

22 January 2010

The China Road Transport Association (CRTA) joined the rapidly expanding Smart Move Partners' club.

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New Smart Move promotional materials available on the campaign site

22 January 2010

New Smart Move promotional materials available on the campaign site

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Smart Move speaks Russian - Turkish and Arabic versions also on their way

11 January 2010

Smart Move speaks Russian: SPASSIBO - СПАСИБО! - Turkish and Arabic versions also on their way

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Euro Bus Expo joins Smart Move with an ambitious support plan

08 January 2010

On Friday 8 January, another industry heavyweight - Euro Bus Expo - joined the prestigious list of Smart Move partners.

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Smart Move YouTube channel launched. Enjoy!

22 December 2009

In order to help spread the word on the inherent benefits of bus and coach transport, the Smart Move campaign has now posted several new videos online.

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Buses and Coaches: environmental champions of passenger transport

15 December 2009

Buses and Coaches: environmental champions of passenger transport

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Smart Move latest news, videos & quiz

11 December 2009

Smart Move latest news, videos & quiz

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Smart Move to be present at the UN Copenhagen COP15 summit next week

11 December 2009

Smart Move, in partnership with Danske Busvognmaend and Eurolines, will be organising an event in Copenhagen, in the framework of the UN COP15 Climate Change Conference.

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The US Motorcoach Council joins forces with Smart Move

11 December 2009

The US Motorcoach Council has joined forces with Smart Move.

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200 business leaders and politicians discuss future of bus and coach transport i

04 December 2009

Some 200 business leaders, Members of the European Parliament, representatives of EU Member States and the EU institutions, NGOs, and journalists were present at the various events organised during the first European Bus and Coach Day in Brussels on 2 December

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The Smart Move campaign has the potential to benefit every operator, says Route

03 December 2009

The Smart Move campaign has the potential to benefit every operator, says Route One

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European bus and coach day to inaugurate "Smart Move" in the European Parliament

19 November 2009

The first European Bus and Coach Day will take place in Brussels on 2 December.

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"Smart Move" leaflets, postcards, stickers and flags

19 November 2009

"Smart Move" leaflets, postcards, stickers and flags designs now available for supporters on the web

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"Smart Move" talks to Danish bus and coach operators

14 November 2009

The Smart Move campaign was very well received during the General Assembly of Danish bus and coach operators.

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Road transport industry to reduce CO2 emissions

13 November 2009

IRU and its Member Associations voluntarily committed themselves to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030

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"Smart Move" parle maintenant francais / spricht jetzt Deutsch

13 November 2009

Our supporters and fans from French and German speaking countries can now start spreading the good news.

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"Smart Move" talks to Swedish bus and coach operators

09 November 2009

The Smart Move campaign was presented to a meeting of the Board of the Swedish bus and coach operators.

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ETOA moves smart and supports the Smart Move campaign

04 November 2009

ETOA, the trade association for European tourism, joined the Smart Move supporters' club.

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Smart Move video now available!

03 November 2009

"Smart Move" video now available on the "Smart Move" website and on "YouTube".

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UFTAA, UMA and Eurolines join the "Smart Move" supporters' club

03 November 2009

The United Federation of Travel Agents' Associations (UFTAA), the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) and Eurolines have just joined the Smart Move supporters' club.

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"OmniBUS" blueprint submitted to United Nations to facilitate sustainable mobili

21 October 2009

IRU proposes to the UNECE a global multilateral agreement on regular bus and coach lines.

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Smart Mover: Flygbussarna Airport Coaches of Sweden wins the IRU Special Company

16 October 2009

The IRU Special Company Award 2009 goes to Flygbussarna Airport Coaches of Sweden.

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Smart Mover: Stockholm voted most coach friendly city

16 October 2009

The city of Stockholm wins the IRU City Trophy 2009.

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Smart Move campaign officially launched!

16 October 2009

Doubling the use of collective bus and coach transport in the next 10 to 15 years is realistic and crucial.

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ABA joins the "Smart Move" supporters' club

13 October 2009

The American Bus Association (ABA) joined the Smart Move supporters' club.

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