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#50 February 2017        



Smart Move started the year with clear objectives in mind. This year Smart Move wants to reward the best of our industry. Do you know any innovative bus and coach companies? Have you experienced great customer service? Do you live in a city that loves buses and coaches? Let us know. We have awards to give out. The Smart Move campaign will also aim to focus on group tourism by coach, an aim which is clearly in line with the objectives of the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Enjoy the read.


 - The Smart Move team










IRU Smart Move Awards announces call for candidates


IRU is launching the call for submissions for its global 2017 Smart Move awards to candidates who show excellence in putting in place business or policy practices that promote sustainable passenger transport by bus and coach.


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“Year of Sustainable Tourism” complements Smart Move focus on group tourism by coach


IRU welcomes the launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 to complement IRU’s Smart Move global campaign, championing the use of buses and coaches as a clean, safe and sustainable way to travel.


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BRT cuts congestion in Tanzania


The recently inaugurated Bus Rapid Transit in Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, already shows great results in terms of improving traffic flow in the city. Travellers used to spend 3 - 5 hours in the traditional crowded ‘daladalas’. They can now reach their destination in 45 minutes.


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Electric bus fleets for Belgian cities


The cities of Namur and Charleroi in Belgium have together ordered 90 Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid buses as well as 12 charging stations. Delivery and installation of 55 buses in Charleroi and 35 in Namur are planned for this autumn.


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Without smart moves urban transport will not achieve climate ambitions, ITF report warns


According to the recently released ITF Transport Outlook 2017, car use in cities is set to double by 2050 as emerging economies meet mobility demand. Better vehicle and fuel technology will not be enough to achieve a reduction of CO2 emissions in cities. Changes in the mobility behaviours need to occur in order to make a difference.


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Launch of European Collaborative project to deliver zero emission fuel cell buses across Europe


Köln, Germany was the setting for the formal launch of a €125M collaborative project set to deploy 144 hydrogen fuel cell buses (JIVE project) and seven large hydrogen refuelling stations (MEHRLIN project) across Europe.


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Metrobüs, parkyourbus.com and the city of Dresden convinced the IRU juries in the 2015 Smart Move Award that their efforts and results in promoting a greater use of buses and coaches deserved rewarding.




...that by taking the bus Americans could save $140bn?




Congress and Exhibition


25 - 26 April 2017

Berlin, Germany

International Bus and Coach Trade Fair 


23 - 26 May 2017

Madrid, Spain



European Bus Forum


29 June 2017

Manchester, UK 



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