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#18 - March 2012        



Open your window and breathe in some fresh air because it’s official, Spring is finally here and it’s time for another edition of the Smart Move newsletter where you can catch up on the latest bus and coach news around the world.


If you’ve been hibernating for the last few weeks, then you might have missed that the European Commission has agreed to create a high level EU group to make the “Smart Move” by doubling the use of bus and coach in the next decade, Mexico is getting the green light to expand its innovative bus system, tourists are going ape for new bus stops in Thailand, and bus travel is becoming cool again in the US! 

Don’t forget to also check out the highlights from the long distance bus and coach travel workshop. It includes a video message from French Transport Minister, Thierry Mariani, who talks about the opening of international cabotage lines in France.


On a much sadder note, we would like to express our deepest sympathy for the families who lost their loved ones in the Sierre coach accident in Switzerland on 13 March 2012. Words cannot possibly describe our sorrow at this difficult time, but our thoughts are with each and every one of you who have been affected by this tragedy.


-      The Smart Move team


Speakers at 2nd IRU/EU road transport conference


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

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 

Highlights from the workshop, including all the speeches from the contributors, including the video message from French Transport Minister, Thierry Mariani.

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SNCF make the Smart Move


SNCF learn to make the Smart Move and take to the road

French national railway company 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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US bus travel cool again


US bus travel cool again

Rising petrol prices and a new breed of British-owned discount operators have made the coach a viable alternative to the car, plane or train for a growing number of travellers.

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Euro VI coach wins bus of the year


First Euro VI coach wins Spanish bus of the year 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 as it reduces polluting emissions an dconsumes less fuel, thereby addressing a major industry concern relating to the new rules.

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Sydney commuters save time with the Smart choice


Sydney commuters save time with the Smart choice.

Peak-period commuters in North West Sydney will from this month have access to 24 new buses and 46 new services, which will slash 25 minutes from journey times. 

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Mexico BRT


Green light for Mexico bus lanes

The innovative bus system in Mexico City will be extended from 20km to 220km, as part of a new five year project designed to 'green' Mexico City's transport system.

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In Europe alone, buses and coaches conducted over 510 billion passenger kilometres in 2011, being carried out by over 823,000 vehicles.

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        Tourists go ape for Krabi bus stops

Tourists go ape for Krabi bus stops in Thailand

New bus stops featuring a striking monkey design are installed as local business people complained that tourists were finding it difficult to catch local buses because there were no stops showing them where to wait.

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