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#25 - November 2012        



This month you will read about many encouraging signs of bus and coach transport stirring increased interest world wide: the Euro Bus Expo 2012 enjoyed record attendance and orders, just like the 'bus day' in Pune, India, which was a huge success that showed just how effective urban bus travel can be in cutting journey times, pollution and congestion. The United Kingdom is investing millions in low carbon urban buses, and the Asian Development Bank is also championing bus travel in Asian cities and the.


In response to this momentum, you will also read why the Italians are challenging politicians and decision makers on taxing city tourism, how the French Smart Move partner FNTV is educating teenagers about bus safety, and discover a new website that makes world wide eco-travel by bus easy or enjoy a jazzy ride by Bus Rapid Transit in America. Finally, don't forget to have your say for the next meeting of the EU Smart Move High Level Group on the role of bus and coach in commuting and urban mobility. Enjoy your reading!


- The Smart Move team



    ‘Bus Day’ in India a huge success

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 to demonstrate how buses can help solve the city’s worsening traffic mess.

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Asian Development Bank champions the smart move

The Asian Development Bank highlights the role that green transport can make to the economic well-being of Asian cities. Buses score better than metro rail in providing more mobility for less carbon, BRT ranks high in making the most of scarce road space. A good way to make better use of infrastructure and invest smartly in urban mobility!

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Low carbon buses in UK receive £20 million boost

UK Transport Minister Norman Baker announces £20 million funding for the Green Bus Fund, stating: “Cutting carbon emissions from transport is not a choice, it is a necessity and that is why I am prioritising green buses and giving operators and local authorities an extra £20 million to deliver on this.”
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The Italian bus and coach association, ANAV, held its annual conference on coach tourism during the IBE Exposition in Rimini, condemning heavy taxes on the coach tourism sector and the political ignorance that is stifling economic growth.
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Euro Bus Expo celebrates a boost in industry orders and visitors

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. An encouraging sign for sustainable moblity by bus and coach transport.
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California BRT line gets the jazz treatment

The new Californian BRT Jazz line began operating on 1 September. Now, in partnership with the Monterey Jazz Festival, the new bus shelters along the route, will allow passengers to download jazz concert recordings from past festival performances while they wait for their bus.
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Your bus travel companion for eco-tourism

A website for intercity bus travel has launched a newly redesigned website to celebrate its one-year anniversary. Busbud.com now makes it easier for bus travellers around the world to find accurate travel information at their fingertips and make better travel decisions.
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A car driver uses more energy and creates more air pollution in just 4 years than a bus passenger does in 40 years.


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French Smart Move partner FNTV leads the way on teenagers' safety with an original, educative video campaign.


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EU Smart Move High Level Group

6 December, Brussels

Commuting and urban mobility


Have your say!


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