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Old Buses Will Soon Be Displayed at Museum

History is comprised of previous events, including the places people went and how they got there. Transportation has come a long way, and vehicles dominate the museum scene with traditional and timeless vibes as people head to the sites of history to admire the classic vehicles and to reflect on their pasts. Six retired 40-year old GMC New Look buses are nwo headed to museums across the Midwest and eastern United States. Owned by Amtran, these “Fishbowl” buses are nicknamed for their curved, six-piece windshield. Museums in Ohio, New York, Virginia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania plan to preserve six of… Read more »

School Districts Taking Advantage of Bus App

It’s safe to say that technology is resulting in a transit renaissance. From rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft to GPS-tracked transit arrival times, people are engaging their commutes and transit routes in an entirely different way now. We can now expect more, and do more, with our modes of transport by having data available at our fingertips, even when it comes to school bus transportation. One great example of how technology has changed travel is “SafeStop,” an app that allows parents to track school buses that their children are on. For so long, parents had virtually no idea where… Read more »

More Cities Considering Bus Lanes

We’re not the only ones saying or thinking it—buses are making a huge comeback in cities nation- and worldwide. In an era of rideshare and public transit woes, buses are once again being considered an integral part of any mass transit system by policymakers, transit advocates, and urban theorists alike, especially as urban centers’ growth rapidly shifts to areas not serviced by subways, or light rail. Buses can get commuters from Point A to Point B easily, comfortably, and efficiently, and when both points are in routes that didn’t exist years ago, buses are the only affordable option out there…. Read more »

Jacksonsville Revs up for Opening of Self-Driving Transit System

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is preparing to make a potential switch from driver-operated shuttles to self-driving vehicle tracks along the Skyway structure within 4-5 years’ time. Different models of the autonomous bus line will be swapped in and out on a demonstration track located near the Transportation Authority, and residents will have the chance to test them out for themselves. In addition to travel along the Skyway, the Floridian city is also working to make autonomous travel possible on the city’s streets to neighboring areas like Springfield, LaVilla, and San Marco. A test track has already been set up for… Read more »

Volkswagen’s Microbus Makes a Comeback

The vintage California throwback style of Volkswagen’s minibus is making a comeback in a big way. The bus, named ”I.D. Buzz”, which made its debut at the Detroit auto show this past January, is revving up excitement among automobile collectors and fans, as photos of its new futuristic design are being leaked on the internet. In commenting on the microbus’ revamped concept, Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management for Volkswagen said: “Our goal is clear: we want to make the fully electric, fully connected car a bestseller around the world. The iconic car of the electric age… Read more »

Chinese Internet Giant Baidu Prepares to Launch First Self-Driving Passenger Bus

Chinese transit systems will be getting an expensive facelift as internet search provider Baidu plans to fully integrate the country’s first autonomous passenger bus in 2021, and hopefully in 2018, have one out on the road. The bus itself will follow a predetermined route, but in which city it will be traveling remains a mystery. Baidu has partnered with BAIC Motor Corp. to work out the kinks in these details and ensure that the bus safely makes it from point A to point B. The project of course doesn’t come without price; it’s been reported that the company has spent… Read more »

Engineering Students Develop Bus Powered by Formic Acid

Researchers have spent the last few decades testing out all kinds of different sustainable vehicle fuels. Their goal has been to try and find potential replacements for gasoline that are both better for the environment and cheaper to use in cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles.  It has been a real challenge to find viable alternative fuel sources, but there have been some encouraging signs, especially in recent years, that have given hope to those researchers who have devoted their professional lives to finding these innovative new fuels. In early July, a group of engineering students from the Eindhoven University… Read more »

London’s Bus Routes Are Getting a Color-Coded Makeover

Catching a bus in the city of London isn’t terribly difficult right now, but it’s going to get even easier in the coming weeks and months. London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to make the city’s buses as simple to use as the London Underground, the city’s subway system, so he has called on Transport for London to give the bus system a makeover. Soon, individual bus lines in the eastern part of London will each get their own color and corresponding signage throughout the city. This will help those who use specific bus lines to tell which one is theirs… Read more »

Should Transit Services Ditch the Turnstile?

If you take public transit to get where you need to go, you know the awful feeling of swiping your metro card and running full speed into the turnstile. Ouch! So we’ve been wondering, should transit services across the country get rid of these pesky turnstiles? The main reason that turnstiles and other forms of payment proof exist is to prevent people from stealing a ride on their city’s public transit. Most transit authorities refer to those who jump the turnstiles as “fare evaders.” According to the NY Daily News, in New York City in 2013, almost 25,000 people were… Read more »

Hyundai Introduces Impressive Electric Bus Design

There are a number of bus manufacturers that are currently working on electric buses that will be able to travel for hundreds of miles at a time on a single charge. One of these companies is the Korean automaker Hyundai, which is planning on unveiling the Elec City bus in 2018. The Elec City bus is going to be the very first mass-produced electric bus produced by Hyundai, and it sounds like it’s going to have some exciting features. The Elec City bus will rely on a 256kWh battery pack that will allow for it to go for up to… Read more »

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