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An Arriva double-decker bus, running route 102 on the London Buses network.

A bus (archaically also omnibus, multibus, or autobus) is a road vehicle designed to carry passengers. Buses can have a capacity as high as 300 passengers. The most common type of bus is the single-decker rigid bus, with larger loads carried by double-decker buses and articulated buses, and smaller loads carried by midibuses and minibuses; coaches are used for longer distance services.

Bus manufacturing is increasingly globalised, with the same design appearing around the world.

Buses may be used for scheduled bus transport, scheduled coach transport, school transport, private hire, tourism; promotional buses may be used for political campaigns and others are privately operated for a wide range of purposes.

Horse drawn buses were used from 1820, followed by steam buses in the 1830 and electric trolleybuses in 1882. The first buses powered by internal combustion engines were used 1895 and this is still the most common power source. Recently there has been growing interest in hybrid electric buses, fuel cell buses, electric buses as well as ones powered by compressed natural gas or bio-diesel.

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A First Manchester Dennis Dart SLF 10.7m with Plaxton Pointer body in Heaton Park.

The Dennis Dart is a rear-engined midibus built by Dennis in the United Kingdom. More than 11,000 were built during 18 years of production.

It has proved popular with many bus operators in the UK, and has since been sold in several other countries around the world.

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Bristol LH bus EBY524, Valletta, Route. - Flickr - sludgegulper.jpg

Bus (reg. EBY 524) with Bristol LH chassis in Malta. One of the group of services round the dock and across the harbour from Valletta to Cospicua/Senglea.

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  • ... that Transdev Melbourne will take over operation of 30% of Melbourne, Australia's bus network in August 2013?
  • .... that French manufacturer Vétra built trolleybuses (example pictured) for transit systems in 12 countries, on three continents?


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