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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 1992 Flxible Metro 40102-6C in service in Portland, Oregon in 2009.

The Flxible Metro is a transit bus that was manufactured by the Flxible Corporation from 1978 until 1996. From 1978 until 1983, when Flxible was owned by Grumman, the model was known as the Grumman 870, with a Grumman nameplate.

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Diamond Bus 821 (BX09 SHZ), a Volvo B7RLE/Plaxton Centro, in Moor Street Queensway, Birmingham city centre, on route 56.

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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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