Bus

large road vehicle for transporting people

A bus is a large wheeled vehicle meant to carry many passengers along with the driver. It is larger than a car. The name is a shortened version of omnibus, which means "for everyone" in Latin. Buses used to be called omnibuses, but people now simply call them "buses".

A typical low-floor single-decker bus in the UK
First gasoline is common for a bus of the world, 1895

Buses are an important part of public transport in places all over the world. Many people who do not have cars, especially the third world countries, use buses to get around. Buses make it easy for them to get to where they want to go.

A place where people wait for a local bus is called a bus stop. A building where people wait for a long-distance bus or where many buses meet is called a bus station.

There are many types of bus around the world. An example is a motorhome, which is a bus-like vehicle equipped for living. Typically, a motorhome will include a lounge area, dining area, small bathroom, a galley, kitchen and a corridor.

Types of busesEdit

Coach / Motor coachEdit

Coach / Motor coach - A bus that is used for driving long distances with as much comfort as possible and more room. It has fewer doors than a city bus

School busEdit

  • School bus - a bus that takes people to their school or university. In America school buses are yellow while in other countries they may be different.

Shuttle busEdit

  • Shuttle bus - a bus that drives between places without many stops. It is often used for sport events and other places where lots of people meet, and at airports.

MinibusEdit

  • Minibus - A bus that is smaller than normal buses. It can carry about 8 to 25 people.

MinicoachEdit

  • Minicoach - A luxury bus that is smaller than normal buses. It can carry about 8 to 25 people.

Double-decker busEdit

  • Double-decker bus - A bus that has two floors (decks). It can carry about 70 people. Some buses have doors in the middle and back and some buses only have doors at the front.

Single-decker busEdit

  • Single-decker bus - A bus that has one floor. It can carry about 30 people. Some buses have doors in the middle and back and some buses only have doors at the front.

Low-floor busEdit

  • Low-floor bus - A bus that is nearer the ground than other buses so you can get in and out more easily. This type is often used in cities. The floor may get lower when the bus stops and higher when it moves.

Step-entrance busEdit

  • Step-entrance bus - A bus that has steps at the front and the floor doesn't move up or down from the ground.

TrolleybusEdit

  • Trolleybus - A bus that gets its energy from electric cables above the street, not from petroleum fuel.

Training busEdit

  • Training bus - A bus that is used for new drivers to practice with. It might not be safe for passengers and might have been changed so a teacher can easily help the new driver.

Hybrid busEdit

  • Hybrid bus - A bus that has two engines, for example a fuel engine and an electric engine.

Off-road busEdit

  • Offroad bus - A bus that is made to be used beyond normal roads, often used by the Army.

Open top busEdit

An open top bus is a double-decker or single-decker bus, which has been built without a roof or has had the roof removed. Some open top buses have half a roof at the front and some don't have one at all. Open top buses are usually used on tourist and sightseeing services.

Official websitesEdit

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