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5BYD gets order for 1,200 electric buses from Dalian, China

The good news is that the BYD electric buses slated for service in the China city of Dalian will easily be able to go from the factory to the streets on a single charge. Dalian has put an order in for a whopping 1,200 BYD electric buses, which are said to have a single-charge range of about 155 miles. BYD will deliver 600 buses this year and another 600 in 2015. The company has an electric-bus factory in the nearby Dalian Huayuankou Economic Zone.

19Midttrafik commercial shows riding the bus is still cool

We can't remember ever seeing a commercial for a bus at all, much less one that was genuinely epic, but we can cross both those firsts off our bucket list thanks to an ad for Denmark's Midtraffik public bus system.

9DOT to push for new bus driver sleep regulations?

How safe are busses? It's a good question, and one that the United States Department of Transportation is mulling over after revising work hour regulations for truckers and airline pilots earlier this month. Bus drivers are next on the list, as the USDOT is seeking public comment on allowable on-duty time, according to Bloomberg.

AddSwitzerland to equip buses, trams with air quality sensors

Here's a novel idea: rather than installing air quality sensors in fixed locations, why not use mobile sensors to collect data in an evenly spread-out area?

AddDOT announces $104.1-million clean-fuel transit initiative

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that transit authorities can duke it out for a share of $101.4 million in federal funds by proposing innovative projects that promote the use of "clean fuels" for public transit. Says Secretary LaHood:

AddStudy: $5/gallon gas could overload public transit system in U.S.

Recently, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) predicted that rising gasoline prices could lead to a savings of $14,376 for commuters in New York City who choose to switch from personal to public transportation. However, keeping that amount of coin in one's bank account may not be as simple as it first seems.

AddMontreal's 1,300-plus bus fleet going all electric by 2025

The city of Montreal is serious about going electric and, as proof, it will convert its entire fleet of buses over to the electric variety by 2025. If successful, Montreal should become the first North American city able to lay claim to an all-electric bus fleet. 2025 is quite a long ways away, so the city has a few plans in place to green its fleet immediately, before moving over to the battery-only buses later on.

AddWhy conservatives should support the "good kind" of public transit

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AddBlade Runner concept combines a bus with a train

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AddAltCar 2008: Transforming Transit Symposium says hell yeah to buses

The morning discussion session at the AltCar Expo here in Santa Monica today focused not on a car at all, but the Big Blue Bus. This iconic ride is Santa Monica's most visible public transportation option and is currently undergoing some conceptual redesigns. A panel of people with an interest in improving public transportation sat down for an hour or so and discussed not only how Santa Monica can make a better (big blue) bus, but also how other cities might be able to use the ideas in the compe

AddComplicating matters? Ten hydrogen buses coming to London

London is one of the most noticeable battlegrounds in the fight for cleaner transportation. Headlined by the ongoing battle between Porsche and mayor Ken Livingstone, the fight also includes scuffles over motorcycles in bus lanes and new bicycle lanes. So, into this tempest, why not drop the oh-so-uncontroversial issue of hydrogen?

AddHamilton, Ontario gets 12 new hybrid transit buses

When I was growing up in Hamilton, Ontario the local bus system known as the Hamilton Street Railway had a long history of clean operations. They ran electric trolley buses in the lower part of the city as recently as the early 1990s and were one of the first operators of natural gas powered buses in Canada. The trolleys were great because they didn't have any of the nasty fumes of the diesel buses that ran the mountain routes. Unfortunately they were ultimately retired and the overhead wires re

AddMontreal joins biodiesel and hybrid bus movement

The transit system in Montreal is about to hop on the biodiesel bandwagon to reduce their environmental impact. By the fall of 2008 the transition from petroleum to biodiesel should be complete. The existing engines will not require any modifications and maintenance costs should actually be reduced, thanks to the cleansing effects of biodiesel.

AddFifty Pamplona buses to run on B100 biodiesel

The city of Pamplona, Spain is famous for it's running of the bulls. But this week they embarked on something a bit more environmentally friendly. Fifty of the city's 127 buses are now running 100 percent biodiesel, supplied by Acciona from a plant in Caparrosa in northern Spain. Acciona will be supplying upwards of 1.5 million liters of B100 annually to the city. Pamplona is the first Spanish city to start using B100 on a large scale, and will eventually expand its use to the entire fleet. Spai

AddHybrids are becoming the economical choice for commercial vehicles

The return on investment for hybrid technology in commercial vehicle technologies is reaching the tipping point, according to a study performed by ABIresearch. While consumer hybrids generally get the attention, many commercial vehicle customers, who are normally very wary of unproven technologies, are starting to warm up to fuel saving technologies such as hybrids. While emissions reductions are a benefit of hybrid vehicles, the real value for the commercial customers is in the improvement in f

AddEthanol-powered buses being tested around the world

Cities worldwide will be testing a new type of ethanol-powered bus for their public transportation networks in the coming months, according to a post over at Green Car Congress. The initial tests are set for La Spezia in Italy, but other cities in Europe as well as Brazil and China will soon test the buses made by Scania. This is a project of the BEST (BioEthanol for Sustainable Transport) consortium.

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