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Free urban public transport is spreading

The French channel port of Dunkirk has recently introduced free public transport for all, and in so doing joins an increasing number of cities seeking to reduce car dependency and tackle deadly air pollution. With its metropolitan population of 200,000, Dunkirk becomes the largest city in Europe to offer free public transport via its fleet of hop-on-hop-off buses. There is…

Speed-limited buses effective ‘safety car’ on 20mph streets

Nobody knows for certain why pretty much every car available for sale in Britain today is capable of breaking so comprehensively the national speed limit, but an even greater mystery is why most public service vehicles are not fitted with speed limiters. Research has demonstrated that buses fitted with speed limiters act as effective ‘safety cars’ – vehicles that slow…

The Big Lemon – A new form of public transport

Imagine if community transport was owned and operated by the community. The Big Lemon is owned and run by members of the community and actively encourages local people to buy shares in the company during regular public meetings where people can come and discuss their thoughts, ideas and concerns. In 2006 a group of people in Brighton decided to set…

Electric bus covers 1,100 miles on single charge

An electric bus has covered over 1,000 miles on a single charge to claim a world record for driving the longest distance by an electric vehicle on a single charge. Proterra’s 40-foot bus squeezed 1,101.2 miles from 660 kWh of energy storage capacity. The creators of the bus hope their technology will have a disruptive impact on the transit market because of its…

Uber model to target buses

Mercedes-Benz is to invest 50 million dollars in new on-demand minibus services in London and other European cities, which will work like Uber. The first vehicles to be used by the service will be from the Vaneo range, but the long-term aim is for Mercedes to provide purpose-built minibuses optimized for on-demand shared rides, including on-board vehicle sensors, electric drive, and…