12 Facts About Articulated bus


The common arrangement of an articulated bus is to have a forward section with two axles leading a rear section with a single axle, with the driving axle mounted on either the front or the rear section.

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An articulated bus is a long vehicle and usually requires a specially trained driver, as maneuvering can be difficult.

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The trailer section of a "puller" Articulated bus can be subject to unusual centripetal forces, which many people can find uncomfortable, although this is not an issue with "pushers".

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Nonetheless, the articulated bus is highly successful in Budapest, Hungary, where the BKV city transit company has been operating more than 1000 of them every day since the early 1970s.

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The only way of checking for free riders was to use large teams of ticket inspectors to swamp the Articulated bus and inspect all tickets while keeping the doors closed, meanwhile delaying the further progress of the Articulated bus.

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In Vietnam, articulated bus was first introduced and operated on 16 October 2010, by Transerco in Hanoi.

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The Articulated bus was part of Hanoi Ecotrans project subsidized by EU and Ile de France.

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The Articulated bus was painted yellow instead of traditional white-yellow-red and had two ticket sellers on-board instead of one.

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Flip-up seats in the front part of the Articulated bus allow easy accommodation for passengers in wheelchairs and with strollers and prams.

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Pusher Articulated bus needs a damping system in the joint to reduce the risk of jack-knifing and fishtailing.

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Since the late 1980s, the concept of the articulated bus has been extended further with the addition of a second trailer section that extends the bus almost to tram length and capacity, to create a bi-articulated bus, called a triple bus.

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In some countries of the European Union, as well as in Canada, an articulated bus can be driven with the same license used to drive a rigid bus, while a bus towing a normal trailer requires a bus + trailer license.

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