22 Facts About Articulated buses


Some articulated buses have a steering arrangement on the rearmost axle which turns slightly in opposition to the front steering axle, allowing the vehicle to negotiate tighter turns, similar to hook-and-ladder fire trucks operating in city environments.

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Articulated buses have been used in Australia, Austria, Italy, Germany, Canada, Hungary, Poland, Romania.

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The first modern British "bendy Articulated buses" were built by Leyland-DAB and used in the city of Sheffield in the 1980s.

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Articulated buses have been used in most European countries for many years.

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Articulated buses became popular in mainland Europe due to their increased capacity compared with regular buses.

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From 3 July 2011 to 28 August 2013, articulated Mercedes Citaro buses purchased from London were used in Malta by the company Arriva on a number of routes across the country.

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In London, articulated buses were used on some routes from 2001 until 2011, but they were not a success.

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Since the articulated buses were tending to serve areas of relative deprivation it is suspected that this was a contributory factor in Transport for London turning against the concept.

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Transjakarta has been using articulated buses manufactured by Scania for some of their busiest routes since 2015.

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In Singapore, articulated buses were first introduced in 1996 by Trans-Island Bus Services with the Mercedes-Benz O405G buses.

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In 2015, SMRT introduced 40 MAN NG363F A24 Articulated buses to replace the first batch of O405Gs, while the subsequent batches were replaced by double deck Articulated buses issued by the Land Transport Authority.

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Articulated buses were first used in Taiwan in 2014 as the Taichung BRT.

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Articulated buses are commonplace in US urban centers such as Albuquerque, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis-St Paul, New York City, Newark, Orange County, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, DC, and Westchester County.

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In recent years, it has proven problematic to find suitable low-floor articulated buses to replace the 1984-manufactured Mercedes buses, because the design of the O-Bahn track unfortunately precludes the use of most modern articulated buses.

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Currently it operates a fleet of various models with eighty Volvo B12BLEA Articulated buses joining the Sydney Buses fleet in 2005 and 2006, increasing capacity along many of the busy corridors.

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The articulated Volvo B12BLEA buses are fully wheelchair-accessible, air-conditioned, and have visual and audible next-stop passenger information systems installed.

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Typical puller model is the Hungarian-made Ikarus 280, the articulated version of the Ikarus 260, of which 60,993 buses were manufactured between 1973 and 2002, mostly for Soviet bloc customers.

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Makers of pusher-type articulated buses include Mercedes-Benz, New Flyer Industries, MAN, Volvo and Scania.

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Many other transit authorities in the United States and Canada are adopting articulated buses that are diesel-electric hybrids, such as the New Flyer DE60LF.

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New Flyer Xcelsior Charge NG battery-electric articulated buses are equipped with traction motors on both the middle and rear axles; the middle axle uses in-wheel motors.

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Bi-articulated buses are still rare, having been trialled and rejected in some places.

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Major examples of bi-articulated buses playing a major role in bus rapid transit can be found in Curitiba, Bogota, Mexico City, Quito, etc.

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