May 24, 2009

10th Anniversary

Posted by Webmaster on May 24th, 2009 in USA Comments Off on 10th Anniversary

PBC, one of the oldest paper bus web site, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

10 years ago, Hong Kong bus web sites and discussion boards sprung up all across the interest during the dot-com bubble. Today, PBC has proved the test of time, and brought paper buses to new heights in China and the United States.

Golden Gate Transit Nova Bus RTS 30-foot

January 5, 2009

Golden Gate Transit Orion

Posted by Webmaster on January 5th, 2009 in USA Comments Off on Golden Gate Transit Orion

Happy New Year!

Since 2004, Orion V has been the workhorse for Golden Gate Transit, running up and down the major routes between San Francisco and the North Bay, as far as Santa Rosa. A trip from Santa Rosa to San Francisco takes 2 1/2 hours.

These buses are outfitted with high back coach seatings.

December 26, 2008

Beijing Youngman Neoplan

Posted by Webmaster on December 26th, 2008 in China Comments Off on Beijing Youngman Neoplan

In preparation for the Olympics last August, Beijing purchased thousands of new buses to improve the capital’s air quality and image. For the past several years, China’s bus production has improved under various joint ventures and partnerships with foreign bus manufacturers. The bus above is one of many examples.

There’s a chance that a Youngman bus would operating in America. ZAP, a company in California signed a deal with Youngman to import buses.

December 14, 2008

CMB Super Metrobuses

Posted by Webmaster on December 14th, 2008 in CMB, Hong Kong Comments Off on CMB Super Metrobuses

The MCW Super Metrobus was one of the first 12m double deckers introduced in Hong Kong in the early 1980s. Until the late 1960s, Hong Kong operated standard length British buses. As the population and bus ridership grew in Hong Kong through the 1970s, British bus makers began to built stretched version of their regular UK buses for the Hong Kong market. To this day, more than 10 years after the UK returned Hong Kong to China, bus operators in Hong Kong still buy custom designed double deckers from British manufacturers.

12m buses like the Super Metrobus were common in cross harbor routes which connect the Kowloon Peninsula with the Hong Kong Island. Since these route charge higher fares and are always crowded during the rush hours, bus operators depend on these routes to generate a profit. Unlike most other countries, Hong Kong bus operators do not receive direct subsidy from the government to purchase vehicles or for daily operation. Each bus operator in Hong Kong has to have some profitable routes so that it can continue as a sustainable business and maintain service on unprofitable, but necessary, routes.

In order to handle the extra passenger load, these buses have areas on the lower level just for standees with no seats installed. This model in particular, for some reason, the seatbacks have no padding.

Because these buses do not have air conditioning, they were retired by 2000. Today, some of these buses continue to run in Sydney and London as local tour buses.

December 7, 2008

Arriva Routemaster

Posted by Webmaster on December 7th, 2008 in World Comments Off on Arriva Routemaster

Routemaster buses have been regularly operated in London for nearly 50 years. Many of the buses received engine replacements and other upgrades that allow them to serve when others had to be retired. The open platform boarding and conductor operation made these buses a unique London institution.

Since 2005, articulated “bendy” buses have replaced Routemasters on many lines. To outsiders, articulated buses are nothing special and are common in cities around the world. However, many Londoners feel that articulated buses don’t fit well in their city.

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