word “bus” is a shortened version for the real word, omnibus.
An omnibus is defined as a large-wheeled vehicle, used to carry a
lot of people and the driver. Today
when people think of a bus, they might think of something that looks
bus you might see in the United States of America.
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are also buses that look like this…
bus you might see in Hong Kong.
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you would see in Macao (China).
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bus found in the United States of America.
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As you can
see, there are many types of buses all around the world.
Some of their uses are:
Driving people around
town from one place to another.
Driving people from their
job to their homes.
throughout a city.
Providing jobs for people
who work with the bus companies.
buses have evolved from other types of transportation such as the
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two ways of transportation are still used today, but are not as popular
as they used to be. The
horse-drawn carriage’s main problems are:
Only a few people can
ride the carriage at one time.
Keeping the horse
Cleaning up after the
Keeping control of the
horse so passengers and pedestrians don’t get hurt.
The slower speeds that
horses pull the carriage.
could affect the horses; too cold or too hot would hurt, or even
kill the horse.
advantages to the horse-drawn carriage:
electric trolley’s main disadvantages are:
Electrical wires and
tracks (or rails) need to be put up throughout the entire city,
limiting the number of places the trolley can go.
People can get hurt on
the tracks, by the electrical wires, or even by getting hit by the
The trolley system costs
more to install and maintain which can raise taxes.
If there is a heavy snow,
it could take days to clean off the tracks.
advantages of a trolley are:
They can hold many
They can travel faster
than horse-drawn carriages.
They don’t cause a mess
in the city.
They have a smooth ride
on the tracks.
They can’t tip over
very easily on a track.
buses have many advantages over past methods of mass transportation,
The routes the buses take
can be changed depending on road conditions, road construction, or
if the population changes.
Compared to owning and
operating a car, buses can be very cost effective. Buses can save
over 200 gallons of gas a year.
Buses are better for the
environment than everyone driving cars; they cut down on harmful
emissions by approximately 90%.
Buses can be used for
school fieldtrips, and they take students to and from school.
Buses are handicapped
accessible. They lower
for people in wheelchairs or for people who cannot step up easily.
The bus is very safe
because it has seats that have handles on the sides to hold onto, and
they are very large.
Buses are convenient
because they are always running, and they have a schedule that people can
learn so they know when the bus will arrive.
though, there are also some disadvantages:
You have to wait outside
for a bus to come, even if it is raining, snowing, or very hot.
Many school buses are
very old and emit harmful levels of diesel pollution.
Buses don’t have seat
belts or ways to fasten in baby carriers.
Ruth. Trolleys –
Riding and Remembering the Electric Interurban Railways.
New York: Hawthorn
Books, Inc., 1976.
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Millions. New York:
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Jim. Breaking Gridlock.
San Francisco: Sierra
Club Books, 2001.
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