Since the appearance of motor vehicles, public transportation has been enhanced by greatly. Presently, different means of public transportation has been known such as subways, trolley cars, buses, planes and taxi cabs. Among these different forms of transportation, buses are perhaps the most popular form of public transportation all over the world. Buses can be used in several different ways. There are school buses, public buses, coach buses and even tour buses and all are meant to perform different functions. School buses are the most commonly used vehicles on the roads which are meant to pick and drop the school children from home to school and school to home. Let us have a look at some of the different types of buses and their functions.
Tour Buses: As the name suggests, these buses are meant for tourism where tourists are taken to different places on these buses like New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and so on. For instance, if we talk about Philadelphia, these buses take the tourists to the Constitution Center, the Art Museum, Independence Mall, Betsy Ross’ House and Old City. Tour buses are also common in London. Double decker buses are commonly associated with London and make their way into the United States later at some time. These double deckers are widely used in the cities mentioned earlier.
Coach Buses: Coach Buses are the buses which are there to arrange long term trips across the country. Even these buses are used to take athletic teams from one place to another, from airports to hotels etc. A standard coach bus normally has a bathroom, comfortable seating and even a TV as well. These buses are normally adorned with decals and paint to achieve harmony between the team’s colors and logos.
Public Transit: These are likely to be the most frequent buses which one can see on the roads. Public transit buses are the buses for public which run on different routes within the city to take the people from one place to another, especially from home to offices or schools and vice versa. Other than that these buses normally cover all the major places in the city such as cinemas, shopping malls, sport auditoriums, museums, tourist resorts etc. Public transit buses are usually controlled by the city government such as in Philadelphia, the buses are run by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).
Tramcars: These are the types of buses which are widely used today. Trams or tramcars are the buses which provide transportation on a short route such as to transport people back and forth in parking lots, airport, or theme parks. However, they can perform the role of public transit buses as well in some countries, though smaller in size than a normal bus, but perform the same function.
These are some of the different types of buses which are used in different parts of the world. The term bus is in fact taken from the word ‘omnibus’ which means ‘for all’. This implies that that bus is something that can be used by everyone. People belongs to different phases of life, ages can make use of this public transportation. It is worth mentioning here that the first bus was used by the French in 1862, but then horses were used to pull those buses.