#19 - April 2012

After gorging on Easter chocolate the Smart Move team is finally back with the April newsletter for the latest bus and coach news around the world. This month, you will discover that the people of Tallinn, Estonia, are voting for free public transport, coaches came to the rescue of stranded airlines passengers in Romania, the Philippines is investing in Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), and New Zealand inaugurated "dragon buses" to celebrate Chinese New Year. You will also read about the smart phone app that lets U.S. bus passengers check the safety performance of a bus/coach company before they book a ticket and a travel planning app in the Basque region of Spain with potential for worldwide use.

We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new media partner based in Israel, the magazine Olam Ha’autobusim - Bus World in Hebrew - and our new industry partner, the New Zealand Bus & Coach Association, both of which will help promote the Smart Move message.

The Smart Move team



IN FOCUS

Estonia offers free public transport

Buses and coaches are the most cost-effective and economically sound means of passenger transport so how could it possibly get better? Just ask the Mayor of the Estonian capital, Tallinn, who says that the city will offer free public transport across its bus and tram network starting 2013.

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NEWS

New smart phone app helps passengers check bus companies’ safety record

United States Federal bus and coach regulators have unveiled the SaferBus smart phone app that gives bus riders a quick and free way to review a bus company's safety record before buying a ticket or booking group travel.

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Coaches to the rescue as low-cost airline collapses

Eurolines Romania jumped to the rescue of passengers stranded by the collapse of the Hungarian low-cost airline MALEV, by offering free seats to passengers on the popular Romania – Budapest route.

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The Smart Move campaign continues to grow

Smart move has continued to expand to new countries, by welcoming the New Zealand Bus and Coach Association and Israel’s Olam Ha’autobusim magazine as new Smart Move partners.

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Philippines planning a BRT for 2020

Taking its inspiration from Brazil, a proposal for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in the Filipino city of Cebu has been endorsed for a planned launch by 2020City representatives say the system will earn $15 million in revenues annually.

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New Zealand celebrates Year of the Dragon with ‘Dragon buses’

To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, Auckland Transport together with New Zealand Bus have produced two ‘dragon buses’ for use on the City LINK bus route in central Auckland. The new buses will run throughout 2012 to encourage members of the Chinese community to use buses more.

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DID YOU KNOW?

...that buses are the greenest way of getting to your destination, no matter what the distance?

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PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS

Tourists go ape for Krabi bus stops

Calgary improves services through new technology


Calgary Transit is among the first Canadian major urban systems to make use of new technology, such as the online look-up schedules and trip planning tools. SMS notifications already provide users with instant messages about delays or new services and now new technology will help in service management and ticketing too.

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EVENTS

Annual Conference

Rotorua, New Zealand
08 – 11 July 2012

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