#24 - October 2012

It’s Smart Move time again bringing you the latest bus and coach news from around the world. Keep up with the newest developments from the EU Smart Move High Level Group that have been discussing the future of coach tourism in Europe and find out how you can contribute to this important debate.

In this issue you can also read about how travelling the ancient Silk Road by coach could soon become a reality, how important buses and coaches are in preventing social and economic isolation, learn about safety upgrades in Bus Rapid Transit in India, and how technical innovation helps increase users’ satisfaction and gain ridership in New Zealand and Chile.

We also welcome the latest Smart Move partner to the campaign as we continue to gain momentum and support from across the globe. So join us in spreading the word and help us to double the use of buses and coaches.

- The Smart Move team

IN FOCUS

EU Smart Move High-Level Group discusses future of coach tourism in Europe

The Public-Private EU Smart Move High-Level Group (HLG) met in Brussels on 27 September to discuss its second main topic, namely, the future of group tourism by coach in Europe.

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NEWS

Birmingham-Pakistan: travelling the Silk Road by coach

A 12-day regular coach service linking Birmingham with a city in Pakistan has been floated as a means of strengthening ties between the two communities. The Birmingham-Pakistan coach would pass through at least seven countries and cost about £130.

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Transport poverty 'affecting millions'

1Millions of people in England are at risk of being cut off due to the cost of fuel and the lack of transport alternatives, a UK charity has said. Transport group Sustrans' report, Locked Out, has called on the UK government to invest more in collective transport solutions.

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Eco bus stops stimulate change in passenger attitudes

By the end of the year, 2,500 bus stops in Santiago will be illuminated with renewable energy using low energy LED lighting systems. The move has stimulated a change in passenger attitudes to their bus services.

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Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems have emerged as a cost-effective, flexible, and environmentally sustainable form of public transportation. Several cities in India are currently developing or augmenting their BRT systems, with a special focus on improving their safety.

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Real Time success in Wellington

Real Time Information at bus stops in Wellington has been a success. The new signs have not only made things easier at bus stops, but increased online traffic to mobile information sites making journey planning easier.

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New Smart Move partner

The Smart Move team is delighted to welcome yet another new partner to the campaign, continuing the expansion of supporters working to double bus and coach use over the next 10 years. The new partner is PSV Glass and its sister company Bus and Coach Glazing based in the UK

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DID YOU KNOW?

what would happen if schoolbuses were to disappear?

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PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS

A New York City resident is working to bring the success of comparison travel shopping to buses in an easy to use and free mobile app called "bustripping."

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EVENTS

The Euro Bus Expo 2012

6-8 November, Birmingham National Exhibition Centre

Birmingham, UK

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