What is a bus?

Are you curious about what a bus is? Where did this word come from? let's try to find out.

The prototype of modern buses were omnibuses -multi-seated closed horse-drawn carts. They appeared in the 19th century as a convenient and very popular type of public transport. Omnibuses were available to different segments of the population, and in literal translation this word meant "everyone", that is, for everyone.

Buses appeared after the invention of cars as a kind of "hybrid" omnibus and car. And the very word "bus" came from the merger of the abbreviations of the words "(auto) mobile" and "omni (beads)".

In modern interpretation, the bus isa multi-seat car capable of carrying more than 8 passengers. Buses, which are less than five and a half meters in length, are called minibuses - these are, for example, all known minibuses. In other countries, this classification depends only on capacity, so minivans are called minivans and buses that can carry up to 16 people.

The main difference between the bus and other typesof public transport is that it is able to move around the city and out of town without hanging or underground wires and without rails that a tram or trolleybus needs.

Examples of the use of this word in the text:

  • Our company offers services in the organization of passenger transportation by bus.
  • Since the new year, fare has increased in city buses, and the prices for tickets in trams and trolleybuses have remained the same.

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