Buses are road vehicles designed specifically for the function of carrying many passengers simultaneously. Commonly planned and scheduled as an essential component of a city, local, or regional transportation network, buses come in a variety of types and sizes to service specific demands. Bus designs have a broad range of capacities and purposes from standard single-deck city or transit buses, to minibuses, midibuses, double-decker, articulated, school, and coach buses. Buses are utilitarian forms of public transportation that continue to serve a large population of people around the world.
Minibuses, or shuttle buses, are vehicles with passenger capacities below the larger full-size bus and more than the smaller minivan. Designed to service a variety of flexible transport needs, minibuses often augment public transportation networks by helping as a smaller scale on-demand vehicle typically used for small chartered groups, taxi shares, airport services, and small corporate groups. Minibuses | Shuttle Buses have average lengths of 23’ | 7.01 m, widths of 7’4” | 2.24 m, heights of 8’9” | 2.67 m, and have a capacity of 14 (+2) seats.
Length: 23’ | 7.01 m
Width: 7’4” | 2.24 m
Height: 8’9” | 2.67 m
Capacity: 14 + 2 seats
Model: Starcraft Bus - Starquest
Minibus | Shuttle Bus side elevation (driver), side (passenger), front, back, plan
City buses, or transit buses, are types of buses used for servicing short to medium distance trips. Typically a part of a publicly scheduled bus service network, city buses are designed to maximize capacity for rush-hour demands and are therefore equipped with simple benches or bucket seats without additional luggage spaces. With built-in features that usually include multiple doors, pull cords or stop request buttons, passenger information systems, and low-floor technology for greater accessibility, city buses are designed for safe, efficient, and equal public access. City | Transit Buses have average lengths of 39’2” | 11.95 m, widths of 8’4” | 2.55 m, heights of 9’10” | 2.99 m, and have a capacity of 29 (+1) seats with standing room for 76.
Length: 39’2” | 11.95 m
Width: 8’4” | 2.55 m
Height: 9’10” | 2.99 m
Capacity: 29 + 1 seats, 76 standing
Model: Mercedes-Benz Citaro O530
City | Transit Buses side elevation (driver), side (passenger), front, back, plan
Coach buses are buses designed specifically for longer-distances with greater accommodations for passenger comfort during these extended periods of travel. Often chartered privately, coach buses are commonly designed with customizable features that can include comfortable reclining seats, tables, luggage racks, localized air conditioning, toilets, entertainment, refreshment, curtains, wi-fi, and various other amenities. Coach Buses have average lengths of 39’4” | 12 m, widths of 8’4” | 2.55 m, heights of 12’6” | 3.81 m, and have a capacity of 44-49 (+1) seats.
Articulated buses are extended buses linking together two or more sections with pivoting joints to meet higher passenger capacities while still allowing the bus to maneuver appropriately. Designed for maximum efficiency and typically incorporated into mass rapid bus transit systems, articulated buses are designed with single-deck or double-decker bodies for even higher capacity needs. Articulated Buses have average lengths of 59’ | 18 m, widths of 8’4” | 2.55 m, heights of 10’4” | 3.13 m, and have a capacity of 48 (+1) seats with standing room for 98.
Length: 59’ | 18 m
Width: 8’4” | 2.55 m
Height: 10’4” | 3.13 m
Capacity: 48 + 1 seats, 98 standing
Model: Mercedes-Benz Citaro O530 GÜ
Articulated Bus side elevation (driver), side (passenger), front, back, plan