What is a bus?
Are you wondering what a bus is? Where did this word come from? let's try to find out.
The prototype of modern buses were omnibuses, many-seat, closed horse-drawn carts. They appeared in the 19th century as a convenient and very popular form of public transport. Omnibuses were available to different segments of the population, and in the 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 word “bus” itself comes from the merger of the abbreviations of the words “(auto) mobile” and “omni (beads)”.
In modern interpretation, the bus is a multi-seat vehicle capable of carrying more than 8 passengers. Buses with a length of less than five and a half meters are called minibuses - for example, all known minibuses. In other countries, this classification depends only on capacity, so minivans and buses that can carry up to 16 people are called minibuses.
The main difference of the bus from other types of public transport is that it is able to move around the city and outside the city without hanging or underground wires and rails that need a tram or trolleybus.
Examples of the use of this word in the text:
- Our company offers services in the organization of passenger transportation by buses.
- Since the new year, the fare in city buses has risen in price, and the prices for tickets in the tram and trolleybus remain the same.