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Our trainee tested the Plus de Pep’s DRT: here’s what she thinks about it

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Our trainee tested the Plus de Pep’s DRT service in Paris region: here’s what she thinks about it! Eva, 19 years old, marketing trainee at Padam Mobility for 5 months, tells her first experience with Demand-Responsive Transport.

“I’ve been living in Paris for 2 months now, and it’s really a change from Rennes or the town where my parents live, in Brittany. Here, I take the metro every day and recently I was able to test the Demand-Responsive Transport (DRT) for the first time on the Plus de Pep’s service in Chessy-Marne-la-Vallée.”

“Before I was doing my internship at Padam Mobility, I had no idea about Demand-Responsive Transport. The first time I heard about it, I immediately thought of a vehicle for hire service. I quickly understood it was (most often) a public minibus service that had to be booked on an application to get around.”

“To book my trip, I used the Plus de Pep’s app on iOS. I found it simple and fluid to use, it only took me a few minutes to book my trip from Chessy to the Lagny Thorigny train station. I received a validation message to confirm my booking and that was it! 10 minutes before the proposed pick-up time, I went to the location indicated on the map in the app. At first, I had a hard time finding the right location, so I waited for the bus to show up on the map and went to meet it when it arrived. The driver gave me a warm welcome. He was on time. He was very kind by indicating his presence to a few latecomers who couldn’t find his location either. I have been struck (in a good way) by the human contact during pick up”.

“I felt privileged, compared to the classic bus or the metro. I felt like I had access to a service that was there just for me.”

“When I got in the minibus, I noticed the sanitary rules against Covid19 were respected: hydroalcoholic gel was provided, prevention posters, plexiglas separating the driver from the users. Every second seat was condemned in order to guarantee social distancing. The trip lasted about thirty minutes. We passed through several small villages and hamlets, I was very surprised because we were only one hour from Paris. Once we arrived at the Lagny-Thorigny train station, the driver opened the door to the other passengers and myself, wishing to see us again on his service. Class!”

“Thanks to the DRT, I was able to cross small towns and cities that don’t necessarily have direct or easy access to Paris. I thought it was an ideal solution for quick and inexpensive excursions in the Paris countryside. For me, the big advantage is that the service is included in my traveler card!”

“In conclusion, I found the service pleasant and secure, the interaction with the driver was a real plus and my minibus was punctual. I didn’t have any imperative, but it reassured me the service was reliable, especially since I had to take a train ride.”

“In the 900-inhabitant- town where I grew up in Brittany, daily travels are impossible without using a car: no buses, shuttles, DRTs or even taxis are offered. Without a driving licence, it was very frustrating for me not to be able to go to bigger cities like Saint-Malo, Dinan, Dinard or Rennes, even though they were close by. A DRT service would have been very useful for me and my parents who had to take taxis veeeeery often.”

 

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Fictional buses (and their price if you want to buy them)

Action movies, cartoons, TV shows and inspirational stories have happened in buses. Here’s our ultimate list of the best fictional buses.

Speed (1994)

This feature film inspired by the movie Runaway Train, in which a train is launched at full speed and can no longer slow down, proposes a similar scenario with a new-look  1966 General Motors TDH-5303 bus that runs at maximum speed and can’t stop unless it explodes. Eleven buses and three Grumman 870 buses were used in the film’s production. Two were blown up, one was used for the high-speed scenes, one had the front cut off for inside shots, and one was used solely for the “under bus” shots. Another bus was used for the bus jump scene, which was done in one take.

Among those eleven buses, the last 2 were sold for 30,000 dollars in 2018 

Speed bus

Into the wild (2007) 

The Magic Bus is actually a wreck of a 1946 Alaska International Harvester K-5 bus (ex Fairbanks City Transit System bus 142). Made popular by the book and the movie Into the Wild, this bus is the place where Christopher McCandless, an American adventurer, lived for about 112 days from May 1st 1992 and where he died. In July 2019, a young woman died, swept away by the current of the Teklanika River while trying to reach the famous 142 bus. 

Recently, on June 18, 2020, the Alaska Army National Guard removed Bus 142 from the Stampede track.

Into the wild bus Into the wild bus

The A Team (2010)

The A team is an American tv show, where 4 men, from an elite unit of the army are in charge of a top secret mission, it’s thanks to this GMC van 3500 that they travel. 

You could also have found the best replica of The A Team van for sale on the french app “le bon coin”, in December 2016, this 1983 van, at the price of 36,000 euros. The interior is identical to that of the TV Show: custom leather seats, vinyl-lined ceiling and walls, and a police vehicle radar. 

The a team GMC vendura

Captain Fantastic (2016)

In this American film, the character Viggo Mortensen decides one day to raise his five children in complete autarky. He renovates the 1993 model of the GMC Bluebird bus into a van so that he and his family can live in it. You can buy one for 3,410 dollars .

Captain Fantastic bus

My neighbor Totoro (1988)

This Japanese animated film directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by the Ghibli studio, is also known for its intriguing and smiling cat-bus. This cat-bus makes it possible to travel quickly from one point to another in the Hiroshima countryside in the sky. 

As far as we know, it doesn’t exist in real size, so you can buy smaller versions for less that 20€ 

catbus

Scooby-Doo (2002)

The Scooby-Doo series and animated films are known worldwide for their characters with strong personalities and their famous 1972 Ford e200 ecoline van, renamed The Mystery Machine. If you’re a big fan, you can buy a replica for $59,000.

Scooby-Doo bus

The Magic School Bus (1994)

The magic school bus is an edutainment American animation series released in 1994. Through its 52 episodes, the teacher Miss Bille-en-tête and her students travel aboard the magic school bus to explore different unusual places: space, the ocean, the anthills, the jungle forest or even the inside of the human body.

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The 5 most iconic (non-standard) buses in the world

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In this article, travel the world by discovering the 5 most iconic buses…

The english double-decker bus

This model of double-decker bus with many different names has become the icon of the city of London. It is one of the most widely used means of transport in the British capital. The price of its one-way ticket is £1.50. Other double-decker buses can be seen all over the world: in Denmark, Turkey, Portugal and even Sri Lanka. These buses are very common all over the world and are mainly used in the tourist sector for urban tours. In London, there are no less than 673 lines of the famous red double-decker bus. Manufactured by Roberts Wright in 1946, they became widespread in the 1950s.
The double-decker bus is particularly suitable for tourists to visit the city of London. Their numerous places on 2 floors are efficient to welcome a large number of tourists but also inhabitants, being very numerous in the extended city of London and its agglomeration.

If you want to buy one for private use, it will cost you around 900 000 euros…

Double-decker bus

The American school bus

This famous yellow bus appears in many American movies and series. As a result, it has become one of the most iconic buses in the world. The school bus is specifically dedicated to school transportation in North America. Its emblematic yellow colour is mandatory for visibility and safety reasons. Each bus has a capacity of approximately 90 seats. The Thomas Built Buses company was the originator of the school bus in the 1930s. The company quickly became the segment leader after the Second World War and was acquired by the Freightliner Group in 1998.

The school bus is particularly suitable for transporting children, including those with disabilities, thanks to its large rear door which makes it easy to load and unload (from a wheelchair, for example) .
Fan of the famous yellow bus? You can buy one and convert it for around $70,000, provided you remove the “school bus” label.

American school bus

Greyhound bus from 1948 

Greyhound lines busThousands of Greyhound buses travel the roads of North America every day. They are named after the operator who operates them and serve no less than 4,000 destinations (USA, Canada and Mexico). Erck Wickman founded the company in 1914 in Minnesota.
Greyhound buses are one of the most widely used means of public transport in North America. Particularly adapted to long-distance travel, the first buses manufactured at the beginning of the 20th century were highly appreciated by passengers for their reliability, comfort and affordable prices. The 1948 GM PD4151 greyhound model is known for its vintage look, and its two-color aluminum design became a symbol of highway travel. Greyhound buses experienced an expansion and diversification of their models in the 1940s. It is on display, along with other older models, at the Greyhound Museum in Minnesota.
It is possible to book a GreyHound bus directly online or at one of the company’s many branches.

Indian buses

Indian bus

Generally very full and with rudimentary comfort, the bus is nevertheless the most used means of transport in India, the price of a trip being 5 rupees on average, which corresponds to not even 10 cents of euros.
It is not uncommon to come across buses with passengers clinging to the outside walls or the roof. The company Ashok Leyland Limited, founded in 1948, manufactures most of the buses used in the country, mostly for intercity or long-distance journeys.
In larger cities, bus fleets are often much more modern and comfortable. Some are even powered by natural gas.

Triple-decker bus

Triple-decker busSome online images show a three-storey city bus in Berlin, Germany, in 1926. The bus is parked beside a road and a group of people. Although the photograph looks authentic, the three-storey bus never actually existed.

Knight busHowever, the “Knight Bus” from the third part of the Harry Potter saga (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) is well parked at Harry Potter Studios. 

 

 

 

 

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The 7 most beautiful bus lines in the world

Katmandou bus

In this article, travel between the American, African, European and Asian continent, and discover the 7 most beautiful buses lines in the world …

Morocco: From Marrakech to Er-Rachidia  

This route in the middle of the desert is called “ouallywood”. With more than 400 km, it lasts 11 hours. The great journey begins in Marrakech and then continues through the Tizi n’Tichka mountain of the Atlas Mountains. After meandering along the mountain trails, it passes through the arid city of Kasbahs and ends in Errachidia, an arid city on the edge of the Sahara where camel adventures await you. This trip is offered by two bus lines: CTM or Supratours.

lignes de bus maroc

United States: From New York to San Francisco 

This coach line in the heart of America serves many destinations, including Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Denver, and the cornfields of Nebraska. The total distance of the route is 4,600 kilometres and takes approximately 75 hours. The trip is offered by Greyhound lines.

De New York à San Fra

England: From Davistock to Dawlish

This bus line is a pearl in the United Kingdom. It takes 2 hours for 60 kilometres and takes you through the Dartmoor National Park in Devon, a county in the South West of England. The service operates only on the fifth Saturday of the month between April and September. The TCB (Tavistock Country Bus) offers this route. Please note that the bus has only 16 seats!

Tavistock

Nepal: From KATMANDU to POKHARA 

During 8 hours and over a distance of 205 kilometers you can travel on an atypical bus on an extremely winding road between Kathmandu and Pokhara, the tourist capital of Nepal, known for its location near Lake Phewa.

Katmandou bus

Australia : From GEELONG to APOLLO BAY 

This Australian itinerary is ranked among the most beautiful coastal journeys in the world. The bus numbered 101 (from the Public Transport Victoria bus network) departs from the port city of Geelong and passes through the coastal landscape and forested mountains near Melbourne, taking about 2 hours.
During the route, it is possible to get off the bus to go out onto the vast expanses of sand or inland to view the koalas.

Argentina: From RIO GALLEGOS to USHUAIA

This 600-kilometre bus journey, lasts 11 hours for 40€, crosses the Chilean border and ends at the Strait of Magellan where the Pacific and Antarctic Oceans meet.

Rio Gale

Brazil: from Rio de Janeiro to Lima

One of the longest bus lines in the world is the Rio-Lima line. On board the Expreso Internacional Ormano bus company and for about 3 days you will have to pay between 150€ and 210€.
The company also offers other routes, which are also known to be among the longest in the world, such as from Caracas, Venezuela to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Lima, Peru

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