From escorting children to sporting events to providing your guests with a fun and safe wedding party bus, we rely on buses for everything from entertainment to work. While most of us know the look of a yellow school bus, not many people understand just how rich a history this common sight has. Here are three fun facts that you might not have known about buses worldwide and through history!
- The largest bus is in Brazil. The world’s largest bus is named the Gran Artic 300, and it’s over 100 feet long. The bus can hold 300 passengers and was specifically designed for Rio de Janeiro’s bus lanes.
- Compartmentalization helps keep school buses safer. If you’ve ever ridden on a yellow school bus, you might have been surprised to learn that these buses typically don’t have seat belts. This is because the standardized bus designed in the 1930s is so safe that it’s only been redesigned once since then. Buses use a layout called “compartmentalization” to keep riders safe even without seat belts. By packing seats closely together and covering each seat with impact-resistant foam, the bus is safe enough for school children.
- The word “bus” comes from an unlikely source. Have you ever wondered where the word “bus comes from? It’s a shortened version of the Latin word “omnibus,” which refers to something that’s all-inclusive or contains more than two independent matters. The first coach station was located near a hat store called the “Omnes Omnibus,” so residents of France began referring to the coach as an omnibus. In time, the title was shortened to “bus.”
Yellow school buses don’t only provide children with a safe way to get to school — savvy event planners know that a wedding bus rental can also provide safe and reliable transportation that keeps your group together. If you’ve got a big event coming up, give the team at YellowBird Bus Company a call at 215-352-3042 to schedule your group transportation today.