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Year of the Bus

By Linda Tancs

Sixty years ago, the iconic Routemaster bus was unveiled at the Commercial Motor Show in London, England.  That was in September 1954.  Why wait to celebrate?  Mayor Boris Johnson has declared 2014 as the Year of the Bus.  And rightly so.  Did you know that London’s road network carries more bus passengers than New York and Paris combined?  Approximately 2.3 billion passenger journeys were made between 2012 and 2013 on around 700 routes on London’s bus network, over 100 of which operate around the clock.  The double decker has captured the hearts of travelers worldwide.  You can learn more about its impact at a lecture tonight in Covent Garden.  Other events taking place during the year include a festival at Finsbury Park in July and symposia on the history and cultural significance of the London bus.  Routemaster, we salute you!

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