After four years of research, a €26m project for European urban buses, which started in the midst of the financial crisis in 2008, aimed to develop a new generation of urban bus systems adapted to the specificities of European cities, as well as improve the perception of bus transport. Through a unique approach of defining the bus system as a whole, rather than looking just at the vehicle, the European Bus System of the Future (EBSF) set out to achieve major advances in the design of not only vehicles, but also infrastructure and operations.
EBSF innovations in IT systems, vehicle design, driver cabins and bus stations were put to the test in real operational scenarios in eight European cities: Bremerhaven, Brunoy, Budapest, Gothenburg, Madrid, Paris, Rome and Rouen, achieving key results in an IT standard architecture, capacity and modularity, and passenger flow, for example.
"The sheer scale and ambition of EBSF make it unique in the bus sector and even the whole public transport domain and has been a great success on many different levels," explained UITP secretary general, Alain Flausch. "Bringing together so many manufacturers and industry partners led to the creation of a variety of innovative solutions and an overall strengthening of the competitive position of European bus manufacturers".