In the Bus Bag
Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri
Tag Archives: Japan
Yokohama transit types, beware the Smile-Manners Squadron!
From a recent BBC article:
…transport authorities in Yokohama – a port city south of Tokyo – have appointed a team of manners enforcers, the Smile-Manner Squadron, to try to curb … bad behaviour.
The team is mostly made up of over-60s, well acquainted with the standards of conduct associated with the “old Japan”.
But many of these enforcers will be accompanied by younger bodyguards, should their etiquette advice – diplomatically given, of course – not prove welcome.
(Thanks for the link, Chris!)
Apparently, Yokohamans commit some of the same bus …
(Thanks to Peter Folger, bus nerd extraordinaire, for these links.)
Despite their high costs (approximately 60% more than diesel models), hybrid buses are becoming a popular choice for North American transit agencies:
DaimlerChrysler, whose Orion brand has close to a 60 per cent market share, estimates that, based on existing orders, the number of hybrid buses on US and Canadian streets will grow by three-quarters over the next year from 1,200 to 2,100.
“They’re selling very well,” says Brian Macleod, senior vice-president at Gillig, a Californian bus manufacturer.
Since Gillig began commercial production of hybrid buses in 2005, …