GM Futurliner bus auctions for millions

GM Futurliner bus auctions for millions

The radical 1950 GM Futurliner is a whole-lot-of bus. It’s quite fitting that it also commands an equally ginormous price tag. This pristine example drew a substantial amount of fanfare when it went up for auction at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event on Saturday, and even more when the gavel fell for $4 million.

The story behind the futuristic hauler is no less exciting. In 1936, General Motors created the Parade of Progress – a campaign to exhibit GM’s vision of the future to the American public in the form of a traveling exhibition. By 1939 at the New York World’s Fair, GM raised its own bar with the introduction of the Futurliner bus, which would become the new packhorse of the traveling show. Imagine seeing one of these cruise through your rural town in the 1940s.

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Londoners, Brace For A Congestion Increase

London’s congestion charge is set to rise by at least 15% as the transport authority looks to raise revenues and maintain tariff’s deterrent effect on motorists.

The proposed changes would see the standard daily charge rise from £10 to £11.50, or from £9 to £10.50 for drivers who pay automatically. The increase is the first since 2011.

Transport for London said the changes would bring the congestion charge back in line with increased costs of other forms of transport in the capital over the last three years.

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The All New London Routemaster bus runs out of fuel on M1

The new prNew TfL bus in Londonototype London Routemaster bus ran out of fuel on a motorway, just days after being formally unveiled.

The New Bus for London had to pull over on Monday after warning lights came on.

The bus, which runs on a hybrid diesel-electric motor, was not refuelled before being driven from London to Millbrook Testing Ground, Bedfordshire.

Transport for London (TfL) said the bus recharged its battery using energy from its brakes, but on long journeys had to run on diesel.

The prototype bus was unveiled by London Mayor Boris Johnson on Friday and is undergoing testing in the capital.

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Everyone Is Striking Over Pay, Weymouth Bus Drivers Are Too!

First Weymouth bus drivers claim they are the worst paid drivers in the region and have rejected a two-year pay deal.

Threats of strike action come after First Bus Group was announced as an official Games transport provider.

Final talks about pay will be held between unions and management on December 14.

The company said it is confident there will be no strike action and that talks would continue with the unions.

But one Weymouth driver, who didn’t wish to be named, said: “We are looking at industrial action and we’re thinking about striking during the Olympics if we don’t achieve this pay deal.

“There are about 100 drivers who are prepared to walk out.

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Bus Drivers: Hope this will cheer you up :-)

A PARKWOOD bus driver has been recognised for his driving skills at the Safe Driving Awards last week.

After 10 years behind the wheel, Peter Turner has not been involved in an accident or driving incident earning him, along with seven other drivers, a safe driving award.

Mr Turner said his current role allowed him to pass on safe driving skills to trainee drivers.

“I am now an on-road trainer, so I teach the new drivers,” he said.

“It is getting harder and harder to stay safe on the roads as it is getting busier, but drivers do have to remain vigilant.”

Veolia Transport managing director Terry Scott presented bus drivers Mr Turner, Gary Payne (Warnbro), Berin Karaselimovic (Spearwood), Garry Gesche (Mandurah), Thomas Mears (Madora Bay), Stephen Hickman (Mandurah), Geoff Elliss (Success) and Kevin Sutton (Kelmscott) awards for excellence for transporting local people safely on Southern Coast Transit buses on the Transperth network.

“Bus driving is a very important profession with operators facing road congestion, relentless road works and traffic conditions and Veolia operators take their roles very seriously, knowing they are the daily link to connect people with work, school and the community,” Mr Scott said.

I picked up this story the In My Community  website.