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European Union (EU): Latest Data on Urban Bus Fleets [free access]

February 1, 2010

The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) conducted a survey to assess the key characteristics of urban bus fleets in the EU. Responses were received from 173 undertakings in 171 cities, covering a fleet of 70,000 buses and trolleybuses and serving a population of over 120 million. Key information regarding the proportion of solo and articulated buses, and the proportion of bus fleet used during peak hours, is presented in the following tables.

 

Country-wise Proportion of Articulated Buses and Buses Used at Peak Time

Country

Articulated buses

(%)

Sample size

(no. of buses)

Bus fleet used during peak time

(%)

Sample size (no. of buses)

Austria

52.5

842

80.6

842

Belgium

12.1

1,710

83.4

1,710

Bulgaria1

60.1

647

71.1

647

Czech Republic1

26.8

1,547

77.2

1,536

Denmark

4.5

1,326

83.3

1,326

Estonia

32.0

543

79.2

543

Finland

0.0

648

95.4

648

France

15.2

9,706

87.8

9,521

Germany

40.8

6,321

86.5

5,637

Greece1

21.6

2,680

88.0

2,099

Hungary

45.6

1,618

79.6

1,618

Ireland

1.8

1,082

89.0

1,082

Italy

10.9

11,505

73.2

10,130

Latvia

-

0

90.9

482

Lithuania1

34.5

528

87.8

508

Luxembourg

32.5

126

74.6

126

Malta

0.0

508

53.1

508

Netherlands1

20.7

468

86.7

684

Poland

47.0

3,792

82.1

3,662

Portugal

10.0

1,977

86.6

1,977

Romania1

3.6

1,774

81.1

1,774

Slovakia1

57.8

498

71.7

498

Slovenia1

55.8

267

84.3

267

Spain

10.8

5,245

88.6

5,182

Sweden

50.1

2,486

89.6

569

UK1

3.5

12,272

88.0

11,084

Total

19.1

70,116

83.6

64,660

Note: 1) Data from these countries must be considered with care as their response rate to the survey is relatively low.

Source: Issue 1, Public Transport Statistics Report, UITP 


Population-wise Proportion of Articulated Buses and Buses at Peak Time (urban and suburban networks)

Population covered

Articulated buses

(%)

Sample size (no. of buses)

Bus fleet used during peak time

(%)

Sample size (no. of buses)

Between 100,000 and 250,000

21.3

6,267

83.1

6,069

Between 250,000  and 500,000

20.3

12,075

77.4

10,682

Between 500,000  and 1,000,000

19.5

10,528

85.5

10,759

Above 1,000,000

18.3

41,246

85.0

37,150

Total

19.1

70,116

83.6

64,660

Source: Issue 1, Public Transport Statistics Report, UITP

 

Proportion of articulated buses and buses used during peak time, by bus class

Population covered

Articulated buses

(%)

Sample size (no. of buses)

Bus fleet used during peak time

(%)

Sample size (no. of buses)

Class I1

23.0

55,631

82.6

51,395

Class II1

3.9

14,485

87.7

13,265

Total

19.1

70,116

83.6

64,660

Note: 1) EU Directive 2001/85/EC defines vehicles with seated places and standing areas that allow frequent movement as Class I, and vehicles principally designed for transport of seated passengers with some standing areas as Class II.

Source: Issue 1, Public Transport Statistics Report, UITP