Bus Trivia

Monday, December 12, 2022

Here's a little bit of history about the bus.  After Googling the question of where the first bus was invented, this is what came up:  

As far back as 1662, before the engine was even invented the first ever public bus was launched in France.  A fellow by the name of Blaise Pascal came up with a system of horse drawn carriages.  These carriages ran across Paris streets on a schedule.  But they were only available to nobility (The upper crust of society) and when the novelty of it wore off and there was no real need for it, it just faded away.  

Fast forward about 150 years and the idea of public transportation made a comeback.  The omnibus was born in 1826, was able to carry up to 42 passengers that required three horses to pull it.  And it was France once again where this was tested.  This time though, it was for both the common people and nobility.  And in 1828, New York City came out with it's first omnibus line, and many other cities at the time did the same.

I hope you enjoyed this little tidbit about the the bus.  Next week I will post more on this subject.

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