Bus

Pope rides bus instead of papal limousine

Posted on March 18, 2013

Newly elected Pope Francis surprised Vatican watchers when he decided to ride on a coach with cardinals when leaving the Sistine Chapel. Just hours before, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, had been elected leader of the world’s estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.

As archbishop, he was frequently seen riding on transit buses and taking the regional subway system to visit Catholic parishes and attend meetings.

The pope’s high-profile trip on a coach once again shows the benefits of bus travel. The Union of Concerned Scientists and other environmental groups say that motorcoaches are the greenest form of transportation. Each full motorcoach has the potential of removing 55 autos from the highway. In North America alone, motorcoaches provide an estimated 700 million passenger trips annually, second only to airlines.

Regarding the pope’s frugal and modest lifestyle, a Vatican spokesman commented, “He was concerned about giving a good example of what priests and bishops should do.”

“We at ABA are honored that Pope Francis chose a bus for his first trip just hours after being elected,” said ABA President/CEO Peter Pantuso. “The pope is a longtime rider of buses and other forms of public transportation, and we commend his decision to ride a bus with the cardinals. If and when Pope Francis decides to visit the United States, ABA would be honored if he would again ride on a bus, much as President Obama and other dignitaries do from time to time.”

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

New York's Select Bus Service improvements boost ridership by 37%

The M14A and D routes, which are augmented by new 14th Street Transit & Truck Priority lanes, have attracted new ridership and improved service and reliability.

FTA awards $40M CIG grant for Reno BRT expansion program

The project expands BRT service by 1.8 miles from its current northern endpoint in downtown to the University of Nevada, Reno.

Biz News: National Express, First Transit contracts; New Flyer, Proterra deliver

MBTA, Valley Metro, and Miami-Dade come to agreements for paratransit, CNG buses, and battery-electric vehicles, charging.

CCW begins delivery of rehabbed Winston-Salem Transit buses

The project includes either a rebuilt Cummins ISC 8.3 engine or a Detroit Series 50 EGR engine.

Sacramento RT offers unlimited free service for youth

RydeFreeRT waives youth fares on bus, light rail, and SmaRT Ride microtransit service across SacRT’s service area.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation