What is the standard size for a U.S. city bus?

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What is the standard size for a U.S. city bus?
The typical city bus measures about 12 m (40 feet) in length. (Japanese bus image by R.A.Liederbach from Fotolia.com)

Buses, often considered the "workhorses" of urban transportation, may vary in design, length and capacity. Despite variations in cities across the United States and the world, there are still recognised standards for city bus dimensions.

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Standard City Bus

The approximate average city bus length is 14 m (45 feet). Bus width is typically between 2.5 and 2.7 m (8 to 9 feet).

Articulated Bus Length

Articulated buses, which are composed of two sections held by a pivoting joint, are around 18 m (59 feet) long. Such buses can usually hold about 120 passengers.

Bi-Articulated Buses

The bi-articulated bus is an expansion on the articulated bus, with three sections rather than two. These buses, used in areas of high population and population density, can be 25 m (82 feet) long, with a capacity of more than 200.

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