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The name "omnibus" is said to have originated from the shop sign of a Parisian hatmaker named Omnes.  "Omnes Omnibus" translated to mean "for all" and surely meant that the shop could make a hat for anyone.  In 1825, horse-drawn wagon owner Stanislaus Baudry adopted the name "omnibus" to apply to his carriages designed to transport people.  By 1850, the word applied primarily to carriages operating in the French capital of Paris and the word was shortened to "bus".

For decades, this word, bus, has been used to describe any medium or large vehicle specifically designed to transport people from one location to another. In the early 20th century, motorized buses looked like carriages, but, that changed in the 1930s.

Typically, a bus is based on a medium or large truck chassis and fitted with special bodies designed to transport people comfortably. The influence of aerodynamics brought on the streamlined bus in the 1930s.  With the development of more efficient buses operating on high-speed roads, the travel from one point to another has been shortened drastically.  Over time, the growth of aircraft for travel over medium to long distances negatively affected bus travel, but, luxury buses designed for short to medium range operation have a definite "place" for intercity travel in Europe and North America.

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