Global transit bus market - forecast 2015-2022

China is predicted to have the largest fleet of buses in the world by 2022 with 57,700. Every region is predicted to increase their fleet of heavy-duty transit busses between 2015 and 2022. However, the bus fleet in India is expected to grow more, increasing to 36,400 buses from 18,900 in 2015.

Heavy duty transit buses

Heavy duty transit buses are buses of more than nine meters in length, and eight metric tons in gross weight, which are used to provide public transport services within cities or greater urban areas. It is predicted that a significant portion of the new buses purchased by 2022 in every region will be running on either electricity or some form of hybrid technology.

Urban bus networks globally

Latin America has a far higher urban bus ridership than any other region, reaching nearly 20 million daily riders in 2015. In terms of individual cities, the Brazilian megacities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro top the list of the world’s busiest urban bus networks. Only one of the cities this list – Guangzhou – also figures on the lists of busiest and longest metro rail networks. This suggests that a large urban bus network if often a result of lower levels of investment in other forms of public transport infrastructure than simply population.

Projected worldwide number of heavy-duty transit buses* in 2015 and 2022, by region or country

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Release date

April 2016



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Supplementary notes

* Transit buses includes city or urban buses with more than nine meters in length and more than eight metric tons gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR).

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