For most dense cities with dense traffic and congestion problems, there is a constant struggle to attract the car users to the public transports. Buses contribute much less than cars to the congestion and is mostly the preferred alternative to increase the efficiency of city transports.
For São Paolo the ambition is to raise the profile further by introducing 200 hybrid buses (Read more here,in Portuguese)
The modern hybrid bus brings not only environmental advantages that I written about before. In addition the attractiveness for the passengers is raised a lot by:
-Large windows allowing a lot of light
-Open lay-out that brings space and room for integrity simultaneously
-Seating that is easy to access for physically challenged
-Low level boarding that allows easy access and rapid transit
-Silent engine that allows passengers to communicate readily during the ride
-Electrical take-off that allows silent and emission free start to the benefit of the passengers waiting at the bus stop
Volvo 7700 Hybrid now running in São Paolo.
It is easy to understand why more and more cities in the world now turn to modern public transport by combining Bus Rapid Transit with hybrid feeder lines.