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Substitute Bus in English?

Tokyo, Japan
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Substitute Bus in English?

What is the correct word for a "substitute bus" in English? is it correct? it sounds somewhat strange to me.

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Tsukuba, Japan
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1. Re: Substitute Bus in English?

Yes, the word "substitute bus" is currently used, for example, for the substitute bus transportation in the closed sections of JR Takayama Line, as follows. Do you mean that the word is used for other meaning?


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2. Re: Substitute Bus in English?

"Substitute bus" is correct. Another term that is also used is "replacement bus".

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3. Re: Substitute Bus in English?

Sometimes the term "bus bridge" is used for a bus that substitutes for a train. See https:/…news20160304 .

But I think "substitute bus" is clearer.

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4. Re: Substitute Bus in English?

In England you would be more likely to see "replacement bus", usually in the context of replacing a train.

The meaning of "substitute bus" is comprehensible but it does sound a bit strange to my ears too.

But do remember that the English used in England differs from the English used in the US, Australia, New Zealand,the Caribbean, India and the many nations around the world that use English as a first or second language,

Edited: 05 August 2018, 16:56
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5. Re: Substitute Bus in English?

In the US, I have seen 'shuttle bus' as a replacement for commuter trains and subways in the Philadelphia area, and 'alternate transportation' for intercity rail service. 'Substitute bus' doesn't sound good, but is clearer than the other phrases.

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