Horse-Drawn Omnibus Service in France

Horse-drawn omnibus service was offered in Paris, France at the encouragement of Blaise Pascal in 1662. Known as ‘les carroses a cinq sols’ seated eight people and circulated along a predetermined route in Paris at regular intervals despite the number of passengers. Operations began on March 16, 1662 due to popularity, following a fare introduction ridership declined. The Latin word for omnibus means ‘for everyone’.

Date:
      March 16, 1662
Name(s):
      Blaise Pascal
Occupation:
      Philosopher, Mathematician
Location:
      Paris, France

Additional Information:

  • Horsebus – Wikipedia
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