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    #1

    A city-line cab? A mini bus? A route taxi?

    What could be the best word out of the three ones I wrote in the title (or your ideas) for a small bus (four times smaller than a regular bus and two times bigger than a taxi/cab) which runs in cities (in Russia where I live)? It has a stable route, it stops only if you hail. It can carry about 12 passengers who are only allowed to sit (there's no travelling standing up). When you are travelling in it, you can ask the driver to stop it wherever it is convenient to you (if the traffic rules allow to do so). Simply a "bus" is not what it actually is.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 20-Aug-2014 at 22:35.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: A city-line cab? A mini bus? A route taxi?

    It's hard to say. I don't think we have any such thing here in the UK. We have taxis and we have buses. What you describe sounds like a minibus-taxi, but that's not a phrase we use because we don't have them. I have invented that phrase. Only a minibus seats 12 people here.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: A city-line cab? A mini bus? A route taxi?

    Thank you, emrs2d2, I think this word perfectly describes this phenomenon. The main thing about your variant is that it gives an idea of this "bus". I'll use it in a textbook for Russian students (there is no such word in a dictionary, so it's OK.)
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #4

    Re: A city-line cab? A mini bus? A route taxi?

    We have these types of vehicles in New York. They are often called shuttles or shuttle buses.

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    #5

    Re: A city-line cab? A mini bus? A route taxi?

    Now that you mentioned this word, I recalled it! When I was writing the first post, this word also was in my mind and I wondered why it was there. It was subconscious.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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