Motorcoach

Report: Intercity bus use continues surge

Posted on December 16, 2010

New statistics, included in a just-released study update, show the popularity of intercity bus travel continues to surge, according to DePaul University.

The Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development released a report this week, “The Intercity Bus: America’s Fastest Growing Transportation Mode – 2010 Update on Scheduled Bus Service.”

For the third year in a row, the intercity bus service was the fastest growing mode of intercity transportation, outpacing air and rail transportation, the study reports. Intercity bus operations expanded by 6 percent in 2010, suggesting that the sector’s renaissance is continuing.

“This new study from the respected academics at DePaul University confirms that the travel mode shift toward buses is continuing, and it’s easy to see why consumers are fast becoming loyal bus riders,” said American Bus Association (ABA) President/CEO Peter Pantuso, commenting on the study results. “Buses beat planes, trains and automobiles in affordability, flexibility and mobility. Buses are the safest greenest, most affordable, most hassle-free and, more often, the most luxurious way to travel.”

The study also looks at external factors affecting the changing travel landscape favoring buses.

Intercity bus service in the United States remained robust through 2010 as a result of rising travel demand, escalating fuel prices, and investments in new routes, DePaul University researchers said in the new study. These and other factors propelled motorcoach travel to its highest level in years and made the intercity bus the country’s fastest growing mode of transportation for the third year in the row.

ABA is not surprised by the numbers, as its member companies have been reporting formally and anecdotally to the association the phenomenon captured on paper in the new study.

“With Wi-Fi, plug-ins, courteous service and city center to city center convenience, all at a fraction of the price of the other travel options, it’s no wonder why the most recent update from the independent third-party academic experts at DePaul University confirm what ABA Foundation numbers show as well,” Pantuso added.

Passengers getting out of their cars to take the bus instead have also helped America slash its total fuel consumption by 11 million gallons annually, which DePaul writes is “the equivalent benefit of removing 23,818 vehicles from the road.”

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Prevost relocates, expands Greater Toronto service center

Additionally, the company announced the appointment of Jack Forbes to the position of VP Corporate Accounts and Commuter Sales.

ABC delivers Van Hools to Iowa, Calif.

Iowa's Windstar Lines took delivery of five new CX2045s while San Diego's Goldfield Stages took delivery of two new CXs.

Luxury bus co. Vonlane begins offering Houston-Dallas service

The vehicles feature free wi-fi, satellite television and radio and an attendant offering drinks and amenities more common on first-class flights than intercity bus service.

Greyhound riders accused of calling in bomb threat charged

The threat was called in about 5:30 p.m. Friday, as the bus was traveling from New York state to Cleveland. The men claimed they were affiliated with Al-Qaeda and had a bomb that would destroy the White House.

Party Bus owner charged with manslaughter

Jon Reno St. James was immediately ordered into custody after the clerk read the jury's verdict. St. James faces up to four years in jail and is set to be sentenced May 29.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close