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May 18, 2015 /
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Bus travel will be at a 25-year high during the Memorial Day holiday, finds new research from the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University. (Image courtesy of Chaddick Institute)CHICAGO — Instead of getting behind the wheel or boarding an airplane for the Memorial Day holiday, more than 1.7 million passengers will travel via bus this year, according to a new report from the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University. Researchers forecast intercity bus travel in the U.S. will be at a 25-year high May 20-25.
“The bus industry is thriving,” said Joseph Schwieterman, director of the Chaddick Institute. “The Wednesday, Thursday and Friday leading up to the holiday will see particularly strong passenger traffic on scheduled service carriers, as travelers seek to avoid the hassles of flying and driving.”
Passenger travel on scheduled bus lines over the Memorial Day holiday expected to be at its highest level since at least 1990. This reflects a continuing revival in the intercity bus industry, said Schwieterman. This estimate is based on a comprehensive review by DePaul of the amount of service that was made available to the public in past decades. Highlights from the report include:
The Chaddick Institute reached these estimates using its own Intercity Bus Data Set and bookings data from Wanderu.com, a company that aggregates bus ticket sales online. The full report and methodology are available at http://bit.ly/chaddickresearch.
Kristin Claes Mathewskmathew5@depaul.edu312-241-9856