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August 19, 2015 /
Posted in: College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences /
"Bus lines have elbowed their way into busy short- and medium-distance markets in recent years, diverting a great deal of traffic from cars, trains and planes,” said Joseph Schwieterman, director of the Chaddick Institute. "Many extra buses will be put into service, especially in major markets of the Midwest and Northeast."
The Chaddick Institute presents this data to offer comparisons with air and automobile travel during major holidays. Findings in the report show:
"New GPS apps will allow bus travelers to arrive at pickup areas only moments before their bus is ready for boarding," said Marisa Schulz, associate director of the Chaddick Institute. This is the first summer when travelers on Greyhound, the largest provider of intercity bus transportation, can use BusTracker, a GPS tracking system that allows customers to see where their bus is, and when it will arrive at their destination. Another added convenience is the expansion of reserved seating on Megabus.com, which made an additional 10 seats — for a total of 20 per bus — available to reserve prior to departure on all routes.
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 Mathews