Intercity Bus Growth Provides New Traffic for Turnpikes

Growth in traffic on intercity buses offers an important new source of revenue for long distance turnpikes and interstate toll bridges. A new breed of curbside bus carriers are seeing rapid growth.

"A report by Joseph Schwieterman and others at the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University in Chicago estimates that intercity bus departures rose from 2,514 to 2,693 or 7.1% in 2011, apparently indicating a strong increase in ridership. This in a year in which traffic on other long-distance modes -- passenger cars, airlines and passenger rail -- was rather flat," writes Peter Samuel, editor of Toll Roads News.

"Curbside bus operators first made their appearance in the US around 2006, a mix of British and small indigenous companies. Led by Megabus and BoltBus they have been growing in ridership each year since, for the moment defying the dismal economy..."

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