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.
December 29, 2011, 9am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"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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Published on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 in Toll Roads News
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