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ABA Census Reports A Healthy, Vibrant Motorcoach Industry

Posted on March 18, 2014

According to a new study released by the American Bus Association Foundation, the U.S. and Canadian motorcoach industry continues to show steady, solid growth as one of the most flexible, cost-effective and environmentally efficient modes of transportation. Passenger trips by motorcoach grew by 1.7% in 2012, continuing a trend of nearly 6% growth in the last three years. Total passenger trips increased to nearly 640 million as compared to 736 million enplanements on domestic air carriers and 31 million passengers for Amtrak.

The 2013 Motorcoach Census details the size and activity of the motorcoach travel industry in the United States and Canada for 2012. The report, including full methodology, is available online at http://www.buses.org/files/Foundation/Census2013.pdf.

Selected Highlights

2010

2011

%change

2012

%change

U.S. Carriers

3,672

3,648

-0.7%

3,623

-00.7%

U.S. Motorcoaches

36,888

36,017

-2.4%

35,354

-1.8%

Passenger Trips

601,284,000

626,989,000

4.3%

637,442,000

1.7%

Passenger Trips Per Motorcoach

14,800

15,600

5.8%

16,100

3.0%

Passenger Miles Per Gallon of Fuel

207.0

220.8

6.7%

222.7

0.9%

Demographics

 

 

 

 

 

Students

25.6%

25.2%

-1.5%

24.1%

-4.4%

Senior

23.4%

26.2%

12.1%

26.1%

-0.7%

All Other

51.0%

48.5%

-4.9%

49.9%

2.9%

The Motorcoach industry continues to be a small business success story with over 94% of the industry operating fewer than 25 buses.

Motorcoach Fleet Size

            Carriers

           Motorcoaches

 

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

100 or more

20

0.5%

9,296

23.5%

50-99

49

1.2%

3,256

8.2%

25-49

156

3.9%

6,053

15.3%

10-24

469

11.9%

7,692

19.4%

1 to 9

3,260

82.4%

13,310

33.6%

Industry Total

3,954

100.0%

39,607

100.0%

Source: The American Bus Foundation

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