GREECE, N.Y. – When Jackie Matteson and her friends look at the pictures of her senior prom, they have fond memories. "Last year, we were close to each other and couldn't move," she said. "This year people we’re getting up and dancing."
To save money, Jackie and 27 of her closest friends rented a limo bus.
"Last year, we had one of those hummer stretch ones and it was big, but we had a lot of people last year too," Jackie said. "It had a lot of room, but it was expensive."
Jay Menaldino has owned his limousine company, Excel Limousine, for 10 years. He said the price to fuel his fleet has doubled since last year. To offset gas costs, he has been renting more of the buses.
"Customers who have used those in the past find that because of the room they have... also increasing the number of folks they have and sharing that expenditure is more appealing to the consumer over all," he said.
Menaldino said like other companies managing high fuel costs, he added a surcharge.
"We held back as long as we could," he said. "Nobody wants to raise prices to consumers... Eventually, it's going to affect how you do business on a day-to-day basis. Customers are understanding that we need to off-set costs to help us stay in business."
Jackie said renting the bus cost just under $2,000, and if you have 27 friends to share the ride, it's worth it.
"I think that's expensive but I'd rather us all go in one instead of everyone driving separately," Jackie said. "It's easier."
Source: 13WHAM-TV, NY