Motorcoaches To Play Major Role As Future People Movers

Posted on December 1, 2010 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

ABA President Peter Pantuso underscores how motorcoaches remain the greenest and most affordable group transportation option.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The AMERICAN BUS ASSOCIATION recently was part of a broad group of transportation stakeholders including environmental and energy security groups that unveiled a new study of the 19-member MOBILITY CHOICE COALITION, which cites the role of private-sector buses in reducing oil dependency and government waste through increasing competition among transportation modes and tying transportation spending to energy and economic performance.

The analysis, “Taking the Wheel: Achieving a Competitive Transportation Sector Through Mobility Choice,” details the benefits of 10 specific policy options that would level the playing field among transportation options. The report’s recommendations aim to reduce the ability of an oil price spike to disrupt our economy, decrease wasteful government spending, and provide economical and convenient transportation options to the public, according to the group.

The Mobility Choice Coalition, which includes ABA as well as the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, the Natural Resources Defense Council and 15 other organizations, analyzed the specific effect on oil demand from Bus Rapid Transit, transit competition, improved transportation technology, vouchers and other policies. The group also recommended implementation strategies to maximize oil savings.

“In order to expand competition and increase the likelihood of transit demand being met with economic options, policies could be designed so that vouchers can be redeemed with both existing transit agencies and entrepreneurs running private sector buses, shuttles, vanpools, and jitney buses,” the 24-page report states on page 14.

“As long as the playing field is level, modern buses can save energy and compete with any mode of transportation as a cost-effective and efficient alternative,” ABA President & CEO Peter J. Pantuso said. “Motorcoaches are the greenest choice, achieving 206 passenger miles per gallon.”

The American Bus Association is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry with more than 1000 motorcoach owner and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.


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