Celebrate Down To Earth Day

LCT Magazine
Posted on April 22, 2010

CLEAN & GREEN: The American Bus Association reminds everyone today what being green really means. After 40 years of Earth Days, let's dedicate this day to making the world greener by fueling prosperity, i.e. green money in your pocket. How about tax cuts and exemptions for the motorcoach and chauffeured transportation industries -- the real green movers on the planet? Now that would be an Earth Day event worth celebrating.

A press release from the American Bus Association:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The environmental friendliness of motorcoaches makes Earth Day 2010 (Thursday, April 22) more aptly termed “Motorcoach Day,” the American Bus Association (ABA) said today.
The benefits of motorcoach transportation include: providing the most fuel-efficient and least carbon-intensive mode of travel per passenger, mitigating congestion on gridlocked roadways, and serving as the greenest way to reach cities, attractions and tourist destinations coast-to-coast, according to independent academic and scientific experts.
“Travel by motorcoach is the greenest approach,” said ABA President & CEO Peter J. Pantuso. “Motorcoaches minimize one’s carbon footprint like no other transportation mode. American Bus Association Foundation [ABAF] studies conducted by independent researchers, as well as those from other third-party organizations, show that taking the bus makes every day Earth Day.”
Motorcoaches are the most fuel-efficient transportation mode in North America when measured in terms of passenger miles per gallon (MPG) of fuel, according to ABAF studies.
Motorcoaches provide 206.6 passenger MPG; single-occupant automobiles, in contrast, achieve 27.2 passenger MPG. Average transit buses achieve 31.4 passenger MPG, airlines achieve 44 passenger MPG, and commuter rail achieves 92.4 passenger MPG. Motorcoaches also emit the least carbon dioxide (CO2) per passenger mile compared to other vehicles.
“We’re constantly told about the virtues of hybrid cars, public transit use, bicycle commuting and other strategies to limit fuel use, but few people realize that doubling or tripling the market share of intercity buses would be a far easier way to achieve the same result,” said DePaul University Professor Dr. Joseph P Schwieterman, Ph.D., author of the study, The Return Of The Intercity Bus: The Decline and Revival of Scheduled Service to American Cities, 1960-2007.”
“Motorcoaches leave carbon in the dust. A couple boarding a motorcoach will cut their carbon nearly in half compared with driving even a hybrid car. And if they take the motorcoach rather than flying, they will cut their emissions by 55 to 75 percent, depending on the distance they travel,” the Union of Concerned Scientists wrote in its report Getting There Greener: The Guide To Your Lower Carbon Vacation.”
ABA’s recently updated brochure titled, “Save A Penguin: Take A Motorcoach,” is downloadable free on ABA’s WEB SITE.

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