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ABA 2017 Motorcoach Census Shows Strong Industry

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Posted on June 17, 2019

The bus industry seems to be moving along strong. (Photo: Pixabay user skeeze)

The bus industry seems to be moving along strong. (Photo: Pixabay user skeeze)

Motorcoach travel remains one of the most flexible, cost-effective, and environmentally efficient modes of transportation, the American Bus Association's recently released 2017 Census.

The motorcoach industry provided 574.6 million passenger trips. This compares to 741.6 million enplanements on domestic air carriers and 31.7 million passengers for Amtrak. The industry moved individual passengers a total of 64.3 billion miles.

In 2017, the motorcoach industry consisted of 3,196 companies that operated 37,264 motorcoaches in North America. In the U.S., 2,963 companies ran 32,920 motorcoaches, and in Canada 233 companies ran 4,344 motorcoaches. Most of these companies (94%) were small fleet operations with fewer than 25 motorcoaches. These firms ran 21,875 motorcoaches and provided 88.8 million passenger trips.

Mid-sized companies, operating 25-99 motorcoaches, ran 6,604 motorcoaches for a total of 87.6 million passenger miles. Large companies, those that operate more than 100 motorcoaches, moved 8,785 motorcoaches that provided 398.1 million of the industry’s passenger trips. The industry provided 98,500 jobs.

Given the number of passengers served per bus, motorcoaches move people with remarkable fuel efficiency. In 2017, the average fuel efficiency of a motorcoach was 6.4 miles per gallon of fuel. With this performance, a motorcoach carrying the industry average of 43.7 passengers achieved 280.1 passenger miles per gallon of fuel in 2017.

A selection of stats (click to enlarge)

A selection of stats (click to enlarge)

On average, a motorcoach provided 15,418 passenger trips in 2017, provided 1.7 million passenger miles, employed 2.6 people, used 6,160 gallons of fuel, and traveled 39,506 miles.

The Census shows an industry that serves a broad range of customers and moves them with great fuel efficiency. The industry provides charter, tour, and sightseeing services, which are important to the travel and leisure industries, and intercity scheduled and commuter services, essential to the passenger transportation systems in the U.S. and Canada.

For the full report, click here

Source: ABA Foundation press release

Related Topics: American Bus Association, buses, charter and tour operators, fuel efficiency, group transportation, industry surveys, motorcoach operators, motorcoaches, research and trends

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Comments ( 1 )
  • Pierre Bernard

     | about 12 months ago

    A nice opener. The traits that this mode of transportation carries are very appealing; flexibility, lower cost, and more friendly for the environment, as is said here. In comparing passenger volume (persons moved) the stats are really interesting; not far behind aviation, and way over railway. The numbers moved in relation to the number of operating businesses (and their size) in the field is also really interesting. The passenger miles per gallon in the report is so impressive, and so much better on the environment. A nice article.

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