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Published on : Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The upcoming 2015 Memorial Day weekend is expected to see its highest level of passenger traffic on scheduled service motorcoach companies in at least 25 years, according to a new report by DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.
DePaul, with support from Wanderu.com, a leading bus ticket booking aggregator, forecasts that as many as 1.8 million people will ride on motorcoaches in scheduled service May 20 through May 25, Memorial Day, up five percent over 2014.
This figure was reached by evaluating the amount of service being made available to the public on more than 100 scheduled bus operators and estimating the number of passengers per bus departure.
According to the American Bus Association Foundation’s latest Motorcoach Census, the entire motorcoach industry provides an estimated 1.65 million passenger trips on a typical day, or 605 million passenger trips on a yearly basis. Over the six-day period surrounding Memorial Day, those figures would translate into nearly 10 million total passenger trips on all forms of motorcoach service, including scheduled, charter, and tour.
Highlights of the Report
“The DePaul report shows that people love riding motorcoaches. Our industry will safely take millions of Americans to and from their holiday destinations this Memorial Day,” said American Bus Association President and CEO Peter Pantuso. “Motorcoach companies are all about providing exceptional service every day at a fair price. That commitment, along with free Wi-Fi and power outlets, is just one of the reasons why more people are traveling on buses. ABA is proud to collaborate with the teams at DePaul University and Wanderu.com on this research. We look forward to sharing travel projections for additional major holidays throughout the year,” he continued.
“The motorcoach industry is thriving. We’re pleased to report that the number of passengers on buses during the Memorial Day weekend will be at its highest level in years. The Wednesday, Thursday and Friday leading up to the holiday will see particularly strong passenger traffic on scheduled service carriers as travelers seek to avoid the hassles of flying and driving. The strong demand shows, once again, that the motorcoach industry is a vital part of the nation’s transportation system,” said Professor Joseph Schwieterman, director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University.
Source:- American Bus Association