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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 09:50

President Calls for Cleaner Environment; Motorcoach Companies Already Leading the Way

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While the nation’s political leadership is debating ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and continue to improve our environment, the nation’s motorcoach companies and American Bus Association members are already taking the lead in that important effort. President Obama called for new environmental regulations in a host of areas, including increasing the fuel economy standards for heavy-duty trucks, buses, and vans after 2018.

 

According to research by the American Bus Association Foundation and The Union of Concerned Scientists, motorcoaches are the most environmentally friendly form of transportation. And as more people ride motorcoaches instead of traveling by private automobile, they are helping to improve the environment.

  • The Union of Concerned Scientists report says a couple boarding a motorcoach will cut their carbon emissions 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 fifty-five to seventy-five percent, depending on the distance they travel.
  • Motorcoaches provide 207 passenger miles per gallon of fuel, compared to ninety-two passenger MPG for commuter rail, forty-four passenger MPG for domestic airlines, and twenty-seven MPG for single passenger automobiles.
  • Each motorcoach has the potential to take as many as fifty-five cars off of the road, reducing congestion, saving fuel, and significantly cutting emissions.
  • The motorcoach industry is growing, providing some 700 million passenger trips annually. The FAA says in 2011, the airlines provided 732 million passenger trips. In contrast, long-distance passenger rail carried 30.2 million passengers in 2012.
  • According to DePaul University of Chicago, intercity bus service grew by 7.5 percent between the end of 2011 and 2012—the highest rate of growth in four years. Conventional bus lines expanded by 1.4 percent, in part due to Greyhound and Peter Pan’s new express services.
  • Daily departures on express bus carriers surged in 2012, up by 30.6 percent, and for the first time, they exceeded more than 1,000 daily scheduled operations.
  • ABA is in a partnership with Motor Coach Industries (MCI) and the University of Vermont’s Certification for Sustainable Transportation, where ABA member motorcoach companies are recognized each January for their outstanding environmental leadership.

“The motorcoach industry is committed to continuing to be the most environmentally friendly form of transportation,” said ABA President and CEO Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS. “Our ABA member companies every day provide high-quality, safe transportation to hundreds of thousands of people. Our members are leaders when it comes to improving the environment, because they know that improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions makes their companies better. We are proud of the work our industry is doing and will continue to do.”

Source and Photo: ABA

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