ABA Study * USA - Reveals Bus Industry's Economic Impact
“The Economic Impacts and Social Benefits of the U.S. Motorcoach Industry"
Washington DC ,USA -Leisure Group Travel -10 March 2009: -- The ABA (American Bus Association) Foundation’s newly released 38-page updated version of an economic impact study shows that the industry is vibrant despite the economy—and may be benefiting from a travel mode shift because of it. The study is entitled “The Economic Impacts and Social Benefits of the U.S. Motorcoach Industry: Binding the Nation Together by Providing Diverse and Affordable Services to Everyone.”... In 2007 the industry provided 751 million passenger-trips, or 9 percent more than the number of U.S. certified commercial air carrier enplanements and 20 times more than Amtrak and commuter rail combined... The industry, consisting of about 3,400 businesses in the United States and Canada, operated 33,550 coaches and spent $978 million on new coaches. Charter service accounted for the most bus miles (46.4 percent)... The study details how motorcoach travel is safer, greener and more affordable than other modes of transportation, and operates with insignificant federal subsidies. It also provides passenger demographics. Thirty-one percent of long-distance charter and tour bus passengers, for example, are 65 years and older...