Buses are one of the oldest forms of public transportation available today, and even though quite a few features and technologies behind the modern coach bus have changed a lot since the first bus was invented in the 1820s, the main function is still the same: to provide travelers with a safe, reliable, affordable, and comfortable way to get around.
All four of these factors are still important and still influence passengers to choose coach bus transportation when they need to travel, but two additional factors have recently become pretty significant as well; within the past few years alone, it has become clear that motorcoach companies play important roles in the country’s tourism industry and in the development of eco-friendly vehicles. Here’s a closer look at how your local coach buses — wherever you are — have become positive influences on the economy and on green transportation:
- Buses have played an important role in public transportation for a long time, and motorcoach companies are growing so quickly that this industry has become the fastest-growing part of the transportation sector. These services provide over seven million individual passenger trips each year, and there are over 33,000 individual buses out on the road. By traveling through small towns and visiting tourist attractions along the way, each bus of travelers infuses the local economy with more money and supports jobs in small businesses.
- Bus companies have also put a strong emphasis on developing systems that are as energy-efficient as possible — and since coach buses already get more passenger miles per gallon than any other vehicle, the fact that companies are still developing better systems says a lot about how dedicated the industry is when it comes to the environment!
When you take all of these factors into consideration, it’s really no surprise that the coach bus industry has remained such an important staple in the U.S. transportation sector for so many years.