A new report by commissioned by the American Bus Association Foundation and conducted by M.J. Bradley and Associates shows that, when it comes to fuel efficiency and carbon emissions, motorcoaches are the cleanest mode of transportation. The study compares motorcoaches to 11 other modes, including intercity rail (Amtrak), transit buses, commuter rail, domestic air travel and private automobiles. Across all 11 modes, motorcoaches are the leader in environmentally conscious transportation.

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Motorcoaches average nearly 240 passenger miles per gallon, while intercity rail (Amtrak) averages 85, commuter rail 90, transit buses 70, domestic air travel 55 and single-occupant cars 28. In terms of carbon dioxide emissions, motorcoaches are more than twice as efficient as the next closest mode, more than three times as efficient as Amtrak, and eight times more efficient than a single-occupant car. This report shows that, in addition to motorcoach transportation’s inherent advantages in pricing, flexibility and on-board amenities, travelers can choose motorcoaches based on sustainability, as well.

“Many in Washington, D.C., believe that, in order to reduce congestion while creating green transportation options, government must provide massive ongoing taxpayer support,” said ABA President and CEO Peter Pantuso. “As the data shows, America’s privately operated motorcoach fleet is the greenest form of transportation. It provided nearly 640 million passenger trips in 2012 while doing so with little to no taxpayer subsidy. Our industry is proud of our success, and we hope that, as Congress considers the next transportation authorization bill, they consider what it truly means to be sustainable.”

The full report is available on the American Bus Association’s website at www.buses.org/research.

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About the American Bus Association

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.

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