If you frequently travel in a group larger than five, you may want to consider a charter bus rental for your organization or business. Whether you’re interested in doing tours in a city, regularly transporting your church group, school group, or other organization, or frequently travel in large groups for business, a charter bus rental can be a greener, cost-effective way to get from one place to another. These days, it’s quite possible to travel comfortably on a bus equipped with WiFi, TV screens, personal heating and cooling vents, and even plugs for your electronic devices! If you’re looking into charter bus services, make sure you get quotes before deciding on a final course of action and see what kind of buses might be available for your group’s use.
Tell Me About Motorcoaches
Motorcoaches are incredibly versatile in their specific uses. There are over 33,000 vehicles that are used for charter, tour, or sightseeing purposes, as well as being used as airport shuttles or commuter and scheduled services. Motorcoaches are used on over 750,000,000 trips every year and are owned by almost 3,500 small businesses. Interestingly, the American Bus Association released a study that showed that bus travel in the United States went up almost 8% between 2011 and 2012, which made it the form of travel most rapidly increasing in our country.
The biggest sector of passengers served by the motorcoach industry was that of students and seniors (just over 50%) in 2012, with adults and young adults at just below 50%. That’s not surprising, as motorcoaches tend to be one of the most economical ways to travel.
The industry produces over $55 billion to the economy and employs almost 800,000 people when you think about the demand for goods and services that crop up because of motorcoach travel (from hotels and restaurants to manufacturers and dealerships). For example, if just one motorcoach stops off at a destination to stay overnight, that local economy can see almost $12,000 in revenue due to meals, lodging, and other types of spending.
Furthermore, motorcoaches often provide a mode of transportation for over 14 million United States residents who live rurally. These buses go where air and rail don’t (or can’t) and provide intercity transportation. There are also five times as many terminals for motorcoaches across the country, compared to airports, and six times as many when compared to intercity rail terminals.
What are the Benefits of a Charter Bus Rental?
A full motorcoach could potentially take 55 cars off the highway, which would cut down on traffic congestion, reduce the use of energy and the amount of emissions. Motorcoaches also emit the least carbon dioxide per mile if you compare their emissions to other forms of travel, such as rail or air. In fact, they’re three times more efficient in putting out less carbon dioxide if you compare them to commuter rail and six times more efficient than transit buses.
You can get over 200 miles per gallon with motorcoaches, compared to most vehicles which might average about 27.2 miles per gallon. Think about all the fuel that could be saved if motorcoaches were utilized more frequently. Compare this to commuter rail (which only get 92 miles per gallon) and domestic air carriers (44 miles per gallon).
Even though those two options are still more fuel efficient than a single-occupancy vehicle, nothing beats a motorcoach.
Reduce Federal Subsidies
Even though motorcoaches are incredibly fuel efficient and economical, they also don’t need that much from the government. They only need about six cents in federal subsidies per trip, as compared to public transit which is around $0.77 per trip, commercial air carriers, which weigh in at $4.32 per trip, and Amtrak, which is a whopping $46.06 in taxpayer subsidies per trip.
Support the industry by considering a charter bus rental for your outings. They’re a fantastic way to transport large groups of people at a comfortable and economical rate, are fuel efficient and environmentally responsible, and help support the economy in other ways. What’s not to love?