Environment

Get to Know the Real Green Transportation

When you go by motorcoach, you’re using the greenest travel option, because your carbon footprint is minimized like no other transportation mode. A study conducted on behalf of The American Bus Association Foundation illustrates the difference in energy use between motorcoaches and other transportation modes.  More

The Study

The study analyzed the environmental performance of Highway Motorcoach operations, by comparing the energy use and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of motorcoaches with the energy use and CO2 emissions of other common transportation vehicles/modes.

Results

On average, motorcoaches use the least amount of energy and produce the lowest carbon dioxide emissions per passenger mile of any of the transportation modes analyzed, including van pool, heavy rail, commuter rail, light rail, trolley, air travel and more.

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Getting There Greener: The Guide to Your Lower-Carbon Vacation by the Union of Concerned Scientists
Excerpt: Motor coaches and trains are a carbon bargain. Whether traveling with a family, with a partner, or alone, those seeking a carbon bargain should seriously consider rail and motor coach travel. Intercity bus options have been on the upswing, as numerous regional carriers now provide coaches with very comfortable seats. And Amtrak offers everything from high-speed rail service in the Northeast to “auto trains” that enable long-distance travel without the wear and tear on your automobile. From a carbon perspective, motor coaches and trains are among your lowest-emission options, especially on shorter (less than 500-mile) trips. Moreover, because motor coaches and trains are often underused, they may offer what amounts to a carbon “free ride.”