ABA Foundation: New Motorcoach Census Shows a Strong and Dynamic Industry (March 27, 2015)
The American Bus Association Foundation’s annual Motorcoach Census demonstrates that the U.S. and Canadian motorcoach industry continues to show strength as one of the most flexible, cost-effective, environmentally efficient modes of transportation. Total passenger trips remained strong at more than 605 million, compared to the 743 million (domestic and international) enplanements on domestic air carriers and 32 million passengers for Amtrak.
The Motorcoach Census details the size and activity of the motorcoach travel industry in the United States and Canada for 2013. Click here for the new report, including full methodology.
Passenger trip reductions may be caused in part by the decreased number of organized student travel trips and changing demographics in the tour market. Industry consolidation and the closure of some companies may have stemmed from economic pressures and from higher capital and operating costs due to increased government regulation.
"The motorcoach industry continues to be a small-business success story, with small and medium-sized operators representing more than 98% of the total industry," observed Peter Pantuso, President and CEO of the American Bus Association. "This data affirms the importance of motorcoach travel to our national transportation system. ABA and its members are proud to be in a business that’s safe, reliable and environmentally friendly, moving hundreds of thousands of people every day to their destinations."