New Motorcoach Census Shows a Strong and Dynamic Industry

Press Release
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."

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.

About the ABA Foundation

The American Bus Association Foundation (ABAF) is the scholarship and research arm of the motorcoach, tour, and travel industry. The largest non-profit in motorcoach group travel, the ABAF distributes $60,000 a year in scholarships to industry families and invests in research to demonstrate the important role motorcoach transportation plays in society.


Melanie Hinton, Director of Communications & Media Relations, ABA
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