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Study: 1.14 million will travel by bus over Labor Day holiday

 

•    Labor Day city-to-city bus travel period (Sept. 4-7) expected to be at its highest mark in 10 years
•    Megabus.com to add extra sections on routes

(August 20, 2015) Researchers at the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University forecast more than 1.14 million passengers will travel on intercity buses over a five-day period, an increase of five percent compared to this time last year.

Megabus.com, the popular city-to-city, express bus company that serves more than 120 cities across North America, anticipates adding extra buses on some routes to meet the increased Labor Day demand.
“Motorcoach travel continues to be more popular now than ever,” said megabus.com CEO Dale Moser. “Labor Day travel period is traditionally a high traffic time and our industry will take millions of Americans to and from their holiday destinations safely and affordably.”
The Chaddick Institute presents this data to offer comparisons with air and automobile travel during major holidays. The full report and methodology are available at http://bit.ly/chaddickresearch. Highlights from the report include:

•    Intercity bus travel is expected to be at its highest level for the Labor Day holiday in at least a decade: An estimated 1,144,094 passengers will make trips by bus between Thursday, Sept. 4 and Monday, Sept. 7. This trend reflects a continuing revival in the intercity bus industry.
•    Booking are highest Friday, Sept. 4, which is shaping up to be one of the busiest travel days of the year: Strong travel is also expected on Labor Day, and megabus.com is expected to operate many extra section buses on those days.
•    Budget travelers are finding buses to be a particularly attractive option: A few weeks before the holiday, peak-hour departures were available between New York and Washington D.C. for $37 each way, while Chicago-to-Detroit fares were $38 and $28, respectively.
•    Daily bus operations are up: The number of daily scheduled operations by intercity conventional and discount city-to-city bus lines together grew by 2.1 percent during normal travel periods between 2014 and 2015.

The continued addition of new features and customer amenities has helped fuel bus travel’s popularity.

"One added convenience is the recent expansion of reserved seating on megabus.com, which made an additional 10 seats --for a total of 20 per bus—available to reserve prior to departure on all routes,” said Marisa Schulz, associate director of the Chaddick Institute.

In addition, in June megabus.com began a partnership with Google Maps to provide start-to-finish trip planning, offering fare and schedule comparisons as well as street level views of each arrival/departure location.

In July, the company adopted a new policy allowing reservations to be amended online up to just six hours prior to departure for $5, whereas most major airlines charge $75-200.

"Bus lines have elbowed their way into busy short- and medium-distance markets in recent years, diverting a great deal of traffic from cars, trains and planes,” said Joseph Schwieterman, director of the Chaddick Institute. "Many extra buses will be put into service, especially in major markets of the Midwest and Northeast."

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