• Megabus.com projects 20 percent increase in ridership for July 4 holiday travel period over a normal weekend
• Ridership at a decade high for the holiday weekend
• Thursday, July 2, expected to be the busiest travel day for the weekend
(June 25, 2015) A long holiday weekend, budget fares and the convenience of a GPS tracking system will draw more than 1.3 million passengers to intercity bus travel during the July Fourth holiday, according to the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University. Researchers forecast a 6 percent increase in ridership compared to this time last year.
Megabus.com, the popular city-to-city, express bus company, announced they project a 20 percent increase in passenger ridership for the upcoming July 4 weekend over a normal weekend.
"Motorcoach travel continues to be more popular now than ever,” said megabus.com CEO Dale Moser. “The Fourth of July is traditionally a high traffic period and our industry will take millions of Americans to and from their holiday destinations safely and affordably. The strong demand shows, once again, that the motorcoach industry is a vital part of the nation's transportation system.”
The Chaddick Institute presents this data to offer comparisons with air and automobile travel during major holidays. Highlights from the report include:
• Ridership at a decade high for the holiday: An estimated 1,312,905 passengers will make trips of 50 miles or more by bus, surpassing all previous Fourth of July holidays over the past ten years. July 2, a Thursday, is expected to be the busiest day for bus travel.
• Budget options attract passengers: Less than a week before the holiday, peak-hour departures were available between New York City and Washington, D.C., for $37 each way, while Chicago to Detroit one-way fares were $38.
• 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 Chaddick Institute reached these estimates using its own Intercity Bus Data Set and bookings data from Wanderu.com, a company that aggregates bus ticket sales online. The full report and methodology are available at http://bit.ly/chaddickresearch.
According to data released last year by the Chaddick Institute, city-to-city bus service cumulatively saves consumers $1.2 billion annually compared to other modes of travel. Bus customers who purchase tickets on carriers such as megabus.com one day before departure save an average of more than $300 roundtrip over what they would spend for airline tickets booked a week in advance.
“Summer is already a busy time for bus travel, but this holiday may bring record-setting volumes,” said Joseph Schwieterman, director of the Chaddick Institute. “Buses are the mode of choice for many travelers on short trips, particularly on routes of five hours or less.”
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