Travel By Motorcoach
Is The Greenest Approach
Rockhopper penguins live on most of the islands in the Antarctic region. They get their name because they hop over rocks and crevices on the shores they inhabit.
Motorcoaches are the best way to travel to minimize oneís carbon footprint. Research from the American Bus Association Foundationís studies, as well as independent third-party corroboration from academia and a report from the scientific community, all document that bus travel is the least carbon-intensive way to go.
For the first time since the internal combustion engine more than a century ago ushered in a car culture, the hegemony of the personal auto has been supplanted. Americans today view traveling by motorcoach as a status symbol, and many have forsaken the car to do so as a proven way to reduce oneís ecological impact. Thatís why motorcoaches account for 751,000,000 passenger trips taken annually.
Coaches also fight congestion, as each coach has the capacity to take up to 55 cars off of the road at one time. Thatís millions of cars not being driven, which in turn saves fuel, slashes emissions, and perhaps even saves a penguin or two.
Peter J. Pantuso
President and CEO
American Bus Association
Motorcoaches: The Greenest transportation choice
Motorcoaches infuse tourism dollars into every community. A single motorcoach spending one night at a destination generates up to $11,660 for that local economy in lodging, meals and other spending.
Motorcoaches are the most fuel-efficient transportation mode in North America when measured in terms of passenger miles per gallon of fuel.
Motorcoaches provide 206.6 passenger miles per gallon of fuel; single-occupant automobiles, in contrast, achieve 27.2 passenger miles per gallon.
"Weíre constantly told about the virtues of hybrid cars, public transit use, bicycle commuting and other strategies to limit fuel use, but few people realize that doubling or tripling the market share of intercity buses would be a far easier way to achieve the same result"
- DePaul University Professor Dr. Joseph P Schwieterman, Ph.D., author, "The Return Of The Intercity Bus:The Decline and Revival of Scheduled Service to American Cities, 1960-2007."
Average transit buses achieve 31.4 passenger MPG, airlines achieve 44 passenger MPG, and commuter rail achieves 92.4 passenger MPG.
Motorcoaches emit the least carbon dioxide (CO2) per passenger mile when compared to other vehicles, and are on average 7 times more energy and fuel-efficient than single occupancy automobiles.
Motorcoaches are 3 times more efficient in reducing CO2 output when compared to commuter rail, and 6 times more efficient than transit buses.
The Humboldt penguin is found on the rugged coast and offshore islands of Chile and Peru. Though a warm weather species, the Humboldt penguin is endangered and there are as few as 10,000 birds in the wild today.