This is good news of sorts…

More Americans are getting on the bus –

“The growth in intercity bus traffic is being driven by a number of factors, chiefly the spiking price of fuel over the past year,” said Joseph Schwieterman, professor of public service and director of the Chaddick Institute, who directed the study, released Monday.”The basic economic efficiencies of bus travel are proving to be extremely attractive in this difficult economic climate,” he said.

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People are still traveling longer distances, but more are choosing to travel by bus. In my experience, bus services like the Greyhound are a last resort for many reasons. A better, more comfortable solution is definitely using trains. Now that would be good news, if more people were using trains for the longer distance trips.

Buses are likely to replace airline travel in the coming years as investment in airports and airlines diminises as oil supplies become scarce. Air travel will be one of the hardest hit by fuel shortages, as av-gas is a “specialised product” and greater demand will exist for regular fuels such as diesel and gas – forcing suppliers to make a choice, which will inevitably mean that av-gas prices will increase disproportionately compared to regular gas.

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Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.