Going Green

We’re investing in the future! Passenger cars alone have caused the majority of U.S. carbon emissions over the last 20 years, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Motor Coach Buses are Green by design. When you travel by motor coach buses you’re conserving energy and easing traffic congestion. You’re spending time wisely. Motor coaches go everywhere you want to travel.

 

How does motor coach bus travel protect the environment? Motor coaches are a greener, fuel-efficient way to go, naturally. Each coach carries as many as 57 passengers, which keeps numerous cars off the road, ultimately reducing emissions and traffic congestion. A motor coach uses about 17 gallons of fuel to travel 100 miles (assuming 6 miles per gallon). Taking the same number of people the same distance by car would use 70 gallons of fuel. Passenger cars alone have caused about 60 percent of U.S. carbon emissions over the last 20 years, according to some studies. A private vehicle is the largest contributor to a person's carbon footprint. Motor coaches on average deliver 336 passenger miles per gallon of fuel. In contrast, single-occupant automobiles achieve 28 passenger miles per gallon at highway mileage. Motor coach travel offers an immediate alternative for those seeking to reduce their energy use and carbon footprints.

 

Is travel by motor coach bus really a greener way to ride? Given all of today's transportation options, the motor coach is the best way to travel if you're looking to minimize your output of carbon dioxide during your trip. Travel by motor coach uses less fuel and produces less CO2 than comparable travel in other modes of long-distance transportation. In a study done by Clean Air-Cool Planet, a New Hampshire non-profit group, a comparison was made of two people traveling by car, plane, train and motor coach on an estimated 236-mile round-trip the distance from Washington, DC, to New York City, one of the nation's most-traveled corridors. Switching to motor coach travel for the approximately 12,300 miles annually traveled via the automobile would reduce a driver's carbon dioxide emissions by 6.7 tons. Today's newest motor coaches are cleaner still, due to low-emission, clean-diesel engine technology mandated by the EPA that includes a diesel particulate filter. The DPF, in combination with Ultra Low Sulfur Fuel, cuts particulate matter by 90 percent. The new coaches emit about 16 pounds of CO2 per passenger on a 236-mile trip.

 

Is there anything else to know about motor coach bus travel? Yes. Higher fuel costs, global warming and more comfortable, luxurious models are driving more consumers to travel by motor coach. A study recently published by Joseph Schwieterman, a professor at De Paul University, found that intercity coach travel has been enjoying a significant rebirth, expanding throughout the country at the fastest rate in more than 40 years. 

 

 To learn more about the “greenest travel” click HERE to read a blog by the Strategic Alliances for the Motor Coach Alliance.

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