March 27, 2007

Motorcoaches are most fuel-efficient U.S. transportation sector, study reveals

Washington, D.C. – A study authored by Nathan Associates and released by the American Bus Association Foundation found that motorcoaches are the most fuel-efficient transportation mode in the U.S.

The motorcoach industry provided 148.4 passenger miles per gallon (PMPG) of fuel in 2004, more than double that of intercity trains, which at 74.1 PMPG were the second-most fuel-efficient sector, according to the study. Total transit achieved 55.8 PMPG, air carriers achieved 40.9 PMPG, and automobiles achieved 35.4 PMPG.

According to the study, the motorcoach transportation industry carried 631 million passengers in the U.S. and Canada in 2005, one-fourth more passengers than the airline industry, and twice more than Amtrak and commuter rail combined.

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