2/06/2018

 







  Demand on the rise for intercity bus travel, study finds

From Metro:

After being financially hurt for several years by cheap fuel prices and a soft economy, intercity bus lines rolled into the new year with renewed momentum, find researchers at DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.

"Economic growth paved the way for new services, while luxury options and tech-oriented transformations push the sector in exciting new directions," said Joseph Schwieterman, director of the institute and lead author of the study.

Brian Antolin, industry expert and a research affiliate at the institute, is co-author of the study. The researchers outlined trends including:

 

After being financially hurt for several years by cheap fuel prices and a soft economy, intercity bus lines rolled into the new year with renewed momentum, find researchers at DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.

Business-class and luxury bus services are growing to destinations that have not yet had a taste of these offerings, particularly in Florida, New England, the Northeast and Texas. These services will increasingly offer reserved seating, comparable to that on most airlines.

Tech-oriented bus lines and startups are using crowdsourcing and dynamic scheduling to attract new markets. Services Rally Bus and Skedaddle operate only when enough travelers express a willingness to pay for a set route and..............  READ MORE >

 

  States, cities crack down while Washington deregulates

From Bus & Motorcoach News:

SAN ANTONIO - While deregulation fever has gripped Washington, state and local efforts to regulate motorcoach operations continue to threaten federal preemptions that have allowed interstate travel to flourish.

Examples of efforts to raise revenue or stifle outside competition through regulations were discussed during the annual State Association Summit at Motorcoach Expo 2018.


SAN ANTONIO - While deregulation fever has gripped Washington, state and local efforts to regulate motorcoach operations continue to threaten federal preemptions that have allowed interstate travel to flourish.
Cherie Hime, Executive Director of the
Midwest Bus and Motorcoach Association.

"I think we are going to see more of these. They need the money," said Ken Presley, vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs and industry relations/COO of the United Motorcoach Association. "We have to think about the potential for every city and county and political subdivision to create regulations. It could get pretty scary.

"It is important that we start pushing back," Presley said. "The federal preemptions are sacred. If we don’t take care of them they are going to go...................   READ MORE >

 
 
 
 
 
  Teen Accused of Assaulting School Bus Driver

 

From School Bus Fleet:

STAFFORD, Va. - A teenager here was arrested on Thursday for allegedly assaulting a school bus driver, authorities said.

On Thursday at about 4:41 p.m., deputies from the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a fight involving a school bus driver. When they arrived at the scene, the deputies found that the driver was bleeding from the forehead.

According to a press release from the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, the school bus driver, a substitute, told deputies that an individual who was trying to pick up a student from the bus was not on the list of people he could release the student to. The driver reportedly said that he would need to call the school to confirm that he could release the student to the subject.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office said that the subject then got on the school bus and began assaulting the driver.

 

On Thursday at about 4:41 p.m., deputies from the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a fight involving a school bus driver. When they arrived at the scene, the deputies found that the driver was bleeding from the forehead.
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"An altercation between the subject and bus driver ensued, and the driver was punched in the face, causing a laceration on his forehead," according to the Sheriff’s Office. "The subject also struck the left side of the face of a bus monitor who attempted to block the subject from gaining access to the student."

Deputies detained the subject and learned that he was a juvenile and that he and the student are siblings. The subject was acting as guardian of his sister and had been "dealing with a number of serious family issues," according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A criminal complaint against the teenager for two counts of assault and battery was submitted to Juvenile Detention Services, which did not advise detention.   Meanwhile, the school bus driver was examined by medics........  READ MORE >

   
 


 

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