Traveling by bus is now the most popular and most inexpensive way to travel to get from city to city. The main concern now is bus safety issues and our government has started to crack down on bus companies that aren’t following the safety rules. They call taking a bus motor coach travel. It is now known as the safest form of transportation in the United States today and is perfectly safe most of the time. Just fasten your seat belts if you can find them.
It is amazing that you can get a ticket and be fined immediately if you don’t fasten your seat belt in the car but there are no regulations on seat belts while in a bus. There is not even a regulation for seat belt use for children in those bouncy mostly metal school buses. We do flirt with buses because they are comfortable, convenient and cheap. There is still an entire population of people that prefers to take a bus to a casino for a day trip. Taking a nap, eat a snack watch a movie and hold hands with someone you love sounds like a cool way to get somewhere far.
It can cost you $15 dollars from New York to Boston. Wow, I just spent the last 2 days in Boston helping my daughter get off to college and the gas alone was 5 times the price. Buy your ticket in advance and it can cost $9.50 and if you are really good at finding offers you can pay as little as $1.50 a trip. For many, it is just too good a deal to pass up. In 2011 a year that saw air travel up about 2% and train travel up 5%, curb side bus trips shot up more than 30%.
Clearly the opinion on bus travel has changed. In the 1956 movie called Freedom Highway produced by Greyhound, no less, the bus looked like a place to meet and greet new people. It was very safe then but now with more bus companies popping up everywhere and anywhere, safety officials are having a hard time keeping up with them. In March 2011 more than a dozen people died in a crash on I-95 near New York City when a drowsy driver lost control and hit a sign post that cut the bus nearly in half.
In May 2012 the DOT, Department of Transportation shut down 26 Bus companies for everything from bad drivers to bald tires and the hunt for rule breakers is ongoing. Last month the Federal Motorcarriers Association carried out random inspections at the Boston South Station Bus Terminal. Even as passengers are about to load a bus, they can be stopped for a random inspection where things will be looked for like leaks in the engine, check tires for tread and pressure , see if the windows will actually open in the event of an emergency.
Electronic driver’s logs could be on buses as early as next year. I think I am ready to maybe leave the car keys home and take a bus trip. Who knows, it might be fun.