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Environment-Friendliness of Motor Coaches

June 2nd, 2015

Motorcoach travel is no stranger to the environment—in fact; you could say buses are close friends with Mother Nature!

Each coach bus you see on the road has the potential to displace 55 automobiles. In addition to reducing congestion, they also take home the gold (or should we say green) when compared with other forms of transportation. They are actually the most environmentally-friendly form; airplanes, trains and cars just can’t match the low carbon footprint. Efficiency is often measured in passenger miles per gallon, in which coaches are twice as efficient as travel by train, four times as efficient as hopping onto a plane, and seven times more efficient than travel by car. In fact, one gallon of fuel can provide over 200 passenger miles on a coach bus.

You Are Traffic
Bus & Coach Smart Move published this great visualization for motorcoach travel
(Image: Bus and Coach Smart Move)

New types of clean diesel engines and fuel, such as bio-diesel or ultra-low sulfur diesel, help to reduce greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions. Coaches are also outfitted with technology to further reduce and clean these emissions to have as little of an impact on the environment as possible.

In addition to the technology onboard a motorcoach, much of the responsibility of running environmentally-friendly buses falls on the shoulders of the bus owner/operator. Many coach companies have enacted environmental sustainability measures in all aspects of their business, and drivers help by carrying out anti-idling techniques. Whether monitoring tire pressure to minimizing fuel consumption or recycling fluids in the maintenance garage, a big part of going green involves how a bus company is managed.

That's Why I Ride - Because I Care about My Environment
Not only is travel by motorcoach good for you, it's also good for the environment!
(Image: Bus and Coach Smart Move)

Be sure to look for the Green Coach Certification on bus operator profiles within the directory to see which operators are committed to improving their environment and have successfully met parameters for the program.

Feel good about planning your next trip by bus and get started on your environmentally-friendly itineraries today.


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