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Coaches provide important transportation in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

6 November 2012 - In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and with all of the disruptions to the intricate transportation system in the northeast United States, it's clear that when it comes to safely transporting large numbers of people into or out of a disaster area, motorcoaches are the most flexible and best alternative available.


A standard motorcoach can carry as many as 57 people, with excellent accommodations for passengers with disabilities, as well.


Coaches rely on a nation's highway system and the tens of millions of miles of state and local roads.  If a road is not passable, the motorcoach can be easily rerouted to its destination, unlike airplanes and rail which rely on airports and tracks. Hurricane Sandy damaged tracks and in some cases they were flooded, and at airports some critical aviation safety equipment had to be repaired and inspected before the airports could reopen.

Most of the major coach companies were up and running along the eastern seaboard on Thursday morning.


The coach industry safely transported nearly 700 million passengers in 2010 according to the American Bus Association's (ABA) most recent industry census.


“Each day millions of people ride on motorcoaches for business or pleasure. That figure of 700 million is second only to the domestic airlines in terms of intercity passengers carried, and it far exceeds the number of passengers who travel annually on Amtrak, which is estimated to be 40 million people. We are proud of the fact that our industry was able to respond so quickly and resume operations in a timely manner.  During these difficult days in the New York metropolitan area and along the entire northeastern seaboard, the motorcoach industry wants to let the public know we are here to help,” said Peter J. Pantuso, President and CEO, American Bus Association.

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