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Smart Cities Dive: Intercity Bus Lines See Encouraging Signs as Riders Return

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Intercity Bus Lines See Encouraging Signs as Riders Return
Smart Cities Dive
Dan Zukowski
August 24, 2022

More travelers are taking the bus this year, sparking a recovery for intercity and interstate bus lines that struggled during the height of the pandemic. But there’s still a long way to go to reach ridership levels that the industry saw prior to COVID-19.

In 2020, nearly one-fifth of motor coach companies in the United States went out of business, according to the American Bus Association Foundation. The Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development estimated that passenger traffic was just 45 percent of pre-pandemic levels in late 2020.

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