Articles tagged “buses”

Rome Tour Bus Restriction Stirs Europe’s Latest Overtourism Controversy

Rome Tour Bus Restriction Stirs Europe’s Latest Overtourism Controversy

Dan Peltier, Skift

Tour buses bring thousands of people to Rome each day, but many increasingly run on cleaner fuels than their passenger car counterparts. Buses also replace some of those cars and probably know the traffic laws better than the average driver, another reason that has us scratching our heads at Rome's plan.

5 months ago

Carpooling Startup BlaBlaCar Looks to Take Over Long-Distance Bus Service Ouibus

Carpooling Startup BlaBlaCar Looks to Take Over Long-Distance Bus Service Ouibus

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Rail operator SNCF also announced that it is has led a $113 million investment in BlaBlaCar as a new investor. Perhaps carpooling could prove to be a path to building a major travel brand.

5 months ago

Greyhound Struggles as Travelers Prefer Flights to Bus Rides

Greyhound Struggles as Travelers Prefer Flights to Bus Rides

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

Ridesharing and low-cost carriers alike have contributed to the decline of Greyhound, which boasts an aging fleet and outdated brand identity. It'll probably be sold off to a private equity group and saddled with an onerous amount of debt sometime soon.

11 months ago

FlixBus to Take Its Distinct Business Model to the U.S. to Compete With Megabus

FlixBus to Take Its Distinct Business Model to the U.S. to Compete With Megabus

Frank Jordans, Associated Press

A few years ago, higher-quality discount buses cropped up like weeds in the U.S. At first they were a breath of fresh air — we were thrilled to not be dying in a fire on the side of the highway, and there was Wi-Fi. But the novelty wore off and now it's just another jam-packed, snack-stained bus stuck in traffic. Is FlixBus bringing anything new to the table?

1 year ago

New York’s Double-Decker Tour Buses May Face Tighter Regulation

New York’s Double-Decker Tour Buses May Face Tighter Regulation

David Klepper, Associated Press

Pending new regulation, maybe it's time for these giant tour buses to take a cue from New York City's tourism board and spread out to less-congested neighborhoods.

1 year ago

London Tests Running Double Decker Buses Partly on Coffee Grounds

London Tests Running Double Decker Buses Partly on Coffee Grounds

Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg

Centuries ago, London was the first European city to embrace cafe culture. Now it hopes to be the first to put coffee grounds to use as biofuel mixed with diesel to power its iconic buses. We admire how the innovation keeps percolating.

1 year ago

New York and New Jersey Back $32 Billion Investment for Airports and Transit Systems

New York and New Jersey Back $32 Billion Investment for Airports and Transit Systems

Associated Press

It's a relief that funding for "shovel ready" upgrades and repairs are under way. But some of the plan is fanciful, such as the unrealistic funding and timetables for a proposed new bus terminal for New York City.

2 years ago

Electronic Device Usage On Buses Leaves Airlines Way Behind

Electronic Device Usage On Buses Leaves Airlines Way Behind

Daniel Peltier, Skift

Intercity bus service in the U.S. is not only a nice alternative for budget-concscious travelers, but Wi-Fi and other tech features can make for a very connected and productive ride.

5 years ago

CEO Interview: Greyhound’s Boss on Reinventing a 100-Year-Old Brand

CEO Interview: Greyhound’s Boss on Reinventing a 100-Year-Old Brand

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Greyhound had to go outside its brand to find out what today's travelers want and is now incorporating those learnings nation-wide in a customer experience overhaul.

5 years ago

Discounts Buses With Curbside Service Attracting Next Generation of Travelers

Discounts Buses With Curbside Service Attracting Next Generation of Travelers

Ian Simpson, Reuters

Discounts bus services are driving through a big gap, and grabbing an opportunity. Competitiion is great for travelers as they navigate toward an alternative to trains and and a long commute to the airport.

5 years ago

Disney World Airport Shuttle Sees Passenger Increase Built on Hotel Expansion

Disney World Airport Shuttle Sees Passenger Increase Built on Hotel Expansion

Jason Garcia, Orlando Sentinel

If you build more hotel rooms (at Disney World), they will come -- and they are toting their luggage and taking the Disney Magical Express. Not much magic too it, just people on their way to new hotels.

5 years ago

U.S. Transportation Authority Shuts Down 52 Unsafe Bus Companies

Associated Press

The popularity of bus travel in the U.S. is reaching new highs driven by cheap fares provided by bus companies with questionable operations. By cracking down on the worst offenders, the U.S. government is giving the affordable transit option the opportunity to grow.

5 years ago