Research of Transportation Policy for Low-Cost, Intercity Express Bus Industry within the Northeast Corridor

Intercity bus service is now the fastest growing mode of intercity transportation in the United States-outpacing air and rail transportation. However, despite the rapid growth in this mode of transportation, intercity bus industry operation raise a number of policy questions as well. Transportation policy issues that need to be studied include the industry's unregulated environment, lack of intermodal linkages, operating inconsistencies among carriers, level of service vs. demand for service, impact on federally-supported transportation modes and competition among other intercity modes within the Northeast transportation corridor. Because intercity bus travel is important to the resiliency of the Northeast corridor and the overall transportation network, it merits further attention and discourse among transportation planners, stakeholders and policy makers. The objective of this project is to research transportation policy issues for the low-cost, intercity express bus industry within the Northeast corridor- from Washington D.C. to New York City. To accomplish this objective, research tasks include conducting a literature review and data collection on the intercity bus industry, a field assessment of curbside operations in the Philadelphia metropolitan areas, and a workshop of stakeholders. Research results will be summarized in a hard-copy and online-briefing paper.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    Delaware Center for Transportation

    University of Delaware
    Newark, DE  United States  19716
  • Principal Investigators:

    Scott, Marcia

  • Start Date: 20110901
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20120831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 28654

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01463446
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Delaware Center for Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT06-G-0026
  • Files: UTC, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:23PM