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Greyhound Bus Lines

By Hanna Nilson


Greyhound bus lines frame America’s largest intercity bus company. It boasts 16,000 daily bus departures to 3,100 destinations across the US.

Greyhound bus lines are not just a convenient means of intercity public transportation; it’s also a much more efficient and cheap alternative to driving other automotive vehicles. Furthermore, using Greyhound bus lines, in addition to other forms of public transportation, are better for both the economy and environment. Believe it or not Greyhound bus lines play a significant role as a smart solution to the economic challenges facing America today! The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) reports;

“Investing in public transportation has the ‘triple effect’ of:


  1. Helping to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.

  2. Lessening our impact on the environment.

  3. Stimulating economic growth and development by creating ‘green jobs’.


Public transportation use is one of the most effective actions individuals can take to conserve energy.”

Although Greyhound Bus lines may not be the most luxurious or aesthetically appealing means of transportation, consider that the wide-ranging benefits may outweigh the immediate-comfort factor. Greyhound bus lines generally operate for long-distance use. So if your planning a road trip or if you’re a regular long-distance commuter, think of taking Greyhound bus lines as a favor to your finances, the environment as well as to the struggling economy.

To support the idea of using Greyhound bus lines, or any other means of public transportation, take into account these following American Public Transportation Association (APTA) facts:

  1. “Public transportation use saves the U.S. the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually!
  2. It saves more than 11 million gallons of gasoline per day - equivalent of 300,000 fewer automobile fill-ups every day.
  3. Households that use public transportation save an average of more than $8,000 every year!
  4. Household residents with proximity to public transportation drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles annually compared to those with no access to public transportation.”

Convinced? If not, it may help to know that Greyhound bus lines have a long history, making it an American public transportation icon. Greyhound bus lines trace its history all the way back to 1914 when it was founded by Carl E. Wickman, a Swedish immigrant. By 1987, Greyhound bus lines had established itself as the largest intercity bus line in the country!

From 2004-2007 Greyhound bus lines also made some serious improvements to more than 900 of their buses, and 125 of their terminals were given major makeovers. Since FirstGroup Inc. bought Greyhound bus lines, they’ve also initiated two discount bus services, which were designed to compete with Chinatown and Megabus bus lines. Greyhound bus lines, servicing in New York City and other major cities in the northeastern United States, now offer wireless internet access and outlets at every seat. In total, Greyhound bus lines reports spending $60 million over the past three years to freshen up its fleet of 1,250 buses and its largest terminals…a major boost to the US intercity transit system.

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