Luxury Coach & Transportation

October 2018

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LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION OCTOBER 2018 39 W C C™ a Cabot Coach Builders Company 120" CORPORATE - 99 Newark Street, Haverhill, MA 01832 • ph. 978.374.4530 or 800.544.5587 • fx. 978.521.5425 SALES & SERVICE CENTERS: Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Florida, California, Nevada • © 2014 Cabot Coach Builders, Inc. Why not learn more about the Royale MKT 120" limousines. Call us today, toll free and speak with a Product Specialist. 1.800.544.5587 I email: U.S. operations in 2018, seem destined to capture the spotlight. Known for its lime green buses and rapid expansion into new markets, the company seeks to change the way people see and use intercity bus services. Flixbus part- ners with existing bus lines to operate the service while retaining control of all pricing and scheduling decisions. Backed by extensive venture capital, it has gained signi•cant market power in major European markets. Although details are scant, there are indications Flixbus operations here will be based in Los Angeles and encompass routes in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. With its mojo back, expect the inter- city bus industry to take more surpris- ing turns and roll out new services to attract new types of passengers over the next several years. Note: is article originally appeared in METRO Magazine. Florida, the Northeast, and Texas. ˆese services will increasingly o‰er reserved seating comparable to that on most airlines. • A push to move intercity bus service into public transit terminals and Amtrak stations, a trend that has been gaining traction for several years, resulting in the closure of many traditional intercity bus stations. • More feeder routes to Amtrak sta- tions as state governments seek to expand mobility while lacking the budgets for signi•cant increase in train service. As the market evolves, the demand for specialized services will likely outperform that for traditional rural collector services and conventional services o‰ered by legacy carriers. For some locally-oriented services, traŒc may remain Žat over the next few years, much as it has been for bus services by metropolitan transit opera- tors, which is struggling as of late. Finally, strategic moves by Flixbus, the German-based company that recently announced it will commence What Lies Ahead? ˆe outlook for the next few years suggests the industry can expect the following: • Guaranteed seating and the ability to change tickets online becoming perva- sive on all major bus lines including Greyhound, which has eliminated obstacles to these enhancements with the cancellation of its Pool Agreement with Peter Pan. • E-tickets becoming an industry stan- dard, much as Wi-Fi and power out- lets became several years ago, closing a gap with air and rail service. • Increased e‰orts by tech-oriented bus lines and startups to use crowd- sourcing and dynamic scheduling to attract new markets, including those involving Lyft, Uber, and charter bus trips open to the general public. Our analysis also shows several likely developments in route planning and competition also stand out. • More growth of business-class and luxury bus services to destinations that have not yet had a taste of these o‰erings, particularly outside JOSEPH SCHWIETERMAN, PH.D., and BRIAN ANTOLIN are authors of the annual DePaul University year in review of intercity bus travel ( and-institutes/chaddick-institute-for-metropolitan- development/Pages/default.aspx).

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