Intercity bus journey within the U.S. has lengthy been dominated by one iconic model: Greyhound. With its fleet of 1,200 buses, Greyhound shuttles practically 16 million passengers yearly to 2,400 North American locations.
Identified primarily for catering to budget-conscious, long-distance travelers, the corporate additionally gives constitution providers for companies, conventions and schools. And its Greyhound Bundle Categorical enterprise supplies same-day supply to hundreds of locations.
However a drop in passenger demand because of the Covid-19 pandemic has pressured the bus operator to chop again its schedule.
“The pandemic has hit the bus and motorcoach trade actually more durable, I believe, than nearly every other section,” American Bus Affiliation President and CEO Peter Pantuso mentioned.
In its fiscal 2021, Greyhound noticed a median of simply 10,000 passenger journeys per day in contrast with 40,000 throughout the earlier interval. The corporate reported an working lack of $12 million in fiscal yr 2021 and a lack of $15 million in fiscal yr 2020.
Competitors from low-cost airlines and a mixture of elevated car entry and low gasoline costs in recent times have additionally led to mounting headwinds for the bus operator.
Greyhound supplies an inexpensive journey choice for folks residing in rural areas and others with restricted financial sources. So, what does the longer term appear like for the bus operator and what occurs to intercity bus service in America as soon as the pandemic ends?
Watch the video to search out out what’s subsequent for Greyhound.