States warm up to intercity and rural bus service

The closure of many former Greyhound bus stations added to the travel hardships faced by disabled and low-income travelers, according to the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development’s 2024 Intercity Bus Review, published today. “In most cases, municipal governments did little, and in some instances were openly hostile, to efforts to find a new location” for an intercity bus station, it states.

However, the report notes that more state-supported bus networks, along with federal funding through the Rural Transit Assistance Program, are changing government attitudes toward intercity bus travel.

“Public policies will gradually swing in the industry’s favor as the growing hardships facing disabled and lower-income travelers on long-distance trips and the success of state-supported bus systems reduce the indifference toward bus travel among many public agencies,” it states.

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