The Cost of Transportation

February 27, 2012 |  by  |  Travel

I found this infographic to be very enlightening about how much each type of transportation really costs. If you pack your SUV full of people it’s really no more expensive per passenger than to take a Sedan (which can’t seat as many people). Hybrids & busing are definitely the way to go in terms of maximizing cost per passenger on a trip.


And here are some bus accident statistics as provided by Allen & Allen.

From carrying us across the country to getting our kids to school every day, busses are one of the most popular forms of transportation in America. Some people, and a majority of children, ride a bus every day. But how safe are busses as public transportation vehicles?

  • Every year an average of 221 fatal bus accidents occur in the United States, as opposed to an average of 18, 315 fatal crashes involving passenger cars.
  • For every 100 million passenger miles, cars cause .93 fatalities while busses cause .10 fatalities.[1]
  • Statistically, school busses are even more safe, with a student being 13 times more likely to be injured while riding with their parents than in the school bus.

When it comes to pure safety, busses clearly have a better record than cars. This record is influenced by a number of factors, including comprehensive bus driver training, but the most significant is the bus itself. Simply put, there are not many vehicles on the road that can significantly affect the momentum, speed, and direction of a full-size bus. In fact, busses are more dangerous to the people around them than the people inside them. A majority of injuries and fatalities from accidents involving busses are suffered by the driver and passengers of the other vehicle. In 2007 there were 354 people killed in bus accidents. 18 were bus drivers, 31 were bus passengers, and the rest were all drivers or passengers in the other vehicle involved in the accident.[2]

In the case of an accident, the safest place to be seems to be inside a bus. But there are also a number of other reasons why you should consider taking the bus:

  • Environmentally Friendly – Busses are better than cars for the environment. They allow many people to travel while producing the exhaust of a single vehicle.
  • Economically Sound – Busses are cost effective. Bus fares vary from city to city, but with today’s high gas prices the bus will almost always be a cheaper alternative than driving your car.
  • Available and Reliable – Busses will also vary widely in availability and reliability from city to city. However, if you are in a city where the bus is a major public transportation option, they will generally be quite efficiently run.
  • Relaxation – In a bus you can just sit back and enjoy the ride. Rather than concentrate on driving you have the opportunity to read the paper or enjoy a book on your commute.[3]

So if you need a way to save some money or get yourself some more leisure time, consider the bus as a low cost alternative to your daily drive.