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Intercity Buses Offer Affordable Alternative to Air Travel

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As airfares continue to rise, intercity bus travel is booming. Right now, intercity bus travel remains America’s fastest growing form of city-to-city travel. From 2011 to 2012, intercity bus travel grew 7.5 percent, outpacing the growth of rail service (3 percent in seatmiles), airlines and automobiles.

The expansion of bus service grew because of  “curbside operators,” led by BoltBus and Megabus, grew at a particularly rapid rate,  expanding the number of departures from 589 to 778, a 32.1 percent increase.

Peter Greenberg joined the team at CBS Saturday Morning to look at the growth in intercity bus services, the most popular routes and whether bus travel is becoming a viable alternative to air travel.

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