More people traveling by bus for Thanksgiving

November 26, 2015

Besides traveling by planes, trains and automobiles this Thanksgiving, plenty of folks in South Florida also are boarding buses to visit family and friends.Website Insert 5000 New Seats copy

City-to-city bus travel is expected to reach a 10-year peak this Thanksgiving as a bus renaissance that began several years ago shows no signs of abating. Bus travel has been growing on average 5 to 10 percent a year for the last five years, faster than both air and train travel, according to the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University.

 Travelers such as Kyla Blankhorst, of Coconut Creek, are part of that renaissance. She boarded a RedCoach bus, a luxury bus operator, on Monday at the Florida’s Turnpike West Palm Beach Service Plaza to visit her sister in Tallahassee for Thanksgiving. It was her first trip on RedCoach, but her sister, a Florida State University student, uses it all the time.

“It’s a cheaper and easier way to come down,” Blankhorst said.

“It’s not like normal bus transportation,” he said. “It’s more comfortable and safer.”

Some 1.2 million bus passengers are expected to travel between Wednesday and Sunday, with Sunday projected to be the busiest day. Passengers traveling by bus on Sunday will be 25 to 30 percent higher than normal, according to the Chaddick Institute. Bus carriers plan on rolling out extra buses to meet the demand.

Read the full story from reporter Angel Streeter in the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel by clicking here.


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