• New study finds growth for discount bus companies

    By: Tina Terry


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A new study from DePaul University, slated for release this weekend, shows explosive growth in discount bus companies.

    "People are discovering they want to get out of their cars," said Dan Ronan of the American Bus Association.

    The association helped author the study. The group will be in Charlotte this weekend to reveal the new study.

    It's excited about the growth, but concerned about bus operators known for excessive safety violations -- companies like "Sky Express" which used to operate out of Charlotte and was shut down in 2011 after investigators said a driver fell asleep and crashed. The crash killed four passengers.

    "Any time there is a problem with one of those companies where they have an accident or there's an incident, it really tarnishes the work men and women do to run good companies," Ronan said.

    The company, General Bus, now operates out of Sky Express' old location. Federal records show General Bus was cited nine times in 2012 for unsafe driving violations, but Eyewitness News found lots of people riding the bus line Friday, because they said the price was right.

    "It would cost me twice as much to get from North Carolina to New York with Greyhound than it would with this bus," said Ainsley Burrows.

    The American Bus Association will help reveal the details of the study during a news conference Sunday.

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