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Intercity Bus Research

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Chaddick Institute's research on intercity bus service spans nearly a decade, with year-in-reviews for the past five years highlighting the innovation and technological advances undertaken by the intercity bus industry in the United States. The Chaddick staff is available for information requests and interviews about our research. Please contact us at or 312.362.5731.

​​To listen to our Talking Transportation podcast with FlixBus's Pierre Gourdain (18 minutes), click here.

Check out our E-News bulletins. ​​​

April 2023
Greyhound Study


February 2023

February 2022

Routes to Recovery Cover


Intercity Bus Bounceback The​ 4th Quarter 2021 Brings Optimism to a Struggling Sector.
January 2022

Intercity Bus Bounceback

Flixbus Acquisition of Greyhound lines
October 2021

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2020 bus outlook

2019 Outlook for the Intercity Bus Industry in the United States

February 5, 2019
Check out our interactive map of premium bus service.

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Bus Study 2018

"2018 Outlook for the Intercity Bus Industry in the United States"

January 29, 2018
See the study's press release.  

Plus, check out our mid-year news update from Summer 2018 to see what is happening in scheduled bus service.

"The Remaking of the Motor Coach: 2015 Year in Review of Intercity Bus Service in the United States" January 13, 2016. This study includes our widely-cited estimates on the number of passengers the industry handles annually (see page 14).

"2015 Memorial Day Holiday Travel Overview: U.S. Intercity Bus Industry"
May 19, 2015  

"Adding Amenities, Broadening the Base:  2014 Year-in-Review of Intercity Bus Service in the United States"
January 13, 2015

"The Traveler's Tradeoff: Comparing Intercity Bus, Plane, & Train Fares across the United States"
April 15, 2014

"Motoring Into the Mainstream: 2013 Year-in-Review: Intercity Bus Service in the United States"
January 14, 2014

"The Motor Coach Metamorphosis: 2012 Year-in-Review of Intercity Bus Service in the United States"
January 6, 2013

"The Intercity Bus Rolls to Record Expansion: 2011 Update on Scheduled Motor Coach Service in the United States"
​December 21, 2011

"Who Rides Curbside Buses: A Survey of Passengers on Curbside Bus Lines in Six East and Midwest Cities"
August 1, 2011

"The Growth of Intercity Bus Service" (2008 Update)
November 24, 2008
Press Release 

"The Return of the Intercity Bus: The Decline and Recovery of Scheduled Service to American Cities, 1960 - 2007"
December 24, 2007
Press Release