Monday, August 6, 2007
Hop on the bus
In response to the recent airplane crash in Brazil it seems more Brazilians are opting for the bus. With the airline industry basically supply constrained by available routes and reaching capacity on loads, perhaps Americans will turn to other forms of transportation (as airline prices should rise). I guess I shouldn’t be surprise, but bussing is a very viable option on the east coast, much more so than the Midwest. There are direct buses from DC to New York, which run between $40-50 a round trip. One reason might be the large number of people going between the two cities, but I would guess the main reason there are more buses and trains for transport is people are less likely to have a car in a city like New York or DC. Even if they do (and one reason they might not) is parking in either city can is expensive. Perhaps though as one book suggests parking spaces do not cost enough in other cities, as free parking has its own cost by taking up space that could be used for other things.