Megabus.com is to participate in the University of Vermont’s (UVM’s) Green Coach Certification Pilot Program (GCC).
Megabus.com, which offers daily, express bus service between major U.S. cities for as little as $1, says it has been selected based on its existing and emerging efforts to increase its environmental stewardship.
UVM’s multi-year pilot program is being conducted as part of a larger research program and, amongst other objectives, hopes to provide the foundation for a long-term environmental-certification program for the U.S. motorcoach industry and passenger-transportation sector.
It is the first program in the passenger-transportation sector to recognize, via an official certification process, excellence in environmental performance. Participating companies are provided “Green Coach Certified” ecolabels which can be placed on qualifying vehicles to highlight their environmental benefits.
“Similar to what programs like Energy Star do for the appliances, it is hoped that this program will help consumers recognize and celebrate the most environmentally friendly forms of transportation,” says David Kestenbaum, a member of the GCC research team. “Buses operated by Megabus.com play a variety of positive roles, from less congestion on our roads to reducing the carbon footprint of travel. If travelers started to move from place to place with this type of efficiency, as a country we’d be well on our way to meeting and/or exceeding some of the most ambitious Green House Gas reduction targets for this sector.”
Megabus.com has received a “Green Coach Passenger Miles” certification for meeting or exceeding an average of 148 passenger miles per gallon and a “Green Coach Clean Engine Technology” certification for running EPA 2007-compliant engines.
“The certification decals signify to our customers that they are positively impacting the environment by taking megabus.com instead of driving or using other forms of intercity transportation,” says Dale Moser, president and COO of Megabus.com.
Megabus.com’s fleet of 81-passenger, double-decker buses achieve 305 passenger miles per gallon of fuel. Additionally, two Megabus.com double-decker buses transport nearly as many passengers as three standard 54-to-57-passenger coaches, reducing carbon emissions and fuel usage by one engine.
The double-decker buses are also equipped with SmarTire to aid the driver and maintenance crew in sustaining correct tire pressure, increasing fuel economy and reducing emissions.
Megabus.com’s management also monitors the idling time of the double-decker buses to help reduce carbon emissions. Using a GPS system, management can remotely shut down the engine, reducing idling time by 57 per cent in the last year. Megabus.com’s fleet of double-decker buses was recently runner-up in BusRide Magazine’s “How Green is Your Fleet” contest.
For additional information about Megabus.com, visit www.megabus.com.