SURVIVING THE MOTORCOACH RATE-CUTTING WAR

Intercity bus operations have come under closer scrutiny due to the non-compliant actions of curbside operators. Notorious for their lowball prices, these operators avoid paying intermodal facility rental fees, also known as gate fees and departure fees, at train stations by picking up and dropping off passengers at outlying areas. While efforts by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to enforce the rules and put operators on notice for their violations have been somewhat successful, many of the curbside operators continue to violate regulations , particularly regarding ADA compliance. In addition to improper maintenance of equipment and facilities, these cut-rate operators are also notorious for skimping on employee salaries and benefits. This article relates that both customers and operators need to be educated about the need for appropriate pricing and adherence to regulations. Customers in particular need to understand the value of a quality experience rather than a cut-rate one.

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    • Page range: pp 28-30, 32, 34, 36
  • Corporate Authors:

    Bobit Publishing Company

    21061 S Western Avenue
    Torrance, CA  United States  90501-1711
  • Authors:
    • Starcic, J
  • Publication Date: 2005-8

Language

  • English

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 6p
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01005528
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 19 2005 1:58PM