Today, charter travel is a preferred mode of transportation for passengers who would prefer not to drive themselves, either because they don’t want the hassle or the high cost of gas prohibits them from doing so. Less expensive than air or rail travel, charter travel is generally more successful as a mode of transportation thanks to increasing fuel economy, reduced environmental impact and increased profit margins, says Anything Research.


The way people got around changed dramatically between the 1800s and 1900s. At the start of the 1800s, the only way people could get from here to there over long distances was via boat. That’s why so many cities started cropping up at the coast lines and at major waterway intersections. There were some roads at this time that connected big cities, but not enough to consider road travel at that point — at least not as an economical way of transport.


Fast forward 100 years and the railroads were running at full speed ahead on an interconnected network across the country. People traveled this way extensively, as well as goods and products. With the advent of railroads, more cities and towns started cropping up on the interior, allowing for more freight and passengers to quickly and efficiently traverse the nation’s railways. Once automobiles came on the scene in the early 1900s, charter buses as a public mode of transportation weren’t too far behind.


The earliest bus service that resembled today’s modern-day buses emerged in the United States in 1915, replacing horse-drawn or electric trolley cars, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. The next 30 years saw advancement in buses to include gasoline-electric buses powered by a direct-current generator as well as diesel-powered buses. With the 1950s came the first air suspension systems, which allowed buses to take on greater load capacities. More passengers equaled more demand, and vice versa, as charter buses offered an alternative way for people to see the America they had only read about up until this time.


The next few decades saw a surge in popularity with charter buses as more and more people opted to let someone else do the driving so they could concentrate on what was passing them by through the windows. Today’s buses are also more energy efficient due to advances in the field, plus they offer a higher level of safety now than ever before, making them an even more attractive travel option to passengers.


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