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On the Road
Bus Service, the Essential Service
here is a little-known program in the federal government that has gone almost unnoticed to the general public until a few months ago. The program— Essential Air Service (EAS)—is an air passenger transportation program whose origins was based in good attentions. The idea was to provide a subsidy to small, mostly rural airports so the communities they represented would be connected to the larger air transportation system. Without this line of funding, many small communities would have lost air service to hub airports. But like any well-intentioned program in Washington, the EAS program began to expand, and more and more airports were added to the EAS network. Communities with EAS airports were not just small and rural—they were increasingly closer to airport hubs, some within 100 miles, a little more than an hour’s drive from the hub airport. Even as EAS expanded, passenger demand was limited, and the cost of providing service skyrocketed. At the same time, the structure of the airlines and their routes were changing. Many EAS airports lost all but one flight a day, which, in most cases, did not generate enough frequency to create more than a few passengers. Today, we have lots of EAS airports that are not providing the intended mobility but continue to be subsidized. The equation is so out of balance that some passengers are essentially being subsidized as much as $2,000 per flight out of EAS airports, and small commuter airlines are flying empty to maintain their subsidy under the program. In recent discussions in the halls of Congress and in much of the media, there is talk about abandoning the EAS system or at least reducing the number of airports it serves. There is also discussion about how the motorcoach could fill that void. There a number of factors that people consider when traveling on any mode, but two are frequency of service and price. If you are waiting for a connection from a

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small airport, and it is very expensive, and it is less than 150 miles or 2 hours, many travelers would be inclined to drive. At ABA, we believe strongly that while the EAS program is “essential” to many rural communities, where vast distance separate the rural airport from the hub airports, there are an equal number of situations in which a motorcoach link to the hub airport makes more sense. In fact, we identified 40 EAS airports that are within 150 miles of a large or medium airport hub. At this mileage, the coach can be more flexible in its scheduling, the cost of operations are much less, it is more comfortable that most small regional airplanes, it can operate with greater frequency, and, most importantly in the debate of how reduce federal deficit, it can operate with little or no subsidy. There are countless motorcoach companies that already offer great service in and out of major hub airports from 50 - 100+ miles away, and many that connect with small rural airports and feed them customers, or pick up arriving passengers and take them to other towns. The motorcoach industry doesn’t need new federal funding, TSA screeners, traffic controllers, and all the other costs associated with flying commercial planes. All we need is access, a good highway system, and the same treatment other like modes get so we can compete in the market on a level playing field. When the debate on EAS continues, let’s hope that reality sets in and policy makers and legislators recognize that EBS (Essential Bus Service) is where it’s at! Sincerely,

PETER J. PANTUSO, CTIS President and CEO

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Destinations Magazine - September/October 2011

Destinations Magazine - September/October 2011
Contents
Etched in Stone
Swim with the Fishes
11 Million Strong
Save the Date
What’s Old is New
Mitigated Disaster
For Love of the Games
Meeting of the Minds
ABA’s Marketplace
One of its Own
Debt Ceiling Deal
On Your Side
Filling the Void
Some Assembly Required
Just for Sport
If You Build It, They Will Come
Alabama
Arkansas
Louisiana
Mississippi
Colorado
Idaho
Montana
Utah
Wyoming
Ontario
Québec
Saskatchewan
Manitoba
Shopping
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Destinations Magazine - September/October 2011 - Etched in Stone
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Destinations Magazine - September/October 2011 - Swim with the Fishes
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Destinations Magazine - September/October 2011 - Save the Date
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Destinations Magazine - September/October 2011 - What’s Old is New
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Destinations Magazine - September/October 2011 - Mitigated Disaster
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Destinations Magazine - September/October 2011 - For Love of the Games
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Destinations Magazine - September/October 2011 - Meeting of the Minds
Destinations Magazine - September/October 2011 - One of its Own
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Destinations Magazine - September/October 2011 - On Your Side
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Destinations Magazine - September/October 2011 - Filling the Void
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