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Are Cheap Bus Rides Worth the Risk?

Posted on November 16, 2011 to

The bus ride from New York City to Washington, D.C. might only cost you $20.00, but are you risking your life to save money on bus fare? That may be the case, according to a report at businessinsider.com. The ultra-cheap bus lines have fatal bus crashes seven times more than a bigger, well-known carrier does.

The cheap bus rides are the ones that pick up passengers curbside because the companies do not own a terminal. The tickets on some of these bargain buses can be as low as $1.00 per seat. However, before you book your ticket, you should take into account some facts about the bargain buses.

Routine bus safety checks occur at terminals. These buses do not undergo the safety checks that other bus lines do because they pick up their passengers curbside and not at terminals. The companies also sell their tickets online, where the Federal Carrier Safety Administration cannot regulate. In addition, the bus drivers routinely suffer from fatigue from too many hours behind the wheel, according to the report.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) looked into the bargain bus lines after a tragic bus accident in March involving one of the buses. Fifteen people lost their lives in the Bronx bus accident.

If you have ever ridden on one of these buses, what was your experience like?

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