Greyhound bus lines 100th anniversary: mobile museum tour
This year is Greyhound Lines' 100th anniversary ("Greyhound Bus centenary: 100 years of mythmaking," Telegraph) and they have a mobile tourism museum going around the country to celebrate. Tomorrow it will be in Prince George's County and next week in Richmond, Virginia (and Cleveland).
-- Greyhound 100th Anniversary Tour website
-- Press Release
From the press release:
The tour is comprised of two mobile museum tours simultaneously moving across the United States, visiting nearly 40 cities over the next six months. The tour features two buses converted into mobile museums, featuring displays of memorabilia, such as signage, vintage driver uniforms and an entire wall of history where guests can see Greyhound’s transformation over the years, as well as view videos via interactive touchscreen displays. The tours also feature restored classic coaches, such as the 1914 Hupmobile, 1931 Mack, 1937 Yellow Coach, 1947 Silversides, 1948 ACF Brill I-41, 1954 Scenicruiser, 1968 Scenicruiser and the 1984 Americruiser 2. And to showcase the company’s recent improvements, several of Greyhound’s new, modern coaches featuring amenities such as free Wi-Fi, leather seats, power outlets and extra legroom, round out the tour.recreational auto era" people used cars for trips, but generally longer trips were still conducted by train or bus.
As the Interstate highway system was constructed and post-war economic growth skyrocketed, auto ownership became more widespread and people started driving longer trips, consigning inter-city bus service to serving people not owning cars, while railroad passenger service mostly was eliminated.
More recently, "Chinese" buses serving large cities from Boston to Richmond and then the more traditional corporate responses by companies such as Coach USA (creators of Megabus who also took the East Coast service model to the Midwest) and Greyhound's non-unionized Bolt Bus division have repositioned shorter distance inter-city bus trips as a low cost, high-enough-quality alternative to the train or driving.
- THE CURBSIDE BUS INDUSTRY: A NEW ERA OF BUS TRAVEL (thesis)
- Curbside Intercity Bus Industry: Research of Transportation Policy Opportunities and Challenges
- Intercity bus research project (Depaul University)
This is demonstrated by the imagery in gasoline station maps (which used to be free!) and slogans such as "Discover America: Best By Car."