Bus companies are things that most consumers don’t think about on a regular basis — buses have just always been there and they have always been more affordable than nearly every other form of transportation.
But it’s important to realize that these bus companies — including everything from local bus services in cities to charter bus rentals — contribute a lot to their local communities.
Out of the estimated 3,400 bus companies that operate in the U.S. today, the majority of these charter bus services are small businesses that operate less than a dozen buses. The benefit of this is that small businesses are more likely to employ people who live in their own communities, rather than outsourcing jobs to whoever will accept the lowest salary, just to save as much money as possible.
Small businesses, like local bus companies, are aware that the money they invest into their businesses and into their employees’ paychecks is money that eventually winds up benefiting the entire community. Higher employment rates and higher incomes directly lead to a higher standard of living for a community overall — there’s no doubt about that.
But the positive effects of small businesses also benefit their communities indirectly: the taxes that these businesses pay are funneled into local programs and projects, such as road maintenance and public school educations. Small businesses often sponsor organizations like youth sports teams, which gives underprivileged residents more opportunities.
Additionally, because coach bus companies contribute to both the transportation and tourism sectors, they can support a lot of other local businesses without worrying about competition; businesses like hotels and restaurants can benefit a great deal when a coach bus rolls through town.
So, the real question is, have you given enough credit to your local bus company lately? They definitely provide much more than just passenger trips!