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Intercity bus transit is good for rural and urban communities and increases tax revenue and economic development, according to a new study.
A report, titled The Most for Our Money: Taxpayer Friendly Solutions for the Nation’s Transportation Challenges, was recently released by the Reason Foundation and Transportation for America. The report introduces several transportation tools, including intercity bus transit and bus rapid transit, which the report says is increasing in popularity and should be a part of the nation’s long-term transportation plan.
The report states that nationwide ridership on intercity buses has grown by 120 million passengers in a three year time frame. Over 750 passengers took a ride on an intercity bus last year and the report says the growth in popularity of bus transit points to a bright future for the commercial bus industry.
“Congress can provide flexible service to many urban and rural areas whose resident would otherwise be cut out of the nation’s transportation network,” the report said. “Very little financial support from federal or state governments would be needed to provide this service.”
The report was released as a way to encourage federal leaders to invest more in bus transit, which is in high demand all across the country.
“Bus travel extends the capacity of the existing highway system, provides network redundancy, increases consumer choices and reduces congestion,” the report states. “In doing so, bus travel
saves energy, promotes environmental stewardship, and reduces our dependence on foreign oil with little to no cost to taxpayers.”
American Bus Association president Peter Pantuso said the report shows a growing demand for bus transit and why buses must and will be a part of the nation’s future.
“This report supports what the ABA and our members have known for years, the private intercity bus industry is part of this nation’s transportation solution,” Pantuso said. “I hope every member of Congress reads this report and takes its recommendations to heart as they plan the future of transportation in the United States.”
The high praise of the commercial bus industry is another sign that a job as a professional bus driver is a smart career move for those looking for a new long-term career. Cities across the country are looking for ways to expand their bus systems. Government cuts have caused drawbacks in the rail industry, but buses have been more recession proof as people take the bus more during hard economic times and buses are more cost effective than rail-based transit.
The Advanced Career Institute’s commercial bus training program introduces students to the procedures and skills found in the commercial bus driving industry while preparing each individual to obtain a Class B bus CDL with endorsements. Students learn a wide variety of skills necessary to become a commercial bus driver and are put in position to secure a good paying and long-term career.
Close to 500,000 school buses travel America’s roads each day and more than 2.3 billion gallons of fuel is saved each year in the process, according to an American School Bus Council Report. Over 25 million students ride on school buses each day and school buses are considered the safest way to travel to and from school. Thus, school buses play an important role in the nation's education.
“The school bus industry has a long history of safely and reliably transporting children to and from school each day,” John McKinney, Vice President of Operations at International Truck and Engine Corporation and member of ASBC, said in a press release. “Importantly, however, school buses are also the most economical and environmentally-friendly way to transport students too.”
If America’s school buses were shut down it would take over 17 million additional cars to transport children to school and an additional 62.4 billion miles of car travel, according to the ASBC.
School buses play an important role in America’s education system each day by transporting kids to and from school. A career as a school bus driver is a noble and important profession, and the value of school bus drivers has school districts all across the country constantly searching for more drivers, especially those that have received professional training and can demonstrate a commitment to safety.
The Advanced Career Institute’s school bus driver training program introduces the students to the procedures and skills found in the school bus driving industry while preparing each individual to obtain a Class B bus CDL with school bus certification and endorsements.
There is a shortage of skilled craftsmen and craftswomen that know the ins and outs of welding. The recession of 2008 saw a sharp decline in construction, which depleted the number of welders across the nation. However, as the economy rebounds, the shortage of welders is putting a strain on companies that are ready to hire but unable to find the right candidates.
There is a lot of skill required of professional welders but the good news is the process of getting the right education is not difficult. However, many job seekers report that they are under the impression that to obtain a career as a professional welder a person must seek out expensive education that can take years.
But that is not true.
“I wouldn’t consider a welding career because I don’t have a college degree,” said David Koester who recently attended a job fair in Oklahoma. “It wouldn’t be a career I would think I could get, but I have a background in construction and if I knew I could get the right training I think I would be interested.”
Koester’s perspective of the welding career is a common one and it is one reason why welding officials say it is becoming harder to find skilled welders. The training opportunities are there but many job seekers are unaware of the opportunity that exists.
Advanced welding technology training programs are also offered at the Advanced Career Institute and programs are designed to provide entry level training and practical skills in Oxy-Acetylene cutting and brazing, SMAW (Arc), GMAW (MIG), FCAW (Flux Core) and GTAW (TIG) in ferrous and non ferrous metals, including purge welding of sanitary process pipe.
The Advanced Career Institute offers students the chance to obtain American Welding Society welder performance certification with hands on training in a variety of welding areas. Students are also taught safety procedures, blue print reading and construction math. All of the necessary skills are covered in the welding training program and students that are interested in a career with a strong future and good pay are encouraged to consider welding.
The training is intensive but does not take years to complete. Students are quickly prepared for some of the best welding jobs available and Advanced Career Institute students are some of the most highly sought after applicants from companies desperate to find skilled welders.
Welding jobs can also offer great pay, especially with the demand for skilled craftsmen and craftswomen higher than ever. Welders work in a variety of fields, ranging from building construction to pipeline instillation. The perception is that these jobs require years of training, but the Advanced Career Institute’s welding program can prepare people for a great career as a professional welder quickly and effectively.
Michael Cross has worked as a school bus driver for over 20 years and has been the director of school bus driving departments at three different school districts. He says the demand for quality school bus drivers is large and each district he has worked for is constantly hiring more drivers. But, while a good career can be found as a professional school bus driver, Cross also says potential applicants should be aware that the job requires a certain type of person.
“It’s a great job in terms of scheduling and being able to not have to work from behind a desk,” Cross said. “But it also requires some skill because driving a school bus isn’t just like driving your car.”
Cross said the first piece of advice he would give a person considering a career as a school bus driver is to get some form of professional training.
“Training is important because different situations come up all the time and trained drivers are much better at handling those situations,” Cross said.
Cross also said a good school bus driver training program can better prepare drivers when it comes to vehicle care and maintenance.
“It’s true that a lot of companies and schools have maintenance professionals,” Cross said, “but believe me, we are always interested in drivers that know how to take care of their bus because it helps everyone out.”
Cross said school bus drivers are more than chauffeurs but also act as “teachers.”
“We encourage our bus drivers to interact with students, safely, of course, and there is a lot of problem solving on the job,” Cross said. “It’s not for everybody but a lot of people who have the right personality can be very successful and find a lot of enjoyment in (being a school bus driver).”
The growth of school districts, new transportation regulations and the upcoming retirement of many current school bus drivers have created a great need for new drivers. A shortage of school bus drivers exists across the country but students of Advanced Career Institute’s school bus driver program are helping to meet the demand.
The school bus driver program at Advanced prepares students to obtain Class B bus CDL with school bus certification and endorsements. Students are also taught the skills to operate a school bus safely and to provide proper care and maintenance for a school bus.
“I really encourage people to consider this as a line of work and it’s something I have enjoyed doing for over 20 years,” Cross said. “If you can get some good training and experience behind the wheel of (a school bus) it can really put you ahead of the pack when looking for a job.”
National public transit experts say the number of commercial buses on American roads will significantly increase over the next several years and so will the need for skilled drivers to operate those new commercial buses.
Rising gas prices have many cities and states looking for ways to increase the use of public transportation and buses continue to be the No. 1 form of public transit. Subways, light rail and streetcars are attractive, but can be very costly. Buses can operate at a fraction of rail-based transportation systems and can be installed in a matter of weeks and months rather than years, as is the case with rail.
Commercial bus use is also expected to rise because of the introduction of natural gas buses. Natural gas companies like Chesapeake Energy are putting a lot of resources into helping cities purchase more natural gas buses because they are more cost effective than diesel buses. Some natural gas companies are even paying for the construction of natural gas buses in exchange for purchase of their fuel.
Cities such as Cleveland, Kansas City, Oklahoma City and New Orleans have all added bus lines over the past several years and bus ridership continues to climb across the country as commuters look for cheaper ways to get to work.
This means there is a growing demand for commercial bus drivers that have a Class B bus CDL and understand commercial vehicle safety. Programs like the Advanced Bus Driving program train students in basic operations, safe driving practices and bus maintenance and help students secure a job in this growing field.