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Unformatted text preview: airport shuttles, sightseeing tours, and private commuter buses, amongst other categories that are
not making cross country or intercity trips. The Motorcoach Census even counts miles logged by Canadian buses, an obvious
discrepancy as Canadian fatalities are not counted. Canadian buses account for nearly a fifth of all buses in North America and an unknown
number of passenger-miles, seriously skewing the statistics. Due to the varying definitions used by different sources, it is difficult to determine
exactly what the safety rate of intercity buses should be. The only major source that reliably counts both passenger miles and fatalities is the
Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The BTS does not provide statistics for intercity buses specifically, but we do know that any bus providing
scheduled intercity service will have to travel along highways. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, from 1999 - 2008, the fatality
rate for all vehicles on highways was 9.6 deaths per billion passenger miles (Tables 2-1 and 1-40). Buses may well be safer than other highway
users such as private automobiles, but O...
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