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Bus travel: Hot in 2012

January 07, 2013|By Zara Husaini @zarhus | RedEye

Things that were popular in 2012: Obama, Instagram, Kimye (kind of) and colored jeans.

Oh, and bus travel.

A study conducted by DePaul University found that intercity bus travel surged in 2012. The findings of the fifth annual Year-in-Review of Intercity Bus Travel were released Sunday at the American Bus Association Marketplace Conference in Charlotte. 

According to the study, intercity bus travel grew by 7.5 percent since the end of 2011. This marks the largest jump in four years. City-to-city express operators saw 30.6 percent growth as well. The study also found that there are more than 1,000 daily scheduled bus departures.

The conference mentioned Megabus, which is undeniably one of the largest bus services out there.

"Megabus.com has rapidly become the travel option of choice for more than 23 million people, and today we're excited to be recognized again in the annual study by DePaul University," said Megabus Vice President Mike Alvich.

Megabus has been offering affordable city-to-city travel since 2006. It’s a subsidiary of Coach USA.

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