An examination of the varied paths of the American inter-city bus industry from its origins in the second decade of the 20th century to deregulation in 1982.
This sector of transport has been much neglected by historians and this book seeks to uncover a range of useful and pertinent information to those who are interested in understanding entrepreneurial endeavours, patterns of mobility and consumer attitudes.
It analyzes the development of the national industry, probes the growth of particular companies and investigates specific aspects of business behaviour.
The work is presented as a series of focused essays which offer insights into such topics as regulation, marketing, gender patterns and intermodal competition.
It draws on diverse archival materials, government surveys and findings, trade publications, interviews and photographs.
A wide-ranging bibliographical essay offers a guide to available sources.