No, Cars Are NOT Greener than Buses (Even Almost-Empty Ones)
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The eminent journalist Stephen Dubner recently suggested that because many buses are under-utilized, the average bus is actually less fuel-efficient than the average car. His argument seems to be as follows: the typical bus burns more energy than the typical car- so much so that a bus with only ten passengers actually uses more energy per passenger than the average car. Thus, an underutilized bus is less fuel-efficient than a car.