CHICAGO (CBS) — An annual study by DePaul University has found people’s reliance on tablet computers, smart phones and other electronic devices might be driving travelers to buses and trains for short trips instead of airplanes.
Professor Joe Schwieterman, a transportation expert who heads the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, said intercity buses and trains offer easier use of electronic devices.
Part of the reason is the FAA ban on using such devices during takeoffs and landings. Bus and train passengers face no such restrictions.
“They can text, they can access devices, social media, they can do work,” “It’s been going on gradually, but we’re seeing a surge this year,” Schwieterman said.