Coach USA is one of the largest transportation companies in North America operating more than 2,400 motorcoaches and employing more than 5,000 people. We provide local and inter-city transportation services for communities throughout the US and Canada including major cities such as New York City, Chicago and Milwaukee. Coach USA owns more than 25 bus carriers in North America, operating scheduled bus routes, motorcoach tours, charters, and/or city sightseeing tours. These local carriers are now operating across the continental United States, serving a variety of communities and their needs. These local carries are independently managed and operated. Some of these carriers have been in existence for more than 75 years and are a vital part of the community.
Megabus.com. We operate megabus.com -- the first, low-cost, express bus service to provide intercity travel for as low as $1. Since launching in April 2006, megabus.com has served more than 50 million customers throughout more than 100 cities across North America. The luxury motorcoaches used for this service offer free wi-fi, at-seat plug ins, 3 point seatbelts, panoramic windows and a green way to travel.
Training. Our driving team is one of the best trained in the industry. We have a dedicated centralized driver training school in Elizabeth, New Jersey. New drivers undergo a minimum of 150 hours of classroom and behind-the-wheel training before they start in service. Even those with an existing Commercial Drivers License are required to complete more than 90 hours of theory and practical training. All drivers passing through the training school undergo the same training regardless of the vehicle they will ultimately drive and we also use state-of-the-art in-vehicle technology combined. Even after drivers have qualified, we have dedicated retraining programs to ensure our high standards are maintained.
Going Green. Coach USA is doing its part to be an environmentally friendly company. We are helping to make bus travel the best alternative and "green" form of transportation there is. We have reduced the carbon impact of our business (CO2 compared with sales) by 37% in the United States and by 26% in Canada over the past four years. This has been achieved through programs focused on improving energy efficiency at our facilities; reducing carbon emissions from our fleet and helping our customers achieve greener transportation services. Our megabus.com inter-city bus service has been recognized as the greenest operator in the bus industry by the United Motorcoach Association.