What we can learn from a "third world country"!
Bus from Ibarra to Quito, Ecuador
Time to drive in a car = 2.5 hours
Transit time in a bus = 2.5 hours
Cost = $2.50
Frequency = every 10 minutes 24 hours a day
Bus from Charlotte, NC to Asheville, NC
Time to Drive in a car = 2.5 hours
Transit time in a bus= 5.5 hours
Cost = $38.70
Frequency = 3 times a day.
Hmmm. Turns out it was cheaper to rent a car one way.