ABA is engaged on several issues pending in congress that would affect the motorcoach, tour and travel industry.
Transportation Reauthorization (MAP-21)
On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law legislation that authorizes surface transportation programs through September 2014. "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century," or MAP-21, incorporates many provisions that affect motorcoach safety and operations. View the law text (PDF).
Legislative Agenda & ABA Positions
Provide private motor coach industry diesel fuel tax parity with passenger rail and publicly funded mass transportation
Provide capital assitance for new motorcoach purchases to support rural transportation and job creation.
Increase funding for ADA compliance to $47 million annually. This money will cover the actual cost of compliance, and help motorcoach operators to provide service to all Americans.
Protect the millions of Americans who travel on private motorcoaches every year by enacting long-term authorizing legislation providing “Over-the-Road Bus Security Assistance.”
Supporting rural motorcoach operators by working with state planning agencies to ensure that intercity bus is considered as a part of a regional rural transportation plan. ABA is also fighting to make the Rural Private Match program permanent to help expand opportunities for private bus operators.
Establish an Essential Bus Service program to help fill in the gaps in America’s rail and air transportation network.
Include private bus operators in transportation, environmental, and development planning initiatives.