Motorcoach Travel News

Motorcoach Travel News, MTN, is a web-based production of the American Bus Association and Beckstein Productions, hosted by ABA's Dan Ronan, an Emmy-Award-winning network television news correspondent with CNN.

A new episode will appear each month. If you have story ideas or suggestions, you can send them to mtn@buses.org or (202) 218-7220.

Ep. 41 - 3/31/2015

NTSB Legal Strategist to Head ABA Government Affairs



Watch the full episode here, or watch by chapters 
1, 2, 3, or 4.
 
Chapter 1: ABA President and CEO Peter Pantuso announced Suzanne Te Beau Rohde will be ABA's Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy beginning April 1 and will lead the association's legislative, regulatory, policy, and lobbying efforts to support the motorcoach, tour, and travel industry. Suzanne has a 20-year career in senior-level transportation- and safety-related areas and will succeed ABA's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy, Clyde Hart, who is retiring after 14 years of service to ABA and the motorcoach, tour, and travel industry.
Chapter 2: ABA and AAA Mid-Atlantic implored government leaders to address the impending parking crisis that will hit Washington, D.C., during the peak tourism season. The groups urged planners to add parking near the National Mall for the millions of people who will visit by bus and car over the next several months. The National Cherry Blossom Festival marks the unofficial annual kick-off to the tourism and tour bus season in the nation's capital. ABA and AAA Mid-Atlantic say that long-term solutions are needed to provide centralized parking solutions for the Cherry Blossom Festival, other events, and the day-to-day influx of visitors.
Chapter 3: In the Green Operator Segment, sponsored by MCI, we continue our conversation with MCI CEO Rick Heller on the work his company is doing with its European partner SETRA and how that company is setting the standard when it comes to high-quality, high-end motorcoaches.
Chapter 4: The ABA Foundation's annual Motorcoach Census demonstrates that the U.S. and Canadian motorcoach industry continues to show strength as one of the most flexible, cost-effective, environmentally efficient modes of transportation. Total passenger trips remained strong at more than 605 million, compared with the 743 million (domestic and international) enplanements on domestic air carriers and 32 million passengers for Amtrak.