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The upcoming 2015 Memorial Day weekend is expected to see its highest level of passenger traffic on scheduled service motorcoach companies in at least 25 years, according to a new report by DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development. DePaul, with support from Wanderu.com, a leading bus ticket booking aggregator, forecasts that as many as 1.8 million people will ride on motorcoaches in scheduled service May 20 through May 25, Memorial Day, up five percent over 2014.
On May 13, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations approved a bill funding transportation programs that included a provision to stop the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from raising insurance minimums for motorcoach companies. The American Bus Association, along with others, worked diligently to see this provision added to the bill.
ABA members monitor Northeast Corridor travel situation, offer assistance following Amtrak derailment (May 13, 2015)
Following a major Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia Tuesday night, the American Bus Association is reaching out to its motorcoach members that operate daily scheduled service in the Northeast Corridor between New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
The American Bus Association’s 2015 Marketplace, held January 10-13 in St. Louis, Missouri, was a huge success. According to an annual post-event survey of delegates, the show’s more than 3,300 participants booked nearly $54 million in business at Marketplace or in the weeks immediately after attending. That total represents an increase of $6.67 million over the business generated from Marketplace 2014 in Nashville. That’s a 14% increase in business activity actually booked at Marketplace or directly after the show as a result of connections and relationships made in St. Louis.
ABA Urges Congress to Fix Broken Federal/State Motorcoach Inspection Process - Submits Testimony to Key House Subcommittee and Makes Recommendations (April 29, 2015)
The American Bus Association submitted testimony to the House of Representatives, The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Wednesday April 29th. ABA told lawmakers the current Federal/State partnership for motorcoach inspections is “broken,” which potentially could put passengers at risk.
When Members of the American Bus Association’s Board of Directors came to Washington D.C. for their annual spring meeting, several met with key Members of the House and Senate, along with their Congressional staff.
The American Bus Association 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 to the 743 million (domestic and international) enplanements on domestic air carriers and 32 million passengers for Amtrak.
ABA & AAA implore leaders to address DC parking crisis (March 25, 2015)
The leadership of the American Bus Association and AAA Mid-Atlantic implored government leaders Tuesday, March 24, 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.
ABA Names New Vice President of Government Affairs (March 19, 2015)
American Bus Association President and CEO Peter Pantuso today announced Suzanne Te Beau Rohde as ABA's new Vice President of Government Affairs beginning April 1, 2015. Suzanne will lead the association's legislative, regulatory, policy and lobbying efforts to support the motorcoach, tour and travel industry.
Women in Buses Names New Chair (January 30, 2015)
The American Bus Association is pleased to announce that Mary Young, co-owner of Capitol Tours of West Columbia, South Carolina, is the new Chairwoman of ABA’s Women in Buses council. The announcement was made during ABA’s recently concluded Marketplace in St. Louis, Missouri.
American Bus Association Selects New Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Treasurer (January 26, 2015)
Following the election of the ABA Board of Directors by the General Membership, ABA’s Board elected a new Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer during the Board’s recent meeting in St. Louis. John Meier, the President of Badger Bus and Coach, based in Madison, Wisconsin, is ABA’s new Chairman. Don DeVivo, the President of DATTCO, a motorcoach and transportation company in New Britain, Connecticut, is ABA’s Vice Chairman. Both Mr. Meier and Mr. DeVivo will serve three-year terms. Craig Lentzsch, the Executive Chairman of All Aboard America! Holdings in New Orleans, Louisiana, is the new Secretary/Treasurer. Mr. Meier, Mr. DeVivo and Mr. Lentzsch have had extensive careers in the motorcoach industry.
American Bus Association Honors Chairman Tom JeBran for Six Years of Service (January 26, 2015)
The Board of Directors and membership of the American Bus Association recognized outgoing Board of Directors Chairman Tom JeBran at ABA's Marketplace/Board of Directors meeting in St. Louis, January 10th-13th. He has served ABA for six years; three as Chairman and three as Vice-Chairman. Under Mr. JeBran's leadership, ABA and the motorcoach industry made significant gains in Congress and before federal agencies concerning a variety of regulatory issues, and ABA continues to grow.
American Bus Association Honors Clyde Hart, Retiring Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and Policy, at Marketplace (January 26, 2015)
The Board of Directors of the American Bus Association honored Clyde Hart during the just completed ABA Marketplace in St. Louis, January 10-13, 2015. Hart is ABA’s longtime Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and Policy. He recently announced his retirement after nearly forty years in Washington both in government and with ABA.
American Bus Association Thanks St. Louis for a Great ABA Marketplace (January 20, 2015)
The American Bus Association and the more than 3,300 delegates who attended the ABA’s Marketplace wish to thank its great host, the people and leaders of St. Louis. The people of St. Louis rolled out the red carpet for ABA. St. Louis Convention and Visitor’s Commission President Kitty Ratcliffe, her staff along with the countless others made this a great Marketplace. ABA would also like to thank this year’s Marketplace Chairman, Camilla Morris and the many people who volunteered.
American Bus Association Foundation Supporting Tony Orlando’s Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Program (January 20, 2015)
Legendary entertainer Tony Orlando’s Yellow Ribbon Scholarship is now part of the ABA Foundation’s overall scholarship program. Each Yellow Ribbon Scholarship is for $2,500. It focuses on expanding the number of traditionally under-represented groups in management and operations of the motorcoach, travel and tourism industry. The scholarship is also intended to pay tribute to those men and women that served in our armed forces, our wounded veterans and the families that support them at home.
Several deserving motorcoach, travel and tourism industry leaders were honored at the ABA’s just completed annual Marketplace in St. Louis, January 10-13, 2015. Each year ABA partners with trade media members and other groups to recognize the contributions of individuals and companies who have shown leadership this past year.
Bus Industry Safety Council Honors Pete Worthington with First Norm Littler Memorial Safety Award (January 20, 2015)
The Bus Industry Safety Council's Norm Littler Memorial Safety Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to improving the safety of the motorcoach passengers, who collectively take nearly 640 million passenger trips on motorcoaches each year. The award was presented for the first time at ABA’s Marketplace in St. Louis, January 11, 2015. The winner is Pete Worthington, who recently retired as a Vice President with DATTCO Transportation in Connecticut.
Study Explains Why Point-to-Point, Scheduled Motorcoach Service Is Increasing for the Eighth Consecutive Year (January 13, 2015)
DePaul University of Chicago and the school’s Chaddick Institute have released their annual report showing the eighth consecutive year of growth for the scheduled service, point-to-point segment of the motorcoach industry. The report details why free onboard amenities including Wi-Fi and 110 volt electric plug-ins, along with upgraded luxury service, are expanding.
American Bus Association’s Marketplace Coming to St. Louis This Weekend (January 6, 2015)
The American Bus Association is arriving in just days to St. Louis and the America’s Center for Marketplace, January 10-13, 2015. In terms of size, economic impact and quality of membership, ABA and Marketplace are the industry’s unquestioned leaders when it comes to motorcoach operators, tour operators, and travel and tour industry professionals. At Marketplace, delegates will have more than 100,000 face-to-face business meetings with people from all across North America. More than 3,000 delegates will book tens of millions of dollars’ worth of business to destinations attractions and hotels in the United States and Canada. There are also more than 40 professionally run educational programs and networking opportunities with fellow business leaders.
As American Bus Association Members Go to St. Louis for Marketplace, GroupConnect is Providing More Value for ABA/Ontario Motorcoach Association Members (January 6, 2015)
When the more than 3,000 delegates attend the ABA’s annual Marketplace in St. Louis, January 10-13, 2015, GroupConnect, the industry’s online group travel planner, will be ready. To help group tour businesses reach the Chinese Market, ABA and GroupConnect have scheduled an informative educational seminar to be held at Marketplace January 10. GroupConnect has also implemented new functions to GroupTravelConnect.com to provide more value and opportunities for members of ABA and OMCA.
ABA’s Marketplace Gives Back to Animal Rescue Group (January 6, 2015)
When the more than 3,000 American Bus Association Marketplace delegates arrive in St. Louis in just a few days, they will also be “Giving Back” to the community. Each year, as part of Marketplace, ABA selects a deserving non-profit to raise money and awareness of its cause. This year, ABA’s non-profit partner is Stray Rescue of St. Louis, an animal welfare organization that is on the streets taking a proactive approach through rescue efforts, sheltering, community outreach, education, collaborations, and encouraging responsible pet ownership.
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