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The House of Representatives Tuesday, July 22nd passed H.R. 4450, a bi-partisan bill that reauthorizes Brand USA – a public-private partnership designed to encourage tourism to the United States. The vote was 347-57. The measure was sponsored by Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-FL and Rep. Peter Welch, D-VT. The American Bus Association supported H.R. 4450 and ABA urges the Senate to pass its companion bill, S. 2250. In the Senate the bill is sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, and Senator Roy Blunt, R-MO.
Summer Bus Safety Meeting a Success (June 23, 2014)
More than 130 leading motorcoach safety experts and industry regulators have recently concluded one of the most successful summer meetings in the history of the Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC), an independent safety advisory council affiliated with the American Bus Association.
Join The Fight for Change Today! (June 23, 2014)
Fighting for Change is ABA’s new grass-tops campaign that matches specific ABA-member company executives with members of Congress. Our campaign is not a shotgun approach, in which we hope, by throwing enough people at the issue, we hit the right target. Fighting for Change is a focused campaign that matches ABA members and specific members of Congress so that we touch the right people on the right issues.
The top leadership of the American Bus Association met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Wednesday, May 7, to discuss ways to continue improving the nation's privately owned over-the-road motorcoach industry.
Members of the American Bus Association's Board of Directors were on Capitol Hill Wednesday, May 7, 2014, meeting with senators, congressmen and key congressional staff to discuss issues of importance to the motorcoach, travel and tourism industry. The meetings gave legislators the opportunity to learn more about the work being done by our industry in their state and congressional districts.
Now in its 20th year, Congress has declared the first full week in May as "National Travel and Tourism Week." The American Bus Association, along with the U.S. Travel Association, is encouraging Americans and international inbound travelers to visit this great nation on a motorcoach.
Motorcoaches are the greenest form of transportation (April 23, 2014)
A new report by commissioned by the American Bus Association Foundation and conducted by M.J. Bradley and Associates shows that, when it comes to fuel efficiency and carbon emissions, motorcoaches are the cleanest mode of transportation. The study compares motorcoaches to 11 other modes, including intercity rail (Amtrak), transit buses, commuter rail, domestic air travel and private automobiles. Across all 11 modes, motorcoaches are the leader in environmentally conscious transportation.
ABA's Marketplace delivers again (April 16, 2014)
The American Bus Association's "Marketplace" appointment show set new records in business generated for its motorcoach, travel and tourism company members, according to a newly released survey.
ABA Foundation: 2013 Census Shows Motorcoach Industry Is Healthy, Vibrant and Growing (March 18, 2014)
According to a new study released by the American Bus Association Foundation, the U.S. and Canadian motorcoach industry continues to show steady, solid growth as one of the most flexible, cost-effective and environmentally efficient modes of transportation.
ABA Commends NTSB Chairman Hersman on Her Tenure (March 11, 2014)
"For the past ten years, first as a National Transportation Safety Board Member and, since 2009, as its Chairman, Deborah Hersman has served our country and the traveling public exceptionally well," said Peter Pantuso, President and CEO of the American Bus Association. "We at ABA have worked with Chairman Hersman on a number of issues concerning motorcoach safety, and we have always been very impressed with her willingness to listen, collaborate and find solutions. Through her untiring work and resolve, the nation's highways are safer. We wish her continued success in her new position as president and CEO of the National Safety Council, and ABA looks forward to working with her in the future."
ABA: Motorcoaches Save the Day for Super Bowl Fans (February 3, 2014)
As tens of thousands of NFL fans were going to and later leaving New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium before and after the Super Bowl, the motorcoach industry once again showed its flexibility, and ability to move people safely and without incident.
The generosity of more than 3,500 people and strong support from corporate sponsors enabled the ABA Foundation to raise more than $160,000 during ABA's Marketplace 2014. These funds will help power the ABA Foundation for 2014 and enable it to focus on its core mission of providing critical research and scholarships to the motorcoach, tour and travel industry.
Delegates say American Bus Association’s Marketplace 2014 in Nashville was the best Marketplace ever (January 23, 2014)
The American Bus Association’s just-completed 2014 Marketplace in Nashville is the largest and strongest show ever put on by ABA in terms of its size, likely economic impact, return on investment for its members, and amazing evening activities.
Amalgamated Transit Union Significantly Misunderstands Driver Fatigue
and Safety Issues in Congressional Testimony (January 16, 2014)
During testimony Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, Mr. Larry Hanley, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) significantly misunderstood the critical safety issues facing the intercity motorcoach industry. These are the facts concerning the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Mary Young of Capitol Tours in West Columbia, South Carolina Awarded ABA Media’s First Ever Women in Buses Award at ABA Marketplace in Nashville, Tennessee (January 10, 2014)
When people call Capitol Tours in West Columbia, South Carolina it is not uncommon that Mary Young answers the phone. And when they want to talk to the owner, some may be surprised to hear her response, "You’re speaking to her."
ABA thanks Cracker Barrel for donating 12 rocking chairs to benefit Thistle Farms (January 10, 2014)
The American Bus Association is pleased to announce Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Company is once again making a donation to the Nashville, Tennessee area non-profit “Thistle Farms.” Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is graciously donating 12 of its trademark rocking chairs that will be on the Marketplace Networking Floor as part of its sponsorship. At the end of Marketplace, the company will donate the 12 chairs, so “Thistle Farms” can auction them off and raise additional money.
Coach USA/Megabus.com and H&L Charters are Winners of 2014 American Bus Association’s “Green Operator Award” sponsored by Motor Coach Industries (January 10, 2014)
Two outstanding American Bus Association member motorcoach companies, Coach USA, the parent company of Megabus.com, and H&L Charters will be honored at the American Bus Association’s annual Marketplace, January 11th-15th, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.
DePaul University of Chicago and American Bus Association say Americans are Riding Motorcoaches (January 9, 2014)
City-to-city motorcoach carriers such as Megabus.com, Greyhound Express, Bolt Bus, DC2NY and others are leading a sustained period of growth in the motorcoach industry. While scheduled traditional carriers, including Greyhound and Trailways are showing steady year-to-year growth. When it comes to ticket prices, the average traveler saves more than $36 a ticket when riding discount city-to-city carriers or Greyhound/Peter Pan Express, compared to the next-best, non-bus travel alternative, such as the airlines or Amtrak.
American Bus Association’s Marketplace Returns to Nashville for a Record Sixth Time (January 7, 2014)
In terms of size, economic impact and quality of membership, ABA and Marketplace are the industry’s unquestioned leader when it comes to motorcoach operators, tour operators, and travel and tour industry professionals.
ABA Foundation Announces Auctions at Marketplace (January 6, 2014)
All proceeds from the Live and Silent Auctions benefit the ABA Foundation and help fund their mission to support the group travel industry with research and scholarships.
ABA Mourns the Death of Charles "Norm" Littler, ABA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and BISC Executive Director (December 23, 2013)
It is with great sadness that the American Bus Association announces that Mr. Charles "Norm" Littler, ABA's long-time Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Executive Director of the Bus Industry Safety Council, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2013, after a long illness. Mr. Littler was 61.
ABA Foundation Tracking Motorcoach Sales (December 23, 2013)
Each quarter, the American Bus Association Foundation asks its motorcoach manufacturers about sales data information so members and others can help understand the industry trends in motorcoach purchasing. Starting in 2014, the Foundation will pair this dataset with a survey sample from operators that asks them to project future vehicle purchases. The combination of demand and sales data should help the industry more accurately forecast product development and operator demand.
ABC Companies to Be Title Sponsor of Bus Industry Safety Council (November 22, 2013)
The Bus Industry Safety Council and ABC Companies are pleased to announce that they have entered into a three-year agreement in which ABC Companies will serve as the title sponsor of BISC meetings. ABC Companies is the exclusive North American sales and distribution arm of Van Hool Manufacturing, one of the world's largest independent manufacturers of buses and motorcoaches. BISC is the motorcoach industry's premier safety organization, bringing together hundreds of motorcoach operators, safety directors, government representatives and policymakers to discuss and enhance motorcoach safety and security.
ABA Comments on Motorcoach Seat Belt Final Rule (November 20, 2013)
The American Bus Association supports efforts by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other federal agencies to help ensure the safety of the traveling public. The seat belt final rule released today is an important step in a larger process of vehicle and operational changes mandated by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.
ABA’s Hispanic Motorcoach Council convenes for first meeting in Houston, generating big buzz in an emerging segment (October 14, 2013)
Nearly 50 Spanish-speaking bus operators came together in Houston, TX, on October 9 for a meeting of ABA’s newly created Hispanic Motorcoach Council (HMC). The group offers support, knowledge and information related to security issues, safety compliance, legislative/regulatory oversight and operational best practices. Led by HMC President Bill Torres of DC Trails (Lorton, VA), the Hispanic Motorcoach Council is looking to offer tools to help operators continue to build their business. During the Houston meeting, the group heard from safety compliance experts, local law enforcement and inspection officers, ADA training specialists, the motorcoach manufacturers and from other bus operators.
ABA Says ‘Thank You’ to Charleston, South Carolina (September 27, 2013)
The American Bus Association board of directors wants to thank the fabulous tourism community of Charleston, S.C., for being such great hosts during the board’s recently concluded three-day fall meeting held at the Charleston Place Hotel.
ABA Board of Directors Welcomes Rep. Mark Sanford (September 24, 2013)
The American Bus Association board of directors, at their annual fall meeting in Charleston, S.C., welcomed Rep. Mark Sanford for lunch and remarks at the Charleston Place Hotel on Monday, Sept. 23.
ABA Praises Quick Passage of Sleep Apnea Bill by House Transportation Committee (September 19, 2013)
The American Bus Association would like to thank the members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which passed legislation today to require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to use the formal rulemaking process if it decides to move forward with any new regulations regarding sleep apnea. This common-sense approach will enable a full scientific review and public comment process before any new regulations are prescribed.
ABA Supports Sleep Apnea Testing Bill (September 17, 2013)
The American Bus Association believes congressional leaders are dealing with a critical transportation issue, sleep apnea, in a very responsible manner and the ABA supports this action.
Green Spirit Award Nominations Now Open (September 16, 2013)
Going green can offer up many rewards, ranging from reduced reliance on fossil fuels to real cost savings, but one of the best is peer and community recognition. Coach operators are encouraged to submit a nomination for the American Bus Association Green Spirit Award, sponsored by Motor Coach Industries.
Charleston to Welcome ABA Board (September 16, 2013)
The American Bus Association's Board of Directors will be warmly welcomed by the tourism community of Charleston, S.C., when the ABA Board holds its annual fall meeting in the city Sept. 22-24.
ABA Announces Top 100 Events in North America (September 5, 2013)
Baltimore’s "Star Spangled Spectacular," honoring the bicentennial of the battle that inspired the American national anthem, and Québec City, Québec’s "International Festival of Military Bands" are the top U.S. and Canadian events to visit on a motorcoach or with a group in 2014. All of the Top 100 are high-quality, fun, fascinating events that people want to visit on a motorcoach, with a group or individually.
ABA Supports FMCSA’s Two-week Bus Inspection Strike Force (August 26, 2013)
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday, August 26, that it is starting a two-week bus inspection task force to remove high-risk bus companies and drivers from the road. The American Bus Association supports this effort, and ABA’s senior leadership has worked closely with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for more than two years, since the agency began working extensively to shut down illegal and unsafe companies.
ABA Foundation Names Scholarship Winners (August 12, 2013)
In support of the next generation of motorcoach, tour and travel industry leaders, the ABA Foundation is pleased to announce the George T. Snyder, Jr., 2013-2014 scholarship winners. Patrick Guarino, whose father works for New York Trailways, won the “Driving the Future” award, a $10,000 scholarship. Nineteen additional students will be presented with $2,500 awards in five categories.
ABA met with Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, to discuss the findings of a new report, Supporting Passenger Mobility and Choice by Breaking Modal Stovepipes. The report shows that motorcoaches outperform Amtrak service and urges continued discussion in the news and among policymakers on expanding safe, efficient, and sustainable transportation options.
ABA President and CEO Peter Pantuso, Board of Directors Chairman Tom JeBran, and other key ABA members met with key Obama Administration officials Monday, July 29, to discuss the implementation of the Federal Affordable Care Act.
President Calls for Cleaner Environment; Motorcoach Companies Are Already Leading the Way (June 27, 2013)
While the nation’s political leadership is debating ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and continue to improve our environment, the nation’s motorcoach companies and American Bus Association members are already taking the lead in that important effort.
Memorial Day marks the start of the summer travel season, and the American Bus Association is encouraging travelers to consider riding a motorcoach on one of their trips and leave the car at home this summer.
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood told the American Bus Association board of directors at its spring meeting May 2 that the Department of Transportation will vigorously continue its crackdown against illegally operating and unsafe motorcoach companies.
Campus Coach Lines President and Founder Bert Askwith Honored by ABA Board of Directors (May 6, 2013)
The American Bus Association board of directors honored longtime motorcoach owner/operator and industry legend Bert Askwith at its spring board meeting May 2 in suburban Washington, D.C. The presentation was made by ABA Chairman Tom JeBran to salute Askwith for nearly 85 years of continuous service to the motorcoach industry.
ABA Urges New DOT Secretary Nominee Anthony Foxx to Continue Efforts to Make Motorcoach Transportation Safer (April 30, 2013)
During the past 4 1/2 years, the motorcoach industry has been well-served by the leadership of retiring Secretary Ray LaHood. We urge Secretary-designee Foxx to continue efforts by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to crack down on illegal and unsafe motorcoach companies that cause a disproportionate number of deaths and injuries.
ABA to Join U.S. Department of Transportation and Motor Coach Industries to Celebrate Earth Day (April 17, 2013)
The U.S. DOT is marking the annual “Earth Day” celebration Thursday, and ABA, MCI and DC Trails are partnering to show how today’s motorcoaches are especially eco-friendly.
For the second time in less than two months, the leadership of the American Bus Association met Friday with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator Anne Ferro and other stakeholders to discuss improving motorcoach safety. ABA President and CEO Peter Pantuso and Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and Policy Clyde Hart represented the association.
A just-released economic survey of delegates attending the American Bus Association’s 2013 Marketplace in Charlotte, N.C., shows that, once again, ABA’s Marketplace is unmatched as the industry travel and trade show where business gets done. The report by the New York economic consulting firm John Dunham and Associates shows that Marketplace generated $108.3 million in booked and future business for show participants. That $108.3 million figure represents a $30 million increase from 2012 to 2013, or a 28% growth over the total amount of business generated at Marketplace 2012 in Grapevine, Texas.
Pope Rides Bus Instead of Papal Limousine (March 15, 2013)
Newly elected Pope Francis surprised Vatican watchers when he decided to ride on a coach with cardinals when leaving the Sistine Chapel. Just hours before, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, had been elected leader of the world’s estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.
ABA Welcomes Congressman Richard Neal of Massachusetts (March 14, 2013)
Veteran House Member Richard Neal of the Massachusetts’s 1st Congressional District visited ABA’s Washington, D.C., office Thursday, March 14, having a BusPAC breakfast with 20 transportation stakeholders, discussing critical issues regarding the nation’s highway and transportation system, as well as tax policy.
ABA Meets with Transportation Secretary and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator on Motorcoach Safety (Feb. 14, 2013)
After a series of high profile accidents involving illegally or unsafe motorcoach companies, the President and CEO of the American Bus Association Peter Pantuso and ABA’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy, Clyde Hart met today with Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Anne Ferro, the Administrator of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as well as other DOT staff and stakeholders to discuss ways to improve motorcoach safety.
U.S. and Canadian Motorcoach, Tour Officials Meet at ABA to Discuss Cross-Border Issues (Feb. 14, 2013)
With thousands of U.S. and Canadian citizens crossing the 5,525-mile border between the two nations each week, key motorcoach, transportation and tourism officials from both countries met Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the American Bus Association’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. The officials were in Washington to discuss their concerns and to propose solutions to some of the challenges when it comes to allowing visitors to freely travel between the two nations.
American Bus Association’s Marketplace Generates Nearly $6.7 Million for Charlotte’s Economy (Feb. 14, 2013)
When the 3,300 American Bus Association delegates and other visitors came to Charlotte, N.C., Jan. 5-9, 2013, for ABA’s annual Marketplace, they generated nearly $6.7 million in total economic impact.
The American Bus Association supports the action by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that declared Scapadas Magicas LLC an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered the company to immediately stop operations within the United States.
The generosity of 3,300 delegates and strong support from corporate sponsors enabled the ABA Foundation to raise more than $150,000 during ABA’s Marketplace 2013. These funds will help power the ABA Foundation for 2013 and enable us to focus on our core mission of providing critical research and scholarships to the motorcoach, tour and travel industry.
ABA wishes to thank Secretary LaHood for his four years of service as Secretary of Transportation and wish him continued success in his future endeavors.
ABA President Peter Pantuso guests on SiriusXM's Road Dog Trucking Radio with Mark Willis (Jan. 25, 2013)
American Bus Association President Peter Pantuso recently told a national satellite radio audience of professional truck drivers, commercial carriers, passenger carriers and others interested in transportation that the motorcoach industry is committed to safety.
Bus Industry Safety Council Sets Record Attendance at ABA’s Marketplace as Members Focus on Improving Motorcoach Safety (Jan. 14, 2013)
More than 100 motorcoach owners, operators and safety professionals participated in three days of safety seminars at the semi-annual Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC) meeting, held in conjunction with ABA’s Marketplace in Charlotte, N.C., Jan. 5-9, 2013.
ABA Welcomes Women in Buses to Marketplace 2013 (Jan. 14, 2013)
For the second year in a row, ABA’s Marketplace hosted two “Women in Buses” events at ABA’s Marketplace in Charlotte, N.C., January 5-9. Women in Buses held its inaugural meeting in 2012 in Grapevine, Texas.
ABA Foundation Reaches Major Fundraising Milestone (Jan. 14, 2013)
The American Bus Association Foundation has concluded its initial "Drive for the Future" campaign after reaching its $3 million fundraising goal. The Foundation’s campaign started in September 2010, when an anonymous donor challenged the Foundation to raise $2 million in exchange for a $1 million challenge donation.
ABA and National Transportation Safety Board Hold Crisis Management Seminar Sponsored by National Interstate Insurance (Jan. 14, 2013)
Nearly 50 motorcoach owners, operators and safety directors, many belonging to some of the nation’s biggest transportation providers, worked with key staff members from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) at a one-day Crisis Management Seminar, January 10, at the American Bus Association’s Marketplace in Charlotte, N.C.
ABA’S 2013 Marketplace Off to a Great Start in Charlotte (Jan. 8, 2013)
More than 3000 delegates packed the Charlotte Convention Center for the start of the American Bus Association’s 35th annual Marketplace, the largest and best motorcoach, tourism and travel show in North America.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store to Make Donation to Charlotte’s "A Child’s Place" at American Bus Association’s Marketplace 2013 (Jan. 7, 2013)
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is graciously donating 12 of their trademark rocking chairs that will be on the Marketplace Networking Floor as part of its sponsorship. At the end of Marketplace, the company will donate the 12 chairs to A Child’s Place so the non-profit can auction them off and raise additional money for their work to erase the impact of childhood homelessness in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
Anderson Coach and Travel, Northeast Charter and Tour Co. Receive ABA’s Green Operator Award Sponsored by MCI (Jan. 6, 2013)
Two outstanding motorcoach companies, Anderson Coach and Travel of Greenville, Pa., and Northeast Charter and Tour Co. of Lewiston, Maine, will be honored at the American Bus Association’s annual Marketplace, January 5th-9th, 2013 in Charlotte, N.C., as the recipients of ABA’s “Green Operator Award.” The annual award is sponsored by Motor Coach Industries (MCI) of Schaumburg, Ill.