Press Release Archives
New statistics included in a just-released study update show that the popularity of intercity bus travel continues to surge, according to the DePaul University Chaddick School for Metropolitan Development report released this week, "The Intercity Bus: America's Fastest Growing Transportation Mode – 2010 Update on Scheduled Bus Service."
The American Bus Association (ABA) today urged activists advertising in Oklahoma newspapers in favor of flawed Senate Bill S. 554 to reconsider their campaign, and urged them to support sound, science-driven safety, as well as a reinvestment of ad money into education about why taking the bus is the safest way to travel, and to help ensure engineers and regulators have adequate time to implement proper protocols and scientific methodologies determine the shape of new safety rules.
The American Bus Association (ABA) today announced it has formed an exclusive partnership with Terrapin Blue Holdings, LLC, to offer ABA members access to new tools to assist them with security & emergency preparedness, transportation contracts, new public-private partnerships, and more.
NOVEMBER 23, 2010 -- The American Bus Association (ABA) today was part of a broad group of transportation stakeholders including environmental and energy security groups that unveiled a new study of the 19-member Mobility Choice Coalition, which cites the role of private-sector buses in reducing oil dependency and government waste through increasing competition among transportation modes and tying transportation spending to energy and economic performance.
BUSES ARE READY TO GO AND HERE TODAY; HIGH-SPEED RAIL YEARS AWAY
November 12, 2010 -- The American Bus Association (ABA) today urged the U.S. government to pursue transportation policies boosting the role of intercity buses as the solution that saves money, provides hassle-free travel, fills in gaps by connecting to other travel modes, offers mobility to millions of rural citizens residing far from air and rail hubs, and which are redeployable to anywhere that's paved.
ABA, OMCA LAUNCH JOINT ONLINE "CHARTERBUS.COM" PORTAL
November 3, 2010 -- The American Bus Association (ABA) and the Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA) today announced the official launch of CharterBusConnect.com, an online portal to book group travel that offers the distinction of no consumer fees and no middlemen. The new business-building tool for ABA & OMCA members expands on the benefits provided by GroupConnect.com.
ABA TEAMS UP WITH STRATEGIC SAFETY SOLUTIONS, LLC
October 25, 2010-- The American Bus Association (ABA) announced today it has teamed with Strategic Safety Solutions, LLC (SSS) to offer new “Members Only Discounts” to ABA bus operators that will save them money and provide easy-to-use products and services to help them comply with CSA 2010 regulations.
ABA UNVEILS 2011 TOP 100 EVENTS; 150th ANNIVERSARY OF CIVIL WAR BATTLE, MONTRÉAL LANTERN FESTIVAL EARN TOP SPOTS
September 7, 2010-- The American Bus Association today released the list of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2011, naming the July 21-24 commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the First Battle of Manassas during the U.S. Civil War the Top U.S. Event, and the Montréal Botanical Garden’s “The Magic of Lanterns” Sept. 9-Oct. 30 the Top Canadian Event. The special Top 100 supplement is published annually in conjunction with the September/October issue of Destinations magazine.
GROUPCONNECT NAMES FUNDERBURG NEW VP, SALES & MARKETING
September 3, 2010-- GroupConnect.com today announced the selection of veteran motorcoach and group travel industry business leader Tony Funderburg as its new Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the joint American Bus Association (ABA)-Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA) online portal designed to be a one-stop shop for group travel needs. He replaces Jennifer Powers in the position, who is moving on to Gray Line of Nashville effective this week.
ABA, OMCA ANNOUNCE JOINT TOUR OPERATOR SUMMIT FOR SPRING
August 12, 2010-- The American Bus Association (ABA) and the Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA) today announced that the two organizations have scheduled a joint tour operator summit slated for March 30-31, 2011, to be held at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York.
ABA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2010-2011 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
July 6, 2010-- The American Bus Association Foundation (ABAF) today announced its scholarship award winners for the 2010-2011 academic year, with 19 students each receiving $2,500 scholarships, amounting to nearly $400,000 in scholarships awarded over the ABAF’s 13-year history of supporting students pursuing coursework with the goal towards a career in the motorcoach, tourism and travel industry.
ABA EXTENDS ONLINE CONSUMER OUTREACH VIA TOURS.COM ALLIANCE
July 6, 2010-- The American Bus Association (ABA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Tours.com to offer expanded access and increased consumer exposure for ABA operator members looking to reach other travel providers, consumers and the traveling public that are searching for travel options online.
ABA CEO PANTUSO CHOSEN FOR FMCSA SAFETY ADVISORY GROUP
May 26, 2010-- American Bus Association (ABA) President & CEO Peter J. Pantuso has been selected as one of eight new members of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC), FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro announced this week.
ABA FACEBOOK PAGE SURPASSES 1,000-FAN MILESTONE
May 7, 2010-- The American Bus Association (ABA) today marked a milestone in memberdriven social networking success for associations, as its number of members self-identifying and officially registering as “fans of ABA” on ABA’s Facebook page surged past 1,000 people.
ABA FORGES PARTNERSHIP WITH HP TO SAVE MEMBERS MONEY
April 28, 2010-- The American Bus Association today announced a new money-saving member benefit through a Premium Partnership with HP to offer all ABA members special pricing and significant discounts on a wide range of HP business products they use every day, including printers, notebooks, PCs, domestic shipping services, internet servers and more.
AS GREENEST WAY TO TRAVEL, EARTH DAY 2010 IS “MOTORCOACH DAY”
April 21, 2010-- The environmental friendliness of motorcoaches, which includes their providing the most fuel-efficient and least carbon-intensive mode of travel per passenger, their role in mitigating congestion on gridlocked roadways, and the documentation from independent academic and scientific experts corroborating their status as the greenest way to reach cities, attractions and tourist destinations coast-to-coast, makes Earth Day 2010 Thursday, April 22, more aptly termed “Motorcoach Day,” the American Bus Association (ABA) said today.
ABA URGES CONGRESSIONAL PASSAGE OF TRIP ACT TO BOOST TOURISM
March 2, 2010-- The American Bus Association today urged Congress to pass swiftly “The Travel Regional Investment Partnership (TRIP)” Act to provide $50 million worth of matching federal funds for U.S. destinations to engage in outreach efforts to attract prospective tourists.
ABA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW RESEARCH SHOWING BUS TOURISM IMPACT BY STATE & CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
February 18, 2010-- The American Bus Association Foundation (ABAF) today announced it is launching a new online interactive tool offering state tourism offices and local CVBs & DMOs a new way to show the economic impact generated by the motorcoach travel and tour industry for each state and congressional district. The new data can be accessed by clicking http://www.guerrillaeconomics.biz/abafoundation/.
ABA ANNOUNCES SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, TO SERVE AS HOST COMMITTEE MEETING SITE FOR 2011 TOP 100 EVENTS SELECTION
February 15, 2010--The American Bus Association today announced that Top 100 Site Selection Committee for 2011 Events will be meeting June 6-9, 2010, in Springfield, Massachusetts, courtesy of the Springfield CVB and partners.
CAPITAL REGION MARKETPLACE 2010 A MONUMENTAL SUCCESS
January 26, 2010--More than 3,200 ABA member delegates and industry professionals networked, pursued new business during more than 100,000 scheduled appointments, and raised record sums for charity during the 2010 Capital Region Marketplace January 15-19 at Gaylord National in National Harbor, Maryland.
NEW BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED AT ABA MARKETPLACE 2010
January 25, 2010--Members of the American Bus Association elected new members to its Board of Directors during its opening ceremonies for the Capital Region Marketplace 2010 at the Gaylord National.
ABA RAISES $45,000 FOR YELLOW RIBBON FUND AT MARKETPLACE 2010
January 22, 2010--Members of the American Bus Association collectively donated $45,000 to the Yellow Ribbon Fund charity as part of the Capital Region 2010 “Marketplace Gives Back” program designed to show the ABA’s gratitude to its host region’s hospitality.
ABA & FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE $25,000 DONATION FOR DISASTER RELIEF IN HAITI
January 16, 2010--The American Bus Association (ABA) and its charitable arm, the ABA Foundation (ABAF) today announced a joint donation of $25,000 to help disaster relief in Haiti as a result of the recent earthquake that has devastated the Caribbean nation. The funds will be dispersed through the American Red Cross.
TONY ORLANDO TO PERFORM ICONIC SONG FOR YELLOW RIBBON FUND
January 5, 2010--Celebrated singer Tony Orlando will help kick off the American Bus Association’s Capital Region Marketplace 2010 January 16 when he sings his signature song – “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree” – to encourage the more than 3,000 delegates in attendance to support the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which helps the families of recuperating soldiers.