The Motorcoach Industry started over 100 years ago with companies providing passenger service from rural areas to urban areas to help folks with job opportunities, for healthcare, or just to go visit family. Over the years, service to rural areas has been cut back, but the needs have always been there. The Federal Government created a grant program called 5311(f) to help fund scheduled service to the rural areas again. This presentation will look at this program in more detail, but will also discuss other scheduled service possibilities, as motorcoach companies look to expand their marketing opportunities, and diversify their offerings. Our presenter, Mark Szyperski, was raised around scheduled service, and has extensive history in establishing all types of scheduled services, including an experienced background in 5311(f) programs. Our current administration has already increased funding to Intercity Bus Programs, and is looking to expand public transportation opportunities over the next years in office. Maybe it’s time for us to revisit our “roots”!
Mark L. Szyperski is President/CEO of On Your Mark Transportation, LLC, a Consulting Firm for the Bus, Motorcoach, and Luxury Ground Transportation Industry. He has over 30 years public and private sector experience in the Bus, Motorcoach, and Limousine industry, consulting for over 100 companies in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has expertise in Section 5311(f), program review and guidance, operation implementation and grant preparation. He provides technical assistance in federal regulation compliance, operations staff training and development (including bus operator recruiting, hiring and training), marketing, route scheduling and dispatching, transportation management reviews, best practices and peer research, service planning, performance, and public-private partnerships. Mark played a key role in transportation planning and execution for the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2012 Democratic Convention. Mark learned the industry at an early age from his Father, who was a 33-year Greyhound bus operator. Prior to founding On Your Mark Transportation, LLC, Mark served as Corporate Vice President of National Trailways Transportation System, He has developed, and implemented 5311(f) supported scheduled route service in multiple states, and is currently under contract with a large intercity carrier to provide marketing support for 5311(f) programs in 20 States. His work has expanded to help Intercity Bus Companies in the United States on route development and program management for 5311(f) programs. Mark is also a member of the national planning committee for the National Conference on Rural and Intercity Bus Transportation.