CBS17: Bus Industry Crippled by Pandemic; Hopes to Bounce Back by Mid-2021

Bus Industry Crippled by Pandemic; Hopes to Bounce Back by Mid-2021
CBS17 Raleigh
Nick Sturdivant
December 29, 2020

It’s a business that thrives on the road.

However, this year with COVID-19, the motor coach business has been stuck in park for the most the part.

“Our industry from the motor coach perspective we are only operating across the country at somewhere between 10 and 15 percent,” said Peter Pantuso, President and CEO of the American Bus Association.
Pantuso said it has been this way since March.

“The biggest piece of the industry in terms of overall numbers is the charter and tourism segment. Taking people and kids to Raleigh to see the state capitol to learn about history,” he explained
Pantuso said about 85,000 people, including drivers, across the industry have been laid off.
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The American Bus Association says without some sort of federal assistance, nearly half of the motorcade industry will be completely wiped out.

“We don’t see an opportunity to recover until at least the 3rd quarter of next year [2021],” Pantuso said.

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About the American Bus Association

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.

Contact

Melanie Hinton, Director of Communications & Media Relations, ABA
Office: (202) 218-7220
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