Hit by Pandemic, Motorcoach Industry Says It Needs CCP Virus Relief Funds
June 19, 2020
The American Bus Association (ABA) estimates that the U.S. motorcoach industry will experience an economic loss of $11 billion due to the CCP virus crisis, as a 71 percent annual decline in business hammers what the ABA says is the most economic and most environmentally responsible form of inter-city travel in the United States.
According to ABA President & CEO Peter Pantuso, the U.S. motorcoach industry is also a critical strategic asset that the country can not afford to see fail, with the industry providing just under 600 million passenger trips per year, or slightly less than U.S. commercial airlines.
“If this industry does not receive government assistance immediately, I can’t say how much of it will be left when Americans need access to economical and reliable transportation for work or for leisure, or are in need of emergency evacuation services as a result of natural disasters,” said Pantuso. “As the economy tries to right itself, it is buses who will bring people to destinations, hotels, events, and other locations that are also seeking to recover.”