EpochTimes: Hit by Pandemic, Motorcoach Industry Says It Needs CCP Virus Relief Funds

Hit by Pandemic, Motorcoach Industry Says It Needs CCP Virus Relief Funds
Epoch Times
Alan McDonnell
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.”

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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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