Trailways expands along America’s third coast
Team Trailways expands again – Bus Supply Charters, Inc. (BSCI), DBA, Mississippi Trailways – is not just expanding the group’s network of independent motorcoach operators across the continent. It’s also closing an important service link along America’s third coast, as companies in all states along the Gulf now fly Trailways’ famous—Big Red colors.
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“Mississippi Trailways’ decision to ride with us means we have important team links in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida,” said Trailways president/CEO Gale Ellsworth. “Our network is now fully connected along the Gulf coast, and this strengthens its fabric, as we cooperate to build business opportunities and back one another with road services when needed.”
Keith Sanders, president of Mississippi Trailways, said he looks forward to working with fellow Team Trailways companies.
“We know the brand will help us generate business through its network, especially in slower winter months,” he said. “We’re delighted to add a Mississippi member to Team Trailways!”
Sanders said his company is based in two small-towns, Madison and McComb, MS, but the locations are strategic because they’re about a 100 miles from both Baton Rouge and New Orleans and not far for Jackson, MS.
“We’re even closer to Jackson,” he said, “and we do most of our business in those three cities.” New Orleans convention business is one market they would like to expand, he said.
Sanders’ business partner and wife Karen Sanders serves on the American Bus Association Board of Directors and both manage their company fleet that consists of 15 full-sized motorcoaches.
The couple launched transportation services in 1986 with one bus and a jazz band road touring contract from Preservation Hall in New Orleans. Since those days, the company has acquired two new coaches a year, and seen its tour and travel business grow along with the fleet, mostly with church and school groups. Clients go to destinations like Branson, San Antonio, or occasionally longer haul trips east and west. Military troop transport has also been in their charter business repertoire.