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America’s Motorcoach Industry Descends on Washington

“Rolling Rally” around National Mall & U.S. Capital on Wednesday, May 13 On May 13, 2020 hundreds of motorcoach companies from around the country will come together for a rolling rally around the U.S. Capitol to remind Members of Congress and the Trump Administration that the industry – which has laid off or furloughed more […]

Motorcoach industry gains attention of key Congressional leaders

On Friday, House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) requested that the Department of Treasury Secretary and Federal Reserve consider providing at least $5 billion in loans to over-the-road bus carriers. The Economic Stabilization and Assistance to Severely Distressed Sectors of the U.S. […]

New ABA report details impact of COVID-19 on the motorcoach industry

The American Bus Association (ABA) Foundation released a report today that showcases the effect COVID-19 is having on the U.S. motorcoach industry – an essential sector in the transportation industry. Nearly the entire industry is currently shut down in every corner of the country.  Most charter and tour companies have closed their doors, commuter operations have mostly […]

Mountain Line learns of onboard COVID-19 exposure

Mountain Line Transit Authority has learned of COVID-19 contact on a bus. Employees and passengers who may have come into contact and have potential exposure have been identified and are working with the Monongalia County Health Department to take the necessary steps to test, isolate and trace potential additional contacts. One Mountain Line employee has […]

FTA provides greater flexibility for transit agencies to meet Safety Plan requirements

In response to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced that it will give transit agencies more time to meet the requirements of the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) regulation. “We understand that many transit agencies are experiencing disruptions to normal operating procedures during the COVID-19 public health emergency […]

ABC Companies introduces CLEANS sanitization, disinfection & contact limitation products for post-COVID 19 operations

As thousands of operators were forced off the roads in mid-March, ABC Companies turned its focus to shaping solutions that navigate the “how” of operating in this new reality. Putting effective safeguards and protocols in place designed to ensure the comfort and security of drivers and passengers will be paramount in the post-COVID environment. With […]

American Seating makes masks for COVID-19 response

American Seating, a North American leader of transportation seating products, has started making medical-grade masks to help with the COVID-19 response. The H600 isolation masks are being made for Spectrum Health, the largest hospital system in West Michigan. Grand Rapids, Michigan-based American Seating anticipates making approximately 2,000 masks per week. The company plans to make […]

ABC Companies shares “What Moves You” video to support motorcoach industry

Thom Peebles of ABC Companies shared this message and video to support the motorcoach industry during the COVID-19 crisis:   Motorcoach Industry Family:   As we weather the storm of this economy, we must come together to make our industry’s voice heard.  Attached is a video designed to share with friends, family and most importantly; […]

ABA Applauds the Congress on Relief, But They Missed the Bus

The American Bus Association (ABA) – an industry leader advancing North American motorcoach travel and tourism — applauds Congress for agreeing to a third COVID-19 economic relief package, but say they missed the bus. In a statement, ABA President & CEO Peter Pantuso said: “We appreciate the Congress and the Administration coming together to continue […]

Big Data has big payoffs for this APTA-award winning transit agency

Contributed by TripSpark staff   Long-time TripSpark partner Blacksburg Transit (BT) won the American Public Transportation  Association’s 2019 Outstanding Transit System award for North America, in the small urban system category.  Tim Witten, ITS and Special Projects Manager for BT talks about how Big Data has helped improve customer experience, planning and service.   What TripSpark products […]