Trailways Announces Outstanding Driver of the Year Award Winners
"Unsung heroes in his pursuit of putting in a good day's work"
Fairfax, VA - March 12, 2013 - Trailways Transportation System announces two winners of its national Trailways Outstanding Driver of the Year Awards for 2013. The two bus drivers received their award in person at a gala awards dinner Tuesday, March 11, 2014 during the 78th Annual Trailways Stockholder Meeting & Conference held in Florida. There are 76 independently-owned Trailways companies in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Scheduled Route Division: William (Bill) Laurent, Adirondack Trailways, New York
The Trailways Outstanding Drive of the Year Award winner in the Scheduled Route Division is William (Bill) Laurent of Adirondack Trailways, based in Hurley, NY. A full-time motorcoach driver for 34 years, Laurent joined the company in 1979 and has driven approximately 1.5 million miles accident-free (1,493,178 specifically). Mr. Laurent has had no preventable road accidents and has not been absent from or late for work during 2013, during which time he drove 66,775 miles accident-free.
Charter & Tour Division: Gottfried Fodor, Fullington Trailways, Pa.
The Trailways Outstanding Drive of the Year Award winner in the Charter & Tour Division is Gottfried Fodor of Fullington Trailways, Pa. He has been with the company since 1982. He was nominated by Michael Fullington, vice president and chief operations officer of Fullington Trailways of Pennsylvania with offices in Clearfield and State College. Mr. Fodor has driven 51,855 miles in 2013 accident-free.
Trailways Rolls into Destin, Florida for 78th Annual Conference
Fairfax, Virginia – February 11, 2014 – Luxury motorcoaches will be rolling into the Destin area of Florida for the national gathering of Trailways bus company owners, March 9-11, 2014 at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. It is the company’s 78th annual owners meeting. This year local charities will benefit. Arrival of a dozen sleek and colorful Trailways buses and more than 125 Trailways company owners and industry leaders are expected. Motorcoach business is good for the local economy overall and the state is a very popular destination for tour buses. A Trailways motorcoach charter trip or tour group supports five jobs and one overnight visit is worth $5,000 to $11,000 per coach to a destination. This year at the Trailways conference, five nonprofit organizations have been selected to receive donations from Trailways during their meeting, as a way to give back to the local community:
Proceeds from the Trailways auction will be awarded to the following Destin groups:
- Fisher House Foundation, Destin (Past President, Tom Rice accepting). Fisher House Foundation is a network of comfort homes where families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are mostly located at major U.S. military and VA medical centers.
- Fishing & History Museum of Destin (Director Jean Melvin, our Museum President Dave Steele and Curator Kathy Blue accepting) - Funds will help with preservation/restoration of the oldest seine (net) fishing boat still in existence, The Primrose, built in 1925. (Trailways attendees will also tour the museum while in Destin on Sun., March 9 from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 pm)
- Boys & Girls Club of Destin - Works to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. (rsvp pending)
- Sharing Hands Network, Destin - Aids the poor and homeless in Destin; works to strengthen families and enrich communities. (rsvp pending)
- Shriners Hospitals for Children of Florida - (Pete Fragale and Anthony Mallory, Hospital Vice Chairman, accepting) - Provides quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs.
Tony Fiorini, Chairman of the Trailways Board of Directors, and owner of Silver State Trailways based in California and Nevada, said, “This is the first year of our donation program. We want to give to various organizations that help the local community in different ways. Sometimes a little can to a long way. We’re providing approximately $5,000 total and hope to build the program in the future to give even more,” he said. Read more.
New website announced by Trailways for Stockholders; New Portal
January 28, 2014 – Fairfax, VA - Trailways Transportation System today announces a new Trailways Website created solely for Stockholders & employees. This new site (www.TeamTrailways.com) will allow owners (and employees) direct access to various Trailways training programs, products, services, operational and informational tools as well as the ability to communicate with each other (team members and staff) across the network.
- Team Trailways News (News, Legislative, Annual Conference and Annual Stockholder Newsletter)
- Safety & Security (and Driver Section)
- Marketing, Sales & Training
- Multi-Bus Moves (coming soon)
- New Buses & Dealer Info (coming soon)
- Network Business Opportunities (including Affiliated Partners)
- Buy, Sell or Trade Vehicles (coming soon)
- Resource Center (Toolbox);
- Trailways Stockholders “Dispatcher” communications Forum (new!)
Excursions Trailways Re-Creates 5-Star “Hostess” Uniforms
Golden Eagle hostesses come to life on mannequins
Fairfax, Virginia – December 13, 2013 – Trailways unveiled at its headquarters office earlier this month a very special addition to its historic memorabilia collection: a fully uniformed hostess. She is actually a mannequin dressed in the red uniform worn by real bus hostesses on Trailways’ 5-Star “Thru-Liner Service” in the late 1950s. Two of the replica hostess uniforms were hand-made recently by Excursions Trailways of Indiana and Ohio. On December 5, Tom Bazow, president of Excursions, was at the Trailways brand headquarters in Virginia to see the special outfit on a new mannequin there. “She’s a great conversation-starter,” Bazow said. Read More
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Releases Seat Belt Final Rule
November 21, 2013 – Washington, D.C. - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the long-awaited seat belt Final Rule. The rule (docket no. NHTSA-2013-0121) amends the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) on occupant protection to require lap/shoulder seat belts for each passenger seating position in: (a) all new over-the-road buses; and (b) in new buses other than over-the-road buses with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of greater than 26,000 pounds. The effective date of the rule is three years and one day after the date of publication in Federal Register, which is expected this week.
Significant Aspects of the Final Rule: The Final Rule applies to all new buses manufactured more than 3 years after the date on which the regulation is published as a final rule. There is no bus seat belt retrofit requirement in the rule. NHTSA estimates that installing lap/shoulder seat belts on covered new buses will save 1.7 to 9.2 lives per year. It further estimates the cost of adding lap/shoulder belts as $2,110 per vehicle, with lifetime fuel costs due to increased weight of the bus as an additional $794 to $1,077 per vehicle. (Read the full ABA Bus Bulletin 11-20-13) Read the NHTSA press release.