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.
Network-wide Trailways Healthcare Program
Fairfax, VA – October 23, 2013 - Trailways’ Insurance Committee announces a new network-wide Trailways Healthcare Program (United Healthcare). The new plan offers a flexible cost and design element that allows Trailways companies the ability to design and offer various employee co-pay schedules for Office Visits, Lab and X-ray, Inpatient and Outpatient services, and Emergency Room visits. The plan also offers a host of Ancillary and Voluntary products that are available through Assurant Insurance Company. Trailways companies may contact Bridge Port and review opportunities and options and to learn how to benefit from this new Trailways network-wide healthcare program. The committee is led by Bill Gentry (Gentry Trailways) and Tom McCaughey (Flagship Trailways). The contact at Bridge Port Benefits is Kyle Blasman, Director of Business Development. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. 800-532-5941 or 818-865-6800 ext. 115. Fax: 818.865.6814.www.bridgeportbenefits.com. CA License # 0G94164. Read the Flyer
Stakeholders Write Letter of Support for Sleep Apnea Bill (Politico MT, 9/18/13)
Several major transportation groups, including Trailways, have written members of Congress to urge support for a bill to ensure that any federal action on sleep apnea testing and treatment come through a formal rulemaking. The trucking, bus, and school bus groups urge support a bill from Reps. Larry Bucshon and Daniel Lipinski that would force the FMCSA to act through the rulemaking process instead of an informal guidance. The bill gets marked up tomorrow, Sept. 19, 2013 at a House T&I Committee meeting that will be mostly devoted to WRRDA. Read the letter.
Trailways Stockholders: Please send by email this bill, Dear Colleague letter and industry support letter (deadline Sept. 18, 2013) to the Member’s staff person responsible for transportation issues in the districts where you operate and ask the Member to co-sponsor the bill. Please contact Chester DiBari at email@example.com for assistance. This is a House only effort. The coalition is hoping to get a similar bill introduced in the Senate soon.
UDPATE: September 19, 2013
Sleep apnea bill passed by House committee
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) passed legislation requiring the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to use the formal rulemaking process if it decides to move forward with any new regulations regarding sleep apnea. The approach will enable a full scientific review and public comment process before any new regulations are prescribed. The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) and Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL). ABA officials added it will continue to work with the relevant House and Senate committees to ensure that this bill is ultimately passed and signed into law by the president.
A wide-ranging industry coalition of groups support the measure, including the ABA, the American Trucking Associations, the National Student Travel Association, the United Motorcoach Association, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the National Private Truck Council, the American Moving and Storage Association, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Trailways companies provided support to UMA and ABA in this effort.
Mid-West Trailways Network Creates Co-Op Advertisement Together
September 9, 2013 - Twelve Trailways companies in the mid-west U.S. created a co-op display advertisement together published this month in the 2013-14 edition of the Student Travel Planning Guide (pg. 7) This new ad features the Trailways Mid-West Network and was organized by the Trailways headquarters office this summer at the suggestion of Donald Ferrone/Prairie Trailways, IL. A link to the digital magazine version is below or View the Ad (PDF). Trailways plans to continue to help organize these types of promotions on behalf of its regional networks. According to Premier Tourism Marketing, the circulation includes 20,000 student travel buyers. More than 10,000 internet users also visit StudentTravelDirectory.com every month. The Trailways co-op ad received excellent placement in the publication (page 7 of 50+ pages) and across from the Editor’s letter in the front. The Trailways headquarters is also listed in the online directory for inquiries on behalf of the group.
Trailways Publishes 2013 Edition of the Driving Times
The Trailways 2013 edition of the Driving Times national newsletter, written especially for drivers, dispatchers, mechanics and general employees, has been published and mailed to all affiliated bus companies. The newsletter is for break rooms and areas where these key personnel will read it. Debuted in 2012, it is the first-ever Trailways driver newsletter. “We value the companies that affiliate with Trailways and appreciate all the employees who contribute greatly to the success of the company and Team Trailways,” said Tony Fiorini, Trailways’ Board Chairman and President of Silver State Trailways (CA/NV). The newsletter was the idea of Mr. Fiorini in 2012. Trailways companies may request additional copies by calling the Trailways headquarters at (703) 691-3052. The company invites all drivers and staff to submit news and photos for consideration to be included in future issues to firstname.lastname@example.org. Trailways companies may also wish to add a link to the newsletter on their staff intranet or website. The URL is: http://trailways.com/docs/Trailways_Newsletter.pdf
Trailways Supports “Tourism Cares”
TRAVEL PROFESSIONALS INVITED TO PRESERVE
Rare opportunity to help restore living museum and Mayflower II – September 26 and 27, 2013.
Tourism Cares is pleased to announce Plimoth Plantation as the site of the Fall 2013 volunteer restoration program taking place Sept. 26-27, 2013. Volunteers must register online by September 10.
Professionals interested in volunteering should register at http://www.tourismcares.org/volunteering
Registration fees are $129.00 per person and $29.00 for students.
Tourism Cares for America is a volunteer program to help preserve, conserve and protect tourism related sites in America that need care and rejuvenation.
Tulsa, Oklahoma – September 4, 2013 - Trailways executives attended the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) 49th annual conference and trade show in Tulsa, Okla., this past summer (July 22-23, 2013). Trailways has 21 companies with independent (private) school bus operations in the U.S. The goal was to learn more about each other’s organizations.
Trailways, founded in 1936, has 75 bus company affiliates with approximatley 8,300 vehicles in the U.S., Canada and Europe. It seeks to be the consumer's first choice for safe, secure, reliable, and comfortable bus transportation. NSTA has approximately 300 members. Its mission is to provide school transportation professionals with tools and resources needed to make school buses safe, secure, affordable and efficient.
Kobussen Trailways of Wisconsin Wins Thomas Built Buses Education Grant
August 12, 2013 - Congratulations to Kobussen Trailways of Wisconsin on winning the Thomas Built Buses Continuing Education and Professional Growth Grant awarded during the National School Transportation Association’s (NSTA) annual meeting in Tulsa last month. Kobussen’s school bus division operates more than 400 school buses. Dan Kobussen (pictured) accepted the award on behalf of Dave Hietpas, head of the company’s IT department. For the past six years Dave Hietpas has assumed the responsibility as the IT department for all of Kobussen Trailways/Kobussen Buses Ltd. Hietpas takes care of all computer servers as well as over 50 computers that reside in seven remote locations. His background is in technology and he takes night classes on computer networking to better understand the CISCO Voice Over IP system and terminal server network. Kelley Platt of Thomas Built Buses presented the grant award. Trailways headquarters staff attended the meeting. Twenty-one Trailways companies operate school bus divisions. To read more about the NSTA awards, click here
See the list of Trailways companies with School Bus divisions.
Trailways & Drum Corps International: A Summer to Remember
Two Trailways lady drivers, Renee (left) and Lillie, with Thom Fox, VP - GottaGo Trailways, in Indianapolis this past weekend Aug. 8-11, 2013... for the Drum Corps International's Summer Tour culmination. Two months on the road with thousands of marching band students. GottaGo carried the Crossmen (San Antonio), the Blue Stars (WI), Madison Scouts (WI), and others. Many thanks to all the Trailways companies who provided transportation for this special and unique summer experience: West Valley Trailways, Excursions Trailways, Prairie Trailways, Silver State Trailways, Heartland Trailways, Harlows Trailways, Huskey Trailways and others. You are integral to the success of this event every summer. Congratulations to the Carolina Crown, Ft. Mill, SC on the big win. To read more, visit Drum Corps International. Part of a Corps or DrumLine Battle group already? Call Trailways for your 2014 transportation. Trailways has years of experience with DCI, quality buses, a national bus network and most of all, great drivers who care about the students.
Trailways and DCI announce DrumLine Battle sponsorship
Thursday, July 18, 2013 – Fairfax, VA - Trailways, an affiliation of independent contractors, today announced a new partnership with Drum Corps International (DCI) – Marching Music’s Major League. It is the first time the two organizations have worked together.
“DCI is pleased to formalize our partnership with Trailways in support of our popular new DrumLine Battle™ program offering. Whether facing the grueling demands of the DCI Summer Tour or participating in a single DrumLine Battle event, the ability for our performers to have safe, reliable and quality transportation such as Trailways is absolutely imperative to ensuring their success," said Dan Acheson, Executive Director and CEO of Drum Corps International. "Our experience has been tremendous thus far with Trailways and we look forward to expanding our relationship in the years to come.”
“Our large network of bus companies makes Trailways the perfect transportation partner for drum corps and band leaders, musicians and performers who seek quality and safety for their bus trips,” said Gale Ellsworth, President and CEO of the Trailways Corporation. Read more.
Washington, D.C. – June 26, 2013 – Today, Trailways attended the United Motorcoach Association's 2013 "Capitol Hill Day" in Washington, D.C. to petition legislators on key motorcoach and bus industry issues. Approximately 65 motorcoach and bus company owners attended. During the morning Advocacy Briefing, six Congressmen spoke individually to the group: Jimmy Duncan (R-TN); Tom Petri (R-WI); Rodney Davis (R-IL); Reid Ribble (R-WI); John Mica (R-FL) and Tom McClintock (R-CA). Bus operators then shared their four key priorities, supported by the Trailways corporation:
- Trailways supports UMA's recommendation to consider changes in federal transit law to strengthen public-private partnerships to provide public transportation.
- Trailways supports UMA's recommendation to end discrimination against private operators in one metropolitan area of the country as well as the continuation of strong charter bus and school bus protections in federal transit law.
- Trailways supports UMA's recommendation to gain parity with public transit, government and school bus transportation by extending a full federal fuel tax exemption to motorcoaches.
- Trailways supports UMA's efforts to support federal legislation that would prevent States from imposing business activity taxes on interstate travel by motorcoaches with destination or overnight stops.
Afterwards, all the bus company owners spent the afternoon in appointments with their members of Congress and staff on Capitol Hill. That evening, a fundraiser was held on the Hill by UMA for Congressman Bill Schuster (R-PA). For more details, please refer to the July 15, 2013 issue of UMA's Bus & Motorcoach News. To join UMA at the Trailways discounted rate, apply now. The motorcoach tour and travel industry contributes nearly $112.7 billion in total U.S. economic activity.
At UMA's 2013 Capitol Hill Day, Trailways and National Seating co-sponsored the morning breakfast at the U.S. Capitol and six Trailways Stockholders attended (top row, from left): Mike Giddens, Pacific Coachways Trailways, CA; Alan Thrasher, Thrasher Brothers Trailways, AL; Bill Allen, Amador Trailways, CA/NV; Greg Gentry, Gentry Trailways, TN. (Bottom row, from left): Marcia Milton, First Priority Trailways, MD/DC; Bill Gentry, Gentry, Gentry Trailways, TN and Tracey Simmons, Trailways Corporate Communications. (Joan Libby, Cavalier Coach Trailways, hosted an event at their garage in Boston for local political leaders during that week to call attention to the issues).
Trailways Makes New History in City of Love
PRESS RELEASE-May 7, 2013
Fairfax, VA - The City of Brotherly Love already has plenty of famous political and business names under its historical belt. Brand Trailways is now debuting with Philadelphia-based David Thomas Trailways adding to the city's business heritage. David Thomas Trailways President, David Benedict, launched his tour and motorcoach businesses in the early 90s, running motorcoach charters to Atlantic City casinos. Today, David Thomas Trailways operates a fleet of 24 vehicles-full-sized coaches to 14-passenger shuttle buses. (Read more)
Lock Media Buys Trailways Voyager GPS Tracking System
Manassas, VA (April 22, 2013) - Trailways' Voyager GPS Tracking System has been acquired by its original software developer, Lock Media. The software specialist has become a motorcoach industry leader with its comprehensive Ticket Manager Pro 3.0 suite of tools that allows companies to manage all aspects of their operations. Lock Media has big plans to take Voyager to the next level. Until earlier this month, when it was sold outright to Lock Media, the Voyager GPS Tacking System was proprietary to Trailways and used only on it network of buses. The software was managed and hosted by Lock Media since its inception in 2004. This acquisition means that for the first time since 2004, this product will be available commercially. "We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Trailways. The investments and improvements we plan to make to Voyager will not only benefit Trailways stockholders, but now, other bus companies - including the small independent ones - will be able to profit as well," Lock said.
Trailways Voyager GPS Users- All Trailways Stockholders are still required to complete the GPS System Update form requests (GPS Mandates) no later than May 31, 2013.
ABA: Why Wait on a Delayed Airplane? Get there by Motorcoach
April 25, 2013 – Trailways supports the effort by the American Bus Association to promote reliable travel by motorcoach to travelers frustrated with delayed flights. Read More
Trailways Appoints Hanley as Safety Compliance Director
April 2, 2013: Fairfax, VA-Trailways Transportation System (Trailways) has
appointed, veteran federal motorcoach safety expert, Philip (Phil) J.
Hanley, Jr., as its new Safety Compliance Director in support of the
organization's network of motorcoach companies. Hanley will assist Trailways
affiliated bus companies with navigating complex local, state, and federal
safety issues related to motorcoach passenger transportation.
Trailways Announces “Special Recognition” Awards for 2012
April 1, 2013 – Fairfax, VA - Every year Trailways recognizes Stockholder companies and individuals who exemplify outstanding work and dedication. The 2012 recipients were announced during the Trailways Awards Luncheon on March 5, 2013 during the Annual Trailways Stockholders Meeting & Conference in San Diego. Approximately 250 people attended the Trailways 77th annual gathering, which included bus company owner-operators from throughout the U.S. and Canada, industry leaders, government officials, affiliated partners, including the leading bus manufacturers. Read the list of winners and see all the photographs.
Trailways Launches Charter Program
March 22, 2013 - Fairfax, VA– At the 2013 Trailways Stockholders Meeting & Conference held last month in San Diego, CA, the corporation officially launched a Trailways Charter Sales Program, marking a new era in the history of the organization.
The new Trailways Charter Program offers one-stop shopping for customers who wish to charter passenger transportation. The customer has one point of contact in order to make trip planning easy and convenient.
A pre-launch test period from 2011 through 2012 was highly successful and this year (2013), the Charter Program was officially launched at Trailways' 77th annual gathering. During the pre-launch, $1.1 million in gross revenue was generated in group charter - transport business for Trailways-affiliated transportation companies. The department, housed at Trailways' corporate office, is now staffed by dedicated sales personnel as well as support staff.
Headquarters staff will personally assist the customer in all aspects of planning their group charter or transport moves that includes quoting a price, scheduling the trip with a Trailways company near them, confirmation on the trip date, coordination with the Trailways local operations, and centralized billing.
Trailways Announces Estate Planning Program with Ferguson Financial Group
February 19, 2013 - Fairfax, VA - Strategic planning for the future of your company's operational wealth and well-being is very important. To help you, the Trailways corporate office and Ferguson Financial Group (FFG), a Preferred Affiliate, announce a new Trailways Financial Plan for all Trailways bus company owners.
Estate planning and business planning is a specialty of the firm. The company current manages several charter bus company accounts and other types of transportation companies, such as trucking.
Wayne L. Rector, a top financial adviser at FFG, who has been with the company for 10 years, said, "Everyone needs estate planning and most people have not done enough. We're different than an accountant or a lawyer. We're like a team quarterback. Our role is to help guide and strategize together with the owners. We specialize in family owned businesses. The biggest challenges are a willingness on the part of owners to sit down and talk, as well as trusting a financial planner. Small family companies have the biggest challenge to planning for the next generation. Talking about the future of their business can be emotional."
This special Trailways Financial Plan is offered to Trailways Stockholders at a special reduced fee. The rate includes one year of Estate Counseling as well as the full Comprehensive Plan. Plan now for what lies ahead.
Founded in 1993, Ferguson Financial Group, based in St. Louis, Missouri, has agents who are collectively licensed to sell insurance through New York Life Insurance Company; collectively offer securities products and services through NYLIFE Securities LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC, a licensed insurance agency, and are also separately registered as investment adviser representatives under Eagle Strategies LLC, a Registered Investment Adviser.
For a copy of the Overview and Circle of Services, please contact FFG about the Trailways Financial Plan:
For more information on the Trailways Financial Plan, please call or email:
Travel Industry Leaders, Trailways and HotelPlanner.com, Form Partnership
Helpful Online Tool for Bus Charter & Tour Planners
January 7, 2013 – Fairfax, VA - Trailways Transportation System announces a new partnership with HotelPlanner.com, the leader in the online hotel group sales market. Trailways has directly integrated HotelPlanner.com's booking technology into their website (www.trailways.com) so it will be easily accessible to all clients with a need for individual or group travel, such as bus charter and tour planners. The new tool provides and an easy, one-stop way for bus charter customers visiting Trailways' website to also check hotel rates and availability and reserve hotel rooms for their groups anywhere in the world through Hotelplanner.com. There are no service fees to book through HotelPlanner.com. The program had a soft launch in December 2012. Read the Press Release.
Trailways Operators: You may add the same hotel group reservations tool to your website and earn a rebate on hotel bookings from your site. To schedule an overview, please contact:
Suzy Wills, Corporate Accounts Director
777 S. Flagler Dr., Suite 800,West Tower West Palm Beach, FL 33401
800-760-7718 ext. 737
View the Powerpoint for Trailways Operators from December 2012.
Kobussen Trailways' Mechanic Wins Maintenance Award
Meyerhofer, right, wins UMA's 2013 Mechanic of the Year Award, presented by Steve Hartman, left, a CBS News correspondent and event emcee.
February 4, 2013 - Fairfax, VA - It's always nice to have a great mechanic in the family! Dave Meyerhofer of Kobussen Trailways in Wisconsin won the 2013 United Motorcoach Association Maintenance Competition Award last month. Dave credited his skills to many years spent working on motorcoaches, school buses and his dad's tractors back in his youth.
"Dave is a great mechanic and Kobussen would not be where we are today without him," said Joe Kobussen President of Kobussen Trailways in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. The competition comprised a written test and a diagnostic test on a real bus at the Escot Bus Line facility in Orlando.
Trailways Corp., National Interstate Insurance Announce Partnership
New Program for Bus Operators will Enhance Risk & Claims Management
January 29, 2013 – Fairfax, VA - Trailways Corporation is pleased to announce a new partnership with National Interstate Insurance. Gale Ellsworth, Trailways' CEO and President, said "We look forward to strengthening our relationship with your company and helping to enhance its risk and claims management programs,". (Read the Press Release and Welcome Letter) from Safety Claims and Litigations Services (SCLS).
SCLS is the National Interstate affiliate responsible for the enhanced risk management benefits offered in this program. The benefits of the program include:
- Preferred Underwriting Status for all Trailways Operator submissions
- Enhanced claims management including
- On Liability Deductible Claims - Communication of any reserve change or payment of $10k or more
- Reserve change notification – if any reserve is increased by $10k or more
- Payment notification – of any payment of $5k or more
- IA Notification - notice of anticipation of use of Independent Adjuster
- Hot Claims – the ability to be consulted on any claim, regardless of dollar amount
- Subrogation referral – for claims not covered by NIIC
- Claims file review – by insured’s request - either in person at NIIC offices or via teleconference
- Enhanced Risk Management
- SCLS website offerings
- AER customer loyalty program
- On site safety review and consultation for accounts over $40k annual premium
- Phone analysis and consultation for accounts under $40k annual premium
- Safety workshop/training session at annual Trailways meeting for all Trailways Operators
- Continued sponsorship/co-sponsorship at Conferences
"Trailways operators are asked to please remind their company's insurance broker about the special benefits for quoting National Interstate," Ellsworth said. The contact for Stockholder follow up is
Michelle A. Silvestro
AVP, National Marketing Manager - National Interstate
3250 Interstate Dr., Richfield, Ohio 44286
800-929-1500 x1213/ Cell: 440-821-1961
Trailways Board Seats New Member
Fairfax, VA—November 1, 2012 - The Trailways Transportation System’s (Trailways) Board of Directors has elected Marcia Milton, founder, President and CEO of First Priority Trailways, which is based in District Heights, Maryland. Milton is the mid-term (2012-2015) replacement who will represent the organization’s Northeast Region.
“We are delighted to welcome Marcia to the Trailways Board,” said Anthony (Tony) Fiorini, Trailways’ Chairman, owner of Silver State Trailways of CA/NV. “She is the quintessential entrepreneur who has built her company without the benefit of a multi-generation industry legacy. Marcia brings a fresh perspective to our network’s leadership vision and expansion efforts; we look forward to having her valuable input as we continue to strengthen and grow our organization, which remains at the forefront of the motorcoach industry for more than 77 years of operation.”
Milton founded First Priority Trailways in 1999 with one full-size motorcoach. She had been director of a school-to-work program in the nation’s capital where she organized college and school trips for students. Following some industry research and familiarization, she launched her new company with general interest in providing consumer trips to New York City shopping and Broadway show programs.
“I became very interested in doing these kinds of trips and decided to attend a national bus association conference to learn more about the business and the industry,” said Milton. “Soon after that, I decided to buy my first coach and market to a more sophisticated (upmarket) consumer. I made certain that my coach interior was different and unique, using bright colors and galleys similar to those on airplanes. It was quite successful and we grew from there.”
Trailways Asks DOT to Extend Accessibility Deadline for Demand Responsive Buses
October 16, 2012 – Fairfax, VA - The Trailways Corporation has asked the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for an extension of the October 29, 2012 deadline for 100% accessibility of the OTR buses used for Demand Responsive Requests. The request asked for an extension until December 2015 and was sent via letter to DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. The request is prompted by the August 6, 2012 letter of the DOT’s General Counsel which interprets the 100% fixed route fleet accessibility rule to include “any extra sections of service at heavy traffic times.” Trailways’ scheduled-service carriers were treating extra sections as demand responsive and thus not part of the fixed route fleet. However, the DOT General Counsel has concluded otherwise and the industry is bound by that ruling.
Still Relevant: Trailways Announces New Program with Yellow Pages
Fairfax, VA - October 16, 2012 -The Trailways Corporation and New Dimension M&R (NDM&R) announced today a new partnership for national Yellow Page print and internet advertising. At a time when many are claiming that Yellow Pages are dying, the data show just the opposite: that response to Yellow Pages ads grew in 2010 at double-digit rates. Yellow Page advertising has not lost its usefulness or relevance to consumers and businesses.
The partnership will bring lower costs and more services to Trailways companies for their national Yellow Page Print and Yellow Page Internet advertising. The program has five advantages to Trailways bus operator companies.
New Dimension M&R Will:
1. Change your current advertising program into a dynamic, cost effective, call-generating program;
2. Offers all Stockholders a 3% to 5% discount on any and all of their yellow page/telephone directory advertising, including internet listings;
3. Provide a complimentary pricing analysis, upon request, to any interested Stockholders to illustrate potential cost-savings;
4. Enable you to work with one designated ad rep for any directory you place advertising in: AT&T, Verizon, Yellow Book, or other local telephone directories, including your Yellow Page Internet ads.
5. NDM&R can provide Trailways operators with a free analysis of your print and internet yellow page advertising. The contact is Mark Flanagan, New Dimension M&R 1-800-315-3057 ext. 12.
The new program was announced on Oct. 4 and it was also reviewed on a national webinar with Trailways operators. Yellow Page advertising still performs well. Calls to Yellow Page advertisers have increased for the third year in a row. According to a 2011 metered advertising study by CRM Associates, an independent research firm, calls to Yellow Page print advertisers in the Bus Charter and Rental category, based on 133 different bus advertisements nationally, increased 17.3 percent (11 percent to Internet Yellow Page bus advertisers). Trailways and NDM&R recommend it as part of a balanced advertising program.
To read the overview Presentation to Trailways operators by NDM&R, click here.
Gentry Trailways Testifies in Congress: CSA Hurts Good Carriers
Fairfax, VA - September 14, 2012 – Bill Gentry of Gentry Trailways in Tennessee testified yesterday (9/13/2012) at a Congressional hearing by the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, led by Chairman, U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN). At the hearing, Evaluating the Effectiveness of DOT's Truck and Bus Safety Program, Bill was the only witness representing the motorcoach and school bus industry.
Congressman Duncan said the Compliance, Safety and Accountability program (CSA) was designed to maximize the Agency’s resources by compiling carrier violations, however, bus and truck companies have raised concerns related to CSA’s methodology, specifically in the Safety Measurement System (SMS).
Seven witnesses were invited. From left, Anne E. Ferro, FMCSA; Steve Owings, Road Safe America; David Palmer, Texas Dept. of Public Safety; Scott A. Mugno, FedEx Ground; Ruby McBride, Colonial Freight Systems, Inc.; Bruce Johnson, C.H. Robinson; and William (Bill) Gentry, Gentry Trailways, TN.
- Watch the webcast, click here. (Note – Bill spoke 6th, followed by Q&A).
- Read Bill Gentry’s testimony summary, click here.
- Read the testimony by Anne Ferro, Administrator, FMCSA, click here.
- Read Chairman Duncan’s press release.
- Watch the CBS Sunday News story (9/2/2012) click here.
Ken Presley, VP-UMA, said, “Congress emphasized Bill’s testimony by highlighting the value of a Government Accountability Office actuarial study of the true causes of crashes and the correlation with CSA, the crash accountability issue, and the controversy of passenger carriers being penalized for poor performing drivers they no longer employ.” He expressed thanks that Bill could lend his time and talent to represent the mutual interests of UMA and
ABA before Congress.
Trailways Makes Return to Selma
August 24, 2012 – Fairfax, VA - (Reprinted with permission from the Selma Times Journal.)
By Robert Hudson
From now on, Capital Trailways of Alabama buses won’t just be passing through Selma, as it’ll now call the city home. Trailways will now have departures from Selma, as a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially welcomed the business back last month (July 2012) at its location on Broad Street. Trailways is making its return, after leaving from Selma years ago. Mark Szyperski with Trailways said the service will fill many needs of the community. “The general public — and we’ve noticed this at Trailways throughout the United States — are coming back to buses because of the cost of fuel.”
COASTAL GEORGIA TRAILWAYS Expands Peach State Reach
Fairfax, VA –Trailways Transportation System (Trailways): Coastal Georgia Trailways, based in
Brunswick, is Team Trailways’ newest stockholder company in the peach state and the company joins
Georgia-based Capital Trailways of Georgia (Columbus) and Samson Trailways (Atlanta) in delivering
Trailways’ legendary transportation services to the Southeastern region.
COASTAL Trailways Board Seats Three New Members
Trailways Board Seats Three
Fairfax, VA - March 14, 2012 – The Trailways Board of Directors seated three
new members at its 76th Annual Stockholders Conference & Meeting in Bonita
Springs, Florida late last month. The new board members are: Shawn Geary,
president/owner of McCoy Trailways in Kingston, Ontario; Scott A. Riccio,
president/owner and founder of NorthEast Trailways in Lewiston, ME and Jonathan
T. Berzas, president/ceo of Fullington Trailways in Clearfield, PA.
HISTORY OF TRAILWAYS
Trailways is North America's oldest independent group of privately owned motorcoach companies, operating over 2,500 luxury-styled motorcoaches, serving more than 1,000+ destinations throughout North America and parts of Europe and safely carrying more than 16 million passengers annually.
The distinctive red Trailways lettering is a familiar sight on city streets, roads, and highways. This well-respected brand represents a proud heritage of passenger transportation in existence for almost eighty years.
Horse-drawn stagecoaches were undoubtedly the forerunners of today's motorcoach industry, but it was not until after World War I, and the introduction of motorbuses, that the Trailways motorcoach network began to formulate. In the beginning, the Trailways system of motorized vehicles was operated by a few independent or privately owned transportation companies each operating with a different company name. Then, in 1936, 15 companies banded together as a singularly brand providing ed, far-reaching system of cross-country passenger bus service under the Trailways brand. Soon it became a highly recognizable national brand, recognizable by its distinctive 'crimson and cream' livery for all vehicles.
Trailways played an important role in the development of America through the late 20th century, providing bus service to towns and parts of rural America that had little or no other means of public transportation. However, with the introduction of U.S. bus deregulation in the mid-80s, Trailways began to face strong competition from smaller independent charter & tour motorcoach operators flooding the travel market. Additionally, other more expedient travel modes of transport, such as regional airlines and Americans' love of the automobile, began to shift the balance of Trailways' once dominant market-share status.
By the mid-90's, with scheduled route (intercity) motorcoach service rapidly diminishing, Trailways' strategy evolved to welcome aboard the once competitive independent charter and tour motorcoach operators. Once again, Trailways was on the road to expanding and rebuilding its network and services, and growing its network of independent bus operator-members.
As Trailways entered the 21st century, technology has played an increasingly important role in passenger transport. Over the past two decades improvements to ticketing technology, booking procedures, call center access, GPS service, and the Internet have all played an important part in Trailways' growth and success.
Over the last 75 years, Trailways has grown and evolved and remains a well-regarded brand today.
To learn more bus history, visit the Museum of Bus Transportation, Hershey, PA