FAIRFAX, VA—April 19, 2016—The Trailways Transportation System (Trailways) is celebrating more than 80 years of operational heritage this year. The team is also welcoming Charlotte-based Rose Chauffeured Transportation (Rose Trailways), as its newest team member.
“We are most pleased to add this Carolina star to our team,” said Ron Moore, Trailways Chairman and president of Burlington Trailways of IA. “The company’s 30-plus years of award-winning operating experience in the transportation industry and impressive fleet of vehicles will enhance our ability to serve customers from an important region on the east coast.”
Rose was founded in 1985 by the Thompson Family as a limousine company, started with only three employees, specializing in transportation for weddings. Since then, Rose Trailways has grown to over 100 employees and a fleet of 50 vehicles that includes full-size motorcoaches, minibuses, vans, SUVs, and sedans. The company’s major service markets now include corporations, schools and professional sports teams.
“We’ve gone from being a Rolls limousine company in the 80’s that specialized in weddings to a full-service provider with an array of vehicle services for our varied customer base,” said general manager Tom Holden. “We still do personal events but they are no longer exclusive in our operations.”
Holden said Rose’s Team Trailways affiliation joins two important brands in the motorcoach industry.
Rose has been a leading ground transportation provider in the Carolinas and ranks regularly among the South’s top 100 small businesses.
“Trailways is a brand with 80 years of success behind it, and Rose is a leading brand in the Carolinas with recognition as one of the South’s top 100 small businesses and 31 years in the business,” he said. “We are the largest in our region; so it made great business sense to bring these two powerful brands together with this partnership.
“We believe Team Trailways can assist us in expanding business outside our region,” Holden continued, “and we think we have expertise we’d like to contribute to the team. A long and productive relationship is what we want; the kind that has brought Trailways its unique reputation. We’re ready to be actively involved; we know this will happen because Trailways is a comradeship of operators who have worked well together for eight decades.”