Area motorcoach company joins national rally

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CLINTON — Hale Bus Garage will join more than 25 Bus Association New York members and several hundreds of motorcoach companies representing every state for a rolling rally around the U.S. Capitol and National Mall in Washington, D.C. today.

“Like many local small businesses, our operations have been absolutely devastated by the coronavirus,” said Camilla Morris, BANY president, Hale Transportation – Oneonta Division. “Our buses sit idling while employees remain at home. We all want to be back on the road, bringing people from point A to point B while serving our communities again.”

The “Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness” is a one-day, one-time grassroots event born from independent motorcoach operators, industry suppliers and state associations, represented by a joint initiative between the nation’s two largest associations, American Bus Association and United Motorcoach Association.

It’s meant to be a positive event showcasing how big buses and small businesses move America. Buses will be decorated with informative signs about the motorcoach industry including: the groups they serve, the economic impact they make and the people they employ. 

“Without help from the federal government, I fear our buses may never return to the road and our passengers will be stranded without access to the nation’s transportation system,” Morris said. “I look forward to joining hundreds of my fellow motorcoach companies in Washington to showcase the strength in numbers of our industry and the positive benefits we provide to every community in America.”

Motorcoach operators are seeking to remind members of Congress and the Trump Administration that the industry – which has laid off or furloughed more than 90 percent of its workforce nationally in the wake of COVID-19 – needs federal assistance. The motorcoach industry has requested $15 billion in federal grants and loan guarantees and modifications to Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Paycheck Protection Program.

About the USA Motorcoach Industry

Companies: nearly 3,000, the majority are family-owned, small businesses.

Employees: nearly 100,000. Workforce includes owners, drivers, dispatchers, maintenance and repair, safety, cleaning crew, finance, administrative personnel, etc.

Buses Sitting Idle: nearly 36,000

Annual Passenger Trips: nearly 600 million, which is in line with domestic airlines’ trips.

More information available at www.busesmoveamerica.com.

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