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05/05/2020

 


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  MAY 13 - Motorcoaches to loop past U.S. Capitol with 'Rolling Awareness Campaign'


From Metro:

Hundreds of motorcoaches representing 3,000 motorcoach companies across the U.S. and their 100,000 employees will be rolling into the nation's capital on May 13 to support awareness of the industry's role as a critical component of the country's infrastructure.

Motorcoaches do everything from evacuating victims of hurricanes and wildfires to transporting thousands America's military troops all around the nation. Under the banner, "Motorcoach Rolling Awareness Campaign," these vehicles will circle Washington, D.C. as a moving rally, bearing messages that explain the importance of the industry and ask Congress and the White House to extend economic relief to motorcoach companies. The event is jointly organized by the American Bus Association and the United Motorcoach Association.

"Our ask is simple," Jeff Polzien of Red Carpet Charters said. "The U.S motorcoach industry is requesting Congress put motorcoaches back...

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Hundreds of motorcoaches representing 3,000 motorcoach companies across the U.S. and their 100,000 employees will be rolling into the nation's capital on May 13 to support awareness of the industry's role as a critical component of the country's infrastructure.

 

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  As COVID-19 lingers, motorcoach industry seeing devastating losses, report


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 stopped running, and scheduled service operations are operating at approximately 15% of capacity. The industry is seeing a fallout between 80% to 90% of cancelled trips and very few future bookings.


  From Metro:

The American Bus Association Foundation released a report showcasing the effect COVID-19 is having on the U.S. motorcoach 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 stopped running, and scheduled service operations are operating at approximately 15% of capacity. The industry is seeing a fallout between 80% to 90% of cancelled trips and very few future bookings.

Some of the worst losses have been seen in the charter business, which depends on tours, meetings, and conferences, where bookings are almost non-existent even though this is usually the busiest time of year. In addition, for many charter companies the period of March through June is when they earn as much as 60% of their revenue for the year and that work has been eliminated. Even more impacted is shuttle and other services like school field trips, marching bands, and sports teams, that is down by about 95%.

In 2018, the industry employed more than 88,000 people and had an economic impact (sales) of $15 billion in the U.S. economy. Based on current projections, were the pandemic to continue over the course of the year, losses to the industry would be staggering, with as many as 82,040 or 92.4% of the jobs in the industry lost. Overall, the industry would lose $14.2 billion in sales, and the charter and special services businesses would be devastated. When federal, state and local governments issue the "all clear" sign, the return to normalcy could be 18 to 24 months or longer.

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  247Security Producing Protective Equipment for Medical Workers
  

     From School Bus Fleet:

TORONTO - Video and GPS solutions supplier 247Security is designing and producing personal protective equipment (PPE) to donate to health care providers on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quang Nguyen, president and CEO of both 247Security and Toronto MicroElectronics, saw a connection between the need for the equipment and his companies' abilities, according to a news release from 247Security. The result has been a mobilization of engineering and manufacturing to first produce face shields for use in environments where medical and educational personnel need protection.

"We are fortunate to be able to help during this trying period," Nguyen said. "Hospitals are struggling to find supplies at the right price and we have the capacity to answer the call."

Video and GPS solutions supplier 247Security is designing and producing personal protective equipment (PPE) to donate to health care providers on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nguyen added that 247Security is making thousands of face shields to donate to various school districts and hospitals, and is making its designs available freely to those with laser cutters and appropriate production facilities to help 247Security provide as many face shields to the front lines as possible.

In addition to shields, 247Security will soon have a form-fitting mask design ready for production. Designs for full-body protective gear with air purification functionality are in the testing stage.

"Both Quang and I have daughters who are MDs in large urban hospitals and on the front lines," said Robert Scott, senior vice president at 247Security. "We feel firsthand the anxiety of knowing doctors, nurses, and all caregivers need protection to stay healthy and do their jobs. They are true heroes. We simply want to help as best we can."


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