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09/01/2020

 


  Buses evacuate residents in path of Hurricane Laura

 

Hundreds of buses were in the Gulf Coast this week to evacuate thousands as Hurricane Laura bore down.  The situation illustrates how buses and drivers play a critical role in hurricane evacuations. The federal government depends on the industry to take people from hospitals, retirement centers and nursing homes, and relocate them to safe areas, where there are supplies stocked for them.

From Bus & Motorcoach News:

Hundreds of buses were in the Gulf Coast this week to evacuate thousands as Hurricane Laura bore down.  The situation illustrates how buses and drivers play a critical role in hurricane evacuations. The federal government depends on the industry to take people from hospitals, retirement centers and nursing homes, and relocate them to safe areas, where there are supplies stocked for them.

Among those helping out were Vandalia Bus Lines, Dixieland Tours, Lewis Coaches, Windstar Lines, Galveston Limousine, Lone Star Coaches, Empire Coach Line, Imperial Bus Company, Champion Coaches, Little Rock Tours, Kelton Tours, Louisiana Motor Coach, Premier Transportation Service and Good Time Tours.

Most were dispatched by Transportation Management Services, which handles the contracts for FEMA and other governmental agencies.

Industry did 'great job'

More than 4,000 people were moved to safety by motorcoaches this week, Mike Moulton, TMS Executive Vice President of Business Development shared during the Aug. 27 United Motorcoach Association Town Hall, giving an update of evacuation efforts.

"We were activated early on Saturday with a hundred buses . . . and, by Monday evening at 10 o'clock, Texas had ordered a total of 400 buses and Louisiana had ordered 65. We are working with about 85 different vendors," Moulton said.

"All the insurance vendors out there scrambled to make sure the insurance certificates were updated and buses were back on," he said. "The whole industry did a great job."

Hurricane Laura's ferocious winds pummeled portions of Louisiana early Thursday, leaving at least six people dead. But it could have been worse. If it had hit closer to New Orleans, the evacuees could have numbered greater than 45,000, Moulton said.


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  Kid Rock asks fans to support CERTS Act
 

Musician Kid Rock, who usually spends a lot of time on the road traveling for concerts, is worried about the motorcoach industry as the COVID-19 shutdown continues to linger.


    From Bus & Motorcoach News:

Musician Kid Rock, who usually spends a lot of time on the road traveling for concerts, is worried about the motorcoach industry as the COVID-19 shutdown continues to linger.  The entertainer describes the motorcoach industry as "very close to my heart" and notes that, without coaches, he and other entertainers wouldn't be able to show up in "your towns to rock your socks off!"

In a Facebook post that went up at 7 p.m. EST Friday, the Michigan-based rocker asked his fans to take a few minutes to click on the United Motorcoach Association's link to send letters to their senators and U.S. representatives.

Here is what he wrote in his entire message:

"I have been trying to do what I can to help out so many affected by this DAMN COVID CRAP! From bar or health care workers, farmers, musicians or even just donating money to food pantries. The motorcoach industry is very close to my heart, as well, and what we entertainers, bands and crew use to show up in your towns to rock your socks off! I am asking my legions of loyal fans to take 5 minutes and check out the link below. Thank you! We're all in this together. - God Bless, Kid Rock"

In the first eight hours, more than 17,000 people "liked" the post, and there were more than 1,600 shares. Kid Rock has more than 5.7 million followers on Facebook.

The support of Kid Rock and other entertainers for the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services Act (CERTS Act) comes at a crucial time as the industry rallies their elected leaders in Washington to approve $10 billion in economic relief for over-the-road buses, including the private motorcoach, tour and charter industry.

"UMA is thrilled to have the support of Kid Rock and other entertainers in the struggle to draw attention to the behind-the-scenes work the motorcoach industry does," said UMA President & CEO Larry Killingsworth. "Not only does the industry move entertainment groups from venue to venue but they transport many of the people who come to see those shows. Motorcoaches are a crucial part of the entertainment world."

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  Pupil Transporters See Successful School Start
 

As some school districts have started reopening for in-person instruction over the last couple weeks, two school bus companies report that rides have gone smoothly and safely, with some additional practices incorporated.

  
    From School Bus Fleet:

As some school districts have started reopening for in-person instruction over the last couple weeks, two school bus companies report that rides have gone smoothly and safely, with some additional practices incorporated.

In Iowa, Durham School Services began transporting some students for the new school year on Aug. 24, Sam Barrett, the general manager for the school bus company's Waterloo location, told School Bus Fleet.

Waterloo Community School District started offering in-person instruction last week, gradually welcoming students in different grades back to school throughout the week to slowly re-introduce them into the buildings.

Durham will transport approximately 4,000 students for Waterloo this year, which is down by about 2,000 from the typical 6,000 the school bus company usually takes to and from the district's schools. As a result, Barrett said, Durham has cut its 74 routes for Waterloo down to 60. The biggest challenge with providing transportation during school start this year, he added, is identifying students that will not be riding the bus during the pandemic and adjusting routes accordingly.

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