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02/09/2021

 


 Trailways Set to Celebrate 85 Years

When five independently owned motorcoach companies became the founders of the National Trailways Bus System in Chicago on February 5, 1936, they were looking ahead at a changing transportation industry in which they could thrive through teamwork rather than struggling individually during a Great Depression.
Photo courtesy Marc A. Hermann, MTA NYC Transit via Flickr

 

  From Metro:

When five independently owned motorcoach companies became the founders of the National Trailways Bus System in Chicago on February 5, 1936, they were looking ahead at a changing transportation industry in which they could thrive through teamwork rather than struggling individually during a Great Depression.

With that same attitude of teamwork, fierce independence, and focus on the future, today's Trailways Transportation System Inc., has selected the theme “This Is Moving Forward” for its 85th Annual Meeting and Conference on February 17.

Instead of gathering in Palm Springs, Calif., as originally planned, representatives of member companies will meet virtually, eager to put behind them the Great Pandemic that has hit especially hard the travel and transportation industries that Trailways serves. The pandemic-driven reduction in travel for sightseeing, vacations, entertainment, and other pleasure trips has slashed ridership for some members as much as 90%.

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  TMS: Industry's 'tremendous' hurricane response 'saved lives'

Even as motorcoach and bus businesses struggled to keep their doors open in 2020 and were overlooked for federal aid, they proved essential in evacuating thousands of Americans from harm's way during hurricane season.


    From Bus & Motorcoach News:

Even as motorcoach and bus businesses struggled to keep their doors open in 2020 and were overlooked for federal aid, they proved essential in evacuating thousands of Americans from harm's way during hurricane season.

After the evacuations for deadly hurricanes Laura and Marco, there was an ongoing recovery effort resulting in coaches being deployed for months to provide support for displaced residents and crews restoring services.  "There's no doubt that our involvement - which really was the involvement of the motorcoach industry - saved lives and got people out of harmful circumstances in a big way," said Kevin O'Connor, President of Transportation Management Services (TMS).

TMS, based in Maryland, coordinates transportation nationally and internationally for events such as conventions and trade shows, sporting events, special events, and music festivals. It currently has a team in Qatar preparing for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. TMS recently coordinated the movement of National Guard troops to Washington D.C. for the inauguration.

Hurricane response

Along with event-based transportation, TMS has a contract for emergency evacuation planning with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and states such as Texas, Louisiana and South Carolina, which tend to have more hurricanes.

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  Virginia District School Bus Drivers Receive COVID Vaccine

Approximately 250 employees, including school bus drivers, for Chatham, Virginia-based Pittsylvania County Schools received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, the Danville Register and Bee reports.
Pittsylvania County Schools held an event giving preference to its elderly employees, including school bus drivers,
to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  
    From School Bus Fleet:

Approximately 250 employees, including school bus drivers, for Chatham, Virginia-based Pittsylvania County Schools received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, the Danville Register and Bee reports.

Steven Mayhew, the assistant superintendent for administration at Pittsylvania County Schools, told the news source that the district's employees have expressed strong interest in getting vaccinated, as the district has been conducting in-person learning since Sept. 28. The district's vaccination event on Wednesday, according to the Danville Register and Bee, gave preference to its elderly employees due to their higher risk of contracting the coronavirus.

Ronnie Pickral, a 71-year-old bus driver for one of Pittsylvania's elementary schools, told the news source that he feels "more secure" and "more protected" now that he has received the vaccine. He also said that he thinks "it's the right thing to do," ensuring that he doesn't take any chances in getting himself or his students sick. Ruby Barksdale, another school bus driver for the district, added that her decision to get vaccinated was in the interest of her personal health and safety as well as that of her community.

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