ABA Statement on Status of WMATA Prohibiting Motorcoaches from Metro Station Drop Offs

The American Bus Association (ABA) is entirely confounded by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) insistence on prohibiting motorcoaches from dropping-off hundreds of thousands of customers from around the country at metrorail stations, to participate in the events related to the 58th Presidential Inauguration and Million Women March this weekend, Jan. 20-21.  

“It simply defies logic on why WMATA wants to disappoint hundreds of thousands of potential customers from accessing its service directly, particularly at a time when it could be garnering much needed positive attention for facilitating traffic this weekend,” said ABA President & CEO Peter Pantuso, expressing his frustration. “As we approach this historic weekend of events, we see no relief for the hundreds of thousands of citizens who want to participate," said Pantuso. "WMATA had no issue taking our customers' money for Metro passes but now they say we can’t drop them at stations to use them. Such unfair treatment of motorcoach customers will not be easily forgotten, and is not a very flattering image for the District.”  

Pantuso added,"Although we appreciate Paul Wiedefeld's efforts into allowing buses to park at certain metro stations, we would like to resolve the entire problem by Metro simply allowing our buses to access all rail stations.”

ABA was informed WMATA plans to allow motorcoaches to park at the NOMA, Greenbelt, Landover, Armory/RFK and Navy Yard metrorail stations; but ABA has not received any word regarding metrorail stations in Virginia. 

About the American Bus Association

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.


Melanie Hinton, Vice President, Communications & Marketing, ABA
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