BUSRide: ABA and UMA Call on Congress to Act Immediately on Industry Relief

ABA and UMA Call on Congress to Act Immediately on Industry Relief
BUSRide
March 19, 2020

The U.S motorcoach industry is requesting Congress put the motorcoaches back on the road by making available $10 billion in grants and $5 billion in zero percent interest rates to the motorcoach industry, ensuring these monies are available immediately and easily accessible.

Second only to the U.S. airline industry, the nation’s motorcoach industry provides nearly 600 million passenger trips annually and is made up of more than 3,000 mostly small family-owned, often multigeneration, companies. Nearly 100,000 employees in our industry are facing layoffs. These include drivers, mechanics, cleaners and office staff.

The American Bus Association (ABA) and the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) representing the North America’s motorcoach industry estimates the industry will lose nearly $8 billion in the next five months alone.

This impact on the industry is a direct result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These numbers will only increase as the crisis worsens, or recovery is delayed.

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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.

Contact

Melanie Hinton, Vice President, Communications & Marketing, ABA
Office: (202) 218-7220
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