Meadville Tribune: COVID-19 Throws Anderson Travel under the Bus

COVID-19 Throws Anderson Travel under the Bus
The Meadville Tribune
April 20, 2020

The pandemic has forced layoffs of nearly all 100,000 employees in the school bus and motorcoach industry — including drivers, mechanics, cleaners and office staff —the American Bus Association, a trade group, said on its website. Motorcoach is a term used in the industry to describe buses designed for leisure travel.

The group estimates the industry will lose nearly $8 billion during the next five months. The association blames the job and revenue losses solely on the pandemic. 

In January, the American Bus Association named Tom “TJ” McGlynn, a driver for Anderson for 36 years, as 2020 American Motorcoach Driver of the Year. McGlynn, of Hubbard, Ohio, is among the Anderson employees now unemployed.

Anderson Travel fits a profile in the motorcoach industry. Of the 3,000 bus and motorcoach companies in the U.S., 90 percent are small, family-owned businesses that had to close operations due to the COVID-19 crisis, the association said on its website.

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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.


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