2012 July


Want to Reach Bank Travel Planners & Loyalty Program Directors?

 

Register Today for the 2013 Bank Travel Conference, February 5-7, 2013 in Virginia Beach, VA

Trailways Corporate has a prominent Trailways brand tradeshow position again next year. 

We have five (5) tradeshow representative slots available ($600 fee).   

The majority (89%) of suppliers booked business at the last conference in Memphis.

You must sign up through Trailways to secure one of the five slots. (click to link to website/form).

 

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Capital Trailways Adds Selma Bus Service in Alabama

July 8, 2012 – SELMA TIMES JOURNAL STORY By Robert Hudson

From now on, Capital Trailways buses won’t just be passing through Selma, as it’ll now call the city home.

Trailways will now have departures from Selma, as a ribbon-cutting ceremony will officially welcome the business back on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at its location on Broad Street. Trailways is making its return, after leaving from Selma years ago.

Mark Szyperski, corporate vice president of Trailways, said Trailways will fill a need for customers in rural locations thanks to a federal grant it applied for through Alabama Department of Transportation, which helped it get started.

“The federal government, multiple years ago, realized that small-town America needed to have some sort of connection with the rest of the United States, so they have a federal program called the 5311(f) grant,” Szyperski said. “The 5311(f) was meant for private companies to get back into rural service.” The grant doesn’t pay for service, but gets it off to a start so it can become self-sustaining. Szyperski said Trailways will offer a number of advances for customers, including wireless internet, and purchasing tickets will be easy. “It’s not your grandfather’s bus anymore. The buses have wireless internet … and all that stuff on them,” Szyperski said. “So it’s a different extreme from what it used to be. People tend to ride once they have the availability of the service. People can buy their tickets from the driver. He can take credit card, debit card or cash on the site. And they can go online and buy their tickets as well, and they can get a discount if they do go online because they can buy them in advance.”

Szyperski also said the service will fill many needs of the community. “The general public — and we’ve noticed this at Trailways throughout the United States — are coming back to buses because of the cost of fuel,” Szyperski said. “It’s just so much easier to leave your car at home and ride and go someplace.

There are some people who absolutely need the service and have not had the ability. For example, a person will be able to go to college courses in the morning. We’re going to get there at 7:30 a.m.to Tuscaloosa for example.  The V.A.hospital is up there.”

From now on, Capital Trailways buses won’t just be passing through Selma, as it’ll now call the city home.

Trailways will now have departures from Selma, as a ribbon-cutting ceremony will officially welcome the business back on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at its location on Broad Street.

Trailways is making its return, after leaving from Selma years ago.

Mark Szyperski, corporate vice president of Trailways, said Trailways will fill a need for customers in rural locations thanks to a federal grant it applied for through Alabama Department of Transportation, which helped it get started.

“The federal government, multiple years ago, realized that small-town America needed to have some sort of connection with the rest of the United States, so they have a federal program called the 5311(f) grant,” Szyperski said. “The 5311(f) was meant for private companies to get back into rural service.”

The grant doesn’t pay for service, but gets it off to a start so it can become self-sustaining.

Szyperski said Trailways will offer a number of advances for customers, including wireless internet, and purchasing tickets will be easy.

“It’s not your grandfather’s bus anymore. The buses have wireless internet … and all that stuff on them,” Szyperski said. “So it’s a different extreme from what it used to be. People tend to ride once they have the availability of the service. People can buy their tickets from the driver. He can take credit card, debit card or cash on the site. And they can go online and buy their tickets as well, and they can get a discount if they do go online because they can buy them in advance.”

Szyperski also said the service will fill many needs of the community.

“The general public — and we’ve noticed this at Trailways throughout the United States — are coming back to buses because of the cost of fuel,” Szyperski said. “It’s just so much easier to leave your car at home and ride and go someplace. There are some people who absolutely need the service and have not had the ability. For example, a person will be able to go to college courses in the morning. We’re also going to go at 7:30 in the morning to Tuscaloosa for example. The V.A. hospital is there."

 

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Philadelphia Parking Authority Bill Signed By the Governor

Elaine Farrell, CAE, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Bus Association has shared the following good news with us taking effect today:

HB 2390 which exempts buses over 16 passengers from oversight by the Philadelphia Parking Authority was signed into law by Governor Corbett today.  The exemption wording reads as follows:

The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1.  The definitions of "limousine service" and "taxicab" in section 5701 of Title 53 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes are amended and the section is amended by adding definitions to read:

"Limousine service."
(1)  Except as provided in paragraph (2), a motor vehicle providing any of the following services:
(i)  Local, nonscheduled common carrier service for passengers on an exclusive basis for compensation.
(ii)  Common carrier service for passengers for compensation:
(A)  from any airport, railroad station or hotel located in whole or in part in a city of the first class; or
(B)  to any airport, railroad station or hotel located in whole or in part in a city of the first class from a point within the city of the first class.
(2)  The term does not include any of the following:
(i)  Taxicab service.
(ii)  Service that was otherwise exempt from the jurisdiction of the [commission] Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission prior to the effective date of this subparagraph.
(iii)  Other paratransit service.
(iv)  Employee commuter van pooling.
(v)  A vehicle with a seating capacity of 16 or more persons, including the driver.

The Act takes effect immediately…….today!

As you know, PBA has been very involved with efforts to exempt buses from PPA’s oversight, particularly since new PPA  regulations were published in December 11, 2011.   Through meetings and conversations with Dennis Weldon, Esq. with the PPA, we were able to forge a very productive relationship and do what is right for the motorcoach industry…….exempt buses.

Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or require additional information.  HB 2390 also reviews new ADA requirements for taxi’s and accounts for 99% of the bill, actually.  We appreciate PPA’s generosity in allowing us to be a part of this House Bill to exempt buses.


 

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MCI Finalizes Acquisition of Setra in US & CAN; Partnership with Daimler

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.,  July 2, 2012 —Motor Coach Industries, Inc. (MCI) today announced the completion of its acquisition of Setra’s operations in the U.S. and Canada and the establishment of a strategic partnership with Daimler Buses (Daimler).   Through the acquisition, MCI obtains responsibility for sales and service support of Setra S 417 and Setra S 407 motor coach models; the company’s pre-owned coach inventory; the distribution of Setra and related genuine Daimler Buses parts; and the operations of Setra’s service center in Orlando, Fla.  Daimler has also assumed a minority ownership position in MCI, forming an engineering, technology  and manufacturing alliance as part of the transaction. Final terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.  Rick Heller, MCI CEO, said, “This transaction strengthens MCI’s luxury motor coach offerings in the North American marketplace with the Setra brand, while establishing a strategic partnership with the world’s leading manufacturer of motor coaches. While we expect to integrate our internal operations, the strategic intent is to maintain the integrity of the MCI and Setra brands.  This includes maintaining a separate new-coach sales effort. Much of the consolidation will occur in internal and support functions, and we will communicate these changes with our customers as quickly as possible.”    “We expect the transition to take about 150 days to complete, with minimal disruptions to both MCI’s and Setra’s customers,” added Sandra Morison, MCI’s Chief Financial Officer.  “Our goal is to quickly integrate Setra’s support processes within MCI’s current network.”   

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Congress Approves Two-Year Transportation Bill

Congress officially approved a two-year transportation bill, as part of a broader package that included resolution of other long-simmering issues, including student loans and federal flood insurance.

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Student Youth Travel Association’s Annual Conference Alert

Attention Trailways Stockholders!  Are you interested in attending the 2012 Student Youth Travel Association’s Annual Conference? It will take place in Nashville, TN, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel August 24-28. Registration is still open..but hurry.  Since there are so many Trailways companies who have joined SYTA and will be attending as independent representatives, Trailways Corporate will not have a booth/attend.  So if you have an interest in this show, you may register at www.syta.org/annualconference

Important Appointment Dates:
July 18, 2012:  Online Pre-Scheduled Appointments Close
July 27, 2012: Online Manual Appointments Open
August 10, 2012:  Online Manual Appointments Close

Registration questions: Becky Malave, 703-610-0257, bmalave@mmgevents.com

 

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