Young Filmmaker set to take Trailways from NY to Nashville for Bus Convention


Fairfax, VA – Jan. 5, 2014 – Nick Catania, a young producer and entrepreneur, takes buses almost everywhere. His love of buses recently came to the attention of the Trailways bus corporation in Virginia.  They were very intrigued when he said he was going from New York to Tennessee—by bus—to attend a major bus convention in Nashville.  Trailways quickly hired him to create a travel journal for social media about his bus trip, which begins today, Sunday, January 5, 2014 and ends on Friday, Jan. 10th. 

 
Trailways has arranged for Catania, 23, of the Hudson Valley area of New York and a film assistant, Thomas (TJ) Giannetta, 22, to ride Trailways buses and interline with Greyhound to reach Nashville in time for the American Bus Association (ABA) convention on January 11, 2014, with more than 3,500 tour operators, suppliers, bus companies and other exhibitors.
 
The purpose of the Trailways bus trip is to create a travelogue of modern bus travel from the viewpoint of a young, tech-savvy person.  “It is our goal to promote Trailways to a new generation of young people through social media,” said Tony Fiorini, Chairman of the Trailways Board of Directors.  “When we met Nick just last month, it was intriguing because he was taking the bus to ABA.  Then, we learned that Nick is an audio engineer with experience in filmmaking and photography, too.  Most importantly, he is passionate about travel by bus.  That was really the key.  So, we quickly hired him to do this project.”
 
Catania, an alumnus of Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, and Giannetta will share their observations about modern bus travel as well as explorations of American cities and towns along the way.  They will ride Adirondack Trailways in New York, then Martz Trailways in Pennsylvania and Burlington Trailways in the Midwest as well as several portions on Greyhound.  In this collaborative project, both Trailways and Greyhound have provided the bus tickets and arrangements.  Hotel stays have been provided by Historic Hotels of America in most cities, including the Omni Severin in Indianapolis and the Omni Majestic in St. Louis.
 
Catania and Mattiaccio are co-founders of a tech company called NickelBus, Inc (www.nickelbus.com), currently in its beta-test phase.  Through the NickelBus website, consumers will be able to search bus schedules, routes and station locations all over the U.S. to find the perfect ride to travel wherever they need to go, according to the company’s website.   NickelBus will be exhibiting at ABA.  Trailways is also an exhibitor at ABA. 
 
“We’re a tech company founded with a mission to bring more travel opportunities to thousands of people.  Our passion for exploration and travel radiates throughout all of our work, because that’s we’re all about. With Trailways, Greyhound and Historic Hotels of America, this bus trip is going to be a great American adventure,” Catania said.
 
Follow the Trailways Ride Along stories:
·         Trailways Twitter site 
·         Trailways Facebook
·         Trailways Blog
·         Also, stay tuned for the production on the Trailways YouTube page  
·         Greyhound Facebook
 
 
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