2014 April

Goldwasser Joins La France’s Transportation Fabrics

April 1, 2014

Jeff Goldwasser

Jeff Goldwasser

La France is excited to announce the addition of Jeff Goldwasser as Sales Executive for La France’s Transportation Fabrics.  La France has also joined Trailways as an Affiliated Partner.

Goldwasser has had a lifelong relationship in the transportation industry and is a driven executive that will definitely strengthen La France’s position moving forward.  His background in Sales/Marketing combined with strong work ethic and excellent communication skills will be an asset for growth in La France’s Transportation Fabrics moving forward.  Please feel free to contact him directly interiors@jeffgoldwasser.com or by phone at (551)482-1608.  Jeff will be following up with individual contacts as we move through this transition.

La France strives for perfection in quality, manufacturing and customer satisfaction in order to thrive in today’s fierce fight of globally manufactured products at unrecognizable pricing.

Judson Boehmer, President

La France Division Mount Vernon Mills, Inc.

290 Old Anderson Rd. La France, SC 29656 W 864-646-4115 C 864-934-9854 Email: JudsonB@mvmills.com Website: www.mvmills.com




Motorcoach Marketing Council Survey

Trailways Team Members–April 30, 2014 Survey Deadline

We are contemplating utilizing the Motorcoach Council’s new marketing template program (Toolbox), which offers a variety of marketing programs and messages, whereby, we would secure some of these tools, on your company’s behalf, and imprint the various program templates using the Trailways brand.

There are approximately 19 marketing programs and 13 individual marketing messages available for purchase from the Motorcoach Council.

By selecting ten (10) different marketing programs and five (5) individual marketing messages we believe we could secure enough variety to offer an excellent sampling of programs for your company’s marketing efforts.

We invite you to submit ten (10) preferred marketing programs from the nineteen outlined below as well as five (5) preferred marketing messages from the list of thirteen also listed below so we can analyze the most desired marketing programs and messages on behalf of the entire Trailways network.

See the survey below and email your responses to (Bustrails@trailways.com) or fax your selections (703-691-9047) by April 30, 2014.

Category A: 19 Marketing Programs (Mediums)

Prospecting Cards
Thank You Cards
Referral Cards
Condolences Cards
Holiday cards
Birthday Cards
Customer Retention Cards
Consistent Booking Cards
Lost-touch Cards
Rack Cards
Posters and Banners
4-color Ad Slicks
Business Cards
Website Banners
Email Covers
Bus wraps
Flyers, Post Cards

Select 10 Preferred Marketing Programs From Above;

Numbers: ___;  ___; ___; ___; ___; ___; ___; ___; ___; ___;

Category B: 13 Marketing Messages

Church Groups
Cost Effective
Culinary Tourism
Family reunion
Senior Tours
Youth Sports
Select 5 Preferred Marketing Messages From Above;

Numbers: ___; ___; ___; ___; ___;

We would appreciate if you would select ten (10) preferred Marketing Programs from Category A; and, select five (5) preferred Marketing Messages from Category B and return by April 30, 2014.


Name, Company & Email.

view the various Motorcoach Council’s Toolbox Categories

If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact Tracey Simmons (tracey@trailways.com).  703-691-3052 x 205




Alan Thrasher Elected to Trailways Board of Directors

Fairfax, VA – April 22, 2014 – Trailways Transportation System (Trailways) stockholders elected Alan Thrasher during the organization’s 78th annual gathering held March 2014.

Alan Thrasher 2014

Alan Thrasher 2014

Thrasher will represent Trailways’ Southeast Region as he begins his three-year term on its Board of Directors. Thrasher is president and co-owner of Thrasher Brothers Trailways in Birmingham, AL, a company his father, Jim Thrasher, founded in 1971. Alan also sits on the board of the United Motorcoach Association.

Thrasher said one of his priorities as he takes the leadership position is to help find new opportunities for the Trailways network of companies to work together for mutual benefit. Thrasher has been at the helm for several national and international Trailways transportation projects, including the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

“One of the opportunities we need to develop is the interchange of drivers and equipment within the guidelines of federal law,” he said. “There’s also potential for more organized competition with low-cost carriers that do not have Trailways’ decades of safe and secure operations behind them.”

Local and national branding-strength is another area Thrasher says he believes the board can help Trailways stockholder-companies better utilize to gain additional benefit for their companies.

“While our national brand carries a legacy of nearly 80 years of trusted public transportations service, I value the local brands too. In many cases, they have been successful banners for our individual companies for a long time. We will continue to assist owners with integration of the global identity and all it stands for with what they already possess. “

Thrasher has been a part of his family’s motorcoach transportation business since the age of eleven when he first began his career in the industry, washing vehicles.

By age 17, he was driving buses and traveled for over a decade with concert group clients, including the Thrasher Brothers gospel quartet.  Alan and his sister Alyce acquired ownership of the bus company in 2007. Thrasher Brothers Trailways has been affiliated with the Trailways network for nearly 15 years.

For more information call 703-691-3052; Trailways Corporate Office, 3554 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 202, Fairfax, VA 22030.




2014 UMA Capitol Hill Days June 24-25

2014 UMA Capitol Hill Days Announced: June 24-25, 2014 Wash., DC

Click hereto Register!

Trailways Team Members are invited and encouraged to participate in UMA’s Capitol Hill Days on June 24-25, 2014. This is your opportunity to come to Washington, DC to interact with your Congressional delegates and important agency officials and make sure your voice is heard.

There is NO registration fee to attend this event, however all attendees must complete a registration form. To encourage member participation, UMA will significantly subsidize part of the hotel cost for attendees of the event. More details can be found below or at www.uma.org/capitolhilll.

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 PM Legislative Briefing and Capitol Hill TrainingBriefing on issues; learn and practice how to conduct effective Congressional meeting; receive your packet and personalized itinerary for the next dayLOCATION: The Liaison Capitol Hill (Room: The Hill)

415 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC


Dress attire is business casual.

6:15 PM UMA Group photo in front of Capitol
Evening Group DinnerUnited Motorcoach Association members will be joined by NTA (formerly National Tour Association) and Southeast Tourism Society for a very special evening of dining and entertainment featuring Capitol Steps!LOCATION: To be determined


Dress attire is business casual.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast and Launch to the HillLast minute questions/last minute changesLOCATION: The Liaison Capitol Hill (Room: The Hill)

415 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC


Dress attire is business professional (coat & tie or suit).

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Individual Visits to Your U.S. Senators and House RepresentativesIndividual appointment times vary so lunch is on your own. There are a number of eateries in the Congressional Buildings.LOCATION: Capitol Hill

E Capitol Street NE & 1st Street NE, Washington, DC

4:00 – 5:00 PM NEW! Capitol Hill Meeting Debrief with 2014 UMA Capitol Hill Days attendeesShare information and action items for your Congressional meeting; return evaluations formsLOCATION:

430 First Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM NEW! 2014 UMA Capitol Hill Days Reception with Members of Congress and their staffsMix and mingle with UMA Capitol Hill Day attendees in a relaxed settingLOCATION:

430 First Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

Evening Dinner on your own

Registration, Housing and Travel Information


Click here to download a registration form for this event.

This event is free to UMA members, but you must register to attend.

Hotel Reservations UMA has rooms available at the:

The Liaison Capitol Hill 415 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001

The Cut-Off Date for accepting reservations was May 15, 2014 at $129 per night. This subsidized rate is reserved for UMA Capitol Hill Attendees only. To reserve your room, please return your hotel reservation form (located on page 3 of the Capitol Hill Days registration form) to the UMA office by May 15th via fax to 703.838.2950. United Motorcoach Association 113 South West Street, 4th Floor Alexandria, VA 22314 Questions?  Please call the UMA at 800.424.8262 or email info@uma.org.




“Joining Forces” website for hiring, posting jobs for US Veterans

Team Members:  You may be interested in the website links below regarding your company’s job applicant needs through the hiring of US Veterans. Perhaps you could post your company’s “Employment Needs” for Drivers, Dispatchers, Mechanics, etc., on this relatively new U.S. federal jobs program website: “Joining Forces



Why Are Smartphones Unreliable GPS Tracking Devices?

April 29, 2014 – Discover how fleet managers benefit from using in-vehicle GPS tracking over smartphone tracking.

While modern society runs on smartphones, cellphones can be UNdependable tools for fleet tracking because of their technical restrictions in day-to-day operations.

Smartphone drawbacks such as coverage unreliability and the ability to easily shut off and get lost keeps them from being a dependable fleet management tool.  Learn more from  Trailways Affiliated Partner Teletrac… for the report PDF, Download the whitepaper here:

Or, call 1-800-teletrac for a copy. www.teletrac.com




MCI Webinar Dates Announced

The next webinar in the MCILearn series is: “Cold comfort: Troubleshooting the Setra HVAC system”

Setra technical expert Jeff Elliott will help you understand the HVAC System, including the Setra energy station and some common maintenance procedures, including the air-bleeding process.

Date:  May 7 – 2 P.M. CENTRAL (Chicago) TIME, or view the attached link to find out what time this event occurs in YOUR area:

http://www.worldtimezone.com (be aware that this link shows the local time for the moment you’re viewing the map)

MCI’s Current Webinar Schedule: May 21 – Tag-Axle Steering

June 6 – Ricon Wheelchair Lifts

June 18 – Knorr Bremse Brakes

To RSVP to this webinar or any other webinars listed above, please click here and register via our Citrix Webinar Tool (do not RSVP by replying to this invitation).



Multi-Bus Moves with Trailways: One Stop Service

Trailways works within its bus company network with 74 locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe, to secure motorcoaches in all sizes for any large event and assist throughout the process as the primary liaison.  Through our headquarters office in Virginia, we can work to secure and organize multi-bus moves for any group of any size with advance notice. Contact charters@trailways.com 703-691-3052 x 102 or 105. 

  • Trailways also collaborates with Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation, Inc. via their ELM Event Consultation, for one-stop planning for all facets of major event logistics management  (including Trailways ground transportation): 
  • ELM Event ConsultationPre-program planning meetings
    Management of program arrivals
    Day and evening events
    Management of program departures
    Supply program materials
    Program wrap-up and review

Event Logistics Management (ELM) is the comprehensive solution for all your large event logistics and transportation management needs. Everything exclusive to large scale events (750 passengers or more) including concerts, festivals, business and tech conventions, marathons, and major sporting events, ELM is one resource with a team of expert planners that delivers innovative solutions.

Gary Bauer – President/CEO & and Mike Watson – VP- Sales & Marketing

Pier 50, San Francisco, CA  94158

Phone:   Toll Free: 800-546-6688

415.263.4016  Office-DD – Mike Watson

415.740.4477  Cellphone – Mike Watson

Main office 415-522-1212/Fax:        415-522-1600

Email: mwatson@bauersit.com

Website: www.bauersit.com

 Our Available Services:

Event Logistics Management, ELM, transportation services, consolidated solutions for private and corporate events





Trailways Announces PEX German O.E. Parts LLC as Affiliated Partner

Fairfax, VA  April 24, 2014 –  PEX Automotive Group has become a world leader in the production of Electronic Brake Wear Sensors since its 1978 inception.  It is the news company to join the Trailways Affiliated Partner program.

PEX is known to produce quality electronic brake wear sensors for disc & drum brakes for heavy duty trucks, buses, RV’s and trailers in the US, Canada and Mexico. The company offers

ABS Sensors, ABS Sensor Extension Cables, speed sensors and switches.

With manufacturing plants in Germany and Hungary, PEX counts Mercedes Benz, BMW, VW, Porsche and GM as long-term OE Partners, and has an established network of business partners throughout  aftermarket distribution channels  all over the world. PEX plants are regularly subjected to stringent quality certification processes according to international standards to ensure the production of the highest quality products,

Contact   Eric H. Stern, sales manager

Phone:    850-729-0537; Fax:        850-729-0538

Email:     e.stern@pexna.com; Websitewww.pexna.com





Trailways Welcomes DIA Solutions, Inc. As New Affiliated Partner

Fairfax, VA – April 24, 2014 – Trailways members now have a one-stop shopping source for quality cleaning  products that provide safe and superior results.

Safety for customers and employees is DIA’s number one priority. Products are composed of acid alternatives, non-caustic detergents, and cleaners that sanitize in one step. Products do not irritate allergies with strong perfumes. They emit fresh and clean aroma throughout serviced vehicles.

DIA also provides technical expertise to resolve tough cleaning issues and help vehicle owners maintain and extend the life expectancy of their vehicles.

Contact  Tony Orlando

Phone:   866-518-5352; Email:     tony@diasolutions.ca

Website:  www.diasolutions.ca



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