2018 March


Watch the Trailways’ Retro Video – 80 Years of Americana

New Video Premieres – 80th Anniversary of Trailways Bus Company

A Retro Look Back at 80 Years of Americana

https://youtu.be/_M_YwyRQ_Xk

About Trailways

Discover More! See the Timeline online as well, based on the 2016 history book published on the 80th anniversary.

 

Thank you to Sheri Bankston, Alliance Safety Council, for the video production.

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Trailways “Spirit” Awards Unveiled (2017) – Buses Aid in Houston; Help Vets

2017 Trailways “Spirit” Awards Unveiled

Feb. 27, 2018  – Trailways Annual Meeting Luncheon – Sponsored by Bridgestone

 

Spirit Award Recipients for 2017 Calendar Year:

GROUP Award – Disaster Relief Support – Hurricane Harvey Bus Evacuations – Houston, TX

  1. Fullington Trailways, PA – Disaster Relief Support – Hurricanes of 2017

  2. Bailey Trailways, PA – Disaster Relief Support – Hurricanes of 2017

  3. Arrow Trailways, TX – Disaster Relief Support – Hurricanes of 2017

  4. Sun Travel Trailways, TX – Disaster Relief Support – Hurricanes of 2017

 

Individual Awards:

  1. Lifetime Support of Trailways – Donald Ferrone, Prairie Trailways, Chicago, IL

  2. VIA Trailways, AZ – Best Sales Support, Technology (new website)

  3. Orange Belt Trailways – Best Brand Support – New Logo on Website

  4. Trailways Brand Ambassador of the Year – Marcia Milton, First Priority Trailways, MD

  5. Best Support of U.S. Veterans – Bailey Trailways, PA – donated 11 buses & coordinated with other bus companies on D.C. trip

 

Trailways “Spirit” Awards – Group Award 

Hurricane Harvey Emergency Bus Relief Work  (Houston – 2017)

 

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From left, Bridgestone sponsor, Joe Leipart

Ashley Bailey, Bailey Trailways, PA

Michael La Brie, Sun Travel Trailways, TX

Jonathan Berzas, Fullington Trailways, PA

Kris Gauze, Arrow Trailways, TX

Far right, Karl Webb with Bridgestone

SEE ALL WINNERS – SLIDE SHOW: Trailways Spirit Awards Tues. Lunch

 

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Trailways Unveils Outstanding Motorcoach Drivers of the Year

Outstanding Motorcoach Drivers of the Year Announced

News Release

Fairfax, Va. – April 1, 2018 – Trailways has announced that five bus and coach drivers from three states have received its highest honor: Driver of the Year (2017). The names were unveiled February 28th, 2018 at the Trailways annual owners’ meeting in Florida. The awardees were from Alabama, Maryland and New York. The criteria to be nominated is highly challenging. During the prior calendar year (2017):

  • A full-time bus/motorcoach driver must drive at least 20,000 miles or provide service for at least 600 hours;
  • A part-time bus/motorcoach driver must drive at least 10,000 miles or provide service for at least 300 hours;
  • Any driver nominated must have no “preventable accidents” and must not be Absent or late to work.

Five individuals were nominated and met the challenges. They drive for charters and/or scheduled routes. Their companies provided their travel arrangements to the Florida meeting and Trailways provided accommodations for them and their family to be honored in person at the annual awards dinner. Lancer Insurance sponsors the award program annually.

“Normally, Trailways has one or two awardees, but five drivers were nominated for 2017, showing the pride and gratitude of their company leaders. All serve as great role models,” Trailways chairman, Jonathan Berzas, said. (Fullington Trailways, Penn.).

The Trailways Outstanding Drivers of the Year award recipients for the 2017 calendar year are:

#1) Bill Backus of First Priority Trailways of Maryland. He is nominated by Marcia Milton, President & CEO of First Priority which is located near Washington, D.C. Bill drove forty-three thousand five hundred miles accident free in 2017. Bill has served for 16 Years with First Priority. He is their most-requested driver as well as a driver trainer. Priority transports some very important customers …. such as the U.S. Army Medical Center, the Pentagon and even the White House. In fact, Bill was the lead driver for the Obama inauguration several years ago. Afterwards, the Secret Service called to compliment his professionalism.   Even the director of transportation for the Pentagon praised him as a great leader… Marcia says Bill “represents all that Trailways stands for.” Our clients compliment him for his professional dress, behavior and driving abilities,” she said.

#2) Tomas Caminero of Adirondack Trailways of New York. He is nominated by Joe Aversaro, Vice President of Operations and Safety. Tomas drove seventy-two thousand, four hundred and seventy miles in 2017 accident free. Tom is truly happy to come to work every day. “His positive attitude and enthusiasm are contagious” Joe said. Tomas is a dedicated charter driver. He has safely driven State University of New York charters throughout northern New York in hazardous conditions many times. His dispatcher says Tomas is the ultimate professional. “He is prompt, eager and keeps his uniform clean and tidy. He is willing to help on all levels.” Tomas has no preventable accidents of any kind and has not been absent or late for work in all of 2017.

#3) Ed Horn of Pine Hill Trailways of New York.   He is also nominated by Joe Aversano. Ed has been a full-time scheduled route driver for 25 years. He has also been a Driver trainer for 15 years. Last year, he drove fifty-nine thousand six hundred miles accident-free. Ed drives from Kingston into the Port Authority of New York everyday…Through city traffic and the Lincoln Tunnel…plus trips further upstate to and from Utica. In addition, Ed participates in the annual seminars with the Safety Department and has his certification to train in the Smith Driving System. In total, during his 25 years, he has driven an amazing one point three million accident-free miles.

#4) Doug Buffone and he’s from New York Trailways in Rochester, NY. He was nominated by Jack Barker, the company’s Vice President. Doug drives the scheduled route between Buffalo and New York City. Last year, he logged ninety-three thousand, two hundred and seventy miles. Doug has all the qualities you could possibly hope for in an employee and driver…he’s upbeat, and willing to go the extra step to assist passengers. He’s cooperative and prompt with his trip reports. One of his regular passengers says…” He has a very professional attitude … We need more drivers like him! Doug has a great philosophy: he says, “on every trip, there’s at least one first-time rider sitting behind you.”

#5) Rick Calloway of Capital and Colonial Trailways of Montgomery Alabama. He was nominated by Tom Fletcher, president of bus company. Rick has been with the company for 38 years. Over the years, Rick has driven Charters as well line runs and tours. Not surprisingly, he is the company’s most experienced driver. Even more incredible, he never has had a chargeable accident. Rick has many letters of praise from customers over the years. He’s always described as safe, patient, careful, courteous, and kind. Rick is an example for their driving force and the company overall. Rick Calloway, had one hundred thousand, two hundred and sixty safe driving miles last year.

 

Far left and far right, representatives from the award sponsor, Lancer Insurance, Robert (Bob) Crescenzo and Randy O’Neill.

Front row, from left, 2017 Trailways Outstanding Driver of the Year Award recipients:

Danny Bishop with Harlows’ Trailways*, ND; Bill Backus with First Priority Trailways of Maryland; Tomas Caminero with Adirondack Trailways of New York; Ed Horn with Pine Hill Trailways of New York; Douglas Buffone with New York Trailways and Ricky Calloway with Capital and Colonial Trailways of Alabama.

Back row, nominations submitted by owner-operators, Marcia Milton with First Priority Trailways, Md; Eugene (Gene) Berardi with Adirondack/Pine Hill/New York Trailways, NY, and Mike Hazard and Tom Fletcher with Capitol-Colonial Trailways, Ala.

Contact Trailways: 703-691-3052 Ext. 3 Eva Hotard or Tracey Simmons www.trailways.com

Trailways Unveils Five Outstanding Motorcoach Drivers of the Year

*Special Safe Driver Recognition Award – please contact Tracey@Trailways.com for information.

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Trailways Announces Bus Fleet Safety Award Recipients

Trailways  Bus Fleet Safety Award Recipients (2017) Announced

Presented Tuesday, February 27, 2018 for the 2017 calendar year

Hilton San Destin Resort, FLA/Dinner event sponsored by MCI

 

Overview: The Trailways Safety Award requires a member company to provide safety records quarterly to the corporate office.

The Trailways company must be accident-free for that year for ALL drivers and vehicles.

It may sound easy, but it often is not, given the many, many miles driven. Trailways is proud to present this high honor to four Trailways companies in the U.S. for 2017, with the awards sponsored by MCI.

 

This year, Trailways also presents a VERY SPECIAL SAFETY RECOGNITION AWARD to a driver who has an amazing story of survival to tell.

MCI is proud to sponsor and recognize the following Trailways Members for their Outstanding Fleet Safety Achievements for the 2017 year.

SEE THE PHOTOS/SLIDE SHOW Trailways Fleet Safety Awards 2017

 

#1

The award for Fleet Service Safety in the Charter & Tour Division in the category of Less Than Two Million Miles Traveled is awarded to:

 

Sun Travel Trailways

Beaumont, Texas

 

#2

The recipient of the Fleet Service Safety award in the Scheduled Route Division in the category of Less Than Two Million Miles Traveled is…

 

Arrow Trailways of TX

Killeen, Texas

 

 

#3

The Fleet Service Safety award in the Scheduled Route Division in the category of more than Two Million Miles Traveled is, once again….

 

Martz Trailways

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

 

#4

The award for Most Improved overall for Fleet Service Safety is…

 

Pine Hill Trailways

Hurley, NY

 

#5

DRIVER SAFETY – SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

DANIEL (DANNY) BISHOP – Harlows Trailways of North Dakota

 

This individual is a Driver, Trainer AND A HERO. This person had a serious road emergency — a near disaster while on a charter trip out of state….

This story starts like a horror story …but it’s all TRUE…It was a “dark and stormy night” …

The bus was driving on a bridge at night when a bad lightning and thunder storm occurred…

Lightening hit the bridge and knocked out power all around … and of course, the bus electrical system went completely DARK too.

The bus completely shut down. It was basically fried.  NO BUS POWER means no power steering, no interior lights and scarier, no exterior lights.  This driver acted fast…he pulled over as close to the guard rail as possible while still making room to open the bus door.

But, the luggage bay —with the emergency kit and flashers —-was blocked.

By then, the bus was sitting dark on a busy bridge road. Cars and trucks were swerving to avoid the bus.  The police were called but didn’t come for 30 minutes.

In all of this, the driver kept the passengers safely on the bus and kept them calm.

Luckily a motorist stopped behind the bus and put on his high beams and flashing lights to help illuminate the vehicle and ward off traffic.

Finally, the police arrived to help.

This trip began in North Dakota, but the crisis happened in Ohio. So, they asked for a replacement coach from Precious Cargo Trailways located just outside of Cleveland.  Precious Cargo acted fast and saved the day.

The passengers were taken onward to their scheduled hotel stop that night, with hardly any delay.

Then, the next morning, a loaner bus from some colleagues of ours (at Prevost) … to continue the trip…also with NO delay in the schedule.

What are the chances that a bus would be on a bridge in the pouring rain, then hit by lightning? It’s unbelievable!

And, it could have resulted in injuries —or worse —for the driver and passengers.

Bus this experienced, senior driver did not panic — he went into “crisis management” mode as well as had some luck.

He also had some great team members at his office, and other Trailways colleagues and bus industry allies, who really stepped up in this emergency!

Since the MCI awards are for SAFETY, they really wanted to give a Special Driver Recognition Award to this person. This is a special award this year.

Danny is also a trainer, so his “near-miss” will be a story he’ll tell in class forever!

 

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Setra coach distributor REV Group joins Trailways affiliated partner program

 

REV Group, Inc., is the parent corporation of 30 specialty vehicle brands and is the distributor for Setra motorcoaches in the United States and Canada.

The REV Group has 20 manufacturing facilities and 12 regional technical centers in addition to its network of dealer service centers, in the U.S., Brazil and China.

Plus, they distribute other vehicle brands many of them market leaders in segments of bus and commercial, fire and emergency, and recreational vehicle.

Sold directly and through dealers, these include school, shuttle, transit and commercial buses as well as motorhomes and luxury buses.  In addition, they sell wheelchair-accessible vans and other specialty vehicles.

REV offers varied financing options and flexible payment schedules for the purchase or lease of vehicles and equipment.

It also offers aftermarket parts via dealers and provides a bus maintenance program through a REV/Ryder collaboration using hundreds of Ryder service locations throughout the U.S.

REV Group corporate headquarters are in Milwaukee, WI.

 

REV Group, Inc.

Gregory Berg

Director of Commercial Finance

Zane Gray

National Sales Manager

1441 Brickell Avenue, Suite 1007

Miami, FL 33131

Berg phone: 817-488-7585

Berg cell: 817-995-9412

Berg Email: greg.berg@revgroup.com

Gray cell: 979-777-7374

Gray Email: zane.gray@revgroup.com

Website: www.revgroup.com

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Atlantic City’s CVB “Meet AC, Inc.” joins Trailways as affiliated partner

 

Meet AC, Inc., is Atlantic City’s convention and visitors bureau.

Meet AC provides sales, public relations, marketing and related services to feature Atlantic City and its attractions and to serve as a resource for event planners bringing groups to the city.

The extensive Meet AC website www.meetac.com highlights the nearly 31-acre Atlantic City Convention Center, historic Boardwalk Hall and other area conference centers.

The website also includes an events calendar and information about Atlantic City area attractions; sports, recreation, arts and cultural venues; other entertainment options, plus dining, shopping and lodging.

Event planners may submit RFPs to the Convention Center via an online form at www.meetac.com.

Meet AC is a nonprofit agency funded through the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.

Within the Meet AC organization is the Atlantic City Sports Commission.  It promotes economic development through conventions and meetings, trade shows, sporting events, film production and group tourism.

Please contact

Meet AC, Inc.

Heather Colache

Tourism Account Director

2314 Pacific Avenue

Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Phone: 609-449-7151

Toll-free phone: 844-855-6338

Fax: 609-345-6704

Email: hcolache@meetac.com

Website: www.meetac.com

 

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BusForSales.com joins Trailways as affiliated partner

BusForSales.com joins Trailways as affiliated partner

 

How is Busforsale.com more than just a website for buying and selling used buses?

Busforsale.com actually buys buses and helps with bus and motor home financing.

For sellers, Busforsale.com offers the options of either its dealership lot and sales team or advertising via a for-sale-by-owner Web page while the vehicle remains on the seller’s own property.

In addition, the company has a vast, 20-acre dealership just north of Nashville.

The dealership offers all makes and models of entertainer coaches, passenger and sports/team buses, executive day coaches, motor homes, vans and other vehicles.

It features a full-service, four-bay, maintenance shop as well as a bus and motorcoach remodeling and bus conversion crew all located on a secure parking lot.

Operators may also opt to store buses, coaches, recreational vehicles, boats and more.

 

Please contact:

Busforsale.com, LLC

John Spellings

Co-owner, Founder, President

Hilary Spellings

Co-owner, Webmaster, Accounting Manager

Cullin Spellings

Sales Manager

813 Louisville Highway

Goodlettsville, TN 37072

Phone: 615-859-1998

Fax: 615-859-1995

Email: spellings@busforsale.com

Website: www.busforsale.com

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Specialty transit insurers JLT joins Trailways as affiliated partner

 

JLT Specialty USA (JLT Specialty Insurance Services, Inc.) is a U.S. subsidiary of London-based Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group, plc, a world-leading, specialty business advisory firm and brokerage in the areas of insurance, reinsurance, employee benefits and risk management.

Among its brokerage offerings is specialty transit insurance. JLT Specialty USA deals with complex areas of risk requiring depth of industry-specific expertise in matters ranging from mergers and acquisitions to business restructuring, management liability, cyber and environmental risks.

The company’s Analytics and Consulting Practice helps clients to identify and to mitigate potential exposures while the Legal and Claims Practice provides client advocacy and claims management advice.

 

Please contact:

JLT Specialty USA

Andrew B. Hersh

Senior Vice President

350 Madison Avenue, 7th Floor

New York, NY 10017

Phone: 212-510-1880

Email: andrew.hersh@JLTUS.com

Website: www.JLTUS.com

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Djioh streaming technology for buses – Joins Trailways as affiliate

 

Djioh streaming technology for buses – Joins Trailways as affiliate

Through an onboard media server and proprietary software, Djioh, LLC, enhances the rider experience for intercity bus and train passengers by streaming premium entertainment content (movies, TV shows, games, music and more) that they can enjoy on their own devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptop computers. This innovative technology solution works without the need for Internet access or the consumption of mobile data and, in some cases, at no cost to the transportation carrier. Passengers pay a small fee either online or at the ticket station. For those without their own compatible device, Djioh rents a custom-built tablet computer.

Please contactd:

Djioh, LLC

Fofeyin Bonito

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Benison Forfeke

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer

1417 Jordan Creek Court

Little Elm, TX 75068-4865

Phone: 870-2101317

Toll-free: 877-583-5464

Email: fbonito@djioh.com

Website: www.djioh.com

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Trailways adds Metro Transit Sales as new affiliated partner

 

Metro Transit Sales, LLC, has joined Trailways as a new Affiliated Partner

The company provides sales representation for products for the public transportation industry. These products include Kiel seats, Gerflor® Tarabus flooring, Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles (formerly Spheros) air conditioning and heating systems, ThermoGuard windows and 300 Below TruBlue brake rotors. President/Owner Tony Cunnane has more than 35 years of transit industry experience. Prior to establishing Metro Transit Sales, he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Kiel North America; President/Co-owner of TCB Industries in Elkhart, IN; and Maintenance Superintendent for the New York City Transit Authority.

 

Please contact:

Metro Transit Sales, LLC ***

Anthony “Tony” Cunnane, Jr.

President/Owner

Line Cunnane

Chief Financial Officer

12861 Seaside Key Court

North Fort Myers, FL 33903

Phone: 574-849-8917

Email: tony@metrotransllc.com

Website: www.metrotransllc.com (under construction)

 

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