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Trailways Launches Online Jobs Recruiting Tool


We are pleased to announce that for the first time and by popular demand, Trailways’ has launched a new, online driver / jobs recruiting tool!  This has been created per the direction of the Board of Directors. The goal is to try and help primarily with the severe national shortage of drivers and mechanics.

The new Trailways website helps stateside locations receive pre-qualified information on potential new drivers and mechanics, and other personnel . The website allows for national applicants to get in touch with YOUR COMPANY easily, seamlessly and directly via the online form and process, described below.

All Trailways Member Companies are listed on the new redesigned website.

See the new web page  – click here:

The website launched November 8th, 2017 and job leads may already be arriving to your HR email.


Interested drivers, mechanics/other must answer several questions to help qualify them via  the online system.

  • Then, the Trailways HR Directors are automatically sent the leads via email directly.

  • The form is only a lead; it is not a formal application for your company.

  • You would need to follow up with your company procedures for interested individuals.

  • We asked that you respond within 30 days to leads, please!

  • Even if you’re not hiring right away, you may find future employees so please retain the contact information.

  • There is no fee for the leads and no commission to Trailways should you hire an applicant.   Our goal is to help you succeed.

  • Note that the Trailways brand headquarters does not handle or respond to the applicants, they are sent directly to the HR directors’ emails.



Sample of Web Page Promotion:

The companies within the Trailways Charter Network are always looking to hire talented and dedicated employees for a variety of jobs. Currently there are openings nationwide for full-time and part-time Charter Drivers, full-time Bus Mechanics (or diesel truck technicians), Dispatchers as well as various other support positions. If you are ready to kick your career into high gear and feel you are a fit please apply today!


This announcement was sent to all Trailways HR Management, Operations, Hiring Personnel on Nov. 28, 2017 and announced to owners prior. 




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Nominations Open! Driver of the Year (West) 2018

Outstanding Driver Nominations Open!  (Deadline Feb. 1, 2019)

Nominations are now open for Trailways Outstanding Driver of the Year Awards (f0r 2018 calendar year) for Trailways Operator-Members located West of the Mississippi. Full‐time or part-time Scheduled Route and/or Charter, Tour drivers may be nominated. Recipients selected will be honored at the Trailways 2019 Annual Meeting in Galveston, Texas (must be present March 10-13, 2019). Trailways provides the hotel guest room (2 nights) and the Gala Dinner + 1 guest.  (Operator-Member must agree to have the driver attend; travel expenses are not included.)



Trailways 2018 National Sales Meeting Nov. 8-9 takes place at brand headquarters in Virginia

There is still time!

Trailways Member companies are invited to attend the 2018 Trailways National Sales Meeting November 8 & 9

at the brand headquarters in Virginia.

The meeting is intended for revenue and charter sales managers and marketing executives at Trailways companies.  Please see below for the hotel accommodations and meeting agenda/location.

Please RSVP by Oct. 15, 2018 to (703-691-3052 x 3) – Fee of $95 per person.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS:  Book your group rate for TRAILWAYS NATL SALES MTG – $159 rate, plus tax.


Nov Sales Meeting AGENDA


The National Sales Meeting features 1.5 days of training at the Trailways corporate office in Fairfax, VA. Overall, the goal is for attendees to learn about the many ways their company can maximize its brand affiliation with Trailways.

On day 1, Thursday Nov. 8, morning workshops feature two experts from Trailways’ marketing partner companies:

First, Trailways’ website design company will share successful brand marketing ideas and demonstrate the new automated charter lead system on

Second, Trailways’ digital marketing agency will share strategies for implementing robust Google search engine campaigns.  This will include results from Trailways’ organic SEO efforts to boosts awareness for all companies in the Trailways brand, as well as the results of specific 2018 pay-per-click programs.

The afternoon of Nov. 8 features a General Session on yield management with an expert who will share proven methods to increase revenue. This presentation features a hands-on instruction session.

On day 2, Fri., Nov 9, the morning will be devoted to learning about effective sales methods to increase your close ratio.  It will be presented by a leading sales training organization.

When the meeting has concluded, attendees will have a deeper understanding of how to maximize their brand affiliation with Trailways.  They will have improved their skills and understanding of various digital marketing and sales techniques.  They will be able to use the knowledge to improve their performance and grow revenue for their company.




Irizar USA joins Trailways as new Affiliated Partner


Spanish luxury motorcoach manufacturer Irizar

establishes Irizar USA as Trailways affiliated partner


Fairfax, VA – August 31, 2018 – Irizar S. Coop, a luxury motorcoach manufacturer with global headquarters in Spain’s Basque Country, introduced itself to the United States market in early 2016 through initial distributor INA Bus Sales, LLC, a Trailways affiliated partner.

Irizar’s i6 model motorcoaches have enjoyed such rapid market penetration here that Irizar S. Coop is reinforcing its commitment to the U.S. market by establishing a new wholly owned and operated subsidiary, Irizar USA, LLC, headquartered in suburban Las Vegas, NV. Irizar USA takes over the role of Irizar’s exclusive dealer and distributor for sales and aftersales support for the U.S. marketplace.

“We congratulate Irizar USA as our Trailways affiliated partner and hope that this new company will enjoy the longevity of its 129-year-old parent corporation, known for its premium brand,” said Eva Hotard, president and chief executive officer of Trailways Transportation System, Inc.

Heading Irizar USA’s leadership team are President Axier Etxezarreta, previously director general of Irizar Brasil, Ltda., and Vice President Chad Dixon, formerly chief operating officer at INA Bus Sales.

Dixon explained that Irizar USA offers two versions of the Irizar i6 model coach adapted specifically for the U.S. market. A versatile, commuter and touring coach suitable for school, charter, motorcoach and mining transportation, the Irizar i6 is 45 feet long and can accommodate 56 passengers. It has an integral chassis; a Cummins engine; a 6-speed, Allison B500 automatic transmission, and complies with all U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulations and EPA 13 emissions requirements. It comes in two vehicle heights, 12’3” and the SuperCargo model at 12’11”. “The SuperCargo version offers best-in-class storage capacity,” Dixon added.

President Etxezarreta said, “We are completely dedicated to remain close to our clients, working elbow to elbow with operators, adapting to their needs. Our entire team knows that providing quality second to none and VIP, concierge-level service at all times are keys to a strong future in the market.”

Etxezarreta extended thanks to Michael and Olga Haggerty and their team members at INA Bus Sales “for the achievements and great accomplishments that were made during the introduction and initial chapter” of Irizar’s entry into the U.S. market. “They have our gratitude for the great relationship they have had with the people of the Irizar team.”

Trailways through its Affiliated Partners Program maintains a close working relationship with industry-related supplier and vendor companies, as well as other tour and travel service entities, to ensure that its group of motorcoach companies receives the latest and most effective technology, information, services and products needed to maintain superior delivery of safe, comfortable, reliable passenger service.

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Contact:   Chad Dixon, Vice President -Irizar USA

Address: 100 Cassia Way, Henderson, NV 89014

Office telephone: 702.431.2090

Cell phone: 702.427.2599








CWTSatoTravel joins Trailways as Preferred Partner

Known for serving U.S. military and government agencies,

CWTSatoTravel joins Trailways as preferred affiliated partner



Fairfax, VA – August 31, 2018 – CWTSatoTravel, a division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has joined the Trailways Transportation System, Inc., as a preferred affiliated partner. It has been the largest provider of global travel management and fulfillment services for the U.S. military and government agencies for nearly 70 years.

“Our Trailways carriers take pride in transporting members of the military and civilians in government service. Affiliation between CWTSatoTravel and Trailways is a natural fit for both of us,” said Eva M. Hotard, Trailways President and Chief Executive Officer.

The CWTSatoTravel Group Travel Services (GTS) team offers one-stop shopping for group travel procurement and coordination. Available 24 hours every day, the GTS team simplifies the process for motorcoach subscribers submitting offers of service to obtain military and civilian government business.

According to Ronald Ivester, GTS Program Manager, Military and Government Markets, “The GTS online travel tool enables us or our client travel management officers to competitively procure, to track and monitor their motorcoach charters. The tool also provides motorcoach subscribers with access to receive charter requests, input offers of service, track and monitor bids and receive market intelligence reports, all without start-up fees.” Motorcoach carriers receive requests specifically for their defined service areas. The process is automated from request to award and includes monitoring of all awarded moves until their final destination. The GTS team also assists with coordinating the payment process.

Other departments within CWTSatoTravel offer additional travel and transportation-related services and resources, from negotiating hotel rates to planning vacations and meetings to providing online booking and travel and expense management solutions.

Founded in 1936, Trailways Transportation System, Inc., is a network of approximately 65 independently owned and/or operated bus and motorcoach company locations in North America and parts of Europe. Each company adheres to the standards required by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Through its Affiliated Partner Program, Trailways enables suppliers and travel partners to network with its company owners and other top decision makers, for their mutual benefit.

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Ronald Ivester, Program Manager, Group Travel Services, Military and Government Markets


Telephone: 804-674-1199 Cell telephone: 571-228-0841





“Galveston, Oh Galveston” – 2019 Trailways Annual Meeting to take place in Texas.

GALEVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS has been selected as the location for the 2019 Trailways Annual Meeting.

DATES:  March 10 – 13, 2019 – Moody Gardens Resort, Spa & Convention Center.

See the hotel, travel and registration information here:  Read More!

We welcome you!  Save the dates:  March 10 – 13, 2019.



Trailways Affiliated Partners Quick List – Roster

2018-19 Trailways Affiliated Partner Roster – Quick Reference

Category Company Name Contact Telephone # Email Website State
Bus Sales ABC Companies Ashley Cornell (507) 334-1871 FL
Bus Sales Alliance Bus Group Eugene Hotard (407) 581-6002 GA
Bus Sales Bauer’s Intelligent Transprtation Anthony Vaccarello (415) 595-8164 CA
Bus Sales Braun Ability Francois Caron (888) 965-1414 IN
Bus Sales Bus & Coach America Lawrence Brennan (626) 720-4419 NV
Bus Sales Bus For Sale Hillary Spellings (615) 859-1995 TN
Bus Sales CH Bus Sales/Temsa Mike Haggarty (505) 3317911 MN


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

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.



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)


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




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

Trailways Unveils Five Outstanding Motorcoach Drivers of the Year

*Special Safe Driver Recognition Award – please contact for information.



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



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



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




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



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


Pine Hill Trailways

Hurley, NY




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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