UMA Hill Day 2014

Trailways at UMA Capitol Hill Day: Part of Outreach to 284 Congressional Leaders

Trailways bus company owners from around the country were part of a large Congressional outreach effort last week (June 25, 2014) by the passenger motorcoach industry including 284 appointments with Congressional leaders. The annual June Capitol Hill Days event in Washington, DC is organized by the United Motorcoach Association (UMA).

On the steps of the US Capitol, June 25, 2014, the group of participating Trailways company owners:  Bill and Gail Allen, Amador Trailways (CA/NV); Tom Giddens, Pacific Coachways Trailways (CA);  Joe Kobussen, Kobussen Trailways (WI); Joan Libby, Cavalier Coach Trailways (MA); Marcia Milton, First Priority Trailways (DC/MD); Scott Riccio, NorthEast Trailways of Maine; Alan Thrasher, Thrasher Brothers Trailways (AL) and Tracey Simmons, Trailways Corporate office staff (VA).

See Photo Album

UMA’s key message points for Congress this year include not only MAP-21*, but also federal minimum financial responsibility limits; preservation of charter bus protections; return to zero federal fuel tax for over-the-road buses; increased opportunities for contracting with local transit agencies.

Many regulatory reforms were on the agenda to discuss as well including:  process for Imminent Hazard and Out-of-Service orders; prohibition on third-party inspection requirements; local entity requirements for registrations of charter bus operators and en route inspections. Meetings were professionally arranged for UMA members by Prime Policy Group, a Washington, DC-based global public policy and government affairs firm.
The motorcoach tour and travel industry contributes nearly $112.7 billion in total economic activity and has one of the strongest safety records among all modes of transportation.  Victor S. Parra, President and Chief Executive Officer of UMA said the efforts “will have a positive impact on important policies and legislation that affect the ability of your business to thrive and grow.”

Key Issues


Other photos (see album) On the Hill at Congressional meetings:

  • Joan Libby of Cavalier Trailways in Boston with Senator Edward Markey’s Staff Assistant, Grace Ogilby.
  • Joan Libby of Cavalier Trailways in Boston with Representative Richard Neal’s Legislative Assistant, Patrick O’Connor.   Rep. Neal is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.  (D-MA, 1st District)
  • Joe Kobussen, Kobussen Trailways (WI), with Representative Tom Petri (R-WI – 6th District).  Petri is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  Also attending were Andrew S. Brady, professional staff, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit and Victoria Givens with Prime Policy Group.
  • Joe Kobussen, Kobussen Trailways (WI), Representative Ron King’s Legislative Assistant Natalie Mamerow (R-WI, 3rd District).
  • Joe Kobussen, Kobussen Trailways (WI), with Reid Ribble (R-WI, 8th District), also a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  Also attending were Paul Bleiberg, Transportation Legislative Assistant and Victor Parra, President and Chief Executive Officer of UMA.


The full list of all attendees is below:

Allen Gail Amador Trailways
Allen William Amador Trailways
Annett Brian Annett Bus Lines
Annett Christi Annett Bus Lines
Arcediano Paul R & R Limousine and Bus
Bast Ronald GO Riteway Transportation Group
Berg Greg Suntrust Equipment Finance
Brooks Charles Brooks Transit
Brown, Sr. James Magic Carpet Tours
Simmons Tracey Trailways (brand office)
Coleman Charles See & See Friendly Tours, LLC
Cooper Gordon Barons Bus Line
Davis Michael Beltway Transportation
Dickson David Elite Coach
Garrett Bob Sunshine Travel/Express
Geiger Duane CH Bus Sales
Giddens Connie Pacific Coachways Trailways
Giddens Tom Pacific Coachways Trailways
Gillis Gladys Starline Luxury Coaches
Gillis Joseph NW Navigator Luxury Coaches LLC
Gillis Roxanne NW Navigator Luxury Coaches LLC
Goebel John Barons Bus Line
Greene Bob Amaya-Astron Seating
Grundman Michaela CH Bus Sales, Inc.
Holter Daniel Rochester City Lines Co., Inc.
Hotard Callen Hotard Coaches
Jackson Ayanna Gaten’s Adventures Unlimited LLC
Johnson Daryl J & J Charters, Inc.
Johnson Debra J & J Charters, Inc.
Kobussen Joe Kobussen Trailways
Krapf Dale Krapf Bus Companies
LeBron Godfrey L & G Leasing, Inc. dba Paradise Travel
Libby Joan Cavalier Coach Trailways
Litt Louis Krapf’s Coaches. Inc.
Lundahl Donna Minnesota Coaches, Inc. – Duluth MN Terminal
Lundahl Rudy Minnesota Coaches – Duluth MN Terminal
Fields Milton Marcia First Priority Trailways, Inc.
Neustadt Michael Coach Tours
Polzien Jeff Red Carpet Charters
Presley Mary
Ready Tom Ready Bus Company
Riccio Scott NorthEast Trailways of Maine
Schmidt David Prevost
Seal Jr. James Jim Seal Consulting Services
Stevens Roni Venture Tours, Inc.
Stout Tim Stouts Charter Service
Streif Dennis Vandalia Bus Lines, Inc.
Thrasher Alan Thrasher Brothers Trailways
Walker Carol A P Xpress Bus Company
Wayland Tim ABC Companies, Inc.
Wayland Trena ABC Companies, Inc.
Wilson Bronwyn International Motor Coach Group
Wilson Timothy Gunther Charters, Inc.
Young Buddy Capitol Bus Lines, Inc.
Young Ralph Young Transportation
Zak Joseph Panorama Tours, Inc.


To learn more about the event:

Final Agenda

Helpful Information and Guidelines for visits with Members of Congress and Staff

*MAP-21  – Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act signed into law in July 2012 (P.L. 112-141) is for funding surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014.  According to the Federal Highway Administration, Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs, “MAP-21 is the first long-term highway authorization enacted since 2005. MAP-21 provides needed funds and transforms the policy and programmatic framework for investments to guide the growth and development of the country’s vital transportation infrastructure.”





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