An Open Letter to the DC-Maryland-Virginia Region Congressional Delegation –

By the Washington, DC – Virginia – Maryland Motor-Coach Industry

We are the nation’s capital region motorcoach industry. We are independent family-owned businesses, transporting 10.5 million residents and travelers annually across the DMV. People ride our buses to get to work and visit our tourist destinations. We are visible in communities across the region and vital to America’s critical transportation network. Companies like mine carry more than 600 million passengers annually.

Before COVID-19, we employed nearly 3,106 residents across the region and contributed $542 million in economic revenue. Like many transportation industries, that has all changed and virtually every bus company across America has stopped operating. We support the public health restrictions put in place to help flatten the spread of COVID-19, but when people emerge from this crisis, we want our employees to have jobs and want to be able to carry passengers.  But today, our future is very uncertain. 

Before Congress left Washington, DC for a hiatus they passed a $2 TRILLION aid package to help businesses. That package included nearly $100 BILLION for every mode of passenger transportation (airlines, Amtrak, transit) except for private buses. Our voice in Congress was ignored, leaving our industry and our employees on the side of the road. 

We urge you to remember that we bring your constituents to work; your kids on school trips and we drive tourism in our region…literally. We connect America. If we go away, those experiences go away. We need YOUR support NOW.

James Brown, Magic Carpet Tours

Roddy Mitchell, Platinum Tours

Mark & Dave Pounders, Winn Transportation

Stephen Nichols, Blue Ridge Tours, Inc. 

Darlene Hooks, Venture Bus Tours, Inc.

Harvey Black, Society Coach Lines Ltd

Warren Newton, Newton Bus Service

Curt Gausman, Pro-American Tours LLC

Joshua Pratt, BRT Transportation

Jacqueline Grice, Agape Travel and Tours

Peter Picknelly, Peter Pan Bus Lines

Alexander Burruss, Silver Lining Charters and Tours LLC

George Cooper, Hound Dog Bus Service

Shannon Drew, ACE Charter Services

Scott Martz Henry, Martz Group

Tim Lane, Academy Express

Jason Quick, Quick’s Bus Company

Adnan Khan, Adventure Tours

Shawn & Sharon Paul, Tidewater Touring Inc

Eddie Sours, Richards Bus Lines

David Messick Jr, Blue Ridge Coach Lines, Inc

Debra Owings, Viriginia Coach Co

Tammy Warren, W&W Luxury Limousine Service

John Mines, Premier Travel, LLC

Dmitri Arsenjev, KD Elite Transportation

Lauren Grote, Rill’s Bus Service

Al Spence, AS Midway Trailways/A.S. Tours Inc

William Torres, DC Trails Inc

Liliana        Torres, QT Transport

David Han, Worldwide Tours and Travel

Howard Smith, Oleta Coach Lines

Margaret Day, Reston Limousine

Sharon Hackett, Magic Trails Bus