An open letter to Indiana Congressional delegation
We are Indiana’s motorcoach industry. We are family and independently owned businesses you represent, transporting 2.4 million residents, tourists and children annually across the region. We connect our rural towns to urban centers. We are visible in every community and vital to America’s transportation network.
Before COVID-19, we employed 1,011 hard-working individuals across Indiana and contributed $157 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 bring visitors back here. But today, our future is very uncertain.
Before Congress left Washington, D.C., for a one-month hiatus, they passed a $2 trillion aid package to help large and small business. 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.
As the federal government focuses on recovery, we urge you to remember that we bring your constituents to work; your kids on school trips; we take your church groups on tours; and we drive tourism in our state, literally. We connect America. If we go away, those experiences go away.
We need your support now.
Melanie Hinton, American Bus Association
Ron Bast, Cardinal Charters & Tours
Tiana Davis, Celebrity Charter Services LLC
Paul Davis, EAC Shuttle
Shannon Kaser, Royal Excursion
Charles Beckwith, Turner Coaches
Ken Carter, Advanced Limousines
and the entire Indiana motorcoach industry