Created: May 12, 2020 06:34 PM
RENSSELAER -- Hundreds of motorcoaches are heading to Washington D.C. to take part in a rally, letting Congress know they need federal help.
Yankee Trails will be among the companies sending a bus.
Their motorcoaches are just waiting to be filled with passengers again.
The company has 52 of them, and not one is on the road revenue-producing.
This industry is reliant on other industries. Right now, there are no sporting events, no concerts, no school groups going on trips.
"There's been financial assistance for the airlines and the transit authorities, and the motor coach industry is just as important, we just need the help," said Yankee Trails President Stephen Tobin. "Probably about 90% of bus companies in this country are family-owned businesses just like Yankee Trails. So our ability to bounce back we think is going to be a lot longer than some other industries."
With business at a standstill, the Yankee Trails family started brain-storming.
"But we said as a family, we have all these buses, what could we do? Could we do anything to help the community out," said Tobin.
And so they put a 518 rainbow hunt on the side, and sent the Hope bus out to collect food for schools and children.
There's another collection event coming up Thursday in Niskayuna.
In the meantime, Yankee Trails will be sending a bus tomorrow to congress for the Motorcoach Rolling Awareness Campaign.
But we want them to know that the majority of buses, there's over 100,000 employees in the bus industry and that includes the mechanics, the bus drivers, the cleaners-- there's over 100,000 people unemployed right now and our timeline for success is going to be a lot longer than some of the other industries."
The Yankee trails bus going to Washington will have a family representative and drivers on board and they're hoping to send a strong message.
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