Motorcoach

UMA: Sen. Murray amendment hurts coach operators

Posted on January 25, 2010

The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) spoke out against an amendment Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash) placed in the recent Department of Transportation appropriations bill that exempts King County Metro Transit from the charter rule issued by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

The UMA believes Sen. Murray's amendment exempting King County Metro Transit from the charter rule is harmful public policy as it precludes the desires of the community, something the existing Federal rule provides for, and hurts small businesses that results in the devastating loss of much needed jobs.

Under the charter rule, public transit agencies that are supported by taxpayer dollars are not allowed to operate charters if a private carrier is available and capable of performing the work.

"Private bus companies do not receive public assistance and cannot compete with public transits that do. It is just that simple," said Ken Presley, UMA's vice president, industry relations. "While the exemption may mean subsidized shuttle rides for sports fans, what it really represents is a devastating loss of jobs, lost capital investment potential, lost tax revenue for the Seattle community, and the abuse of taxpayers' dollars. All in a day's work for Senator Murray."

Federal taxpayers provide up to 90 percent of capital cost for transit buses and, in exchange for these funds, King County Metro agreed not to use its federally subsidized equipment to compete with private bus companies. The rule protects taxpayers from transit management unilaterally using taxpayer equipment for unauthorized purposes and protects private bus companies and their employees from unfair competition.

"It is difficult to believe Senator Murray has any credibility with the unemployment problem when she has single-handedly demonstrated disregard for the drivers," Presley said. "The City of Seattle and Washington State voters deserve better and should tell Senator Murray to reverse this harmful amendment; let team owners pay their own way and put these bus drivers back to work."

The UMA has also reached out to its more than 900 operator members, urging them to contact Sen. Murray's office directly to tell the Senator to reverse the amendment.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Santa Barbara, Calif. coach co. takes off as airlines cut back flights

When American Eagle stopped serving the local airport, Goleta-based Santa Barbara Airbus 'saw a significant growth in volume,' according to founder and CEO Eric Onnen.

Students in Calif. coach accident were not given safety instructions

NTSB investigators questioned every student and were told that neither of the bus drivers on the trip told them about emergency exit windows or showed them a safety video, per the bus company’s policy.

House committee approves key legislation to stop fed insurance hike

The Appropriations Committee vote tells FMCSA to stop spending money to write a rule or do research; that would raise the federal insurance minimums above the current $5 million figure.

ABC delivers CX45s to Mich., Md.

The new coaches are equipped with Cummins ISX engines coupled to Allison B500G5 transmissions and offer Van Hool standard safety features, including back up camera, lane departure system, Kidde fire suppression and daytime running lights.

 

ABA Marketplace delegates $54M in business

The total is up $6.67 million over Marketplace 2014, reflecting a 14% increase in business activity actually booked at or directly after the show as a result of connections and relationships made at the event.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close