Red Carpet Charters adds three locations to Trailways brand

Posted on January 8, 2018

Jeff Polzien founded the company as Red Carpet Charters in Oklahoma City in 1984. Photo: Trailways
Jeff Polzien founded the company as Red Carpet Charters in Oklahoma City in 1984. Photo: Trailways

Red Carpet Charters, with locations in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and suburban Dallas-Fort Worth, has joined the Trailways brand. Founded in 1936, Trailways is North America’s oldest network of independently owned bus companies.

“Participating in Trailways enables us to share experiences, innovations and best practices to ensure we are always at the leading edge of the charter bus industry,” said Red Carpet Trailways President/Owner Jeff Polzien. “Our entire team is dedicated to providing safe, comfortable, dependable transportation on each and every trip.”

“That dedication fits perfectly the values that have guided our Trailways network since its inception more than 80 years ago,” said Trailways Transportation System President/CEO Eva M. Hotard. “By serving clients throughout the American Southwest, Midwest, Western national parks and beyond, Red Carpet Trailways strengthens our ability to serve passenger groups large and small in those regions. We now have more than 65 Trailways member companies.”

Red Carpet Trailways’ passenger list is diverse indeed. It ranges from the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Oklahoma City Thunder and University of Oklahoma Sooners to tour groups, school groups, church groups, corporate meeting and convention attendees, casino goers, wedding parties, and travelers catching an airport shuttle to and from a hotel or cruise ship.

With 30-plus years of experience in charter transportation, Red Carpet Trailways is used to accommodating the specific needs and itineraries of its charter clients with customized solutions. This summer, the company’s motorcoaches rushed emergency supplies to Houstonians flooded out of their homes by Hurricane Harvey.

Jeff Polzien founded the company as Red Carpet Charters in Oklahoma City in 1984, with the aim of providing a “red carpet experience” for travelers. Today the company has Highway Patrol-certified, full-service maintenance facilities, administrative offices and parking for its fleet of 40+ vehicles in Tulsa, Okla., and McKinney, Texas, as well as in Oklahoma City.

The Red Carpet Trailways fleet comprises full-size motorcoaches seating up to 57 passengers, mid-size coaches seating up to 30 passengers and vans for smaller groups, including ADA-compliant buses. All vehicles are smoke-free.

Among the motorcoaches’ onboard amenities are large windows for great passenger visibility, spacious reclining seats, adjustable footrests, air-ride suspension for maximum comfort, individual reading lights, audio-video entertainment systems, public address systems, personal temperature control, overhead storage compartments and restrooms. Some models also have environmentally friendly diesel engines, seat belts, Wi-Fi access and electrical outlets.

As a federally licensed, interstate, passenger carrier, Red Carpet Trailways maintains the highest safety ratings from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT 213066 and MC 274210) and the U.S. Department of Defense.

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