FTA releases $7M in transit workforce development funds

Seventeen organizations will receive grants to help public transit agencies, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, and Native American tribes train a future generation of transit professionals, by promoting training opportunities in emerging technologies and encouraging young people to pursue careers in public transportation.

MCI delivers to Pa.

Wilkes-Barre, Pa.-based Martz Trailways, ordered 46 new 2013 MCI coach models. Bethlehem, Pa.-based Trans-Bridge Lines took delivery of seven MCI J4500 coaches, redesigned for 2013.

Md. tour co. ends wedding rides after gay marriage law

Discover Annapolis Tours owner is turning down $50,000 in annual revenue instead of compromising his Christian convictions now that same-sex marriages are legal in Maryland.

ABA names ‘Green Operators’

Anderson Coach and Travel of Greenville, Pa., and Northeast Charter and Tour Co. of Lewiston, Maine, were honored at the American Bus Association’s annual Marketplace, which took place from Jan. 5 to 9 in Charlotte, N.C., as the recipients of ABA’s “Green Operator Award.”

2013 Innovative Operator: Yankee Trails

Yankee Trails - Rensselaer, N.Y. To bring in business during the holiday season, Yankee Trails launched “Santa’s Magical Express.” The service includes a holiday-themed scavenger hunt and sing-a-longs.

2013 Innovative Operator: Windstar Lines

Windstar Lines - Carroll, Iowa Windstar Lines has acquired about 10 smaller motorcoach operators in the past 12 years to expand its service and stay competitive in the market.

2013 Innovative Operator: Tornado Bus Co.

Tornado Bus Co. - Dallas The Tornado Bus Co.’s new bus facility, which opened in October, encompasses 8.5 acres and is 10 minutes from downtown Dallas.

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