American Bus Association

ABA represents approximately 1,000 motorcoach and tour companies in the United States and Canada. Another 2,800 member organizations represent the travel and tourism industry and suppliers who work in partnership with the motorcoach industry.

Founded in 1926, ABA is the oldest, largest and most respected voice in motorcoach, travel and tourism industry. The American Bus Association serves a thriving industry that provides more than 600 million passenger trips annually on charters, tours, scheduled service and shuttles. Membership in ABA includes motorcoach operators, tour operators, tourism-related organizations, and products and service suppliers. Membership in ABA includes approximately 1,000 motorcoach and tour companies in the United States and Canada. Another 2,800 member organizations represent the travel and tourism industry and suppliers of bus products and services.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Meet Mindy with the Portland Spirit and Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler Cruises in Portland, Ore.

School Transportation and the Legalization of Marijuana - School Bus Contractors - School Bus Fleet

As the legalization of marijuana moves across the country, companies are left wondering what are the guidelines with drivers. According to ABA Consultant Ronna Weber, Employers have the right to maintain and enforce “zero-tolerance” drug policies. And regardless of state law, employees can still be fired for off-duty marijuana use and, depending on state law, could risk losing their commercial driver’s license (CDL) for life. There is no gray area on testing, yet either willingly or unwillingly, drivers are still finding themselves on the wrong side of this issue, says Ronna Weber, a consultant working with the American Bus Association.

Happy #NationalDoughnutDay from ABA!

"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." --G.K. Chesterton

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the execution of Operation Overlord, which came to be known by the annals of history as #DDay. On this day, more than 150,000 allied forces--facing bad weather when they hoped for light from a full moon--landed on the beaches of Normandy via an air and sea raid, with a goal of overwhelming the dug-in German army. Thousands were teenage boys with little experience in combat. On Omaha beach alone, America lost 2,400 of her best husbands, fathers, and sons. Today we remember those who fought so bravely and turned the tide of the WWII.

We also thank our many members who continue to honor the #GreatestGeneration and all of our troops with honor rides and trips. #Heroes

Motorcoach Industry, Like Trucking, Faces Driver Shortage

ABA President Peter Pantuso and ABA board member Bill Torres of Dc Trails Hop On Hop Off talked to Transport Topics about the motorcoach industry driver shortage. Much is written about how the trucking industry loses drivers to other lines of work, but in some cases they’re not leaving to do something else — they’re leaving to drive something else: motorcoaches. Ironically, the bus industry is dealing with a driver shortage of its own.

Interested in Learning More About BISC?

BISC Chair Pam Martinez of DATTCO, Inc, talks about her experiences with BISC and how there is someting for everyone. Make sure you register for our summer meeting, June 25-26. Learn more at

Make sure you come by and visit Peter, Lia, and our members: Mimi Vielhauer, Express Transportation, Pam Reipold, F.M. Kuzmeskus, Inc./Travel Kuz, Jeff Rogers, First Class Tours, WendyArany, H & L Charter Co., Inc., Scott Riccio, Northeast Charter and Tour Co Inc, Tom Giddens, Pacific Coachways and Anbritt Stengele, Sports Traveler at IPW. #ABAEverywhere

Andrew had meetings today with Appropriators Rep. Mike Quigley and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman’s (D-NJ) offices to discuss the California Meal & Rest Break language and bus security grants. #WorkingForYou

#MarketplaceMonday All about Omaha

It's #MarketplaceMonday! ABA's Marketplace Chairman Luke Busskohl from Arrow Stage Lines is telling us all about his hometown Omaha, Neb. Watch the video to learn about many of the great things Visit Omaha has to offer.#ABAOmaha #OMGomaha

#ABAOmaha sponsorships are now live! Contact us today to create your organization’s best experience at 2020 Marketplace! #MarketplaceMonday

[06/03/19]   Destinations magazine wants to hear from you! Have you had a tour go off the rails? Had an accident? How did you handle it? What advice would you give to other people? Email [email protected] to share your story!

School Bus Council Survey—American Bus Association

Are You a School Bus Operator? Please Complete This Three-Minute Survey: ABA is proud to sponsor the School Bus Council. More than 100 ABA members currently operate school buses, in addition to motorcoaches and other vehicles. To ensure we meet your needs, and those of other school bus operators, we want to hear from you on how the Council can best serve the School Bus Operator Community and add value to your business. (function(t,e,s,n){var 

You're Invited to the Hispanic Motorcoach Council Meeting

Hispanic Motorcoach Council Chair Bill Torres from ABA member company Dc Trails Hop On Hop Off invites you to attend the next HMC meeting on June 19 in Orlando. Visit our website to learn more

#TBT: In 2018, ABA partnered with John Kennedy On Demand to enable members to have access to education at any time, anywhere! #WorkingForYou #ABAAnnualReport

It's #NationalMintJulepDay. Who still remembers the great night and delicious Juleps we had during our Juleps and Generosity party at ABA member Kentucky Derby Museum during #ABALouisville this year?

Our Roads, Our Safety

ABA is proud to work with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the #OurRoadsOurSafety Coalition. Check out ABA member Greyhound driver Keith as he talks about how to #ShareTheRoad.

Meet Keith. He’s been driving buses for more than 22 years and logs about 65,000 miles a year on #OurRoads. As one of our #Voice of Safety, Keith wants you to remember that buses and large trucks have enormous blind spots that make cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians difficult to see. Help make sure everyone makes it back to their families safely – stay out of blind spots on the road.


MEMBER NEWS ALERT: ABA and TheAwardZone Partner to Help Members Improve Driver Performance. This new partnership enables ABA members to create an incentive awards program for their employees for much less than it would cost to operate one on your own.

Check out Pete's interview with #ThroughTheNoise about the industry and how ABA serves our members.

Remembering and honoring those who gave the greatest sacrifice. #MemorialDay

TODAY is the LAST day to nominate yourself or a travel partner that has gone above and beyond for the 2019 Destinations magazine Best of the Best! Get your nominations in NOW.

Are You a School Bus Operator? Please Complete This Three-Minute Survey: ABA is proud to sponsor the School Bus Council. More than 100 ABA members currently operate school buses, in addition to motorcoaches and other vehicles. To ensure we meet your needs, and those of other school bus operators, we want to hear from you on how the Council can best serve the School Bus Operator Community and add value to your business.

If You Thought BISC Was Just For Buses, You Are Wrong!

Before you say to yourself, “BISC is just for bus companies,” watch this video from Chris Shepler, president of ABA member Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry in Mackinaw City, Mich. And then register for the BISC Summer Meeting!

It is with heavy hearts, we share the tragic news of the passing of an industry leader and long-term ABA member, Brad Post. Brad and two of his associates perished in a plane crash on Saturday, May 18. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Post family as well as everyone from the P.A. Post Agency.

Every driver offers a different perspective, but we all share the same roads and want to arrive safely at our destination. Find out from Ingrid, Keith and Ed the tips to keep in mind as you hit the road: #OurRoads #VoicesOfSafety #safety #roadtrip

Pete sits #InTheHotSeat with the The Tenney Group to talk about ABA and our efforts in DC and industry issues.

Andrew just finished his last meeting of the day discussing airport access and infrastructure with Congressman Rick Larsen’s (D-Wash.) office. Earlier in the day he met with Senator Tammy Baldwin’s (D-Wis.) and Senator Ben Cardin’s (D-Md.) offices to discuss infrastructure, the fuel tax refund and tolling equity for motorcoaches. #WorkingForYou

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) can help drivers detect loss of inflation pressure. Federal regulations require TPMS to warn drivers when tires are 25% under inflated. For many vehicles, this is too late to prevent damage to your tires and should not replace checking your tires monthly. #NTSW2019 #KnowYourRoll @USTireAssoc

Peter spoke to Groups Todayabout millennials, motorcoaches and more during #ABALouisville!

ABA is a proud partner of the Our Roads, Our Safety coalition. #OurRoads #VoicesofSafety

FMCSA’s Our Roads, Our Safety campaign focuses on educating everyone on the road on how to share the road safely with large trucks and buses. Today, the campaign introduces the all-new Voices of Safety public service announcements. Showcasing various perspectives and personal experiences from the road, the campaign illustrates some of the challenges that large vehicles face, and some tips for operating safely around them. Check out the voices here, as well as tips for how to share the road safely:

#OurRoads #VoicesOfSafety

Andrew and Suzanne joined our coalition partners with the Near Airport Parking Industry Trade Association for Hill meetings today with House Transportation & Infrastructure and Senate Commerce Committees to discuss equal airport access by ground transportation operators. #WorkingForYou #GiveUsAirportAccess

It's #NationalAmericanRedCrossFoundersDay. Learn more about Clara Barton with a visit to ABA member National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Proud to join @USTireAssoc for National Tire Safety Week 2019 in educating motorists on basic tips to keep you safe while driving #NTSW2019 #KnowYourRoll

Looking for an affordable way to provide better healthcare benefits to your employees? ABA Healthcare Benefits has partnered with WellCard to bring your employees access to pre-negotiated discounts on prescription drugs and a wide range of healthcare services. As a member of the ABA, the Wellcard is 100% FREE for you and your employees! Join us at 2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday to learn more about it.

ABA, Busworld Academy announce schedule for inaugural Busworld Academy North America at #ABAOmaha! #OMGomaha #MarketplaceMonday

Last week to nominate yourself or a travel partner for Best of the Best and be highlighted in the Sept/Oct issue of Destinations magazine!

Today we salute all those who serve to keep us safe and preserve our rights! #ArmedForcesDay

No better way to celebrate #NationalNASCARDay than with a visit to ABA member NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte! We had a blast there during our 2018 Marketplace.

It's #NationalPizzaPartyDay! Grab your friends or family and head to your favorite pizza shop like ABA members Cicis Pizza Orlando or Magills' Pizza in Annandale!

We want to hear your story! We are currently working on article about How to Handle a Crisis While on a Tour for our Destinations Sept/Oct issue. Have you had a crisis happen while out on a tour? What happened? How did you handle? What advice would you give to others?

If you have a story to share, contact Melanie at [email protected].

Last night, Pete co-chaired an event near and dear to him and the industry - The National Capital Area Council, BSA's #PeopleWhoMoveAmerica program. This year's honorees were Senator Mark Warner; Gina Adams of FedEx and Tim Keating of The Boeing Company. The dinner raised nearly $150,000 for the BSA!

#TBT: In 2018, ABA introduced a Member Chat on so you have access to ask questions any time! #WorkingForYou #ABAAnnualReport

ABA’s Entertainer Motorcoach Council is meeting today in Nashville. They are hearing from FMCSA, Tennessee Highway Patrol and other industry experts, while networking and sharing best practices and strategizing on how to speak as a unified industry. #WorkingForYou

Lia is attending Discover New England this week. While there she had the chance to meet up with ABA members like Barbara Valentine from Yankee Candle Village MA and Michelangelo Floridino from Meadowmere Resort. #ABAEverywhere

Are you Best of the Best worthy? Have a travel partner you feel goes above and beyond? You could be named one of Destinations magazine's Best of the Best and be highlighted in the Sept/Oct issue. But the nomination deadline is coming fast!

The Fight Against Human Trafficking

Groups Today highlights the work ABA and the industry is doing to help combat human trafficking. #BusingOnTheLookout Although illegal, human trafficking is an unfortunately booming business.

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