Editor’s note: This letter to the editor was also sent as an open letter to Georgia’s Congressional delegation.

EDITOR:

We are Georgia’s motorcoach industry. We are family and independently owned businesses you represent, transporting nine million of our residents and tourists annually across the region. We are visible in every community: connecting our rural towns to urban centers; assisting military transports, bringing tourists to our attractions and evacuating citizens when natural disasters strike.

Before COVID-19, we employed 1,009 hardworking individuals across Georgia and contributed $160 million in economic revenue. Like many transportation industries, that has all changed and virtually every bus company across America has stopped operating. We support the public health restrictions put in place to help flatten the spread of COVID-19, but when people emerge from this crisis, we want our employees to have jobs and bring visitors back here. But today, our future is very uncertain.

Before Congress left Washington for a one-month hiatus, its members passed a $2 trillion aid package to help large and small business. That package included nearly $100 billion for every mode of passenger transportation (airlines, Amtrak, transit) except for private buses. Our voice in Congress was ignored, leaving our industry and our employees on the side of the road.

As the federal government focuses on recovery, we urge you to remember that we bring your constituents to work; your kids on school trips; we take your church groups on tours; and we drive tourism in our state … literally. We connect America. If we go away, those experiences go away. We need YOUR support NOW.

Walter Hubbard, Kingsmen Coach Lines LLC

Johan DeLeeuw, Cooper-Global Chauffeured Transportation

Alvin Harris, Horizon Motor Coach

Erwin Koster, GetAway Charter LLC

Larry Ferguson, Transouth Motorcoach

Phillip Houston, Heritage Enterprise

Tom Sambdman, Samson Tours Inc.

Tracy Fuller, Proview Tours LLC

Jeff Greene, Greene Worldwide Transportation

Alan Robinson, R&W Motorcoach Inc.

Karin Amatriain, Buckhead Coach

Hoss Oskouie, Atlantic Limousine & Transportation

Jim Lucas, Old Savannah Tours

Roosevelt Norman, T and D Bus Service

Clarence Cox, Georgia Coach Lines Inc.

Brenda Tidwell, Leisure Time

Norris Hawkins, Hawkins Charter Service

and the entire Georgia motorcoach industry

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