Letter to the Editor: Motorcoach industry decimated, yet left out of federal aid package

An open letter to the Delaware Congressional delegation:

We are Delaware’s motorcoach industry. We are independent, family-owned businesses, transporting more than a half-million residents and travelers annually across our state. People ride our buses to get to work in another city or state and visit tourist destinations. We are visible in every community across the state and vital to America’s critical transportation network. Companies like ours carry more than 600 million passengers annually.

Before COVID-19, we employed 331 hardworking individuals and contributed $62 million in economic revenue. Like with 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 want to be able to carry passengers.  Yet today, our future is very uncertain.

Before Congress left Washington, D.C., for a hiatus they 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.

We urge you to remember that we bring your constituents to work, your kids on school trips, and we drive tourism in our state … literally.  We connect America. If we go away, those experiences go away. We need your support now.

William Dawson, Dawson Bus Service, Inc., Camden
Alan Mitchell, Jor-Lin Inc., Milford
and the entire Delaware motorcoach industry

Helpful Coronavirus links

Delaware Division of Health Coronavirus Page
CDC: About the Coronavirus Disease 2019
CDC: What to do if You Are Sick
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
AP News Coronavirus Coverage
Reopening Delaware: Resources for Businesses
Delaware Phase 2 guidance

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