Olander Bus Company of Detroit Lakes Participates in Rolling Rally at Nation's Capitol

Olander Bus Company of Detroit Lakes Participates in Rolling Rally at Nation's Capitol Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--Today Olander Bus Company of Detroit Lakes joins hundreds of motorcoach companies from around the country for a rolling rally around the U.S. Capitol and National Mall in Washington, D.C.

“Like many local small businesses, my operations have been absolutely devastated by the coronavirus. My buses sit idling while my employees remain at home. We all want to be back on the road, bringing people from point A to point B while serving our communities again. Without help from the federal government, I fear our buses may never return to the road and our passengers will be stranded without access to the nation’s transportation system,” said Nate Olander, Head of Olander Bus in Detroit Lakes. “I look forward to joining hundreds of my fellow motorcoach operators in Washington to showcase the strength in numbers of our industry and the positive benefits we provide to every community in America.”

Olander employs six coach drivers and 20 school bus drivers. Nate Olander says during a typical year, right now they would be transporting students on the regular routes, as well as their end-of-year field trips, sports games, prom, graduation activities, wedding parties, tours across the country and state.

Olander driver Trevor Janich volunteered to drive in the rally.

The “Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness” is a one day, one time grassroots event born from independent motorcoach operators, industry suppliers and state associations, represented by a joint initiative between the nation’s two largest associations, American Bus Association and United Motorcoach Association. This is a positive event showcasing how big buses and small businesses move America. Buses will be decorated with informative signs about the motorcoach industry including: the groups they serve, the economic impact they make and the people they employ.

Buses parked in one of three parking lots Wednesday morning awaiting the 'Rolling Rally' in Washington D.C.
(photo submitted by Trevor Janich)

Motorcoach operators are seeking to remind Members of Congress and the Trump Administration that the industry – which has laid off or furloughed more than 90 percent of its workforce nationally in the wake of COVID-19 – needs federal assistance. The motorcoach industry has requested $15 billion in federal grants and loan guarantees and modifications to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Paycheck Protection Program.

About the USA Motorcoach Industry:

Companies: nearly 3,000, the majority are family owned, small businesses.

Employees: nearly 100,000. Workforce includes owners, drivers, dispatchers, maintenance and repair, safety, cleaning crew, finance, administrative personnel, etc.

Buses Sitting Idle: nearly 36,000

Annual Passenger Trips: nearly 600 million, which is in line with domestic airlines’ trips.

More information available at www.busesmoveamerica.com.

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