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Transportation Companies Prepare for Democratic National Convention

Posted on July 21, 2004 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

BOSTON, Mass. – Thousands of people are expected to attend the Democratic National Convention July 26-29 and they'll all need a way to get around Boston. With just a week until the DNC, Joan Libby is double checking her fleet of 20 motor coaches at the Cavalier Bus Co. The fleet is completely booked for the convention and dozens more are sub-contracted from out of state. Libby said calls are still coming in.

"It's good revenue to come in at a time that the season is soft. It comes at the right period of time," she stated.

Officials estimate that 30,000 will attend the DNC, and most will need transportation.

In South Boston, it's the same story for limo companies. "No one company can handle this. Everyone, from a single car operator all the way to the 200-car fleet, will work," said Kevin Cronin of Above All Transportation Limousines.

Transportation companies say delegates are looking for a discount. "They are haggling. Price is very important to them," Libby said.

Limousine companies say it's a delicate balancing act between convenience, price and image for delegates.

"They are going for the conservative image, they are using the Town Cars, they are using vans and buses," said Cronin.

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