CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two outstanding motorcoach companies, Anderson Coach and Travel of Greenville, Pa., and Northeast Charter and Tour Co. of Lewiston, Maine, were honored at the American Bus Association’s annual Marketplace, Jan. 5-9, 2013 in Charlotte, N.C., as the recipients of ABA’s “Green Operator Award.” The annual award is sponsored by Motor Coach Industries of Schaumburg, Ill.
Anderson Coach and Travel was selected in the large category of motorcoach operator; those with a fleet size of more than 30 motorcoaches. Northeast Charter and Tour Co. was chosen in the small category with 30 or fewer buses.
The two companies were selected by their peers after an extensive review process of their daily motorcoach operations, which included the company’s commitment to environmentally friendly ways to drive, the use of anti-idling techniques when the motorcoach is not in use, the safest and greenest ways to recycle oil and other engine fluids, and overall business practices that promote environmental protection and awareness.
As part of the judging, ABA received significant assistance from David Kestenbaum, the Director of the University of Vermont’s Certification for Sustainable Transportation program. Many motorcoach companies are seeing the value of being green, and the University of Vermont program helps those companies, such as Anderson Coach and Travel and Northeast Charter and Tour Co., obtain their goals, which include being a good environmental steward, reducing their overall costs, saving energy and promoting the company with the University’s eRating certification and driver training programs.
According to environmental research done by the ABA Foundation, when compared directly to other modes of transportation, motorcoaches provide the most fuel-efficient and cleanest means of transportation.
Motorcoaches emit the least carbon dioxide per passenger mile when compared to other vehicles and are, on average, seven times more energy- and fuel-efficient than single-occupancy automobiles. Motorcoaches are three times more efficient in reducing carbon dioxide output when compared to commuter rail, and six times more efficient than transit buses.
“Motor Coach Industries is very proud to once again recognize great operators such as Anderson Coach and Travel and Northeast Charter and Tour Co. as they’ve taken a high-profile leadership role in our industry when it comes to best environmental practices. They are great examples of an industry that safely transports hundreds of millions of people each year in a very environmentally friendly manner,” MCI CEO Rick Heller said.
Source: American Bus Association