Agency To Hold National Motorcoach Safety Summit

Posted on September 21, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Stephen Story, president of James River Transportation, was chosen to represent the nation’s motorcoach operators at the national Motorcoach Safety Summit on Friday, September 23, 2011, at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Summitt, hosted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will bring together motorcoach company owners, drivers, safety advocates, tour operators, brokers, law enforcement, elected officials, and concerned citizens from across the country to develop recommendations to raise to improve safety throughout the motorcoach industry.

Information garnered from a series of regional roundtables in Dallas, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Anaheim, California and New York City will be the basis of the national summit’s panel discussions and breakout sessions.

The public can go to, review stakeholder input from each roundtable and submit additional comments. FMCSA will make the summit available via webcast by visiting the agency’s website at

The Summit will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT. Participants will include Ray LaHood, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation; John Porcari, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation; Anne S. Ferro, Administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation; and the FMCSA.


Friday, September 23, 2011

8:00 a.m.    Registration

 9:00 a.m.    U.S. Department of Transportation Welcome

  • Anne Ferro, Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

 9:10 a.m.    Opening Address

  • Ray LaHood, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

9:30 a.m.    OneDOT – On the Move for Motorcoach Safety
A brief update on current motorcoach safety initiatives.


  • Jack Van Steenburg, Chief Safety Officer and Assistant Administrator,
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration                           

Panelists :

  • Anne Ferro, Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • Peter Appel, Administrator, Research & Innovative Technology Administration
  • David Strickland, Administrator, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration     
  • Peter Rogoff, Administrator, Federal Transit Administration
  • Tony Furst, Acting Associate Administrator for Safety, Federal Highway Administration

10:15 a.m.    Break

10:30 a.m.    Safety 1st – Stakeholders’ Perspective
A discussion with a diverse panel offering differing viewpoints regarding motorcoach safety.  

  • Annie Collins, Associate Administrator for Field Operations, FMCSA


  • Mr. Lawrence J. Hanley, Amalgamated Transit Union
  • Ms. Jackie Gillan, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
  • Dr. Yen-Chi Le, Victims Advocate
  • Lt. Donald Bridge, Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Mr. Stephen Story, James River Bus Line

11:30 a.m.     Lunch - Legislative Perspectives on Motorcoach Safety
- Speaker Invited-

12:30 p.m.     National Motorcoach Safety Roundtable

  • Bryna Helfer, Director of Public Engagement, U.S. Department of Transportation

 11 Breakout Sessions Major Themes:

  • Training and Knowledge Gaps
  • Uniformity of Enforcement
  • Fatigue
  • Outreach and Public Awareness

1:45 p.m.    Break

2:00 p.m.    Roundtables Report out

3:00 p.m.    Commit to Think Safety Every Trip, Every Time…Next Steps

  • John Porcari, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

3:30 p.m.: Close

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