Spending is estimated to advance another 7.1% in 2018 and will expand to $1.7 trillion total by 2022.
Back To School
When Peifer bought Susquehanna Valley Limousine from the original owner in 2005, the company had shaky relationship with the college. Bucknell is located in Lewisburg, Pa., and heavily promotes the downtown area to attract new students. But for those without personal vehicles, it’s not easy to get there, especially during autumn and winter.
As the campus grew, it needed to move its bookstore downtown. Administrators had to find a way to bridge the gap for students and provide an easy way for them to get to and from the store. This ended up being Peifer’s first huge contract, and has since evolved into a route with multiple stops.
Students can now get to the local hospital, grocery stores, and other vital locations. Peifer is three years into the second five-year contract, and has recently started a late night shuttle through the campus and downtown to ensure students get home safely.
“The campus is getting larger, so
For operators looking to pursue shuttle contracts with universities, Peifer says to consider this: “Colleges want only a limited number of drivers to interact with the students so they can get comfortable and know them by name. Good, friendly drivers are the key to the whole operation.”
Company History 101
Peifer didn’t always want to be in the luxury transportation business. He had over 15 years’ experience in the trucking industry before buying Susquehanna Valley Limousine from the original owner, who started the company in 1994. He partnered with a friend because they were both detail oriented and liked exotic cars, so they thought it would be a good fit for them. Peifer bought this partner out in 2016.
“Tech is key to standing out, and allows you to provide great customer service with less expensive vehicles,” he explains. As you get bigger, you can invest in better vehicles.
In the future, Peifer plans to continue corporate work, college and wedding shuttles, and expand the company’s reach with wine tours which have become more popular in the last few years.
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