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Making Holiday Spirits Bright For ADA Clients

Lexi Tucker
Posted on December 4, 2019

The company loves to spread holiday cheer with their ADA van. (Photo: Blasian)

The company loves to spread holiday cheer with their ADA van. (Photo: Blasian)

PHOENIX, Ariz. — ‘Tis the season for giving, and one Arizona company doesn’t just give back during the holidays. In fact, they recently won the LCT People’s Choice Carla Boroday Humanitarian Award for their dedication to improving the lives of ADA clients.

Along with his team of family members, JC Yancy, president of Blasian Limousines and Transportation, is ready to help bring some literal light back into people’s lives with the company’s holiday light tours.

Planning For Success

Blasian started their first tours in 2018, and they were a great success. “The team conducted a lot of research and went through several test runs before we launched. We also provided and requested feedback via a survey at the end of every light tour,” he says.

They discovered from these test runs and surveys a three-hour tour was the best fit overall. The tour begins with a stop at a pre-determined Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts. The group then heads out to two communities of lights. The grand finale is Illumination Symphony of Light, an incredible production of lights and music. The company has a preset tour and route for each side of town.

Holiday Angel Moment

A quick stop at Dunkin' Donuts starts the night off right. (Photo: Blasian)

A quick stop at Dunkin' Donuts starts the night off right. (Photo: Blasian)

Blasian puts on what they call “Angel Moments” a few times a year, where they select a person in need of encouragement and provide them with a ride to an event. This year, they plan on doing a no-cost holiday light tour for UMOM New Day Center, a homeless shelter for women and children. Every night the organization provides safe shelter and supportive services for more than “170 homeless families.”

“It was humbling and amazing to accept the LCT Carla Boroday Humanitarian Award, and it further inspires us to take every opportunity to encourage others to be driven to care,” says Yancy.

Prepare To Be Inclusive

The Blasian team believes being an inclusive transportation provider is a must, and that means ensuring you can give anyone a ride, regardless of whether they are in a wheelchair. However, the Yancys say purchasing an ADA accessible van was one their scariest decisions.

“We knew we needed a multi-role vehicle. It had to seat 13 and then convert when we needed it too. It had to seat two wheelchairs and could not look like a traditional wheelchair van. We are proud to say this van is the second largest revenue producer in our fleet and the number one producer of all five of our vans.” 

Inside the ADA van reveals plenty of room. (Photo: Blasian)

Inside the ADA van reveals plenty of room. (Photo: Blasian)

The company has one ADA accessible van but wants to order a second one with a half executive and half limo style interior. “The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has the best vehicle frame for the Under-Vehicle Lift. You must make sure you build it as a multi-role unit so it’s always on the road however you need it. Install a custom running board that can be removed.”

Finally, Yancy says have fun marketing it. “Get the word out. Take photos of it in action. I say all the time, if you don’t have photos or video, it never happened. We also use promo videos to help market our product and services online. Make a video for any special run you do. Affiliates will call and refer customers to you.”

Related Topics: ADA vehicles, Arizona operators, charity, charter and tour, executive vans, holiday, holiday lights tours, luxury vans, People's Choice Awards, shuttle vans, tourism

Lexi Tucker Senior Editor
Comments ( 1 )
  • Susan Lundquist

     | about 6 months ago

    Really a great looking multiple use Sprinter. Definitely hope there is one to look at during the Las Vegas show.

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