Innovation & Clear Thinking Pays Off For Evacuees
= September 16, 2005, 10:35 am
Author = Mr.SEO
Industry = Transportation
Summary = The BusBank®, the Chicago based company that arranges
charter bus services throughout North America, has been on the scene
in New Orleans, the Gulf Coast and Texas from the outset of the
recovery and relief effort.
Body = BusBank’s Innovation & Clear Thinking Pays Off
For Evacuees When FEMA saw the need to divert evacuees to San Antonio
and utilize Kelly AFB to house up to 15,000, The BusBank was given
less than 8 hours to secure and deploy buses, and arrive on site
to meet the first flight and manage ground logistics. By this stage
of the crisis, most of the available charter buses that could get
in time, including those from the company’s regular operator
network, were already engaged in the evacuation of New Orleans.
Digging into its knowledge base of specialty operators in the region,
BusBank executives remembered that Texas A&M University at College
Station had a fleet of motor coaches used for student transportation.
Within hours, the company requested and received a special directive
from the office of Texas Governor Rick Perry to have the buses chartered
to The BusBank for the critical relief effort. In the spirit of
helping, the team also received an unexpected gift when the Longview
Baptist Temple of Longview, TX contacted The BusBank and volunteered
their school buses. It was incredible timing as buses arrived in
time so that weary evacuees did not have to wait to be shuttled
from their planes to reception areas. Within a few days after starting
the operation, more motor coaches from The BusBank’s regular
operator network arrived so that Texas A&M was able to get back
to the work of transporting students, and Longview Baptist
Church’s school buses were off to do more good work. We know
the evacuees are indeed thankful for the great work that was done
by so many.
About The BusBank
The BusBank is a leading group and event transportation specialist
with the largest network of independent charter bus operators in
North America. This company is the pioneer and leader in providing
a single-source for chartering a bus anytime, anywhere in North
America. By working with independent operators rather than owning
buses, the company has flexibility to create customized group transportation
solutions that fit the unique needs of the customer and situation.
The BusBank manages the total transportation solution from planning
through departure and provides on-site logistics management. Its
industry exclusive partnership with Sprint-Nextel provides advanced
on-board communication and GPS, which has been deployed in the New
Orleans-Gulf Coast area. The company is staffed 24/7 to provide
Customer Care with every charter that is arranged.