FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Both airline and railroad companies have received economic support during COVID-19, however, bus and motorcoach companies have been overlooked.
“It's hard, I’ve been doing this for 17 years full-time,” said Deb Kinney, American Heritage Trails Driver. “To sit at home and not have anywhere to go, or have anything to do, is kind of life-changing.”
“Initially they were hoping for 100 buses to show up,” said Diane Current, American Heritage Trails Tour Coordinator. “It had just snowballed through the industry that this was going on. They definitely got their 100 buses. In fact, we are rolling with just over 1,000 buses right now.”
The American Bus Association estimates a $6.7 billion dollar loss because of COVID-19, with over 54,000 drivers out of work.
The American Heritage Trails staff hopes the initiative will not only lead to economic support but also show the nation how eager drivers are to get back on the road.
“We are more than happy to do it,” Kinney said. “To show support for our owners and hopefully get the money to help us get back to work and help us do the job that we had before all this started.”