Pennsylvania Bus Association (PBA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to representing the business and governmental interests of private bus companies operating in Pennsylvania, has announced that it will be celebrating a milestone 100th anniversary in 2023. Founded in 1923, PBA has functioned without interruption and with an unrelenting commitment to the safety of the traveling public and the economic well-being of its member companies.
To mark the momentous occasion, a celebration is planned for PBA’s Annual Meeting & Conference in June 2023. There will be smaller celebrations kicking off at the June 2022 Annual Meeting & Conference in State College, hosted by Happy Valley Adventure Bureau. Leading up the anniversary, PBA has chosen hashtag #PBArollsinto100 as part of its promotion.
PBA members took time to share their thoughts on PBA’s centennial milestone:
John Henry, vice-president of business operations for PBA founding member the Martz Group: “Pennsylvania Bus creates a real sense of community within our industry. The information and networking PBA provides has helped further our company for generations. Our founder, Frank Martz, helped establish PBA and would be proud of its current leadership and value to our industry. Congratulations on celebrating 100 years!”
Alison Sherman, president of Klein Transportation and PBA Board member: “I have the pleasure of being the third generation from my family’s motorcoach company to serve on the board of PBA. This organization does amazing things through advocacy and by facilitating the connections that help us thrive as an industry and I am proud to be part of it.”
Sandy Borowsky, vice-president of tours and marketing at Starr Tours and PBA Board member: “Running a motorcoach and tour company these days is certainly no easy feat. That’s why PBA is so important to us. Having an organization like PBA that provides support, information, and a connection to all our industry friends is critical to our success. We’re thrilled to be able to celebrate PBA’s 100th anniversary and looking forward to many more successful years.”
PBA membership includes motorcoach operators, companies servicing the industry, and travel suppliers, all working together to build their businesses. Governmental affairs, advocacy, travel and tourism marketing, education, safety, and communication constitute the major areas of involvement for this, one of the oldest public passenger transportation associations in the United States.
Visit pabus.org for more information.