U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to Host 100th Anniversary Celebration of Intercity Motor Coach Service
WHEN: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters at 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Vehicles will be on display from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in front of and around the USDOT Building; the event beginning at 10:30 a.m. will take place on the 3rd Street, SE Plaza area between the two USDOT Buildings. Media should plan to arrive early to secure public parking in the area.
WHAT: 100th Anniversary Celebration of intercity motor coach travel. The celebration will include photo and video opportunities of several historic motorcoach vehicles (see details below). Brief remarks from notable figures in the transportation industry will also be given.
On display at U.S. DOT from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and available for photos/video will be:
- 1914 Hupmobile – The Hupmobile was the first Greyhound bus ever and was used to transport iron miners from Hibbing to Alice, MN.
- 1931 Mack Bus – Built by Mack Truck Company, this bus included amenities such as mohair seats with horsehair stuffing and side curtains to keep out roadside dust and glaring sunlight.
- 1937 Supercoach – Built by Yellow Coach, this Supercoach was the first intercity coach to feature an all-metal body and engine in the rear. It was hailed as the ultimate in bus design at the time.
- 1954 Scenicruiser – This Scenicruiser was the first bi-level motor coach, seating 10 passengers on the driver level and 33 on the second level. Notable features included 90 percent glare-resistant glass and air conditioning.
- Modern Greyhound Bus – This 2014 Prevost Model X3-45 seats 50 people and features leather seats, extra legroom, free Wi-Fi, power outlets and three-point seat belts. The bus features the latest environmental technology with a low-emission engine and clean-burning fuel.
- Mobile Museum Bus – The inside of this bus features vintage driver uniforms, signage, driver pins and badges, other memorabilia and a historical timeline wall that has touchscreen monitors where people can view videos such as vintage ads, movie clips and other videos from history.
- The Honorable Victor Mendez, Acting U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation
- The Honorable Anne Ferro, Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
- David Leach, Greyhound President and CEO
- Clyde Hart, Jr., Sr. V.P. of Government Affairs and Policy, American Bus Association
- Brian Annett, Chairman of United Motorcoach Association, Annett Bus Lines
- Delos Smith, Longtime Greyhound Patron
# # #