Pennsylvania Bus Association plans to celebrate 100 years


the Pennsylvania Bus Association celebrates an important milestone in 2023: the organization will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Founded in 1923, the Pennsylvania Bus Association (PBA) has operated without interruption and with an unwavering commitment to the safety of the traveling public and the economic well-being of its member companies.

A celebration is planned for the PBA’s annual meeting and conference in June 2023. There will be smaller celebrations starting at the June 2022 annual meeting and conference at State College, hosted by Happy Valley Adventure Bureau.

Several logos created earlier this year have been shared with members to choose from. The logo with the most votes was unveiled in October at the annual membership meeting and conference in Bethlehem, Pa. A committee of volunteers will begin meeting monthly in January. Members have already decided on a social media tag to use for the anniversary promotion: # PBArollsinto100.

Reflections on the centenary

PBA members took the time to share their thoughts on the PBA centenary:

Allison Klein Sherman

John Henry, Vice President of Business Operations for PBA and founding member of the Martz Group: “Pennsylvania Bus creates a real sense of community within our industry. The information and networking that PBA provides has helped move our business forward for generations. Our founder, Frank Martz, helped establish PBA and would be proud of his current leadership and value to our industry. Congratulations on your 100th birthday! “

Alison Sherman, President of Klein Transportation and Board Member of PBA: “I am pleased to be the third generation of my family’s coach business to serve on the PBA Board of Directors. This organization does amazing things through advocacy and facilitating the connections that help us thrive as an industry, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

Sandy Borowsky, Vice President of Tours and Marketing at Starr Tours and PBA Board Member: “Running a coach and a travel agency these days is certainly no easy task. This is why PBA is so important to us. Having an organization like PBA that provides support, information and connection to all of our friends in the industry is critical to our success. We are delighted to be able to celebrate PBA’s 100th anniversary and look forward to many more years of success.

Committed to serving industry

PBA is a non-profit organization dedicated to representing the commercial and government interests of private bus companies operating in Pennsylvania. PBA is committed to meeting the needs and issues of the coach industry.

Members include coach operators, companies serving the industry and travel suppliers, all working together to grow their businesses. Government affairs, advocacy, travel and tourism marketing, education, security and communications are the primary focus areas of one of the oldest public passenger transport associations in the United States. .

Coach, travel and tourism industry creates jobs nationwide, provides access to communities and contributes to environmental sustainability. PBA strives to provide members with information to move their businesses forward and create opportunities for industry connections.

Annual events

Some of the annual events promote education and community among members:

  • PBA’s marketplace offers bus operators, tour operators and group leaders the valuable opportunity to gain experience on exciting new attractions and explore preferred destinations for group travel. The date and location of the 2022 market is March 21-22 in Williamsport, PA. Registrations are open.
  • The PBA Annual Meeting is an industry-wide event dedicated to education, business interactions and social media. A key element of the event is highlighting the geographic area so that coach operators return with the groups to take advantage of a new travel opportunity. The date and location for the 2022 annual meeting is June 19-21 in State College, PA.
  • The PBA Coach Safety and Readiness Workshop not only provides employees of coach companies with the opportunity to gain experience on safety issues, but it also establishes a working relationship. with the law enforcement community so that everyone involved in security is working together. Communication to understand safety measures is the key to providing coach customers with the necessary assurances demanded by the industry. The date of 2022 is yet to be determined, but it occurs every year in August.

For more information visit or contact PBA Executive Director Patricia Cowley at [email protected]


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