Coach USA

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Coach USA LLC is a holding company for various American transportation service providers providing scheduled intercity bus service, local and commuter bus transit, city sightseeing, tour, yellow school bus, and charter bus service. It is owned by the Scottish transport company Stagecoach Group.[1]

Coach USA's operations today consist primarily of scheduled services in Greater New York and Chicagoland, with a number of charter operations near Pittsburgh and scheduled operations in the Southern Tier of New York and southern Wisconsin.

Coach USA also operates a no frills, low cost intercity service called Megabus.

History

Coach USA traces its history back to 1955, as Community Coach, when the Gallagher family bought a company in Paramus, New Jersey, and acquired other companies in New Jersey, which would become subsidiaries of Coach USA at its inception in 1995, when Frank Gallagher sold the firm to Notre Capital Ventures.

At its inception, Coach USA consisted of six companies: Suburban Trails, Community Coach, Leisure Line, and Adventure Trails in New Jersey, Gray Line of San Francisco, and Arrow Stage Line in Arizona (not to be confused with unaffiliated Arrow Stage Lines).

Listing on the NASDAQ in 1996 under ticker TOUR, and later switching to the New York Stock Exchange under stock ticker CYI, Coach USA, under the leadership of Richard Kristinik, would expand quickly, acquiring companies throughout the United States in the next three years to expand to over 5,000 buses and many more taxicabs, as its acquisitions also included yellow cab firms throughout the United States.

In 1998, Kristinik retired, and Larry King succeeded him. Stagecoach Group would purchase Coach USA in mid-1999 for $1.88 billion US.

Under the helm of the original owner of Coach USA's predecessor, Frank Gallagher, Coach USA under Stagecoach ownership, sought to continue expansion, but the company, hit hard by the loss of charter business after the September 11, 2001 attacks, caused Stagecoach to crash to a loss of over ₤524 million GBP, at which point Stagecoach, having lost over 70 percent of its investment and now under the leadership of its founder, Brian Souter after the downturn cost the previous CEO of Stagecoach his job, announced that all of the taxicab operations and most of Coach USA's subsidiaries were for sale, as Stagecoach sought to focus mostly on operations in the northeastern United States, where Coach USA today maintains subsidized transit operations and scheduled service.

Retrenching, Stagecoach sold its companies in New England to Peter Pan Bus Lines. Companies in the Southwest, West, and Rocky Mountain regions, along with company headquarters, were sold to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to form Coach America, and companies in the southeastern United States were sold to Linconshire Management, rebranded as American Coach Lines or under the previous names of subsidiaries, all at heavy losses. The contract transit division was flipped to competitor First Transit. As a result of the sale of most of Coach USA's operations, the company's headquarters were relocated from Texas to the Community Coach garage in Paramus, New Jersey. [2]

Operators

Current

The following companies are owned by Stagecoach Group and operate under the Coach USA brand.[3] Subsidiary brands operated out of the same physical location are also listed.

Former

The following is an incomplete list of companies formerly owned by Stagecoach Group, or affiliated with the Coach USA brand.

All-Time Roster

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Operator Notes
575 2009 MCI J4500 Cummins ISM ZF AS Tronic
  • 27 units part of a 45 coach order[4]
  • FeatureRicon wheelchair lift, Amaya seats with three-point seatbelts, Blaupunkt Proline entertainment system [4]
1300-1309 1999 Nova Bus LFS Detroit Diesel Series 40 Allison B400R
4969 - 4976 2004 Nova Bus LFS Allison B400R
20620? 2009 MCI D4505 Cummins ISM ZF AS Tronic
  • 13 units part of 45 coach order[4]
53266 Coach USA 53266.jpg ? MCI 102-DL3 Wheelchair lift equipped.
63536 ? MCI J4500 Central Cab
64789 ? MCI J4500 Lenzner
65277 ? MCI J4500

External Links

References

  1. [1] Wikipedia
  2. [2] Wikipedia
  3. Contact Information, Coach USA, retrieved 05-31-2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Coach USA orders 45 MCI coaches, mcicoach.com, retrieved on 09-01-27