Press Release

NorthEast Charter and Tour Co. receives ABA’s Green Operator Award sponsored by MCI

NorthEast Charter and Tour Co./NorthEast Trailways of Lewiston, Maine, was honored in front of 2,500 attendees at the American Bus Association’s annual Marketplace, January 5th-9th, 2013 in Charlotte, N.C., as the recipients of ABA’s “Green Operator Award.” The annual award is sponsored by Motor Coach Industries (MCI) of Schaumburg, Ill.

NorthEast Charter and Tour Co. was picked in the small category with 30 or fewer buses, and Anderson Coach and Travel was selected in the large category of motorcoach operator, those with a fleet size of more than 30 motorcoaches.

The company was selected by its peers after an extensive review process of their day-to-day motorcoach operations, which also included the company’s commitment to environmentally friendly ways to drive, the use of anti-idling techniques when the motorcoach is not in use, the safest and greenest ways to recycle oil and other engine fluids and overall business practices that promote environmental protection and awareness.

“It’s a true honor to receive such a prestigious award at ABA Marketplace,” said NorthEast Charter President and CEO Scott Riccio. “I’ve worked to create a green philosophy throughout my personal life, and the employees at NorthEast help carry that vision forward with what we do every day as a company.”

As part of the judging, ABA received significant assistance from David Kestenbaum, the Director of the University of Vermont’s Certification for Sustainable Transportation program. Many motorcoach companies are seeing the value of being green, and the University of Vermont program helps those companies, such as NorthEast Charter and Tour Co., obtain their goals, which include being a good environmental steward, reducing their overall costs, saving energy and promoting the company with the University’s eRating certification and driver training programs.

According to environmental research done by the ABA Foundation, when compared directly to other modes of transportation, motorcoaches provide the most fuel-efficient and cleanest means of transportation.

Motorcoaches provide 206.6 passenger miles per gallon of fuel; single-occupant automobiles, in contrast, achieve 27.2 passenger miles per gallon. Average transit buses achieve 31.4 passenger MPG, airlines achieve 44 passenger MPG, and commuter rail achieves 92.4 passenger MPG.

Motorcoaches emit the least carbon dioxide per passenger mile when compared to other vehicles and are, on average, seven times more energy- and fuel-efficient than single-occupancy automobiles. Motorcoaches are three times more efficient in reducing carbon dioxide output when compared to commuter rail, and six times more efficient than transit buses.

“Providing environmentally conscious transportation options for the public and protecting the environment are very important parts of what ABA and the motorcoach industry are all about. We are very proud that both Anderson Coach and Travel and NorthEast Charter and Tour Co. will be recognized at ABA’s Marketplace for their very significant work to emerge as environmental leaders in our industry,” said ABA President and CEO Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS.

“The Union of Concerned Scientists and The Natural Resources Defense Council both recognize motorcoach travel is the ‘greenest’ form of transportation, surpassing air and rail travel and well ahead of private automobiles. Our industry is a leader when it comes to best environmental practices, and we’re very proud of that,” added Mr. Pantuso.

“Motor Coach Industries is very proud to once again recognize great operators such as Anderson Coach and Travel and NorthEast Charter and Tour Co. as they’ve taken a high-profile leadership role in our industry when it comes to best environmental practices. They are great examples of an industry that safely transports hundreds of millions of people each year in a very environmentally friendly manner,” said MCI CEO Rick Heller.


About the American Bus Association

The American Bus Association is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry with more than 1,000 motorcoach owner and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.

FMI: Scott Riccio, 207-784-3159, cell 207-671-1126, email

About MCI

With headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois, MCI is the leading manufacturer of intercity coaches in the U.S. and Canada. Reliability Driven, MCI builds expertly engineered models offering the lowest cost of ownership, including the best-selling J4500 and D-Series models, for the tour, charter, line-haul, commuter and transit markets. MCI is also the distributor of the Setra S 417, Setra S 407 and Setra parts in the U.S. and Canada. The company offers 24-hour technical support and industry-leading technician training along with the market’s most extensive aftermarket parts and repair service.

About NorthEast Charter and Tour

Headquartered in Lewiston, Maine, NorthEast Charter has provided safe, reliable motorcoach and school bus transportation since 1999. With 75 employees, the company operates a fleet of 17 motorcoaches , 29 school buses, and additional passenger vehicles. NorthEast Charter serves the transportation needs of groups of all sizes, and is the official transportation provider of the Portland Sea Dogs, Portland Pirates, Bates College Athletics and Bowdoin College Athletics.