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Bemidji Bus Line plans to participate in a motorcoach rally at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.
According to a release, Rob Wicklund of Bemidji Bus Line says their operations have been (quote) “absolutely devastated by the coronavirus,” and that “without help from the federal government,” the busses may never return to the road.
“I look forward to joining hundreds of my fellow motorcoach operators in Washington to showcase the strength in numbers of our industry and the positive benefits we provide to every community in America.”
Motorcoach operators are seeking to remind Members of Congress and the Trump Administration that the industry – which has laid off or furloughed more than 90 percent of its workforce nationally in the wake of COVID-19 – needs federal assistance.
The motorcoach industry has requested $15 billion in federal grants and loan guarantees and modifications to Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Paycheck Protection Program.