March 24, 2011
Q: In the wake of the two recent bus tragedies in the New York area that have killed 15 and wounded many others, how can I help to keep my attendees safe, when bus travel is a necessary evil? 

First, don't book departures too early in the morning. Keep in mind that a driver must wake up 2-3 hours earlier than your departure time to allocate time to get ready, get to the garage, do the mandatory safety inspection and drive to your starting point.  A 5 a.m. departure time might mean the driver isn’t fully rested.

Second, don't offer any overnight trips. As a policy,, and many respectable coach operators refuse to do any trips, which involve overnight transportation. It’s good business.

Charles de Gaspe Beaubien, president of