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The Important Role Bus Rentals Play in Organized Activism

Charter Bus Rentals Are First Choice to Transport Protesters

Are you worried about the environment, about the state of the nation, or about some of your basic rights as an American? Have you wanted to join with others, to express your concerns, to let your voice be heard, to travel to the nation’s capital or some other distant place to join the call for a better world? Have you struggled to find a way to engage in the activism that courses through your blood, unable to identify a safe, affordable and effective way to get to a rally? There’s a way—on a charter bus, the preferred choice for organizers across the country.

In the modern era, in the world of large public demonstrations, charter buses have been an essential tool for bringing people together. When Barack Obama was inaugurated for his first term in 2009, Washington, DC saw more than 3,000 charter buses bring in both supporters and protesters. On January 21, 2017, when nearly half a million people descended on Washington, DC for the first ever Women’s March, every one of the city’s 1,200 charter bus parking spaces at RFK Stadium was filled and hundreds of buses were parked in other locations around the nation’s capital. The state of New Jersey sent more than 300 charter buses to that protest, more than half the number that came for Donald Trump’s inauguration. US Coachways charted more than 300 buses that day, taking protesters to events throughout the country.

Buses—An Integral Component of American Activism

Buses have long offered an economical and effective way to transport large groups of people involved in grassroots organization and activism. In 1961, more than 430 people climbed aboard a number of charter buses in Washington, DC and New York, planning to ride through Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, ending their journey in New Orleans, where they would attend a large civil rights rally. Known as the Freedom Riders, the group experienced only minor clashes in the early days of the charter bus trip. Some were arrested in North and South Carolina, and one rider, future Congressman John Lewis, was mugged in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

The events that unfolded in Alabama, though, are well-known to most Americans, and were integral to the sweeping changes in American society in the 1960s. One of the charter buses was attacked by an angry mob in Anniston, Alabama, an hour east of Birmingham. Klansmen slashed the bus tires, firebombed it, and then tried to trap the passengers inside the burning bus. KKK members met another charter bus as it arrived in Birmingham, attacking passengers with baseball bats and lead pipes as they disembarked.

In October, 1967, charter buses carried thousands of Americans from across the country to Washington, DC for the famed “March on the Pentagon.” Passengers participated in mobile “teach-ins,” where they learned more about the history of the country’s involvement in Southeast Asia, and learned strategies for dealing with being arrested. More than 50,000 protesters met at the Lincoln Memorial and marched to the Pentagon.

Charter buses have also been the preferred mode of transportation for environmental activists for decades, offering the highest number of miles per gallon of all forms of travel. Back in 1970, when America proclaimed the first Earth Day, many of the more than 20 million people who demonstrated across the country traveled to parks, auditoriums and other venues by charter bus.

In February, 2003, when an estimated 300,000 people took to the streets of New York City to protest the impending war in Iraq, many had traveled to the rally by charter bus. Two years later, charter buses took activists from Crawford, Texas to the nation’s capital on the Bring Them Home Now Tour, a mobile protest against the war in Iraq. The buses traveled across the country, stopping in Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Savannah, Georgia, among other places, before rolling into New York and finally Washington, DC. Three days after their arrival in the nation’s capital, as many as 200,000 people stages a march past the White House and along Pennsylvania Avenue, culminating on the National Mall.

How BusRental.com Can Help Activists Organize

When you’re planning a large demonstration, there are literally thousands of details and you can’t handle them all. But getting as many people to the rally as possible is one of the most important tasks. At BusRental.com, we can take the burden of transportation off your shoulders. We’ll work closely with you, carefully determining how many coaches you need, where the best pick-up and drop-off locations are, and how to most effectively get your people where they need to be when they need to be there. You tell us how many people you expect, where you plan to travel and when your event is planned, and we’ll take care of the rest of the details. We can anticipate potential route challenges and prepare alternatives to ensure that you get to participate in the entire event.

A Charter Bus is Ideal for Organized Activism

When you need to bring a large number of people to a rally, there’s no better way to do it than with a charter bus. Consider the following benefits of a charter coach:

  • Organization—With a charter bus, you can get up to nearly 60 people on the same vehicle, so you won’t have to worry about trying to find all your people, bringing them together in one place at the rally, or finding parking for that many vehicles. We’ll take you door-to-door, so you won’t have to worry about checking your GPS, battling traffic or trying to find a place to park. Because you’ll all travel together, you won’t waste time waiting for other participants and you can all go to the rally together. Our coaches also have ample storage space, so you can bring banners, signs and other materials.
  • Affordability—There’s simply no more economical way to bring a large group to an event than on a charter bus.
  • Safety and security—The more motor vehicles you put on the road, the greater the risk that one of your attendees will be involved in an accident or have car trouble. On a charter bus, you’ll be escorted by the best drivers in the world, people who have undergone extensive training to know how to respond to any situation. Our professional drivers know how to navigate crowded streets and can get you safely to and from your gathering. In addition, because there’s limited access to your bus, you won’t have to worry about vandals or intruders, and you and your personal items will be safe.
  • Flexibility—When you travel by charter bus, you’re not tied to a prepackaged agenda. You tell us when you want to leave, where you want to go, how long you want to stay there and when you want to return, and we’ll take care of all the details. In most instances, you can make changes to your itinerary at the last minute or midstream.
  • Reliability—Because we have an extensive network of charter bus vendors and a vast inventory of charter buses available, delays or cancellations are extremely rare. With our state-of-the-art onboard technology and professional dispatch teams, we can address potential traffic jams and other contingencies, finding alternate routes to get you to your destination on time.
  • Camaraderie—Traveling to a rally or demonstration on a charter bus will allow your participants to bond and build enthusiasm before you reach your destination. You can use the time to build relationships, talk about safety at the rally and get people excited.
  • Comfort and convenience—All of our buses have comfy seats and plenty of leg room. You can also move easily through the aisles. In addition, our coaches are outfitted with many of the modern amenities, including Wifi, iPod and iPad ports and charging stations, DVD players and PA systems. You won’t have all the hassles that come with other modes of travel, either. There’s no TSA line and you won’t have to turn your phone off on the bus. Because you’ll travel to and from the rally on the same bus, you won’t have to worry about missed connections or lost luggage, either.
  • You’ll help the planet—When you all travel together on the same coach, there’s less of a carbon footprint, so you’re benefiting the environment, too.

 

With a Charter Bus from BusRental.com, You Can Let Your Voice Be Heard

BusRental.com, the largest charter bus broker in the nation, has set the standard in the charter bus industry for more than three decades, providing quality coaches to more than 35,000 events each year. To learn more about the different coaches in our fleet or to get a free quote, call 1-888-502-3458 to talk to one of our experienced agents.

The Important Role Bus Rentals Play in Organized Activism