Washington D.C. (WQOW) - Wednesday, area bus drivers joined thousands of drivers in Washington D.C. to ask federal lawmakers for financial aid.
Curtis Harrison, a driver for Kobussen Buses in Bloomer, said they haven't rolled a coach for profit in nearly two months.
While in the nation's capital, Harrison said he saw at least 1,000 buses from 46 states at the "Rolling for Awareness" rally and described the atmosphere as exciting and upbeat.
As News 18 previously reported, he and many other drivers from across the nation are requesting $15 billion dollars in aid from the federal government.
The money would pay for the motor coaches as well as wages for drivers, mechanics, dispatchers.
"We need some help or we're not going to be around come fall when all the colleges want to go, the football team wants to travel, and the volleyball team, you name it. People want to go on vacation, and the military wants to go. All these things that the motorcoach industry does, there's a lot of them that aren't going to be here without some help," said Harrison.
Harrison said 3,000 letters were sent to Congress and hopes to hear from lawmakers soon.