The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) recently held the third annual “DC Loves Buses” day in collaboration with Destination DC, The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the National Park Service (NAMA), the American Bus Association and the United Motorcoach Association as well as numerous local businesses.

In 2011, the District received over 17 million visitors, many of whom traveled by motorcoach. These visitors spent approximately $6.03 billion in the District, generating an estimated $662 million in tax revenue.  The “DC Loves Buses” initiative was launched to recognize the group tour companies that bring business to the city, supporting tourism as the District’s second biggest industry, and to engage directly with drivers to promote the safe and efficient operation of motorcoaches in the city.

The day was a great success and the group reached over 250 motorcoach drivers. DDOT staff and more than 50 other participants from the local tourism industry spread out around the city to engage motorcoach drivers, recognize them for operating safely and educate them on the rules and regulations for operating a motorcoach in the District. Drivers were given copies of DDOT’s new pocket-sized Motorcoach Operators Guide – developed in collaboration with Destination DC and The Downtown Business Improvement District (BID). The Guide, which provides information on all aspects of operating a motorcoach in the city, was well received. As one driver noted “I always check the information on goDCgo before coming into the city but it will be great to have a resource that I can just keep with me and refer to.”

DC BusesThe event was also an opportunity to promote the District’s campaign to reduce engine idling, and over 140 drivers were nominated for the Driver Recognition Program for turning their engine off when stationary.  DDOT, along with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) and other regional partners has established the Idle Reduction Driver Recognition Program to commend commercial vehicle drivers who help to protect the city’s environment by respecting the idling laws.  You can find more information at www.turnyourengineoff.org.

We’d to thank the following DC Loves Buses Participants:

Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association
Sheraton Pentagon City
Entertainment Cruises
Phillips Seafood Restaurant
Foggy Bottom Grocery
Doubletree By Hilton
National Cherry Blossom Festival
Hampton Inn
National 4H Center
Mid-Atlantic Receptive Services
Open Top Sightseeing
National Geographic Museum
Holiday Inn Capitol
Madame Tussauds
Old Town Trolley
Four Points By Sheraton
Ronald Reagan Building
Comfort Inn Downtown
Ford’s Theatre
Medieval Times
Guild of Professional Tour Guides
Academy Bus
Days Inn Connecticut Avenue
Hyatt Regency Washington
Hyatt Arlington
Hard Rock Café
Transportation Management Services
Hilton Crystal City
Potomac Riverboat Company
Crime Museum
Comfort Inn Suites

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The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) develops and maintains for the District of Columbia a cohesive sustainable transportation system that delivers safe, affordable, and convenient ways to move people and goods - while protecting and enhancing the natural, environmental and cultural resources of the District.
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