Destinations Magazine - July/August 2014 - 18

Fast
Lane PROFILE

Behind the scenes of the most successful operators

Prospectus

From colleges to camps, NorthEast Charter & Tour Co.
has earned straight A's by transporting young people

I

t's fitting that youth travel would be
vital to the success of Scott Riccio's
company. After all, he got his start
in the industry by driving buses as a
college student.
Over its 15-year history, NorthEast
Trailways/NorthEast Charter & Tour
Co. of Lewiston, Maine, has always done
a lot of business in student transportation, whether it's taking college teams to
games or kids to summer camp. But over
the past four years, NorthEast has grown
its revenues significantly by contracting
with school districts to operate their
student transportation.
"We've been bidding on more schoolbus business," says Riccio. "We got a

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large contract last year for 30 buses
transporting 2,000 students per day." It
wasn't easy-NorthEast didn't win the
contract until July and had to put in long
hours to be ready in September. After
the first day of school, Riccio says, "The
district told me it had never seen such a
smooth start. We now know we can make
that happen anywhere."
His company takes care of everything
having to do with school buses-equipment, drivers, training, maintenance,
insurance. "It's steady money and good
business," says Riccio.
Because it's grown his company, he's
created a separate division for schoolbus operations. When NorthEast only

Location:
Lewiston, Maine
Services:
Charter/tour buses to local and
regional destinations; collegestudent transportation; airport
shuttles to Boston and New York
City as well as in Maine and New
Hampshire; sports-team, cruiseship and summer-camp transportation; school-bus services;
casino and ski-resort trips.
Website:
www.northeastchartertour.com
Phone:
(888) 593-6328 or
(207) 784-3159

ran charters, it had no other source of
revenue. "It's sometimes tough to find
new customers," Riccio admits. "There
are only so many people in our state who
need charters. Having school-bus services creates new income streams."

COURTESY OF NORTHEAST CHARTER TOUR (2).

Where Youth Is Served

Operator:
NorthEast Trailways/
NorthEast Charter & Tour Co.


http://www.northeastchartertour.com

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