A Fun History of School Buses — Scheduled
Here at Professional Charter Services in San Francisco, we are lovers of all things buses. And perhaps no bus in the history of the world is more universally known, loved and recognized than the school bus. Most all of us rode those bright yellow buses in our lifetime. It’s a fair assumption that a few memories were created on those wheels as well — both good and bad.
So we’ve outgrown the need for school buses today, at least in our own lives. There’s a much better chance for us requiring something of an adult school bus, or as we prefer to call them, charter services. After all, we still need to get from our homes to work while at the same time avoiding all the stress of traffic and parking — so pretty much exactly like our parents did with us when we had to take the school bus every morning and afternoon!
Many of us are now those parents, eagerly watching our little ones hop on the yellow school bus, so they’re not all gone from our lives quite yet. In the spirit of celebrating one of the most iconic modes of transportation in the United States, we bring to you the fun little history of school buses in America. We hope you enjoy our latest post!
Early School Buses
Believe it or not, the roots of school buses date back way further than the invention of the combustion engine and automobiles. While not exactly the kind of school bus we think of now, we want to begin with the roots of what would become modern-day school buses. Our journey back in time starts in the late 1800s when Americans were beginning to understand the greater need for forms of public transportation as the Industrial Revolution took us away from the rural farms and into the cities.
The earliest school buses in the 1880s relied on horse-drawn carriages, as was the common technology of the time. These buses were commonly known as “kid hacks” or “school hacks” and were first commissioned in Ohio. As you might imagine, they weren’t super comfortable, or fast, and weren’t all that popular. The horses were eventually replaced my motorized versions and wagon frames replaced with truck frames, setting the stage for a modern school bus — and we might say a much more appealing name than “kid hacks.” Yikes!
Motorized School Buses
School buses as we know them today really took off in the 1930s. This is the period of time when they became their own creation and less of a modified carriage, which was their entire existence up until that point. School buses adopted an all-steel design and enhanced safety features such as safety glass, doors at the front and rear of the buses and the addition of an emergency exit. They were specifically built with truck chassis for increased strength and reliability.
But even then, not all buses were created equal. Some areas took school bus safety and construction seriously while others did the least amount of work to produce them while still making money. It wasn’t until the late 1930s when people decided it was important to uniformly adopt standards for the vehicles that were carrying our beloved little humans. Boy, we sure wish everybody took safety and reliability as seriously as we do!
Finally, in 1939 people in positions of influence decided there needed to be some consistency to school buses to ensure they were both safe and reliable for our children. Dr. Frank Cyr called a conference at the Teachers College, Columbia University to establish design standards for school buses.
The conference was made up of transportation officials, body and chassis manufacturers and paint companies. Together, they established and acknowledged a set of 44 standards to chance and revolutionize the production of school buses from that day forward. Highlighting those changes and commitments were:
- Increased bus safety
- Allow manufacturers for large-scale production of school buses
- Forward-facing seating
- Interior and exterior dimensions
- Reduce the complexity around school bus production
Those initial standards were revised and updated over the years to keep up with new issues and technology, but Dr. Cyr’s legacy lived on and are still used today. Of all those changes, one became synonymous with the school bus — yellow.
Yellow is the New Black
Dr. Frank Cyr is affectionately known as the “Father of the Yellow School Bus” by suggesting that all school buses should be yellow as a major safety feature. The thinking behind this was the color yellow is the easiest to see at both dawn and dusk, two times school buses often hit the roads full of our precious children. This was adopted worldwide, leading Dr. Cyr to earn his moniker.
In the 1960s, they began crash-testing school buses and in the 1970s, additions like amber lights and stop signs signals were added to school buses for additional safety measures. The most recent changes to school bus standards were created in 1977 and remain in effect to this day. In the 1980s and 90s, they made it so bus drivers needed a commercial driver’s license as well as some other modifications to the driver compartment and windshield. Make no mistake, a school bus is no charter bus rental when it comes to comfort, but would the kids truly appreciate it anyway?!
End of One-Room Schools
As school buses became more practical and widespread across the country, kids could now get to school much more effectively and in great numbers and distances. Schools were not for every kid back in the day, especially in rural areas, however, school buses allowed children to ride in from their farms or ranches. As more and more kids began a formal education, schools themselves grew and required more teachers, taking us away from the very traditional setup of having a one-room school taught by a lone teacher.
So when you think about it, school buses not only made the trip to school so much easier for everybody, it also helped foster a more quality education for American children. How cool is that The power of bus transportation!
And there’s your fun history of the school bus. We hope you enjoyed it and learned a few things! For all your adult-life bus needs, be sure to reach out to us today! Professional Charter Services is your San Francisco Top Rated Local® charter service and our dedication is to provide comfortable, reliable and cost-effective charter bus rental for any need you have. Our featured services include corporate commuter shuttle services, intercampus shuttle services, last mile shuttle service and coach bus rentals. Contact us today to learn more!
A Look at the Different Kinds of Buses
We know, we know. Bus transportation doesn’t seem very exciting to you. To most people, the idea of buses is boring and bus transportation certainly doesn’t always seem desirable for any kind of travel. But we’re here to tell you that it’s just not true! Bus transportation can be amazingly efficient and comfortable, especially for larger groups of people, when done properly!
Here at Professional Charter Services, we’ve been supplying incredible bus transportation to the San Francisco area for years and we love what we do! Based on course principles of integrity and respect for every single customer, we’ve provided hundreds of positive safe, comfortable, reliable and cost-effective bus transportation experiences for companies and individuals in our community. When you travel with us, you travel in luxury. Our fleet of charter buses and mini shuttles are far and away the safest, most comfortable and reliable on the road today!
Basically, what we’re trying to say is that not all bus transportation is created equal. We go through great lengths to make riding a bus a pleasurable experience. Part of that poor bus transportation you’ve had in the past is due to the different types of buses out there. Some aren’t made for luxury travel like ours are. So today, we’d like to give you a rundown of the different types of buses out there so you know how to pick the right one — and bus charter service like us! — in the future. Enjoy, and please feel free to contact us today for more information!
What is a Bus?
Let’s begin by defining exactly what a bus is. The term “bus” is actually fairly broad. Most of us tend to picture a school bus or city bus because those are the ones we have the most interaction within our daily lives. But a bus is any class or large, self-propelled, wheeled vehicles designed to carry passengers, usually on a fixed route. Buses as we know them date back to the early 20th century to compete with horse-drawn buggies and streetcars, which were the main form of public transportation at the time. Today, buses are typically defined as vehicles that accommodate 10 more passengers.
Bus History Recap
Pre-modern buses are really anything that was designed to carry several passengers and were first powered the same way most everything was powered before the invention of the combustible engine — horses! Some buses were then powered by steam engines in the 1800s as the technology branched out from sea travel, but quickly went to gasoline-powered engines as they became more commonplace starting in the 1900s.
Initially built on truck chassis, bus transportation continually developed into wider, longer vehicles with far greater carrying capacity. As metropolitan areas became to boom in size (like our very own beloved San Francisco!), bus transportation became a far more popular mode of travel for people in the cities looking to commute. And remember, not everybody had or could afford cars back then! Over time, automobile technology developed and buses adopted the modern features of cars that we know today. However, there is a wide variety in the kinds of buses out there, so let’s learn what each type of bus is!
Types of Buses
Very broadly, there are four main kinds of buses more or less: city or transit, suburban, intercity or tour and school. Like we mentioned at the start, most of us are familiar with school buses (who could miss all that yellow) and city or transit buses as they cruise about the city as a still popular mode of bus transportation for the commuter world. But there are so many more buses out there, including bus transportation designed for luxury and comfort and shuttle buses for convenient commuting like we used here at Professional Charter Services!
These are the buses you see in every major city across the United States. They’re built more for practicality than anything else. They are made to get people from one spot in the city to another, doing so for large groups of commuters on fixed routes and routine times. They are characterized by low speeds, a low-ride platform, have standing room and wheelchair passengers. Generally, there are two entrances on the curbside with low-back seats and no luggage space. A 40-foot transit bus is common with room for about 45 passengers.
- Commuter buses are seen in major cities
- Low speeds, standing room, no luggage space
- Hold about 45 passengers and stop at scheduled intervals
These buses have more elements of comfort in them than transit buses due to the fact that they are designed to transport passengers from one city to another in shorter distances, so generally from a major city to one of its suburbs (get the name now?). These buses have high-backed seats and typically a single, front entrance, but still no luggage compartments or racks.
- Made to go from city centers to suburban cities
- High-backed seats and single, front door
- No luggage compartments or racks
Taking passenger capacity to the max, an articulated bus is a super-long bus that looks like two buses were merged together at the end of one and the front of the other. They are typically 54 to 60 feet long and the rear section is connected to the main by a joint mechanism that allows the bus to bend for turns. They are usually transit buses to maximize passenger capacity.
- Super-long buses from 54 to 60 feet
- Two compartments joined by a joint mechanism allowing for turns
- Similar to transit buses, but to maximize passenger capacity
These buses are usually quite a bit smaller in size and are intended to take passengers on very specific destinations without many stops such as going to the airport or commuting from a commuter parking lot into work quickly, safely and without hassle. Our shuttle bus services even have WiFi so you can work on your commute and keeps you away from the cost and pain that goes along with paying to park.
- Take passengers to specific destinations without many stops
- Save you the hassle of commuting and parking
- Our shuttle bus service even includes WiFi
Now, these are what we’re talking about! This type of bus is built for luxury and comfort because they are designed for travel between cities and are often referred to as a coach bus. So think Greyhound. These are great when larger groups of people want to travel long distances and can be rented for extremely affordable prices! The intercity bus has a high-ride platform to provide maximum luggage space under the passengers, high-back seats, overhead luggage racks, television monitors, reading lights, ventilation controls and a restroom. A typical intercity bus has a capacity of around 50 passengers.
- Built with luxury and comfort in mind
- Perfect for large groups traveling safely over long distances
- Have amenities such as restrooms, TVs, luggage space and ventilation controls
Without question, these are the most famous buses in the United States! A seemingly timeless classic, bright yellow school buses have been safely transporting our children from home to school and back again five days a week (excluding summer, woohoo!) since as far back as the early 1900s! School buses typically consist of a 50-passenger body, with special signal lamp and safety provisions and mounted on a long-wheelbase truck chassis. When gas prices went up significantly in the 1990s and 2000s, school buses became even more widely used as parents sought to keep their gas usage down.
- Bright yellow paint and special signals/stop signs
- Carry around 50 passengers and feature special safety provisions
- Used to get kids to and from school across the country
Internationally famous and associated with Great Britain, double-decker buses are uniquely identifiable because they essentially took a second bus body and stacked it on top of the first! Not all double-decker buses are red, of course, but pop culture made the color synonymous with the very British double-decker. Because of the extra floor, these buses can hold upwards of 70 people!
- Two floors stacked on one chassis
- Can hold upwards of 70 people
- Made famous to Great Britain by pop culture
An open-topped bus is basically a bus (or double-decker bus) which was built without a roof or had the roof removed so passengers can see out of the bus more easily, usually used on tourist and sight-seeing services. Some open-topped buses have half a roof at the front and some have none at all. You can see these buses most often in historical European cities, like Paris, for tourists looking to see as much as they can in a more timely fashion without having to walk around.
- Have half or no roof at all
- Used for tourist or sigh-seeing services
- Often found in historical European cities
Professional Charter Services is your San Francisco Top Rated Local® charter service and our dedication is to provide comfortable, reliable and cost-effective charter bus transportation for any need you have. Our featured services include corporate commuter shuttle services, intercampus shuttle services, last mile shuttle service and coach bus rentals. Contact us today to learn more!
The History of Bus Transportation
Bus transportation has long been a fantastic method of getting people around, but the story of buses goes back way further than the invention of automobiles. In fact, people have turned to buses as a reliable mode of transportation for the better part of 200 years!
Professional Charter Services is proud to provide the best charter bus services and bus rental in all of Northern California, and we are extremely grateful to the technological advancements that led to us being here today. From corporate commuter shuttles to intercampus shuttles and bus rentals, we support the transportation needs for any need.
As you might have noticed from our previous blog post, we also happen to enjoy a little history. So let’s take a peek back in time and learn just how we all ended up with the amazing bus transportation we have today!
As the Industrial Revolution roared on, people began to migrate from rural areas and their traditional careers and farmers or ranchers, and moved into urban cities searching for work and opportunity. As populations grew in cities, there needed to be a bus transportation solution.
At A Glance:
- Created in the early 1800s
- Horse-drawn carriages designed to hold 8-10 people
- Terribly uncomfortable when riding on old cobblestone streets
This was well before automobiles and personal cars, so omnibuses were invented. Essentially, they were large carriages pulled by horses. Some had multiple stories and the biggest held 42 people pulled by three large horses! Unfortunately, they were extremely cramped and uncomfortable as they bumped along largely cobblestone roadways in the 1820s.
The next decade saw the advancement of bus transportation technology, taking the carriages and placing them on railways for the first rail-based transit system. The tracks made the trips far more smooth and comfortable and reduced the weight for the horses thanks to reduced friction.
At A Glance:
- Similar to omnibus, but pulled on rails, the first of its kind
- Much more comfortable rides on smooth rails
- Horses got tired, or sick, and couldn’t keep up with the workload
Customers could ride these old-school buses for as little as 5 cents, making them more or less available to the middle-class workers residing in the cities so they could commute to work and back home easily. However, there were still traffic jams, the horses left behind manure and spread equine flu.
By the late 1800s, innovation was really starting to take off and bus transportation moved away from the need for horse labor. Instead, people used cables in the tracks to pull the carriages along, making them quicker and more reliable than tired or sickly horses.
At A Glance:
- First appeared in the 1870s
- Eliminated the need for horses with cables drawing the carriage
- Were relatively fast, but very unsafe as cable often snapped
In fact, the first cable car system was in San Francisco! It was tested in 1873 and was intended to fix the challenge of navigating the city’s hills. But innovation was often favored over safety and cable cars were frequently dangerous modes of transportation as the cables snapped, which was less than ideal halfway up a hill.
A safer alternative to cable cars (which soon went out of fashion due to their hazards), streetcars instead relied on an electric cable system above the carriage itself to pull them along the railways.
At A Glance:
- Carriages were pulled by lines above the roads as opposed to beneath
- Gave citizens easy, safer bus transportation to and from work
- Eventually placed underground for a subway system still in use today
They were able to use the existing infrastructure, keeping implementation costs relatively low and quickly streetcars were the best way to travel cities. Fewer people than ever stopped walking, and because travel was so easy, people began leaving city centers in favor of nicer suburbs and commuting into town for work.
Streetcars, as great as they were up to that point, still rode around on busy streets and had to deal with traffic and congestion, making commute times slow and unpredictable. So naturally, people looked at putting them above the roadways — and below them.
At A Glance:
- Elevated or underground rail systems
- Were faster and could avoid traffic conditions
- Expensive to build and implement and couldn’t make route adjustments
Chicago built the L-Train above its roads in 1892 (and it continues to run to this day), while Boston became the first city to utilize a subway in 1897. Subways didn’t have to stop for poor weather and conditions, unlike its above-road sister. But it was expensive to build them and they had set routes, with no room for minor adjustments as needs changed.
Modern Bus Transportation
Once automobiles were invented and implemented more regularly in the early 20th century, people began using roads more frequently again and bus transportation as we know it today began to form.
At A Glance:
- Made for better street travel as use of roads increased following automobiles
- Additional comfort with individual seats
- Could travel anywhere with no need for rails or cables
Not everybody could own a car, or in big cities, wanted to deal with parking and other traffic-related issues, so public bus systems were adopted in practically every town in the world. In huge cities like San Francisco, even if you have a car, getting to work can be a pain. Parking is extremely pricey and annoying, so using a shuttle service became great options for getting to work effectively.
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Thankfully, we’ve all come such a long way in both comfort and safety over the last 200 years of bus transportation. The thought of bumping around the whole trip sounds truly horrifying. But we would never let that happen to you!
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A Brief History of Transportation
Close your eyes for a moment and try to picture this: You have to navigate just a single day in your life without modern transportation. No car, no bus charter, no train. How long would it take? Hours? An entire day? Maybe longer?
OK, open your eyes. It’s simply too terrifying to even imagine. Whether you live in a rural area or a big city like we have in Northern California, trying to get around without so much as bus transportation would be a nightmare. Thankfully, it’s not a concern nowadays, but for thousands of years throughout human history, transportation was a chore. One which inspired some of our greatest technological advancements.
To honor those pioneers — and perhaps to make us all appreciate modern technology a bit more — Professional Charter Services brings to you a brief history of transportation. Be thankful you don’t have to use many of these methods anymore and schedule your bus rental today!
Back in the earliest days of human existence, the world was vast and infinite. Yet at the same time, our known universe had never been smaller because transportation was in its infancy. People were limited to the small area they could get to and this is the time in history we begin!
Walk This Way
Before any other mode of transportation was discovered, or created, we were stuck to doing it all ourselves. Groups of humans in the ancient world were nomadic by nature in order to survive, walking everywhere in pursuit of food, shelter and a better life. Which of us would even willingly walk across the Golden Gate Bridge?? Yeah, that’s what we thought.
Float Your Boat
As we continued to expand ever outward across the landscape, people ran into water obstacles where walking and riding would do no good. So we put those developing brains to use and found a way. Yay for human ingenuity! Canoes and rafts are the oldest known water transports, dating back nearly 9,000 years ago. Egyptians invented sailboats, and later on, wooden ships for trade!
Well, it didn’t take our ancient ancestors long to figure out it was better to have animals do the walking for them. As humans began domesticating the creatures in their environment (somewhere around 4000 to 3000 BC), distance became less of an issue and we spread out. Donkeys and horses were popular and camels were sort of like the bus charter for desert climates!
As mankind became more technologically advanced and curious about the world around them, transportation naturally had to keep up. Every need demanded an answer and so we began to work our way up to bus transportation (OK, OK, very slowly admittedly), starting with one of our most important inventions in history!
Archaeologists discovered the first evidence of the wheel tracing back to roughly 3500 BC and began finding them all across the old world! Obviously, not everybody had #TheWheel trending on Twitter back then, so it’s pretty cool that all these groups of people created their own version of the same transportation independently! The wheel not only made transportation easier, but quicker and allowed us to take more stuff!
With the wheel unlocking tremendous transportation potential, more people than ever were now migrating around the known world and beyond. Because of this, it became apparent for infrastructure to facilitate ease and safety in travel. The Romans perfected this by using their vast wealth and technology to build roads, which spanned from Europe to Asia!
Romans were true innovative giants and pushed transportation forward with advanced ships that could carry lots of people (usually for war) and cargo for trade to further increase their wealth and power. Guess that’s how they dominated Earth for more than a thousand years!
Blowin’ Hot Air
The fall of the Roman Empire brought the world into an era of darkness for technology (the Middle Ages), which lasted for hundreds of years until at last technology, and transportation, blossomed again during the Renaissance. While not a functional mode of transportation, hot air balloons were invented in the 1700s and gave us our first taste of air travel!
Finally! Bus transportation as we know it is just around the corner. But first, people pushed forward into the Industrial Revolution, where machine technology really took off. Steam engine technology developed around the start of the 1800s, our first step towards automobiles!
Full Steam Ahead
The Wyatt steam engine changed the game in 1769, powering boats at great speeds in Europe. But great as they were, people were not quick to adopt steamboats for transportation. It wasn’t until the early 1800s that a New York City inventor made steam travel feasible by water, clocking in at a whopping five miles per hour!
With the expansion of America to the west, efficient means of travel across and now huge U.S. was critical. A great push was needed and trains were the way to make it happen. Rival inventors competed to make the best steam engine and so locomotives took off and unlocked the West!
On The Road Again
Yes, we’ve done it! Well, sort of. The first combustion engine was invented in 1858, but they were extremely heavy and impractical. The first real car was the 1901 Mercedes, but in America, Henry Ford and William Durant (General Motors founder) were making them accessible. The Model T by Ford could be produced quickly (relative to the time) and so cars were more affordable by the early 1900s. It would take years still for cars to become commonplace, but bus transportation gave all people the chance to ride in an automobile by the mid-20th century!
The invention of the combustion engine changed transportation forever as we continued to push them to the limit and find new ways in which they could be used. Land travel was fun and all (and we still contend bus transportation is the best!), but the sky was so tempting, so we took off!
The Plane, The Plane!
Orville and Wilbur Wright ditched bikes for aircraft in the early 1900s and beat the competition racing for the fame of first air travel by taking off officially in 1903, the world’s first airplane. Within just 15 years, air travel expanded to military uses, cargo transportation and eventually to passenger aircraft. It was expensive, and certainly dangerous at times, but looking at the world from on high was a rush worth the risk!
Fly Me To The Moon
We end with a nod to the future. Space was an obsession during the height of the Cold War as the U.S. and Soviet Union scramble to own the world beyond our own, beginning with Russian Sputnik in 1957 and the first person to touch something other than Earth with Neil Armstrong taking one giant leap for mankind via his small step onto the surface of the Moon in 1969. Perhaps one day, we’ll all be so lucky to experience space (safely!) as well.
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So maaaybe riding a horse to work every once in awhile could be a little fun, albeit in Northern California, slightly more terrifying than travelling already is here. Let’s be thankful we all have so many options at our disposal.
If you need corporate commuter shuttle services, employee transportation or simply need to rent a bus, then give Professional Charter Services a call today! We believe in comfort, reliability and cost-effective bus transportation for any situation, so that’s exactly what we provide you!
3 Tips for a Commuter-Friendly Workplace
With the current housing affordability crisis in San Francisco and The Bay Area, more and more employees are being forced to commute to work. It is estimated that more than 100,000 residents in the San Francisco-Bay Area spend at least 90 minutes commuting to work each day.
With the increasing — not to mention dreadful — commute times, companies in the area should consider implementing solutions to create a more commuter-friendly workplace. At Professional Charter Services, we are dedicated to providing businesses and corporations in the area with effective and efficient employee transportation solutions to reduce or eliminate employee commutes. Below, we’ll share a few ways you can improve employee mobility and create a more commuter-friendly workplace.
Link Your Office to Public Transit With Last Mile Shuttles
At Professional Charter Services, we offer simple and convenient last mile transportation solutions to improve the accessibility of your campus or workplace. Our last mile shuttle programs offer a safe and reliable method of transportation between your campus or workplace and public transit stations for your employees. These services make it easier for employees to quickly get to work, keep them safe from adverse weather conditions, and reward and encourage punctuality.
Last Mile Shuttles are a simple solution for any company whose employees have to travel that “last mile” between the nearest public transportation stop and your office or workplace.
Connect Buildings and Parking With Intercampus Shuttles
Intercampus shuttle services are ideal for companies with a workplace campus that has multiple buildings or locations, or an employee parking lot is a distance from the office, requiring people to walk a long way from their car to get to work. Intercampus shuttles are a great way to link all your buildings and parking lots using a campus-wide transit system. Not only are intercampus more efficient and convenient for employees, but they contribute to eco-friendly practices as well.
Keep Employee’s Moving With Corporate Commuter Services
The stresses of traffic and trying to find a parking space can take a lot out of your employees. Instead of having your employees sit through traffic, struggle to find a parking place, and then have to walk a long way to the office each day for work, why not let them do their commute in comfort? With corporate commuter services, you can do just that!
As one of the leading providers of commuter services to corporate clients in the Bay Area, we offer contract shuttles that make the daily commute safe and convenient for your employees. At specific points, our charter buses will pick up your employees and drop them off at your campus location and vice versa at the end of the workday, eliminating the need of taking public transportation or drive to and from work. Employees will enjoy faster commute times and a more relaxing experience on the road – a perk that will keep personnel happy and help attract top talent!
These are just a few of the ways companies and corporations can improve employee mobility and create a more commuter-friendly workplace. If you are interested in employee transportation services, contact the experts at Professional Charter Services today!
Charter Bus Wedding Transportation Tips
Wedding season is coming up, and if you are a bride or groom to be, it is likely that you have already begun the wedding planning process. Wedding planning is packed with so many intricate parts and details that it is often difficult to forget things that are beyond what the table centerpieces will look like and what the food will be. Transporting guests or the wedding party from one place to another is an important detail that is often forgotten or overlooked.
When it comes to wedding transportation, there are many reasons to choose charter bus rentals. At Professional Charter Services, our luxurious charter buses are available for rent and can serve as the perfect solution to transport guests and/or your wedding party on your special day.
If you want to book a charter bus for your wedding, keep in mind the following helpful tips.
Take a step out from the traditional wedding limos and rent a charter bus! Not only do charter bus rentals offer plenty of seating and space for your guests, but they can also be a great way to transport your bridal party from one destination to the next! No doubt, using a charter bus on your wedding day will definitely make it one that nobody will be able to forget!
Think About Your Guests
If you are having your wedding ceremony and reception in two different locations or you have guests from out of town staying in a hotel, a charter bus rental is a perfect way to get them from point A to point B. Charter buses will not only save your guests from confusion and the hassle of finding the correct destination, but they will also bring a fun environment to something as simple as being on the road.
Make Reservations Early
Charter buses are becoming more and more popular for weddings. If you want to ensure you have one or two buses reserved for your special day, it is important to book in advance. Booking your charter bus rental in advance will free you from extra stress leading up to the wedding.
Save Your Budget
Let’s face it, wedding planning is not cheap. In fact, the average cost of a wedding is around $25,000. Fortunately, charter bus rentals will not be the most expensive thing you have to pay for. Typically, charter bus rental rates are affordable — you’ll be able to transport your guests or wedding party without breaking the bank. Make a memory and get to your locations safely and affordably.
Book Transportation For Your Wedding With Professional Charter
If you have a wedding coming up and are in need of transportation solutions for you or your guests, you can rely on the charter bus rentals from Professional Charter Services. Our charter bus company is dedicated to providing safe, comfortable, and cost-effective charter bus transportation, especially for weddings!
Booking with Professional Charter Services is easy! Just share some information about your event and one of our charter reservation specialists will help you find the best solution for your day. Contact us to get started!
Things To Consider When Booking Airport Transportation Services
When you have a flight to catch, it is important to make sure that you have all the right travel arrangements in place. Getting ready to leave for the airport already brings enough stress, and having to request a taxi or ride-sharing service at the last minute can be difficult and risky, which is why it’s a good idea to book airport transportation service in advance.
At Professional Charter Services, we provide airport transportation in the Bay Area. Whether you are traveling for business or personal matters, there are many benefits of using our shuttle transportation services to San Francisco International Airport. However, there are some things you need to keep in mind before making your transportation reservation. To ensure you are prepared for departure day, consider the following factors below.
Delays Can Happen
Before you are able to board your flight, you need to get a boarding pass, check-in any luggage you are bringing along, get through the long lines at security, and then locate and walk to your boarding gate. This process alone can take some time and be stressful, and it isn’t out of the ordinary to experience problems that can cause delays. Be sure to take this into account before you book airport charter service — the last thing you want is to miss the flight because you do not have enough time to check in and get through security.
In a city like San Francisco, traffic is generally a nightmare. Wherever you go, expect to spend some time sitting in traffic. Therefore, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and account for how much time you’ll have to spend in traffic. According to Skyscanner, you should arrive at the airport for your flight at least two hours early to ensure you do not miss your flight, so take that, plus the determined amount of traffic, to figure out the best time you should leave for the airport.
The time at which your flight leaves should not be considered when you plan your airport transportation reservation. Instead, you should plan to reach the airport well before your flight’s boarding process begins, that way you do not need to be rushed through checking in and getting through security at the last minute. Most, if not all, flights begin their boarding process well before their departure time, so get there on time so you aren’t rushed and have time to find your seat.
If you take these three factors into consideration, you are far less likely to miss your flight and deal with pre-flight stress.
Book Transportation To San Francisco International Airport With PCS
If you need SFO airport transportation services, contact the team at Professional Charter Services. We offer complete airport shuttle services, allowing customers to comfortably and safely ride in our charter vehicles to the San Francisco Airport, as well as the surrounding airports. Whether you are traveling alone or with a group, we can accommodate your needs. The next time you need airport transportation in San Francisco and the Bay Area, reserve an airport shuttle from Professional Charter Services.airport transportation san francisco ca
Tips For Choosing An Executive Transportation Company
As a busy business executive, you likely don’t have the time to focus on transportation options to get you where you need to be. Arranging for ground transportation between flights, meetings, and other engagements can quickly turn into a nightmare. Not to mention, you want to make sure that the executive transportation company is always professional and punctual.
At Professional Charter Services, we specialize in providing corporate transportation services in San Francisco, including corporate commuter shuttles, last mile shuttles, and executive transportation. With years of experience transporting employees and business executives from one destination to another, we thought we’d share a few things businesses should look out for when choosing an executive transportation service.
Reliability and Professionalism
High-level company executives know and understand the importance of reliability and professionalism in the workplace. That same importance should be applied when searching for a corporate transportation company. When it comes to reliability, you need a charter company that will pick you up on time and at the right location, and take you where you need to go.
That’s why Professional Charter Services offers chauffeured luxury transportation so that executives and other higher-ups can get to their destinations on time. We too believe in the significance of professionalism, as the charter vehicle and driver you choose are extensions of the executives that ride in them. You can trust our corporate charter bus and vehicle transportation to be consistent with your values and approach, ensuring you make the best first impression.
Excellence and Efficiency
Whether your company requires the transportation of one executive or an entire sales team and their clients, Professional Charter Services provides professional corporate and business transportation. Each of our professional drivers has years of experience and have a proven track record of being on time and respectful of passengers. The excellence and efficiency that our drivers possess at Professional Charter Services will make your executive transportation a breeze.
Comfort and Safety
Executive and other employees may need transportation to and from outings, meetings, conventions, retreats, and of course, the airport. Our extensive fleet of charter buses offers a solution to all of your transportation needs. Choose from luxury coach bus rentals, mini bus shuttles, SUV and town car rentals, and more! Whichever mode of transportation you choose, you can rest assured that comfort won’t be an issue. From cushioned leather seating, climate controlled cabins, and other comforting amenities, any trip is pleasant with our charter bus company. In terms of safety, no other event transportation service in San Francisco compares to us. We consistently maintain the highest safety standards for our drivers and our vehicles that our passengers never have to worry that their safety is compromised while in our vehicles.
Executive Transportation And More Corporate Transportation Services At Professional Charter Services
We are more than just your average charter bus company. Not only do we cater to executives, but also offer transportation solutions for employees. Our charter bus service can also provide necessary transportation for your special events. Whether you’re in need of a corporate commuter shuttle or an airport shuttle, Professional Charter Service offers the most dependable and affordable corporate transportation solutions in San Francisco and The Bay Area. To request executive transportation or one of our other charter services, contact us!
Helpful Tips For More Enjoyable Corporate Travel
In today’s corporate world, it is not uncommon for employees to have to travel for their work. While corporate travel can certainly have its setbacks, it doesn’t necessarily always have to feel like work.
Whether your company’s employees are traveling several times a week or only once every few months, there are some tips that they can follow to ensure that they make the most out of business trips and corporate travel. At Professional Charter Services, we are all about providing our clients with enjoyable means of travel. In this blog, we are going to share some helpful habits you and your employees can adapt to make corporate traveling more enjoyable!
Travel In Comfort
When traveling for business, the last thing you want to do is call or cab or catch a public bus to get to your destination. Not only are these options often crowded, but they can make your corporate travel more overwhelming. Instead, you’ll want to choose a transportation method that will be comfortable for you or your employees. At Professional Charter Services, our corporate transportation services allow business executives and employees alike to travel in the comfort of our charter vehicles.
When you bring a bulky mess of luggage with you on your business trips it can really wear you down and increase your stress levels. Packing light and bringing lighter luggage on your trip can make a world of a difference in how you travel.
Stay In A Central Location
Depending on your agenda and destinations you need to go, it’s generally more helpful to choose a lodging option that has a central location. Sure, lodging on the fringes of the city may be cheaper, but you will likely save more time and money on transportation by booking lodging in a central location.
Set Some Personal Time Aside
If you’re traveling for business, there are times where you may be traveling to a new city or area. Even though you are on a business trip, don’t let yourself get completely consumed by your work. Be sure to take the time to enjoy your surroundings, especially if they are new to you! Setting aside time to explore a new place can really make your business trips worthwhile.
At One Good Meal A Day (At Least)
We all know how hard it can be to eat a good meal while traveling. However, taking the time to eat at least one good meal a day can make a huge difference. Eating a continental breakfast and snacks throughout the day is not a sufficient way to boost your energy levels. Instead, it will decrease them. When traveling, even when for business, you should always make it a priority to take care of your body and enjoy a real meal at least once a day.
It can be difficult to stay connected with everything while traveling for business. Limited internet access will make it challenging to check and reply to emails, contact important people, and make sure that everything is on schedule.
Fortunately, when you travel with Professional Charter Services, staying connected is easy, as many of our charter vehicles are equipped with wi-fi. This allows employees to check emails, manage schedules, and prepare for meetings while traveling, making the entire trip more productive.
Use Professional Charter For Corporate Transportation Services!
By following the tips above, you can make corporate travel more enjoyable. Of course, using Professional Charter Services for corporate transportation is bound to make your business travel much more enjoyable. With cushioned, reclining leather seats with headrests and footrests, climate-controlled cabins, free wi-fi, and other amenities and perks, you and your employees will get more out of corporate traveling. To learn more about our corporate bus rentals, contact us today!
Reasons to Use Employee Shuttle Service
The time consumed by commuting to work is one of the most common reasons that employees are dissatisfied with their job. And in cities like San Francisco, which ranks among the top five United States cities for worst commute time and stress, commuting can be an absolute nightmare.
Many large businesses and corporations are now offering group transportation and corporate shuttle service options to help ease the commute and stress for their employees. At Professional Charter Services, we urge employers in the Bay Area to offer corporate commuter shuttle services or employee shuttle services. There are several advantages of this, a few of them we listed below:
Increased Employee Productivity
According to TIME, work commutes of over 10 miles can have a dramatic effect on employees. The average commute in San Francisco is 59.20 minutes according to a study by a recruiting firm. This long of a commute is certain to cause some frustration and could potentially even impact the productivity of employees.
Employee shuttle services are a solution to employee stress caused by commuting to work. No matter where your employees commute from, giving them the opportunity to ride into work on a comfortable shuttle bus will give them time to prepare for the day ahead, rather than getting to work after a stressful commute and taking the time to decompose in the office. Once your employees arrive, they are already focused and ready to take on the day.
Larger Organization Reputation
High revenues are not the only reason why successful companies are, well, successful. Many of these companies also have a positive workplace environment and happy employees. By offering employee shuttle buses, you will strengthen your company’s reputation as a great place to work. It’s good for a business to be labeled as a desirable employer, one that cares about their employees and supports a reasonable work-life balance.
The job market is highly competitive – employers are continuously looking for ways to attract the best talent into their company, and offering employee shuttle services will definitely sweeten the deal. Most employees would prefer not to drive to work during rush hour traffic, and public transportation is always uncomfortable and crowded. Once prospective employees learn about your company’s perks, your business will have the upper-hand of securing the top job seekers out there.
Additionally, a perk as such will reduce the employee turnover rate due to the benefits the service offers to employees as well as the money they will save on transportation costs.
Improved Environmental Footprint
Employee shuttle services also offer an eco-friendly solution to commuting. Rather than having employees drive their own vehicles to and from work every day, shuttle services can dramatically improve a company’s carbon footprint. According to a report, the U.S. could save approximately 33 million gallons of gas each day if the average vehicle carried just one more person on their morning commute, so considering how many employees can fit on a single shuttle bus – think of the gas that is being saved!
If you want to give your employees and your company the benefits of employee shuttle services in San Francisco, contact Professional Charter Services! We already have helped businesses throughout the area with our corporate shuttle services! Some of the options our Bay Area clients use include offering a shuttle that picks up employees from public transit hubs or pickup points and takes them the rest of the way to work. You can get a roving shuttle during the morning and evening to take employees between the office and less crowded off-site parking locations.
If you are interested in learning more about how our employee shuttle services can benefit your business, contact us today!