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Convention Details for 

 Fall 2016 - Sacremento, CA - October 7th thru 9th

The Fall 2016 Convention (Sacremento, CA) will be headquartered at the Holiday Inn Sacramento Capitol Plaza in downtown Sacramento, CA. Located at 300 J Street Crowne Plaza.  This will be a 3-day Convention. 

Convention Activities: Registration and sign-in will take place in the Holiday Inn Sacramento lobby starting at 7:30 AM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with buses departing promptly at 8:00 AM each day. 

Garage and Facility Tours: The tentative itinerary includes the following locations, subject to change: 

Friday: Properties east and north of Sacramento will be visited including Elk Grove (ETrans), Roseville, Yuba-Sutter, Chico (Butte County) and University of California at Davis (UNITRANS). The MBS Fall meeting, flea market and slide show will be held in the evening at the hotel. 

Saturday: Properties south of Sacramento will be visited including Stockton, Modesto, Stanislaus County, Turlock and Fresno. This will be a long day with arrival at the hotel after 9:00 PM. A dinner stop will be planned. 

Sunday: Properties in and around Sacramento will be visited including Sacramento Regional Transit (bus and light rail) as well as some coach operators. The Pacific Bus Museum and WHEELS (Livermore) will be visited as well. Please note that arrival back at the hotel will be after 6:00 PM.

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The Motor Bus Society was founded in 1948 as the National Motor Bus Association. The purpose of the organization then, as it is now, is the collection and publication of information about the history and development of the bus industry in North America . Motor Bus Society members includes industry professionals, students and members of the general public who have an interest in bus transportation industry and bus equipment.

Twice per year, the Motor Bus Society members holds two conventions in the Spring and Fall.  Conventions feature bus excursions (sometimes on historical equipment), bus garage and bus facility tours and photo stops.

As a member of the Motor Bus Society, you will also receive our quarterly publication, Motor Coach Age 

Selected back issues of Motor Coach Age and Motor Coach Today (no longer published) are still available for purchase.  Just let us know if you wish to purchase back issues. 

Now in our 68th year with over 600+ members in the US, Canada and abroad!  We invite you to become a member of the MBS. In the meantime, enjoy our website, which offers photos of bus equipment and summaries of current issues of Motor Coach Age and past issues of Motor Coach Today.


April - June 2016 

Featured in this issue:

Gibson Lines:  by William D. Bourne

The April-June issue of Motor Coach Age features the history of Sacramento-based Gibson Lines. 

From one line in the Sacramento River Delta, Gibson expanded east to Reno, north to Chico and west to San Francisco. Competition ranged from riverboats and railroads to interurban electric lines and intercity bus operators, yet the enterprise survived for over a half century. It proves to be an interesting ride.

Issue mailed to members:  Mid Summer 2016




January - Marcy 2016 

Featured in this issue:

Inter City in the Skyland  by Murray S. Kramer

The January - March issue of Motor Coach Age features the history of Inter City Lines & Warwick Stage Lines 

The first Motor Coach Age of 2016 will relate the history of the Inter City Transportation Company and its subsidiares in New Jersey's Passaic and Sussex Counties, and Orange County, New York.  In this scenic area, once mainly home to summer resorts, the buses now carry more commuters than vacationers.  Nevertheless, the "Skyland" as the State of New Jersey calls the regions, is still relatively unspoiled, and its lakes and hills remain a summer lure as well a growing suburban market.

Issue mailed to members:  Early Spring 2016