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Easton Coach Company Awarded Paratransit Contract in Berks County

EASTON, Pennsylvania – August 20, 2004 – Easton Coach Company, a diversified provider of passenger transportation services, announced today that it has been awarded a five-year contract to operate supplemental paratransit service for the Berks Area Reading Transportation Authority (BARTA).  BARTA operates the public transportation service for the city of Reading and all of Berks County with a fleet of over 100 vehicles.  BARTA has been in existence since 1973 and its public specialized/paratransit transportation for the elderly and disabled began in 1978.  “Easton Coach Company is grateful to be associated with BARTA and Berks County and its excellent public transportation program.  We have been providing paratransit services under various contracts since 1988 and have enjoyed healthy growth in recent years through quality long-term contracts like this one,” said Joe Scott, Easton Coach’s President.  Easton Coach’s operation of the BARTA supplemental paratransit service begins in September.

In addition to the contract with BARTA, Easton Coach also operates: (1) public paratransit contracts in Northampton, Lehigh and Carbon Counties in Pennsylvania; (2) a public transit and paratransit contract for Hunterdon County in New Jersey, and; (3) a private fleet of 28 motorcoaches and 15 other vehicles for charter, line-run and other contracted purposes.  In total, we employ close to 250 people and operate 170 vehicles.  Easton Coach has been in existence since 1984 under various names and was most recently incorporated as Easton Coach Company in 2002.  Easton Coach is a member of the American Bus Association, the United Motorcoach Association, the National Tour Association, the Pennsylvania Bus Association and the Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association.  We are also proud members of the Two Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Easton Coach is affiliated through common ownership with Smith System Driver Improvement Institute, Inc., an international leader in professional driver training, and Cryogenic Transportation, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based trucking company specializing in the carriage of compressed industrial gases. Easton Coach is owned by David M. Boucher and McFadden Brothers, a New York-based investment firm. Mr. Boucher is Chairman of Easton, Smith and Cryogenic.

For more information about Easton Coach Company, visit us on our website at www.eastoncoach.com. ###

Contact Person:
Joe Scott
President
Easton Coach Company
(610) 253-4055
jscott@eastoncoach.com