Bus Company Pushes On Amid COVID Relief Bill Uncertainty

Dec 23, 2020, 10:18 PM | Updated: 11:04 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A local bus company was among many struggling businesses waiting to learn the fate of the COVID relief bill Wednesday after President Donald Trump suggested he may not sign the bill.

Airlines have found their way back to the sky, but it’s going to take more than a holiday to get the wheels at Le Bus rolling again.

“We were set to have a record 2020 until the pandemic hit,” said Bryan Copyak, general manager at Le Bus in Salt Lake City.

But more than nine months into the pandemic, Copyak said the company is on track to finish the year with less than 10% of what they typically bring in.

“There’s a lot of our vehicles that have been parked and have not registered one mile since March. I would say around 50 or 60 vehicles have not moved,” he said.

Recently, traveling teams in the NBA and college football have been bringing them business. But they’re still running only eight to 10 busses a day, compared to the 40 or 50 charters they’re used to.

In an industry that’s all about keeping things moving, there’s no end to the maintenance, insurance and registration expenses. The first round of federal stimulus funds helped. But only for so long. The motor-coach industry hasn’t seen the recovery other industries have.

A second federal COVID relief bill flew through both chambers of Congress earlier this week. It includes money specifically for companies like Le Bus.

“It will help us a lot,” Copyak said. “I’ve already heard of over 200 motorcoach companies that have gone out of business.”

Trump was expected to sign the bill quickly. But he attacked the bill Tuesday night, demanding Congress go back to work to offer up more relief for individuals and businesses.

Copyak said Le Bus has been smart with its money and isn’t going anywhere.

“I’m positive for 2021 with the relief package and the vaccines,” he said.

Still, with just 16 of his usual 55 full-time drivers still on the job and only a fraction of their typical charters on the road, most busses are grounded, hoping to take off again in the new year.

“We’re still open were still here,” he said. “So as long as people get comfortable with traveling and they book the tour then Le Bus will be out running.

KSL 5 TV Live


Julianna Preece goes through the mountain of medical documents she's acquired for her health condit...

Lauren Steinbrecher

Herriman couple is suing CVS, says 5x Covid vaccine dose mistake caused health problems

A couple is suing a Utah CVS vaccination clinic, saying a nurse’s mistake led to the wife receiving five times the normal COVID-19 vaccine dose and caused serious health issues she’s still dealing with today.

7 hours ago

FILE - COVID-19 antigen home tests indicating a positive result are photographed in New York, April...

Associated Press

More free COVID-19 tests from the government are available for home delivery through the mail

Americans can order more free COVID-19 tests online for home delivery.

12 days ago

FILE - Doses of the anti-viral drug Paxlovid are displayed in New York, Aug. 1, 2022. The COVID-19 ...

Amanda Seitz, Associated Press

COVID-19 treatments to enter the market with a hefty price tag

The COVID-19 treatments millions of have taken for free from the federal government will enter the private market next week with a hefty price tag.

1 month ago

Toddlers dance during play time at Living Water Child Care and Learning Center as center director J...

Associated Press

Child care programs just lost thousands of federal dollars. Families, providers scramble to cope

After two years of receiving federal subsidies, 220,000 child care programs across the country were cut off from funding Saturday Utah

2 months ago

Thomas Perlmann, secretary of the Nobel Assembly, right, announces the winner of the 2023 Nobel Pri...

David Keyton and Mike Corder

Nobel in medicine goes to 2 scientists whose work enabled creation of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19

Two scientists have won the Nobel Prize in medicine for discoveries that enabled the development of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 and could be used in the future to create other shots.

2 months ago

child in doctor's office...

Mike Anderson

Flu, COVID cases expected to rise in Utah

The number of COVID-19 diagnoses continues to stay above what we saw over the summer but now some doctors are starting to see early signs of the flu as well.

2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

Bus Company Pushes On Amid COVID Relief Bill Uncertainty