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Glacier’s red buses offer history and sustainability

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They are as ubiquitous as the beautiful landscapes and views of Glacier National Park.

The red buses that take people to Glacier National Park in Montana have a rich history. The buses have been in service for more than 100 years, beginning with their creation by Roe Emery and Walter White, vice president of the Cleveland-based White Motor Company, which built the red buses.

The iconic red buses were the first motorized mode of transport allowed in the park. Each bus is now valued at $250,000, though they originally cost $5,000 each to make in 1936, according to Glacier National Park Lodges.

“Glacier’s fleet of 33 buses is widely considered the oldest fleet of passenger vehicles in the world,” said Matt Berna, president of Intrepid Travel for North America. Intrepid Travel asks its customers to use the buses when visiting the park. “We want to showcase the human history and heritage of the park by taking advantage of the stunning mountain views. Historic buses use alternative fuel technology, gas and propane, which supports our awareness around our emissions.

The drivers are called “Jammers” because they were heard “jamming” the speeds of red buses going up Going-to-the-Sun Road when the buses had standard transmissions. Going-to-the Sun Road, an iconic landmark in the national park, opened in 1933.

(Photo by Kristi Eaton)

No tours were offered to Glacier between 1943 and 1946 due to fuel rationing due to World War II. From 1914 to the 1970s, the drivers were college-aged men. The first female red bus driver in Glacier National Park dates back to the 1980s.

“The roll-up roof allows for greater visibility as seasoned park veterans share their insights and history with riders,” Berna said. “Since the Going-to-the-Sun corridor is often impacted by heavy traffic, we decided to improve the experience with the red bus.”

Of the 33 buses in operation today, 17 are from 1936, 11 from 1937, 4 from 1938, and 1 from 1939. On average, the red buses carry 60,000 tourists each summer through Glacier National Park.

In 2016, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell traveled to Glacier National Park and rode a red bus to kick off the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary celebration.

During the event, Jewell highlighted the effects of climate change on national parks, including Glacier National Park. To this end, Glacier has designed several sustainability projects initiatives.

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Glacier’s red buses offer history and sustainability

They are as ubiquitous as the beautiful landscapes and views seen in Glacier National Park.

The red buses that take people through Glacier National Park in Montana have a storied history. The buses have been in service for more than 100 years, beginning with their creation by Roe Emery and Walter White, vice president of the Cleveland-based White Motor Company, which built the red buses.

The iconic red buses were the first motorized mode of transport allowed in the park. Each bus is valued at $250,000 today, even though it originally cost $5,000 to make in 1936, according to Glacier National Park Lodges.

“Glacier’s fleet of 33 buses is widely considered the oldest fleet of passenger vehicles in the world,” said Matt Berna, president of Intrepid Travel for North America. Intrepid Travel asks its customers to use the buses when visiting the park. “We want to showcase the human history and heritage of the park by taking advantage of the stunning mountain views. Historic buses use alternative fuel technology, gas and propane, which supports our awareness of our emissions. »

The drivers are called “Jammers” because you could hear them “jamming” the gears of the red buses. ride Going-to-the-Sun Road when buses had standard transmissions. Going-to-the Sun Road, an iconic landmark in the national park, opened in 1933.

(Photo by Kristi Eaton)

No tours were offered to Glacier between 1943 and 1946 due to fuel rationing due to World War II. From 1914 to the 1970s, the drivers were college-aged men. The first female red bus driver in Glacier National Park dates back to the 1980s.

“The roll-up roof allows for greater visibility as seasoned park veterans share their insights and history with passengers,” Berna said. “Since the Going-to-the-Sun corridor is often impacted by heavy traffic, we decided to improve the experience with the red bus.”

Of the 33 buses in operation today, 17 are from 1936, 11 are from 1937, 4 are from 1938, and 1 is from 1939. On average, the red buses carry 60,000 tourists each summer through Glacier National Park.

In 2016, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell traveled to Glacier National Park and rode a red bus to kick off the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary celebration.

During the event, Jewell highlighted the effects of climate change on national parks, including Glacier National Park. To this end, Glacier has designed several initiatives of durability.

This article first appeared on The Daily Yonder and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

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