Who We Are
Lamers Bus Lines is a premier transportation company with divisions that specialize in school route contract services, charter services, escorted tours and custom tour planning. Lamers is a one-stop transportation source with a large, meticulously maintained fleet of vehicles that include: school buses, deluxe motor coaches, executive coaches, mini-coach buses, trolley buses, vans, limousines, limo coaches, and specialized medical transport vehicles.
Lamers Bus Lines history
Why Choose Lamers Bus Lines?
• Lamers is Wisconsin and the Midwest’s largest transportation solutions provider established in 1944. In addition, Lamers is one of the top 10 operators in the United States and is the 14th largest motor coach operator in the nation.
• Lamers has the most comprehensive back-up plan. Lamers’ staff is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
• Lamers is an exclusive member of and meets the stringent standards of the International
Motor Coach Group, Inc. (www.imgcoach.com) with 50+ affiliate members across the United States and Canada.
• Lamers operates from more than 30 Wisconsin-based, 3 locations in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and 1 Florida-based terminal, with a large fleet of vehicles, and its own meticulous maintenance staff.
• Lamers has the highest ratings from the Department of Defense & Transportation, and is an approved carrier by the Transportation Safety Exchange.
• Lamers carries more than the government mandated amount of liability insurance.
• Lamers employs its own full-time safety director.
• Lamers specially trains its drivers to meet stringent, above-average standards.
• Lamers maintains a standard exceptional style of service with the most experienced, knowledgeable, and efficient charter consultants.
• Lamers’ repeat customers include professional & semi-professional sports teams; United States military; area corporations, municipalities, hospitals, universities, service organizations, about 40 Wisconsin school districts, and many more.
• Lamers provides tour planning services for private groups.
• Lamers provides unparalleled service at competitive rates!
• Lamers has its own mobile driver training simulator.
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Guaranteeing Total Customer Satisfaction
Lamers Bus Lines has been proud to serve a number of different types of customers. From helping children make it safely to school, to delivering soldiers home after their tour of duty, to ensuring professional, collegiate and high school sports teams make it to the game on time, to planning and executing a memorable travel experience for a group of any size, people know they can put their trust in Lamers’ services.
Lamers Bus Lines' Philosophy and Principles
Lamers Bus Lines' primary mission is to provide the best in safety, service and to develop long term valued partnerships with our customers. As a leader in our industry, Lamers constantly keeps updated on new rules and regulations thru the most prestigious industry associations: IMG, UMA, ABA, Motor Coach Council, National Safety Council, National School Transportation Association, Pupil Transportation Safety Institute, Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association and Wisconsin School Bus Association.
Ensuring Passenger Safety
Lamers Bus Lines, Inc. constantly focuses on safety, making it our No. 1 priority. Some examples that demonstrate our safety efforts are:
• Mandatory safety meetings for all drivers
• Driver training simulator for initial training and re-training
• Driver road observations conducted by Lamers' management
• Continual driver re-training sessions
• Mandatory vehicle pre and post trip inspections
• Constantly updating equipment
• Re-training seminars for management staff and mechanics
• An open line of communication continues to develop valued partnerships
• Criminal record check and driver abstract checks
• Safety camps teaching children the school bus rules and good ridership
• Computerized school bus routing for efficiency and safety
• Providing a comfortable and reliable service
Lamers' school buses, motor coaches, limousine vehicles, vans, and medical transport units are all meticulously maintained and operated by a staff of professionals. We are thoroughly prepared to transport any large or small group reliably in comfort and style.
Tips for a Successful Journey!
It is important to have set times for passengers to have access to their personal items on the coach. Drivers use off duty time for bus maintenance and personal needs. It is possible to schedule the driver to meet the passengers at the bus at a specific time. This should be arranged with the sales office in advance of the trip.
Loading locations are the responsibility of the group. They need to get permission to park in lots.
No students on the bus without a chaperone. This is a non-negotiable company policy.
Luggage separated: band/ski equipment should be kept separate from suitcases/gear so that it is easier to get to. The driver will be happy to help you coordinate this on the bus.
For trips which require two drivers to drive straight through, Videos, Video Players and Monitors must be turned off from 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. so relief drivers may sleep.
Students need to be on the same bus on the way to the destination, and on the return. This is a safety issue. It is an easy way to make sure that no one gets left behind.
No ski boots/shoes with cleats are allowed on the bus! Thank you in advance for your assistance with this policy.
Drivers are not chaperones. It is the chaperones’ responsibility to take care of student needs. The driver will assist whenever he/she is able, but their primary concern is to drive the bus safely to and from the destinations.
Drivers are customarily off duty once they drop the group at the destination. The only exception to this would be pre-arranged shuttling. Additional shuttling is possible as long as it is set up with the sales office. The bus price is determined by time and mileage. Any additional shuttling could add to the cost of the trip.
Food and drink on the bus is a privilege. All wrappers, bottles, cans etc. should be placed in the garbage can. If a mess is left on the bus, the driver may decide to discontinue any further food and drink privileges for the duration of the trip.
Special Baggage Instructions
For the protection of passengers’ property, Lamers Bus Lines requires that instruments and valuables over $50.00 be stored in a steel flight case. Luggage can shift during transportation. Because of this, we ask that your valuables be stored as safely as possible. Any items not stored in a steel flight case will not be responsibility of Lamers Bus Lines should damage occur.
Baggage will be loaded and unloaded by the driver or under supervision of the driver. One suitcase per person and one small carry-on are recommended. Any baggage that is damaged by loading and unloading and was not handled by the driver or under his/her supervision will not be the responsibility of the carrier. All baggage must be taken off the coach each night. The carrier will not be responsible for lost or stolen articles on the coach.
From humble beginnings, the late Lyle and Ellen Lamers founded Lamers Bus Lines, Inc. in September, 1944, as a family owned and operated transportation company headquartered near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Using a 1936 red, white and blue Carry-All bus, the Grant School District (which later became the West De Pere School District) became the first school district in which Lamers operated. In 1950, Lamers began providing transportation for the Ashwaubenon School District, and a few years later in 1959, were contracted by the Green Bay Area School District to provide school transportation. Currently Lamers Bus Lines provides school bus service for more than 35 school districts in Wisconsin.
In November, 1980, Interstate Commerce Commission granted Lamers Bus Lines permission to transport charter bus tours anywhere in the continental United States as well as legal authority and permits to organize group tours and sell on a per-person basis, which Lamers currently does through the Motor Coach Division and Lamers Tour and Travel.
Since 1992, Lyle's sons, Allen and Kevin, along with their children have taken over the day to day responsibilities of running the company. Lyle Lamers passed Dec. 30, 2012 at the age of 97. He had continued to drive bus until age 72 and was still active in the company well after that.
Since 1944, the Lamers family, working together with their staff of dedicated employees, has made Lamers Bus Lines the largest locally owned and operated transportation company in Wisconsin and also the 14th largest in the United States of America, according to METRO Magazine's Motorcoach Top 50, published January 2014. We're proud of our growth from these humble beginnings and we look forward to celebrate our 70th year of operations in 2014.