The two biggest trade associations in the for-hire passenger transportation industry announced in September they are in discussions to merge in 2020. The National Limousine Association (NLA) and The Transportation Alliance (formerly known as the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association) have been in exploratory talks for several months to outline the framework of the combined organizations.
“This would be a win for our combined membership and a win for industry vendors,” said Terry O’Toole, president of The Transportation Alliance (TTA). “With our associations merged, we see a bright future where our members save money, our vendors can meet under one roof, and our unified messages are amplified.”
“From the first discussion, both associations approached this as a true merger of equals,” said Gary Buffo, president of the NLA. “That spirit of cooperation has brought us to this exciting point today. We each bring significant strengths to the table that, when you add them together, create an impressive and powerful organization serving as the voice of our industry.”
The boards of both organizations have reviewed and approved in principle the structure under which the new organization will operate. Each hosts annual conferences and trade shows. The NLA’s membership meeting will be at the Westin Boston Waterfront Oct. 14 during the Chauffeur Driven Show from 13-16. The TTA hosts its convention and expo, Mobilize 2019, at Bally’s Las Vegas on Oct. 16-19.