Frank Martz Coach Co. History
Martz Lines was started in 1908 by Frank Martz, Sr. in the town of Plymouth, Pa. He bought and supervised the construction of a White 1912 bus (above) which we still proudly display at parades and special occasions in Pennsylvania and at times nationally. It is the oldest existing antique bus in the country and has won every available award possible at antique shows.
Frank Martz, Sr. started operations between small mining towns in Pennsylvania in 1908 under the name White Transit Co. and in 1912 started local routes throughout the region until being sold to the Luzerne County Transportation Authority in 1974.
In 1922 the Frank Martz Coach Co. was formed for inter-city service and by 1927 was operating between Wilkes-Barre and New York City-Philadelphia-Albany, NY-Syracuse, NY-Buffalo-Cleveland, OH-Detroit and Chicago, IL.
In 1926 Martz also operated airline service between New York-Elmira-Buffalo; however service was discontinued in 1933 as economic times worsened in the United States. Seeing a need for national transportation system, Frank Martz, Sr. was one of the founders of the National Trailways Bus System. This system, through alliances with other independent carriers, set schedules and fares for connecting service coast to coast and became part of a two-system national network along with Greyhound lines.
Upon the death of Frank Martz, Sr. in 1936, the controls of the company were taken over by his son, Frank Martz, Jr., who continued to grow the company with a total commitment to the traveling public.
In 1964, Frank Martz, Jr. died in a helicopter accident and Mr. Frank M. Henry, grandson of the founder of Martz Lines, took control of the company. He continued the controlled growth of the business plan that led into the 1900’s. As a family operation from its infancy, Scott Henry as President currently represents the fourth generation continuing to work for the company.
Through acquisitions and new start ups, the corporation now owns and operates coach companies, a travel agency, and bus sales and repair operations in the following states and the Nation’s Capital:
Operates Martz Trailways in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and the Pocono Mts area.
Operates Gold Line/Gray Line sightseeing in the Nations Capital
Operates National Coach Works in Fredericksburg, VA.
Operates First Class Coach Co. Trailways in Tampa, St. Petersburg.
All of the companies combined operate service from Wilkes-Barre, PA,; Scranton, PA the Poconos, New York City, NY, Philadelphia; Atlantic City, N.J., Washington, D.C., St. Petersburg and Tampa, Fla to points throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to operations of regular route service, tours and charters, Martz operates a travel agency in Wilkes-Barre, PA for air and cruise services. With slow and steady growth, the Martz organization now employs over 400 people, operates 250 coaches and is nationally known and respected in the industry.