A History Steeped in Tradition and Community Support

Academy Bus was officially incorporated back in 1968 by our founder, Frank Anthony Tedesco. But our roots go back more than 85 years when Frank's father, Pasquale, who purchased the company's first bus, #39, in the 1930s and operated one of the early commuter routes in Hudson County. From Pasquale's solitary bus route, Academy now has more than 1,500 employees and a fleet of more than 1,000 modern motor coaches.

Our roots in Hoboken are just as deep and we value our role as a corporate neighbor to this emerging city in the shadows of Manhattan. Academy never joined in the corporate flight from the city to suburbia, standing fast to keep its national headquarters and jobs in Hoboken. Be it the unique residential living choices, proximity to New York City for work or play, or one of the deep array of unique dining choices, Academy does its part to take care of its fellow citizens and help them get from here to there.

We are continually looking for ways to help our Hoboken neighbors find more happiness and seek a better residential experience. We encourage our customers and members of the general public to regularly visit this page as we create a public dialogue on the future direction of Hoboken.

Countless years of relentless devotion, boundless energy, and a desire to turn his dreams into a reality, Frank took Academy from Pasquale’s dream and small beginnings into a transportation company that the industry continually recognizes for its excellence. When it comes to our beloved Hoboken, Academy remains as committed to ensuring that Hoboken remains a great place to live, work and play.

You have always turned to us as we know the way. Join us as we look towards the way to A Better Hoboken.

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In His Own Words: Academy’s Francis Tedesco on A Better Hoboken & Eminent Domain

Academy Bus President and CEO, Francis Tedesco, recently spoke about Academy’s A Better Hoboken program and the recent decision by the City Administration in Hoboken to pursue eminent domain to secure a portion of Academy’s land in the southwestern portion of the City. Tedesco talks of other options that might be available for the City to secure the park, at a fraction of the cost to taxpayers and time required by the City’s heavy-handed decision. Click the link above, or the image to the left, for his insight into other development options at the site, implications of the City’s use of eminent domain, and Academy’s desire for good faith negotiation.


A Better Hoboken: Let’s Create a Park, Not a Problem
Francis Tedesco

We began A Better Hoboken last year to gather ideas, big and small, about improving the community’s quality of life. We received lots of suggestions. More parks was one of the recommendations. Click on the link above, or the image to left, to view an important letter from Academy Bus President and CEO, Francis Tedesco to the Hoboken Community on the latest decision by the City Administration to pursue eminent domain.

A Better Hoboken: A Letter from Academy’s President & CEO
Francis Tedesco

We are pleased at how Hoboken and surrounding communities have responded to our A Better Hoboken program. The support has been amazing and we are pleased to be an integral part of this ongoing conversation. Click the link above, or the image to the left, to read an important letter from Academy’s President and CEO to the Hoboken Community.

Can the “Urban Advantage” Bring Better Global Health as City Populations Skyrocket?
Scientific American Observations Blog
Kathleen Harmon

Are suburban residents or city dwellers healthier overall? Read as Scientific American’s Kathleen Harmon offers her unique view on the health advantages of urban living.

A Better Hoboken Acknowledged byThe Hudson Mile Square View

Click here to read The Hudson Mile Square View’s August 8 report on Academy Bus’ A Better Hoboken program.

Eminent Domain Abuse Violates Private Property Rights
The Hill Congressional Blog
Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.)

The constitutional right to private property is based on the principle that government should not unreasonably interfere with the use of one’s property. Since the founding of our country, governments have been using the ‘Takings Clause’ of the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution as justification for taking private property without the landowner’s consent. Read as Representative Tom Reed from New York addresses the abuse of eminent domain by government.

5 Things You Need to Understand About Eminent Domain
The Blaze
Mary Ramirez

What is eminent domain? What are the rights of property owners and what are the responsibilities of government when initiating eminent domain proceedings? The whole concept of eminent domain can be quite confusing, but Mary Ramirez, a contributor to The Blaze, provides a glimpse into the basics of this complicated concept.

The Injustice of Eminent Domain
U.S. News & World Report
Adam Milsap

When government employs the use of eminent domain to acquire property from private citizens or businesses, the process actually destroys property values. The process relegates the use of that proerpty from high-value use to a significantly lower-value use. This is evidenced by the government’s unwillingness to purchase private property at a price that would allow them to obtain the property voluntarily from its current owner. Read as U.S. News & World Report Contributor Adam Milsap discuss the eminent domain’s impact on property values and how government is ignoring the focus on “public benefit.”