Young Transportation transported its first passengers in 1933. T. Ralph Young, Sr. was in the trucking business located in a Mill village on the outskirts of Asheville. The people in their crew wanted to go to the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago. T. Ralph Young, Sr. put seats in the back of the truck and made three trips to the Fair and one to Niagara Falls. After their experience, the people asked Mr. Young to start a bus service to Asheville on a regular schedule for them to go to work and to shop. In 1939, their service was started and then the beginning of Asheville-Elk Mountain Bus Line — later to become Young Transportation.
Their scheduled bus service continued and T. Ralph Young bought the business upon the death of his father in 1960. After the scheduled bus service declined, the company diversified into Charter, School Transportation for the City of Asheville and Tours. In 1975, Young incorporated and changed the name from Asheville-Elk Mountain Bus Line to T.R.Y., Inc., dba Young Transportation. In 1982, Young purchased 40 new buses to provide shuttle and charter services to the Knoxville, Tennessee World’s Fair. After the World’s Fair, two additional buses were acquired. In the mid 80’s, the scheduled runs were dropped and Young became a Tour, Charter and Contract Company.
Today, Young Transportation operates over 50 vehicles through the United States and Canada. Young employs over 100 people that serve in many capacities supporting the Charter, Tour, Receptive and Destination Management Divisions. A 21,000-square-foot facility was built in 1995 to allow for continued growth in the travel industry.