After 42 years of service around Washington’s monuments and attractions, Tourmobile will make its final laps around the area on Monday, and it’s not clear when another service will start hosting the guided tours.
Tourmobile said on its Web site that it “will cease all tour operations on Monday, October, 31,” and the National Park Service issued a statement noting “conclusion of Tourmobile service” on that date.
The National Park Service announced in August that it was unlikely to renew its contract with Tourmobile, and Park Service spokesman Bill Line said Friday that the sightseeing bus company was in “tough straits” financially. On Sept. 1, the company told its workers that Tourmobile would cease tour operations on Monday, although its contract does not expire until Dec. 31.
But the Park Service did not officially open the process of seeking a new operator or operators until Friday, Line said. He added that he hopes the agency can choose a new company within two weeks.