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IN THIS ISSUE Serving North San Diego County, CA

North County Transit District Carries 12 Million Annually ...................8

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2016 BusCon Scheduled For September 19-21 ...............20 Blue Bird To Launch New Commercial Line At BusCon; Micro Bird To Showcase New D-Series MD Edition Buses ...26 Busline Vehicle Showcase: Transit

Buses ...................................54-56 Busline Buyers Guide: Fare Collection............................................57 RAPID RESPONSE.........................Page 6 INDUSTRY NEWS .......................Page 33

ON THE COVER: Micro Bird, Inc., President Steve Girardin, left, and Blue Bird Corporation President/CEO Phil Horlock stand in front of the Micro Bird CT-Series DLX (back left) and Blue Bird T3RE (Rear Engine) buses. Micro Bird Commercial and Blue Bird Commercial will have a strong presence during BusCon on Sept. 19-21 in Indianapolis, IN. See page 26.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS SEPTEMBER 2016 September 11-14 APTA Annual Meeting Los Angeles, CA Info: 202-496-4800 September 19-21 BusCon 2016 Indianapolis, IN Info: 800-576-8788 NOVEMBER 2016 November 5-9 Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) Fall Conference Vancouver, BC Info: 416-365-9800

JANUARY 2017 January 14-17 American Bus Association (ABA) Marketplace Cleveland, OH Info: 800-283-2877 FEBRUARY 2017 February 26-March 2 United Motorcoach Association (UMA) Motorcoach Expo St. Louis, MO Info: 800-424-8262 MAY 2017 May 7-10 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference Reno, NV Info: 202-496-4800

JULY 2017 July 14-19 National School Transportation Association (NSTA) Annual Meeting & Convention Indianapolis, IN Info: 703-684-3200 AUGUST 2017 August 6-9 International Motorcoach Group (IMG) Strategic Alliance Meeting Nashville, TN Info: 888-447-3466 OCTOBER 2017 October 8-11 APTA Expo & Annual Meeting Atlanta, GA Info: 202-496-4800

Busline Magazine is published 6 times a year by Rankin Publishing, Inc., 204 E. Main, P.O. Box 130, Arcola, IL 61910-0130. Publisher assumes no liability whatsoever for content of any advertisement or editorial material contained herein. Copyright 2016 Rankin Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without written consent of Rankin Publishing, Inc. Subscription Rates in United States: 6 issues $25. Single Copy rate: $10 including postage/handling; Buyer’s Guide $15 including postage/handling. International rates: 6 issue annual Air Mail Subscription $60 U.S. dollars net

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Matthew O. Tucker, Executive Director of North County Transit District

North County Transit District Carries 12 Million Annually Serving North San Diego County, CA By Rick Mullen Busline Magazine Associate Editor

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overing an area of about 1,020 square miles in Southern California, North County Transit District (NCTD), headquartered in Oceanside, carries more than 12 million passengers annually, serving North San Diego County with a multimodal approach. “When it comes to traveling around North County, our public transit system can help customers relax on their commute; avoid traffic and parking issues; and save money,” said NCTD Marketing & Communications Coordinator Eric Sawyer. “That being said, we realize NCTD is just one of a variety of options commuters have available to them. Our work as a transit system is to help potential customers see these benefits, and if it works for them, to hop aboard. We get this message out through our social media, the news, and advertising campaigns.” Indeed, NCTD’s mission and vision statement says:

“NCTD’s mission is to deliver safe, convenient, reliable and user-friendly public transportation services. Our vision is to build an integrated transit system that enables our customers to travel easily and efficiently throughout our growing region.


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We will achieve this vision by: n Placing service to our customers first; n Ensuring the safety and security of our employees and customers; n Delivering high-quality transit services; n Developing and maintaining facilities that sustain and promote current and future transportation services; n Securing adequate revenue, protecting our assets and getting the maximum return on the public investment; n Working in partnership with our communities and other stakeholders; and, n Encouraging innovation, creativity and leadership.” In addition to its bus transit and paratransit service, NCTD also operates commuter rail and light rail services.

The system’s transportation options include: n BREEZE fixed route bus system; n FLEX on-demand service and deviated route; n LIFT complementary paratransit; n COASTER commuter rail service; and n SPRINTER hybrid rail.

“When tourists decide to visit San Diego, our COASTER train service should be added to the top of their list,” Sawyer said. “As the name implies, the train runs along the coast and takes passengers from the city of San Diego in the south to the north part of the county. On the route, passengers are taken through coastal cities, and provided with amazing views of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. On the COASTER, people can relax and take the train to avoid the Interstate 5 traffic along the coast. “Commuters use our services to get to school, work and other places. There are three colleges located on or near our SPRINTER train line, California State University San Marcos and Palomar College, both located in San Marcos, and also at Mira Costa College, located in Oceanside.” Passenger safety is a high priority at NCTD. It recently was awarded the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) “Gold Standard” award, in recognition of the transit system’s high security standards and preparation based on TSA’s voluntary Baseline for Ass essment for Security Enhancement (BASE) program. IMG Partner of the Year! AFFINITY PARTNER The BASE program aids transit systems by analyzing MOTORCOACH TIRE SALES WOULD LIKE TO THANK 17 categories in security and IMG FOR BEING CHOSEN AS 2015 emergency preparedness, in“PARTNER OF THE YEAR” cluding potential vulnerabilities that should be addressed. MOTORCOACH TIRE SALES EXTENDS OUR APPRECIATION TO THE FOLLOWING IMG Only 13 agencies received OPERATORS THAT HAVE PURCHASED TIRES FROM US: the award this year, accordANDERSON COACH & TRAVEL MID AMERICAN COACHES ing to the TSA. ANNETT BUS LINES NIAGRIC SCENIC “Our top priority is the ARROW STAGE LINES PACIFIC COACHWAYS safety and security of our BROWN COACH SOUTHERN COACHES customers, employees and CROSWELL VIP SOUTHEASTERN STAGES the general public,” said DATTCO STARR NCTD Executive Director ESCOT BUS LINES STARLINER Matthew Tucker. “This HOLIDAY COMPANIES THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM award demonstrates our proJAMES RIVER BUS LINES TRANSPORTATION CHARTER SERVICES active commitment and on LAMERS BUS LINES VANDALIA BUS LINES going efforts to foster safety LEPRECHAUN LINES YOUNG TRANSPORTATION and security, and we look forward to continuing this For more information contact: www.motorcoachtiresales.com standard of excellence in the or call: 678-463-4110 years to come.”

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“Currently, most of our fixed-route BREEZE buses are powered by clean burning CNG. Soon, we will receive 25 new 40-foot, low-floor CNG buses, and these will replace our remaining diesel buses.”

— NCTD Marketing & Communications Coordinator Eric Sawyer

NCTD is governed by a Board of Directors, with members from the local communities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Oceanside, Solana Beach, San Marcos, Vista, and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. NCTD’s organization is comprised of ten divisions: Procurement and Contracts Administration, Operations – Bus, Operations – Rail, Safety, Development Services, Transit Enforcement, Finance, Planning, Information Technology and Administrative Services. A division

chief leads each division. NCTD utilizes a number of separate facilities within North San Diego County. According to NCTD, the system has traditionally relied on public funding. In 1987, voters approved the Proposition A TransNet Ordinance, which provided funding for future transit projects and improvements to the existing system. In November 2004, voters approved a 40-year extension of the TransNet sales tax, which will allow NCTD to continue to operate service for many years. The recent Great Recession began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009, according to the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research. During the final year of the recession, NCTD officials projected annual operating deficits of more than $24 million by 2014. As a result, NCTD made proactive changes to maintain transit services and related jobs, including reducing staff and renegotiating and restructuring various contracts. These changes closed a five-year, $80 million budget gap. The new business model also allowed NCTD to lower fares, increase service and ridership, and grow its financial reserves. Furthermore, according to a NCTD news release, an independent audit conducted in 2015 showed the system was in good financial health. “The results of the 2015 audit demonstrate NCTD’s strong commitment to sound fiscal management and strong internal controls,” Tucker said. “The district has made tremendous progress toward fiscal stability and our forward financial planning will continue to strengthen our financial position to ensure that we continue to serve the public transit needs of North County citizens.”

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CTD’s roots date to when the North San Diego County Transit Development Board (NSDCTDB) was created by a California Senate bill on September 20, 1975. The bill allowed the board to build and operate, directly or through a contractor, public transportation systems in the area of its jurisdiction, according to NCTD. “One of the first actions the board undertook was acquiring the municipal transit systems operated by the cities of Escondido and Oceanside,” Sawyer said.

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Bryan Killian, manager of scheduling, and Courtney Farrell, administrative assistant, are pictured at an Earth Day outreach event at Camp Pendleton.

“The board then embarked on the effort to design a regional transit system comprised of local and regional corridor routes to

serve North San Diego County.” In the early 1980s, planning began for the COASTER commuter rail service. In 1994, the NSDCTDB created the San Diego Northern Railway, a non-profit corporation, to maintain, enhance and operate the COASTER. In February 1995, that service began. In August 2005, the California state legislature changed NSDCTDB’s name to the North County Transit District. In March 2008, the SPRINTER light rail began service. Today, on the bus transit side of the multimodal equation, the BREEZE system operates 163 buses, covering 33 fixed-routes, with an average of 28,800 weekday boardings, or 8.1 million boardings annually. “Currently, most of our fixed-route BREEZE buses are powered by clean burning CNG (compressed natural gas),” Sawyer said. “Soon, we will receive 25 new 40-foot, lowfloor CNG buses, and these will replace our remaining diesel buses.” The massive system also includes more than 1,900 bus stops and 9 transfer centers. BREEZE began in 1976 shortly after NCTD was established and acquired municipal bus systems that were serving Escondido and Oceanside. Complementing the BREEZE system is NCTD’s ondemand service called FLEX, which was launched in 2011. FLEX came as an effort to retain service in areas that fixed route service was not effective and efficient. It services four FLEX zones comprised of parts of southwest Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana

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n Riders have increased mobility through access to Amtrak, Metrolink, COASTER trains, SPRINTER trains, San Diego MTS buses, and the San Diego Trolley; and, n Riders may receive tax benefits. Employers can allow employees to set aside up to $255 per month in pre-tax income for transit expenses (see IRS Publication 15-B for more information). Some customers like to couple bicycle transportation with riding the bus. To accommodate bike riders, each BREEZE bus has a rack capable of handling at least two bikes with standard tires (maximum of 26 inches or 700 cm). Bikes are accepted on a firstcome, first-served basis. “NCTD also has free park and ride locations at nearly all of our train stations,” Sawyer said. Parts of Southern California are also notorious for “smog” conditions. As was mentioned earlier, the transit district is committed to operating CNG vehicles. To further enhance air quality and reduce the amount of — NCTD Marketing & Communications Coordinator Eric Sawyer harmful emissions, NCTD also offers an electric vehicle charging station at its a new traffic index released by a well-known mapping company, Oceanside Transit Center (OTC). There are seven 220-volt stawhich indicated San Diego has some of the worst traffic conges- tions at the OTC, which may be used by customers and the genertion in the nation. On the worst gridlock list, San Diego ranked al public alike. No. 17 out of 53 U.S. cities measured. As one might expect, San The charging stations at the OTC use direct solar power, colDiego County’s neighbor to the north, the city of Los Angeles, lected by solar panels on top of a carport structure built over took the top spot. the charging stations. When the charging stations are not in Other benefits in taking the bus, Sawyer said, are: use, the solar power is used to provide energy for other sysBeach and Ramona, which are areas where the fixed-route service is not available. “FLEX vehicles take passengers anywhere within a FLEX zone, or to the nearest transfer point on the BREEZE, COASTER or SPRINTER lines,” Sawyer said. Americans love their automobiles; however, Sawyer pointed out, taking the bus is an important aspect in helping decrease traffic congestion. It is no secret that Southern California is notorious for traffic jams on its freeways. Recently, www.nbcandiego.com reported on

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tems at the transit station. In addition to its main office in Oceanside, NCTD maintains two facilities for bus operations and vehicle maintenance. What it calls the West Division is located in Oceanside near the main office. The East Division is in the city of Escondido, near the Escondido Transit Center. Also, a rail maintenance and storage facility for the COASTER service is located on the grounds of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, just north of Oceanside. The sprawling base is the largest employer in San Diego County, and has a daytime population of about 70,000 people. In keeping with its multimodal approach to serving San Diego County transportation needs, NCTD and Camp Pendleton officials, as well as current residents of the base, have discussed placing a transit center there to further facilitate COASTER service.

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CTD’s origin-to-destination paratransit operation is called LIFT. The service is for people with disabilities who are unable to use BREEZE buses or rail, and have been certified for eligibility, as required by the Americans with

Disabilities Act (ADA). LIFT carries more than 150,000 passengers annually. “Service is available for trips within three-fourths of a mile from fixed bus routes or SPRINTER rail stations,” Sawyer said. In August 2015, NCTD teamed with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System to launch a pilot program designed to increase the quality and efficiency of paratransit service.

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North County Transit’s BREEZE system operates 164 buses with 8.1 million boardings annually.

“As a result of the pilot program, for the first time in the history of NCTD, paratransit vehicles from each organization were allowed to cross into the other’s service area to transport passengers,” Sawyer said. The permitted crossover was limited to five miles within the other organization’s service area, and saved many passengers from having to experience a coordinated transfer. “The transfers from one organization’s paratransit service to the other took place at the Veterans Administration hospital in La

Jolla, which, at times, required passengers to wait for up to an hour,” Sawyer said. “The issue the pilot program addressed occurred when a passenger’s final destination was a short distance into the other organization’s service area.” “At NCTD, our goal isn’t just to provide safe and reliable service for our customers, it’s also to make sure our service is efficient,” said Manager of Scheduling Bryan Killian. “This pilot program was geared toward becoming more efficient, and I am proud to say the results have been positive.”

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Preliminary results for the program indicate NCTD and MTS have saved about 250 hours of vehicle wait time by not having to perform 750 coordinated transfers.

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o get the word out about LIFT, and the many other services offered, NCTD has undertaken a comprehensive marketing strategy. “We are currently running a marketing campaign with a wide-ranging and diverse portfolio,” Sawyer said. “This includes billboards, radio ads, Internet ads and other advertising outlets. Radio ads can be beneficial, especially for people who are stuck in traffic on the freeway that parallels our COASTER train system. North County Transit recently received TSA’s Gold Standard Award for safety. Pictured are, “We are also running ads at some of the left to right, Assistant Federal Security Director, Paul Leonard; TSA San Diego Office Federal Security local colleges. These ads highlight the Director, Kathleen Connon; TSA San Diego Office NCTD Governing Board Chairperson, Mark Packard; additionally discounted monthly pass for and Jaime Becerra, NCTD Chief of Transit Enforcement. students.” The discounted student monthly BREEZE/SPRINTER passes ridership, it is by offering stellar customer service that keeps peoare made available thanks to a financial allocation from the state. ple coming back to the bus. NCTD emphasizes that all employThe goal of this discount is to increase ridership at the student ees across the board, no matter what their job descriptions might entail, are well versed in how critical it is to put riders first. level in a manner that promotes long-term transit use. While the marketing effort, in part, is geared toward attracting Continued On Page 32

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2016 BusCon Scheduled For September 19-21 In Indianapolis Catering to the bus industry, the annual BusCon tradeshow is scheduled for September 19-21 at the Indiana Convention Center, located in downtown Indianapolis, IN. Individuals, as well as public transit and paratransit agencies, owners and operators of private companies that provide charter, tour, corporate, car rental, high-end, intercity, senior or casino transportation are invited to attend. This year’s keynote address, titled Creating Rock Solid Strategies for Transportation, Business and Life, will be given by Ray Melleady, managing director, North America USSC Group. Melleady will speak from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, September 20.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Noon to 5 p.m. Registration open 3 to 4 p.m. Session: The Benefits of Public-Private Partnerships With the passage of MAP-21 came a proposal that opened the door for public transportation and private operators to partner to solve transportation issues around the nation. The FTA (Federal Transit Administration) is set to propose rulemaking on the initiative. This session will focus on how public and private operators can work together, and what the benefits can be for each company as well as the communities they serve. The presenter of this session is Johnson County, KS, Commissioner Steve Klika. 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Session: Inspect, Protect and Understand Wheelchair Securement Systems and Regulations


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Keeping up to date with new regulations in regards to special-needs passengers is imperative. This two-part session will focus on inspecting and protecting passengers by implementing a fleet evaluation program for the maintenance and operation of securement equipment as well as an update on new WC 18-19 wheelchair securement standards. Presenters are Bud Fears and Mike Laidlaw, of Q'Straint/Sure-Lok. 5:30 to 7 p.m. BusCon Night on the Town at Howl at the Moon BusCon Full Conference, Supplier or Transit Maintenance badge required for entry. Exhibits Only passholders may purchase a separate ticket. Photo ID also required.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration open 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Concurrent sessions: How Alternative Fuels Can Work for You With sustainability continuing to be a focal point for cities around the nation, it’s time to take a look at which alternative fuel could work best for each operation. This session will not only focus on the options that are available on the market today, but give attendees practical advice in the implementation of the fuel, including the infrastructure improvements necessary and the training and support that is available — both before and after implementation. Presenters are Steven Sokolsky, of CALSTART; Bill Spraul, of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System; and Annalloyd Thomason, of the Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi). Implementing a World Class Safety Culture In 2011, APTA outlined the “4 Pillars” of an effective safety management system: 1). Management Policy, 2). Risk Management, 3).

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Assurance, and 4). Promotion. This session will discuss how effective oversight, coaching and reporting can influence a culture of safety, as well as proven steps attendees can follow to effectively decrease risk in an operation. Attendees will also learn how they can accurately measure and remove their top safety deficiencies, recognize their top and most improved drivers and protect their funding. Presenters are Rush Akin and Steve Mentzer, of Lytx Inc. How to Manage and Measure Customer Service Integrating academic theory with practical application, attendees can learn how to manage and control customer service and maintain positive online reviews, while maintaining a low-cost overhead structure. This session is ideal for operations of both small and large transportation programs. Presenter is Jeffrey Buxton, of Green Mountain Ski Bus Inc.

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9:30 to 9:45 a.m. Networking Refreshment Break 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Concurrent sessions: The Continuing Evolution of Electric Buses In a short time, electric vehicles have gone from a burgeoning technology to a viable option for many fleets both large and small. Hear from operators who have made the leap, what it took to implement the technology and how it has worked for them. Attendees will also hear from suppliers who will discuss the current state of electric buses as well as how the technology will continue to grow. Moderator is Len Engel, of Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA). Presenters are Zach Kahn, of BYD Heavy Industries; Vicki Learn, of IndyGo; and David Warren, of New Flyer. Preventing the Knowledge Drain by Building a Succession Plan Baby Boomers are retiring at an unprecedented rate, taking with them years of knowledge. This session will help attendees implement a succession plan that will not only teach them how to identify future leaders, but also how to groom them to take an organization to the next level. Presenter is Gene Rhodes, of the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority. Techniques to Diffuse, Deal with Conflicts and Aggressive Situations This course teaches the same practices taught at police academies across the nation by the Verbal Judo Institute to deal with conflicts and aggressive situations onboard the bus. Attendees will learn how and what to teach their drivers to help with these often dangerous situations. Presenter is Jeffrey Cassell, of the Transit and Paratransit Company.

10:45 to 11 a.m. Networking Refreshment Break 11 a.m. to Noon Keynote Address: Creating Rock Solid Strategies for Transportation, Business and Life Ray Melleady, of the USSC Group, will share a blueprint for strategic planning that applies to both business and life. His goal is to help attendees develop a better understanding of the meaning of thoughtful strategic planning from a real-world transportation operations mindset. They will learn how to build relational equity with key stakeholders within the industry, and to leverage these relationships to enhance personal networks for support, knowledge and information sharing. Also, attendees will enhance their knowledge of critical industry operating trends, critical issues and best practices in asset management. Noon to 2 p.m. Lunch in Exhibit Hall Noon to 5 p.m. Exhibit Hall open 2 to 3 p.m. BusCon Ride & Drive 2 to 4 p.m. Transit Maintenance Forum The inaugural Transit Maintenance Forum (TMF) for senior transit maintenance professionals will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, and from 9 to 10:35 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21. TMF will give senior transit maintenance professionals the chance to learn about the latest trends they are facing in the industry when it comes to vehicle maintenance. The event also affords transit professionals the opportunity to network and share challenges with peers, and keep up-to-date with the

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newest vehicles, technologies and products on the market today. A Transit Maintenance Forum pass is $98 and includes full access to the exhibit hall, all seminars, scheduled meals and networking events that take place over the three-day BusCon. Visit the BusCon website to see the Transit Maintenance Forum schedule and to register. 3 to 5 p.m. Happy Hour in Exhibit Hall 6 to 8 p.m. Evening Reception at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum BusCon Full Conference, Supplier or Transit Maintenance Badge required for entry. Exhibits Only passholders may purchase a separate ticket.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration open 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast and Awards Ceremony 9 to 10:35 a.m Transit Maintenance Forum 9:40 to 10:30 a.m. Concurrent sessions: Transitioning from Limo Operator to a Full-Service Ground Transportation Company Diversification is often the key to future growth. Attendees will learn what they need to know to get their operation to the next level by exploring opportunities that take advantage of what they already do well: move people. Highlights of the session will include using existing accounts to

build a motorcoach revenue base, how to hire people with motorcoach experience, and the importance of being familiar with U.S. DOT rules and regulations. Presenter is Ron Sorci, of Professional Consulting Resources, Inc. Going Above and Beyond ADA Requirements Los Angeles Metro has embraced the challenge of becoming one of the most accessible transit systems in the world. This presentation will provide an overview of the many accessibility enhancements that have been incorporated into recent bus orders and at major new terminals as part of its ambitious goals. The innovations include enhancements in seating, wheelchair securement, audio and visual information system, safety and wayfinding. Presenter is Daniel Levy, of L.A. Metro. 10:30 a.m to 2 p.m. Exhibit Hall open 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. BusCon Ride & Drive Noon to 1:30 p.m. Lunch in Exhibit Hall Transportation markets served at BusCon include: tour and charter, public transit, universities, limousine, retirement communities, parking companies and garages, hotels and resorts, community transit, casinos, religious facilities, assisted living homes, paratransit services, leasing companies, car rental and corporate transportation.

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Blue Bird To Launch New Commercial Line At BusCon Micro Bird To Showcase New D-Series MD Edition Buses By Harrell Kerkhoff, Busline Magazine Editor

New product launches and four high-end buses will be showcased at the exhibition booth of Micro Bird Commercial and Blue Bird Commercial during the BusCon tradeshow, scheduled for September 19-21 at the Indiana Convention Center, in Indianapolis, IN. Micro Bird Commercial will highlight its new D-Series MD (Mid Door) edition, while Blue Bird will officially launch its commercial line at the event. Officials from both entities will also be on hand at the BusCon booth the answer questions and provide equipment tours. The vehicles on hand in Indianapolis from Micro Bird and Blue Bird will range from cutaways to larger transit style buses, accordBlue Bird Commercial T3RE ing to Micro Bird Commercial National Sales Manager, James Mansell and Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Normand Pâquet. “It’s an exciting time for both Micro Bird and Blue Bird, and we are ready to tell all about it at BusCon. This includes the new Micro Bird Commercial D-Series MD edition. Micro Bird will also have a DLX version of its CT-Series bus at this event,” Mansell said. “Micro Bird’s partnership with Blue Bird is moving forward on the commercial side. Representatives of both companies, which are owned by the same organization, look forward to introducing new products and meeting current and potential customers. We encourage anybody looking for a commercial product to stop by.” On the Blue Bird side, the company will also be showcasing two vehicles at the exhibition booth — its Conventional front-tilt hood commercial bus designed for light-duty transit applications and its high-end Rear Engine coach-style bus, according to Blue Bird Director of Commercial Bus Sales, Rick Lee and Vice President for International Operations and Commercial Micro Bird Commercial CT-Series Bus, Dean Coulson. “Our main objective at BusCon is to help more people visualize what Blue Bird product platforms can do for them,” Coulson said. “We, at Blue Bird, are very excited about BusCon. It will provide a great opportunity for us to show our entire portfolio.”


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ased on the company’s well-established D-Series bus platform, Micro Bird Commercial’s MD edition will officially be introduced at BusCon, featuring a 42-inch mid-door. “The vehicle’s top quality build stays the same, featuring a steel structure and aluminum siding. We are using the same type of door system, but it’s a much larger door. This helps the D-Series enter new market segments, while keeping the same body structure that our customers have grown to love,” Mansell said. “Our D-Series also features perimeter seating and large luggage racks. “We see the D-Series MD edition doing well in such marMicro Bird Commercial D-Series MD Edition kets as airport and hotel shuttle work. The MD edition fulfills a niche that our production capabilities can easily accept.” Although Micro Bird’s official launch of the D-Series MD edition will take place at BusCon, the company “tested the waters” earlier this year with the vehicle in front of an expert customer panel consisting of sales people, managers and other bus professionals. “The D-Series MD edition was very well received by the panel. This adds to our excitement when officially launching the product in front of dealers and customers at BusCon,” Mansell said. Along with the D-Series, Micro Bird Commercial also produces its DS-Series; the CT-Series, for commercial transit services; the S-Series, which is a single rear wheel model; and its specialty vehicle lineup. Micro Bird Commercial’s bus models include liftequipped options. “This is a complete line of products featuring different chassis, platforms, single and dual James Mansell rear wheels, and now a mid-door edition as well,” Mansell said. “We provide various configurations and options to meet the needs of the commercial bus industry.” Pâquet added: “As a company, Micro Bird has always had a reputation for quality and longevity. Customers appreciate that our units last longer and are easier to maintain. When you ride a Micro Bird bus, you feel less vibration and hear less road noise. These are signs of quality. “Micro Bird uses top-of-the-line materials, while the lower total cost of operation with these vehicles is something we also like to emphasize,” he explained. “The MD edition will help Micro Bird Commercial enter new markets and speak to new customers.” Mansell noted that it’s been two years since Micro Bird, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, began its U.S. commercial bus division. Since then, company officials have focused on satisfying a larger North American dealership network. “We take market requests from end-customers, but we work through

our dealers,” Mansell said. “It’s not about what works for Micro Bird, but rather what works for our dealers, including their managers and sales people who make all of us successful.” Although Micro Bird Commercial provides different types of bus vehicles, three of the key characteristics remain the same: quality, safety and support. “The design and use of quality materials is essential in the construction of our products. This makes our vehicles last longer, and means these buses are less expensive to maintain for customers over a longer period of time,” Mansell said. “Safety-wise, we know that our customers appreciate the fact that we have a long history of producing safe vehicles. Our experience in the school bus business can only enhance the fact that we make one of the safest series of products for commercial bus users. “And the third part of our success stems from our support structure. Micro Bird Commercial has a dealer network in place throughout North America. We feel the support and service that customers receive from Micro Bird is second to none, especially on the commercial side.” Pâquet noted, as well, that Micro Bird Commercial has an established product stocking program in place. D-Series MD Edition interior “The inventory we have available increases on a monthto-month basis,” Pâquet said. Mansell added: “Micro Bird Commercial is able to carry many units itself for immediate delivery. This provides our dealers with the opportunity to sell buses more quickly without having to carry a large number of stocked units. This is a commitment from our entire organization. We have also expanded our base warranty, helping establish Micro Bird Commercial as one of the leaders in the industry.” Normand Pâquet Alternative fuel options are also important at Micro Bird Commercial. This includes propane. The company has enjoyed a long partnership with ROUSH CleanTech. “We have been focused on propane because, for many of our customers, propane makes the most sense. There are very few infrastructure costs involved when switching to propane, and ROUSH has been a very good partner,” Mansell said. “Our dealers sell propane-powered vehicles to such customers as ski resorts, park and rides, airport shuttles, schools — it’s not limited to one specific market. “Overall, Micro Bird Commercial continues to focus on helping satisfy the entire needs of our customers through our dealer network. Our slogan is, ‘A Legacy of Bus Innovations.’ We take our dealer and customer needs very seriously in order to develop good products.” He added that Micro Bird will remain dedicated to the commercial side of the bus business. This includes a sales staff as well as engineering and R & D teams all focusing on the commercial industry. September/October 2016

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“Another of our ‘home run’ products is the Rear Engine commercial model,” Lee said. “We can offer this bus in fuel configurations including n business since 1927, Blue Bird Corporation has long established CNG and diesel. Since 48 passengers can ride in the vehicle, it’s good for itself as a trusted name in the bus transportation marketplace. Known over-the-road coach work, commuter shuttles and transit services. “I have been busy visiting for its long history with our dealers, sharing my school bus production, the vision and reviewing our company is officially launchproducts and where they fit ing its commercial line of within the transportation bus products at BusCon. marketplace. A lot of transit “Blue Bird has been around agencies are being squeezed for a long time. We believe this financially. As a response to heritage helps customers see this problem, we provide value in the types of products vehicles that will last a full and services we now provide,” 10-year life cycle, which corDean Coulson said. responds to many transit There are three main prodfunding requirements.” ucts in the Blue Bird ComBoth Lee and Coulson stressmercial line that company offiBlue Bird Commercial Conventional ed the importance of customer cials feel will make a real difservice when it comes to selling ference for potential end-use different types of buses for the customers. These vehicles are various transportation marketBlue Bird’s Conventional, places. Forward Engine and Rear “It’s easy to sell a bus, but to Engine models. truly win over a customer, you “For the larger bus segment, have to support that vehicle. our Conventional product feaThere are two main factors surtures several power train possirounding the Blue Bird bilities operating on diesel, Commercial product that helps gasoline, propane or CNG customers in a big way. No. 1, fuels. These options help Blue we build both the chassis and Bird find the right solution for body together. When it comes each customer,” Coulson said. to service and warranty, it’s all “This is an Altoona-tested under one umbrella — the product for 10-years of servBlue Bird umbrella. That is a ice/350,000 miles, which is Pictured above and below are Blue Bird Commercial interiors. very valuable feature we can above industry average. It’s offer,” Lee said. “No. 2, we also bigger than the typical have many dealers. We have 50 dealers cutaway. We feel there are customers with brick and mortar operations supwho see value in this type of item. porting the U.S. and Canadian markets. Blue Bird is working hard to grow This is unique in the commercial bus this commercial segment.” world. The next level of commercial buses “We also provide a detailed service for Blue Bird are its Forward Engine manual. I have never seen a service and Rear Engine models. With the latmanual structured like what Blue Bird ter type of vehicle, Coulson said it’s now provides. It’s phenomenal. We give well positioned to offer customers a the customer all of the tools to keep different price point compared to large their vehicles on the road.” motorcoaches currently in the market. Coulson added that Blue Bird enjoys “We think there are customers who a very good working relationship across see a real value proposition in this type the entire joint venture with Micro Bird. of Rear Engine bus,” he explained. This includes dealers representing both “Many customers today are doing entities who also have access to a wide some interesting things with rear selection of school buses from both Micro Bird engine transit bus transportation. We believe and Blue Bird. there will be more people who see value in the “Product depth is important. It brings Blue Bird Commercial offering.” additional value to customers. On the comRick Lee, who was hired in February to help mercial side, Blue Bird now offers a wide oversee Blue Bird’s launch into the commercial range of bus options,” Coulson said. “It’s bus segment, said the company’s Conventional also important to remember that many dealproduct will be directed toward shuttle servicers representing Blue Bird and Micro Bird es as well as mid- to heavy-transit applications. have been in the bus business for a long Meanwhile, the Front Engine commercial time. They are familiar with servicing buses, model will be promoted as a very affordable and understand how bus customers work. people mover, such as for airport and employDean Coulson Rick Lee Our dealers are bus people.” ee shuttles.

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ince July of 1966, Micro Bird Inc., and the Girardin family, have been instrumental in helping develop and shape the North American school and commercial bus marketplaces. “Buses have always been a part of the lives of my brother Dave (Girardin) and I. Our father, André (Girardin), was in the bus business before we were born,” Micro Bird, Inc., President Steve Girardin said. “He taught us many important lessons, including to do things for the right reasons. His priority has always been for us to do something we are passionate about. That passion translates into being the best at what we do, and the rest naturally follows. We plan to celebrate our 50th anniversary with customers and employees.” Previously known as Girardin Minibus, Micro Bird began transforming small vans into school buses 50 years ago, making it the oldest

small school bus manufacturer in existence, according to Steve Girardin. Over the years, the company’s product offering has expanded into new market segments, and eventually led to a joint venture with Blue Bird Corp., to produce Type A bus products. “Together, we have built a solid reputation as an innovator while producing small and medium buses of quality and durability,” Steve Girardin said. “Our people and culture have always been at the core and foundation of our success. “Over the next few years, we envision bus transportation will continue to be greatly impacted by technology — from powertrain to vehicle management to routing technologies. The list goes on and on. This technology will make vehicles more intelligent, safer, comfortable and efficient. As a leader in innovation, Micro Bird and Blue Bird will closely monitor the evolution of these technologies, ensuring we are always at the forefront and able to support our customers.”

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istory has shown for both Micro Bird and Blue Bird that, at the end of the day, what their customers value most involves dependable service, multiple options and quality products. With Micro Bird Commercial, James Mansell added, the company’s business niche is directed toward premium-minded customers. “Micro Bird Commercial representatives are looking to sell quality brands that will last longer, while maintaining a lower total cost of operation,” he explained. “It’s also important that customers are satisfied with our vehicles’ resale value. Micro Bird has the highest resale of any product in the marketplace. This is due to our quality of build and reputation.” Normand Pâquet added that through Micro Bird Commercial’s different series options (including D, S and CT), a wide variety of configurations and seat plans are available. “This allows us to provide both small and large bus models. The needs of our customers are always taken into consideration,” Pâquet said. “With Blue Bird becoming involved in the commercial bus business as well, our joint venture will provide a complete line of vehicles including larger conventional, transit style and cut-away buses. We are looking to grow our commercial business within the dealer network for both Micro Bird and Blue Bird. “In the past 12 months, Micro Bird Commercial has introduced its CT-Series for transit operators and now the D-Series MD edition. In terms of leadership, we lead by innovation.” Micro Bird Commercial representatives look for the best bus technology available in the world, Mansell added, and company representatives will continue to seek partnerships to further grow technology options. “Alternative fuels are one thing, but it’s also important to look at everything else that goes into building a bus,” he said. “This includes technology involving backup cameras, GPS systems, WiFi, etc.” Marketing also plays a role in helping customers learn more about various product offerings and services provided by both

entities. Mansell said the Micro Bird Commercial website (www.mbcbus.com) provides added information, photos and a calendar of events, as well as an extensive catalog section which includes Micro Bird units currently in stock. Blue Bird Commercial also has a website in place (www.bluebirdcommercial.com), adding more tools and information for both current and potential customers. “We provide customers as much information as possible online to help them with their purchase choices. It’s important they have the right information to begin with when they visit or talk with our dealers,” he said. “We realize that millennials are more focused on getting information online and that they are also very product-savvy. Therefore, it’s important to properly communicate to these customers what we have to offer.” He noted that the familiar “bird” symbol is present on all Micro Bird and Blue Bird commercial and school buses. This is by design. “We embrace the ‘bird’ on the side of all our vehicles due to the brand’s strong recognition,” Mansell said. “It stands for quality, safety and innovation. The ‘bird’ represents strong value for our dealers and customers, too. We never want to forget our roots and what has made Micro Bird and Blue Bird successful in the bus industry. We have been able to bring over a lot of great ideas to the commercial bus side.” As Micro Bird celebrates its 50th year in 2016, Mansell said the golden anniversary truly signifies the company’s successful partnerships that have been in place with employees, dealers and customers. “Along with Blue Bird’s nearly 90 years of service, these two companies have demonstrated their long-term commitments to the bus industry,” Pâquet added. “We, at Micro Bird, feel 50 years young rather than 50 years old, and will continue to dedicate ourselves to the decades ahead. “I feel we have just scratched the surface to where Micro Bird and Blue Bird are heading. We have seen the list of new customers grow due to our quality products, service and reputation.”

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“Our customer service philosophy is outlined by the tenets of our mission statement, namely, to provide safe, convenient, reliable and user-friendly public transportation services,” Manager of Customer Ser - — Manager of Scheduling Bryan Killian vice Brian Burkett said. “Our goals are to place our customers first in order to provide high-quality transit stay in touch with a larger group of customers,” Burkett said. services. All of our internal and contracted employees are trained “Though we have representatives available seven days a week, to provide the best service possible to customers, regardless of with this technology, customers can still get information on their their specific role in the agency.” own timetables, as well as real time service updates.” Modern technologies also play an important role in NCTD’s NCTD employs more than 750 people, of which 600 are conmarketing and customer service efforts. tract employees. “The Internet, including social media outlets, have helped us “It takes a large team to run a transit system. As such, employees (both direct and contracted) are essential to the success of NCTD,” Sawyer said.

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Indian Trails Takes Delivery Of 10 Prevost Coaches Indian Trails, a charter bus company based in Owosso, MI, recently took delivery of 10 “Buy America” compliant, Prevost X3-45® Commuter coaches. The purchase took place in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation as part of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) NonUrbanized Area Formula Grant Program. “Section 5311 of the grant program allows the FTA, on behalf of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, to allocate apportioned funds to each state. Funding is awarded for the purpose of supporting public transportation in non-urbanized areas in order to increase access to employment, health care, education, public services, etc., for rural residents. The program provides for the participation of private transportation providers such as Indian Trails,” said Prevost. “A 106-year-old family business, Indian Trails is Michigan’s first and largest privately owned bus transportation operator, carrying 1.2 million passengers more than 4.8 million miles annually. Indian Trails’ daily runs connect directly with both the Amtrak and Greyhound national networks, which in turn connect with some 60 other bus transportation companies TransitAd_BuslineMag.qxp_Layout 1 8/20/15 11:30 AM Page 1

in the U.S. and Canada.” The company purchased its first Prevost X-Series® vehicle 15 years ago, and in addition to the 10 commuter coaches, recently added five Prevost H3-45® models to its group charter and tour fleet. The new X3-45 coaches feature photos of some of Michigan’s most popular vacation destinations and largest cities, and they carry the Pure Michigan logo. “We invest in coaches with the latest safety, comfort, and eco-friendly features because of our commitment to our customers, our communities, and our environment,” said Indian Trails President Gordon Mackay. “We’re also ex cited about helping to promote Michigan travel in a big way. After all, we’re a Michigan transportation company, and—partly with MDOT’s support—we operate 38 daily scheduled bus routes statewide, as well as into Chicago, Duluth and Milwaukee.” Each coach has a wheelchair lift and has been customized with assistive listening devices called hearing loops. Hearing loops transmit the audio from a PA system directly to telecoil-equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants. The telecoil functions as an antenna, relaying sounds directly into the ear without background noise just like Wi-Fi connects people to the Web. Visit www.prevostcar.com for more information.

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Continental Introduces Its ProViu ASL360 Camera System For Improved Bus Safety And Visibility The Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket business unit of Continental, supplier of systems and components to automobile, bus and truck manufacturers, now offers the ProViu® ASL360 Camera System designed to give bus and motorcoach drivers a complete view of their surroundings, when operating a vehicle. “The 360-degree view system provides complete visibility in all driving scenarios, allowing for the safest pick-up and discharge of passengers and easier maneuvering in narrow spaces,” said the company. “The ProViu ASL360 system allows the bus operator to see all around the vehicle at a single glance, from one video screen. Four, wide-angle micro-cameras monitor the front, rear and sides of the vehicle and display

the video feeds as a single panoramic stream on a 7-inch display. The system offers a choice of angles: top-down bird's eye, raw 180-degree, specific focus single views and multiple split screen. The ProViu ASL360 can be installed on any type of bus or motorcoach.” The system can help drivers maneuver vehicles into tight bus stops and parking spaces, safely and quickly. Continental also offers a commercial-grade DVR to complement its ProViu ASL360 Camera System. The DVR gives users GPS functionality and the capability to record up to 32 GB of footage on an SD card. The new DVR can record up to four video feeds at one time. It can also record vehicle speed and has a G-sensor to log acceleration while recording video. Continental’s product portfolio for different types of vehicles includes: instrument clusters, multifunctional and head-up displays, control units, access control and tire-information systems, radios, infotainment systems, input devices, control panels, climate control units, software, cockpits as well as services and solutions for telematics and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Visit http://goo.gl/4T7gHJ or contact: salessupport-us@continental-corporation.com for more information.

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AMF-Bruns Offers Protection In Rear-End Collisions The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that the head, neck, chest, pelvis, abdomen, legs and feet are the most common body parts to be injured in a motor vehicle crash. The best protection is a shoulder & lap belt system, combined with a 4-point wheelchair restraint system. AMF-Bruns of America—a global leader in the vehicle modification industry—offers this protection through its wheelchair securement and occupant restraint systems. In the 1970s the company developed the first wheelchair safety system and invented the world’s first 4-point retractor wheelchair anchoring system. Founded in Germany in 1958, the U.S. distribution facility opened in 2013. AMF-Bruns of America offers a one-stop solution: n PROTEKTOR®-System Wheelchair and Occupant Restraints—A wide variety of wheelchair and occupant restraints that meet the latest international and national standards, including RESNA WC18 for wheelchairs with an integrated lap belt; and,

wheelchair securement products, occupied restraint systems and associated equipment for the safe transportation of people with limited mobility. AMF-Bruns’ product leadership and focus in providing safe, flexible and leading edge solutions for wheelchair passenger travel speak for itself, as it has been credited for several industry “firsts.” The company ensures the highest degree of quality in accordance with ISO 9001. It services customers in more than 50 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. A state-of-the-art testing and research facility in Germany employs some of the industry’s brightest minds who are committed to taking technology to the next level. Call 877-506-3770 or visit www.amfbrunsamerica.com for more information.

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PERSONNEL Complete Coach Works Hires New Sales Managers Complete Coach Works (CCW) has hired James (Jim) F. Paul as Northwest Regional sales manager, Michael (Mike) Klein as Southwest Regional sales manager and Aaron Timlick as general manager for the Alameda, CA, facility. Jim Paul held previous senior management positions, and has more than 25 years of automotive expertise. In over 15 years of experience, Mike Klein has held several positions in the transit industry. Aaron Timlick worked 5 years as a production supervisor at CCW, and has over 10 years experience in the transit industry. Complete Coach Works is a U.S. bus remanufacturing and rehabilitation company with over 28 years in the transportation industry. It offers a team of over 350 employees. Contact Celeste Casas at 800-287-7253 or e-mail ccasas@completecoach.com for more information. From Temsa: CH Bus Sales Hires New Account Executive For Southern Region

and Shannon Vaught, assistant general manager-TX, will continue to maintain current customer relationships throughout the Southern region. Santoyo is a United States Naval Reserves veteran and was recalled to active duty to serve in Iraq. He received a variety of awards for outstanding service that include Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Sailor of the Year. Temsa said, “Santoyo joined the industry Mark Santoyo as a journeyman technician for Greyhound in 1990. Throughout his 26-plus years in the motorcoach industry, he has held roles in shop management, fleet service and parts support, sales, and operations management. Santoyo has a wealth of knowledge and experience in leadership roles and comes to CH Bus with a background not only on the distributor/sales side but also from an operator senior management perspective.” Santoyo can be contacted at 972-310-6081 or via email at msantoyo@chbussales.com. Lynn Sansone Named Vice President Of On Your Mark Transportation

CH Bus Sales has hired Mark Santoyo as an account executive for the Southern Region. He is responsible for creating new and building on existing relationships in the motorcoach industry with a focus on the territory of Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. Tim Vaught, vice president of sales, service, and product development

On Your Mark Transportation, of Nashville, TN, a consultant firm serving the passenger ground transportation industry, has named Lynn Sansone vice president. Sansone held previous positions as president of Gem Transportation, Hazelwood, MO, and Central States Trailways, St. Louis, MO.

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PERSONNEL On Your Mark Transportation President and CEO Mark Szyperski said Sansone’s role will be to provide direction and support to clients on the services On Your Mark Transportation provides, which include preparing customized content for employee handbooks, pre-DOT and DOD inspection audits, consultation and guidance for new entrants in the passenger transportation industry, grant and RFP research and writing, as well as consulting in associated Lynn Sansone areas of business. On Your Mark Transportation serves clients in bus and coach, luxury ground transportation and school bus companies throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Visit www.OnYourMarkTransportation.com or call 615-504-6275 for more information.

portation. Mobley was responsible for five operating facilities with nearly 1,600 employees. She rose through the ranks at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority from bus operator to general superintendent at the beginning of her career. CATS operates nearly 75 bus routes and paratransit service with more than 400 buses and vanpool service with nearly 100 vans. Visit www.ridetransit.org for more information.

Tangee Mobley Named General Manager Of Bus Operations At CATS

John W Bailey, president of Bailey Coach, with headquarters in York, PA, and vice president of Travel Time, with offices in Lancaster and York, PA, was elected chairman of the Pennsylvania Bus Association at its annual meeting in Gettysburg, PA, in June. Bailey, who is a second generation member in his family’s travel and transportation businesses, can trace his travel industry roots to back when his uncle, Glenn Bailey, a teacher at York High School, York, PA,

The Charlotte, NC, Area Transit System has hired Tangee Mobley as general manager of bus operations. She is responsible for managing bus operations including fixed route service, special transportation service (paratransit), bus maintenance and vanpool. Most recently, she was employed by the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority in Orlando, FL, as director of transportation and maintenance. Prior to this position, she worked with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County in Houston as the senior director of trans-

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PERSONNEL organized a group of students that traveled via train to attend the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago, IL. Bailey’s travel companies specialize in corporate travel management, group, incentive and personal travel arrangements along with a full range of personal and group motorcoach transportation with a fleet of 25 vehicles. Bailey has served as a board member for many years, and vice chairman of the Pennsylvania Bus Association for the past four years. His past service includes: past president of the Delaware Valley American of Travel Agents, past president of the Hanover Rotary Club, past president of the Lafayette Club, past president of the United Cerebral Palsy of South Central PA, past president of the Spring Grove Scholarship Foundation, and current member of the Board of directors of the York County Community Foundation. The Pennsylvania Bus Association was founded in 1923 and represents the motorcoach industry with 52 motorcoach operator members, 325 travel industry related members, and 25 companies that service the motorcoach industry. Visit www.pabus.org for more information.

Cincinnati Metro CEO Dwight A. Ferrell Receives COMTO Thomas G. Neusom Founders’ Leadership Award

Demarcus Peters Named Director Of Diversity At Cincinnati Metro Demarcus Peters has joined Cincinnati Metro as director of diversity - Title VI, DBE compliance and EEO officer. In this newly created role, Peters oversees efforts to, “identify, expand and accelerate the use of diverse suppliers, including minority-

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owned, women-owned, veteran-owned and small disadvantaged business enterprises,” according to a press release. Peters served as the small business program analyst for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), where he increased diverse suppliers, supplier development, and external community involvement. Prior to that, Peters monitored Local Small Business Enterprise plans and procurement processes as a senior contract compliance officer. In addition, he previously served with community development funder, Enterprise Community Partners as a program director assisting with contract and budget approval processes and providing technical assistance to small businesses and community-based organizations. Peters served on the Atlanta Beltline Tax Allocation District Advisory as part of a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of parks, trails and transit along a historic 22-mile Atlanta railroad corridor. Peters earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and an undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

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PERSONNEL its annual conference in July. “The award is the highest honor bestowed by COMTO and honors public and private transportation executives and policymakers responsible for the direction and operation of their agency or organization and who, through their affiliation with COMTO, have made outstanding contributions towards the growth and development of people of color within the transportation industry and have given continued and outstanding service and leadership to the organization,� according to a press release. “This award is reserved for a COMTO member who demonstrates, in his or her everyday life, the same spirit of achievement as COMTO’s founders.� Founded in 1971, COMTO was created to provide a forum for senior level minority professionals in the transportation industry. Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 17 million rides per year. Visit www.go-metro.com for more information. ARBOC Specialty Vehicles Names Rick Thompson And Scott Defrees As Regional Sales Managers ARBOC Specialty Vehicles has hired Rick Thompson and Scott Defrees as regional sales managers. Thompson has product and sales experience in the mobility and bus industry, having spent the past 12 years working as a Ricon Corp. sales manager. Defrees also has 12 years of experience in the bus industry where he has held multi-

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ple roles in engineering, product design, and most recently as bid administrator/sales engineer at ARBOC. Founded in 2008, ARBOC Specialty Vehicles has four key product offerings, the Spirit of Mobility, Spirit of Freedom, Spirit of Independence and Spirit of Liberty. ARBOC offers low-floor paratransit products that serve a variety of industries and applications. Visit www.ARBOCsv.com.

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DATTCO Buys 100th Van Hool Motorcoach DATTCO Inc., a New Britain, CT-based transportation operation, recently purchased its 100th Van Hool coach. DATTCO was established in 1924, and now, the second and third generations of the DeVivo family are involved in management. It (www.dattco.com) is one of the Northeast’s largest passenger transportation companies. Shown, left to right, are Janos Bokor, of ABC Companies; Colin Johnson, Don DeVivo and Dennis Lyons, all of DATTCO; Mike Laffan, of ABC Companies; and Paul Mayer, of DATTCO. Call 800-222-2875 or visit www.abc-companies.com.

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From Temsa: Niagara Scenic Tours Adds Second TS 35 To Fleet Keith Fisher, president of Niagara Scenic Tours said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The quality of our equipment combined with our extensive driver training programs and customer service is what makes our company unique.â&#x20AC;? According to Temsa, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 1976, Niagara Scenic Bus Lines, which at the time was a scheduled airport-hotel shuttle service, was acquired and this development launched the company. Over the next 20 years, the company began to purchase motorcoaches to run charter operations and acquired D & F Transit in 1985. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After 12 years, the company sold to Coach USA which operated the western New York area until 2005. Niagara Scenic Tours was reborn that same year, and now the company operates a fleet of 14 motorcoaches, 2 cutaways, 1 shuttle and 12 vans.â&#x20AC;? Currently in its fourth generation as a family-owned operation, Niagaraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charters and tour operations run throughout western New York, east of the Mississippi and Canada. The new Temsa TS 35 is the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second. Niagara purchased its first TS 35 in early 2014. The majority of Niagaraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s groups consist of college athletics, scheduled tours, casinos, and school groups and the 40 passenger TS 35 is recommended for sports teams. Niagara also provides transportation for many of the local teams including the Rochester Red Wings and the Buffalo Bisons.

Niagaraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coaches are equipped with 110V plugs, USB ports, a preheater, monitors, and upright mirrors. Visit www.niagarascenictours.net for more information. Stylus Transportation Now Has 6 Temsa TS 45s Fernando Martinez, co-owner of Stylus Transportation Corp., said Stylus began providing transportation 20 years ago when Valeria Iorio recognized a high demand from international travelers, particularly out of South America. In 2006, Fernando Martinez joined as co-owner. Martinez attributes much of the success of Stylus to â&#x20AC;&#x153;understanding the culture of our South American visitors.â&#x20AC;? Following the acquisition of TraveLynx Premium Ground Transportation last spring, Stylus has expanded. Now the company offers charter services to attractions in Florida and also brings customers to destinations along the coast and into Canada. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fleet consists of 30 coaches and 15 vans. Recently, the company purchased its sixth Temsa TS 45. The company first purchased the 56 passenger Temsa vehicle in February of 2016. Two of the six Temsas are ADA accessible with a wheelchair lift. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Additional standard safety features on the Temsa TS 45 coach include an engine fire suppression system, lane departure warning system, tire pressure monitoring system, and laminated plus tempered windows. CH Bus Sales, LLC, is the exclusive distributor of Temsa motorcoaches in the United States. Visit www.stylusbus.com and www.chbussales.com.

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MCI/Setra Purchases MCI Completes Delivery Of 42 Commuter Coaches To Denver RTD “MCI has completed the delivery of 42 D-Series Commuter Coaches of a $26 million contract it prevoiously announced with the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD). The delivery follows 2013 and 2015 orders. Denver RTD’s fleet includes 161 newer MCI Commuter Coaches operating on Denver RTD’s regular-route express service and its new Flatiron Flyer BRT (bus rapid transit) service between Denver and Boulder. The new coaches replace older models past their useful life on regular-route express service,” according to an MCI press release. The Buy America-compliant MCI Commuter Coach features plush, forward-facing seating and overhead parcel racks with individual reading lights and airflow controls. They have 110V/USB outlets at each seat, bike racks, a wheelchair lift and clean-diesel engine technology. Denver RTD’s FasTracks transit expansion will add 118 miles of bus rapid transit service, 21,000 new parking spaces at rail and bus stations, and enhanced bus service. Star Shuttle & Charter Buys 11 MCI J4500 Coaches Star Shuttle & Charter, a San Antonio-based charter and tour coach company, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, has added 11 new 2016 MCI J4500 coaches. Austin Walker is general manager, and a second generation

family member to the founders. “The latest MCI delivery brings nearly half of Star Shuttle’s 38-J4500 fleet to less than three years old. The company also operates as the Gray Line sightseeing affiliate for Austin and San Antonio. The company recently launched a new marketing campaign along with a new sightseeing tour to the Texas Hill Country and a day tour of Austin,” said MCI. The company’s Texas Hill Country wine tour and LBJ's boyhood home scores high on Trip Advisor. Star Shuttle’s fleet also includes mini-buses, and vans to handle groups of any size. Walker said, “Our drivers wear uniforms, are well trained, and make sure that passengers have a pleasant experience. We know of their success and ours by customer testimonials. We’re honored to mark 25 years serving Texas, and the new coaches are our way of thanking our customers and giving them more reasons to travel with us.” Star Shuttle was founded in 1991 by members of the Walker family. Their work in transportation began in 1963 with a sixvehicle rental car operation that evolved into the international Advantage Rent-A-Car that the family sold in 2006. The Walkers also own and operate several other businesses in the area including Gray Line Tours and Abbey Walker Executive Cars and Limousines. In 2013, United Motor Coach Association honored Star Shuttle with the Vision Award, for its high standards.

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ABC Celebrates 40 Years At Winter Garden, FL, Location Forty years later, ABC’s Winter Garden facility offers a sales and “Originally opened as a small service facility on the edge of an orange grove, 2016 will mark the ABC Florida location’s 40th year in operation. service operation that spans 56,000 square feet located on 30 acres. Started as a hobby during his ‘first retirement,’ by founder Clancy The location features a 10,000-sq.-ft. collision facility, 10,000-sq.-ft. Cornell, the original five-acre facility in Winter Garden, FL, became the paint and graphics operation with three paint booths, a 3,500-sq.-ft. showroom and 23 servbeginning of the company’s now nationwide ice bays. repair and service netTwo individual parts work. The ABC Service warehouses span 15,000 division currently opersq. feet, and provide onates in seven locations— site access to inventory covering the entire counof replacement parts for try from coast to coast,” popular equipment makes according to a press and models of today. The release. parts facility also serves In 1974, Clancy Coras the distribution center nell purchased a fivefor weekly container acre property in Winter shipments of Van Hool Garden, just outside the parts. As they arrive from ABC in Winter Garden opened as a small facility on the edge of an orange grove. Orlando area. overseas, shipments are In 2016, ABC is celebrating the Florida facility’s 40th year in operation. “Our dad quickly recsorted and deployed from ognized that the area’s the Florida location to booming tourism industry and its impact on tour and charter operations replenish ABC parts and service centers around the country. was driving strong demand for quality equipment and service,” said Dane Winter Garden serves as the receiving center for all OEM Van Hool Cornell, chairman and chief executive officer. “When he first opened equipment. As new coaches arrive in port at New Brunswick, GA, ABC’s shop in Winter Garden we were all hands-on with servicing the buses. We PDI Group (pre-delivery and inspection) is responsible for all aspects of would literally drive the buses underneath a makeshift garage my dad approving, processing and handling all new coach deliveries prior to turnconstructed from a shipping container built with a lean-to roof.” ing over to customers for delivery.

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Winter Garden is also the location of ABCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nationwide CustomerCare Center. The CustomerCare group offers comprehensive warranty support for all OEM Van Hool models and staffs three in-house engineers who work in conjunction with ABC sales and field personnel to support the customer. It also serves as a liaison between ABC customers and Van Hool to facilitate product improvements and refinements based on customer feedback from the field. The facility is home to the second and third generations of Cornells, who continue to steer the family-run business from their Florida location. The strategic location, combined with a full-service offering of sales, service, parts, warranty support and live customer support center make the facility the busiest of ABCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s locations nationwide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four decades later, we are proud to celebrate Clancyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision and his business legacy,â&#x20AC;? said Tim Wayland, president & chief commercial officer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His innate ability to recognize a market need and fill that demand is a testimony to his business acumen. His exemplary leadership still motivates the ABC staff and management team today and is the driving force behind our ongoing market success.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remarkable to reflect on our expansion from a five-acre outpost to a 30-acre campus today,â&#x20AC;? said Dane Cornell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our steady growth is directly attributable to the loyalty of our great customers, a solid long-term partnership with Van Hool, and the day-to-day hard work and contributions of the ABC staff.â&#x20AC;? Today the ABC brand name is synonymous with quality and innovation built on customer relationships that have endured over 60 years. The company is committed to supporting the motorcoach industry by providing world-class sales, service and a support network that covers North America.

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Complete Coach Works Completes Third Metro St. Louis Contract Complete Coach Works (CCW) has completed a contract to provide seven refurbished low-floor buses to Metro Transit (Metro) in St. Louis, MO. The buses underwent a complete refurbishment that included the power train and suspension, wheelchair fold-out ramps, and complete interior and exterior rehabilitation. “The seven buses Metro acquired will primarily function to support the St. Louis Cardinals’ Redbird Express during the Cardinals’ home games. When they are not being utilized for the games, they will be integrated into the active fleet of Metro’s East Saint Louis facility,” said CCW. “I knew we were successful with this project when I saw one of these seven buses sitting right

next to a 2016 model bus and no one could tell that it wasn’t brand new. By the appearance, even the passengers don’t realize it’s a refurbished bus,” Darren Curry, Metro’s chief mechanical officer said. In previous contracts with CCW, Metro St. Louis bought 10 buses for the St. Clair County division and 15 refurbished articulated buses for use in St. Louis on routes with the heaviest passenger loads. Complete Coach Works is a U.S. bus remanufacturing and rehabilitation company. Contact Celeste Casas at 800-287-7253 or e-mail ccasas@completecoach.com for more information.

Volvo 9700 Enters Canadian Market The Volvo 9700, distributed by Prevost, debuted into the Canadian market at the 2016 Ontario Transportation Expo conference in Toronto. “It offers a modern, exterior design and elegant interior. In-line with the Volvo environmental mentality, the Volvo 9700 provides green efficiency options. It reduces the carbon footprint of the vehicle and operations. The 9700’s D13 engine, with reduced internal friction and improved combustion, helps to save fuel and reduce emissions,” said Prevost. “The Volvo 9700 offers preventive safety with its Electronic Brake System (EBS), Electronic Control Suspension (ECS), and Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which are fully integrated, resulting in efficiency, a smoother and more comfortable ride, and improved vehicle handling under all road conditions.” Visit www.prevostcar.com for more information.

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SouthWest Transit Receives National Honors For Bus Safety And Security The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has awarded SouthWest Transit, Eden Prairie, MN, its 2016 Certificate of Merit for Safety, and 2016 Certificate of Merit for Security for bus systems with fewer than 4 million passenger trips annually. “SouthWest Transit was recognized for instituting changes in safety culture leading to zero lost days as a result of injury, a chargeable accident rate of less than .63 per 100,000 miles driven, as well as for creating an exceptional Emergency Preparedness Plan that is useful for day-to-day activities as well as emergency situations,” said APTA. “This is the sixth year SouthWest Transit has been recognized by APTA for its safety program and the second time its security program has been recognized.” “This is not about just one person or one team doing the right thing,” said SouthWest Transit Chief Executive Officer Len Simich. “It’s about everyone working together to make sure our customers are safely transported to and from work and home. This award recognizes the hard work, extensive planning, and dedication of every staff member.” SouthWest Transit (SWT) provides express and local bus service to residents of the Minnesota communities of Eden Prairie, Chanhassen, Chaska, Carver, and surrounding areas. SWT operates seven park‐and‐ride lots, including its main hub, SouthWest Station in Eden Prairie. Visit www.swtransit.org for more information.

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American Seating’s Public Transit Seats Integrated With USB Power Outlets American Seating now offers USB ports on its Vision® seats. Vision serves the city service (public transit) market. “American Seating has unveiled the 4.2 amp total output, dual outlet, USB device charger on the Vision seat. The easily accessible charger features an LED power-on indicator and an optional protective cover. People riding on buses now can use the buses as ‘mobile charging stations’ for phones, tablets and hybrid laptop computers,” said American Seating. “Public transportation vehicles are another place where people want to work on their computers, or read the news or watch videos on their smart phones and other devices. We are continually researching what designs and products will serve the commuting workforce and the general popu-

lation. Integrating USB device chargers into our seating solutions meets the needs of today’s techsavvy riders,” said Doug Oswald, director of marketing - transportation at American Seating. The Vision seats include Am erican Seating’s VR-50® cushion, plush-padded cushion with back extension and non-upholstered options. American Seating also features its InSight® and its Q’POD® product lines. The full InSight product offering includes the VR-50® cushion, plushpadded cushion with back extension and non-upholstered (INSIGHTPRIME™ and INSIGHT-PRIME+™) versions. American Seating is celebrating its 130th anniversary in 2016. Visit www.americanseating.com for more information.

AngelTrax Introduces The HDX Hybrid™ DVR: Conventional Transformed To Hybrid AngelTrax, a mobile video surveillance provider, is introducing a mobile DVR, the HDX Hybrid™. “It’s a compact four channel mobile DVR that features AngelTrax’s patented Hybrid Component™ technology to create a durable and economical option for fleets of any size. With the flexibility of Hybrid Component Technology, upgrades and maintenance are easy and convenient,” said AngelTrax.

“At just over 2-inches tall, the HDX Hybrid can be installed in any vehicle, which makes it a good choice for smaller vehicles with limited space such as passenger vans or cargo trucks. The HDX Hybrid is built to withstand any environment and ships with 500GB of solid-state storage standard. The DVR’s dedicated hard drive bay makes removing and swapping solidstate drives quick and effortless.” AngelTrax President and CEO Richie Howard said, “With so many fleets utilizing smaller vehicles for different applications, we knew it was important to create a four channel DVR with the capabilities of the HDX Hybrid. We’ve brought our Hybrid Component Technology to a smaller package due to customer demand.” Call 800-673-1788 or visit www.angeltrax.com for more information. Page 48

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From ARBOC:

Spirit Of Mobility Bus No. 1 Goes Back In Service The first ARBOC Specialty Vehicles’ low-floor bus built in 2007 has returned in service after five years of retirement. Nine years ago, ARBOC Specialty Vehicles (then known as ARBOC Mobility) built its first prototype bus to demonstrate its ADA compliant low floor technology for small shuttle buses. The prototype was used for engineering development as well as sales and marketing promotions accumulating tens of thousands of miles in the process. As production geared up, Old No. 1, as it became known, was phased out of use and retired in 2011. For the past five years (until May, 2016), it was stored at the ARBOC manufacturing facility in Middlebury, IN. According to an ARBOC release, “Craig Bennett, son-in-law of one of the ARBOC Specialty Vehicles founders, Jim Bartel, suffered an horrific accident while racing in Brazelton, GA, in April. Bennett suffered a crushed L5 vertebrae as well as bone fractures in every appendage. He was sedated for 11 days, underwent 6 surgeries, which resulted in 58 screws and several plates being added to his anatomy.

Recuperation will be lengthy, but full recovery is expected. Because of these injuries, Bennett needed a means to transport himself for several months to doctor’s appointments and to work as a vintage race car engineer. “Bartel contacted Don Roberts, president of ARBOC to discuss the accident and inquire if the company had any low floor product that could be used for a while. Roberts never hesitated a second. He said, ‘Let’s put Old No. 1 back in service.’” After routine service, a new battery and tires, the bus was delivered to Craig and Leah Bennett, the patient’s wife. “The bus is operating flawlessly, even after being idle for five years. The ADA features introduced to the market in 2008 and included in every ARBOC bus to date, have made daily travel comfortable and efficient for Bennett. “The function of this bus makes a statement about the reliability and durability of ARBOC products. Over 95 percent of all buses built since the company shipped its first bus in 2008 remain in service. Some of these buses have accumulated over 300,000 miles in service.” Visit www.ARBOCsv.com for more information.

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APTA Announces 2016 Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards Recognizing Bus Services With Top Safety And Security Programs In North America

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The 2016 Bus Safety & Security Excellence Award winners are as follows: Systems with more than 4 million and fewer than 20 million bus passenger trips annually: GOLD Award for Safety – Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Kansas City, MO – Phased in a program to keep pedestrians and passengers safe. As a result of this program, the agency’s bus crash rate dropped nearly 10 percent from the year before; GOLD Award for Security – Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Kansas City, MO – Implemented a multi-pronged approach to strengthen security for its operators. It focused on a number of solutions including adding new equipment, increasing police enforcement, offering enhanced training and lobbying for legislative solutions. Systems with 20 million or more bus passenger trips annually: GOLD Award for Safety – Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), Baltimore, MD – Created the new Bus Operator Candidate Training Program dedicated to improving safety while reducing accident claims and costs; GOLD Award for Security – Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD – Instituted the “Police Technology Program: Reducing Part I Crime.” This program led to a dramatic 49 percent decrease in Part I crime between 2007 and 2015 and no homicides, rapes or shootings on MTA's systems in 2015. Certificate Of Merit Winners Systems with fewer than 4 million passenger trips annually: Certificate of Merit for Safety – SouthWest Transit, Eden Prairie, MN – Instituted changes in safety culture that led to zero lost days as result of injury and a chargeable accident rate less than .63 per 100,000 miles driv-

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APTA: Continued From Page 50 en. Additionally this led to an on-time performance rate of 99 percent; Certificate of Merit for Security â&#x20AC;&#x201C; SouthWest Transit, Eden Prairie, MN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Modified APTA, DHS, FTA and NTI documents to specifically tailor them to their operation to create a plan that is useful for day-to-day activities without outside funding. Systems with more than 4 million and fewer than 20 million passenger trips annually: Certificate of Merit for Safety â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fort Worth Transit Authority (The T), Fort Worth, TX â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Collected information about the causes of incidents/accidents using historical data to trend specific issues and drill down for key areas of improvement; Certificate of Merit for Security â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fort Worth Transit Authority, Fort Worth, TX â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Strengthened its relationship with local first responders and created a â&#x20AC;&#x153;crisisâ&#x20AC;? template that agencies can use to decide how to best utilize the system during critical events or in time of crisis. This included crisis situations both involving The T and utilizing The T to help resolve situations. Systems with more than 20 million passenger trips annually: Certificate of Merit for Safety â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Metropolitan Transportation Authority/New York City Transit, New York, NY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Implemented the â&#x20AC;&#x153;EAGLE Team Fare Evasion Unit,â&#x20AC;? which ensures passenger compliance with paying fares and educating on use of fare machines. The unit's presence for fare enforcement has also decreased harassment of passengers and minimized operator assaults; Certificate of Merit for Security â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Expanded training programs for local fire and police departments on the workings of its buses and operations at no cost to the first responders; Certificate of Merit for Security â&#x20AC;&#x201C; MV Transportation DBA Fairfax Connector, Fairfax, VA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; With many advancements in technology MV implemented a number of innovative tools including wireless data communications, computer-aided dispatch, on-board surveillance and automated vehicle announcements.

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The MCI J4500, the private sector’s best seller for 11 years, continues to win fans for its good looks, premium workhorse reliability, low total cost of operation, and significant fuel economy gains. A new independent front suspension and braking system offers car-like control and excellent stopping distances, along with optional collision-avoidance systems. New features in comfort include an REI A/V system, more fabric choices, and optional stylish Kiel seats for additional hip and knee room and a more modern profile.

Designed for commuter express and built for highway speed, the MCI Commuter Coach, available in 40- and 45-foot clean diesel, hybrid or CNG configurations, offers low cost of ownership, and an excellent MDBF rate, measured as the No. 1 performer with the fewest failures per vehicle among all bus types. MCI also offers the market’s most extensive aftermarket parts and repair service for all makes and models; including quick response to transit parts procurements, technician training, and 24-hour technical support.

Motor Coach Industries; 200 East Oakton St., Des Plaines, IL 60018; 847-285-2000; 800-428-7626; Fax: 847-285-2013 • Email: marketing@mcicoach.com; Website: www.mcicoach.com

Model..............................................................................................MCI® J4500 Passenger Capacity ......................................................................................56 Length ........................................................................................................45.58’ Height.......................................................................................................140.75” Headroom .................................................................................................78.25” Wheelbase ....................................................................................................315” Engine ......................Cummins ISX 12L, 425 hp engine w/engine brake; optional Detroit Diesel Transmission................Allison B500 6-speed automatic transmission with prognostics capability with fuel saving RELS-Reduced Engine Load at Stop Brakes...................................................Bendix® ADB22X™ Air Disc Brakes Fuel Tank Capacity...............................................................................183 gal. Fuel Options .................................................................................Clean Diesel DEF Tank Capacity........................Cummins/Detroit Diesel 15 gal/10 gal GVWR.................................................................................................54,000 lbs. Page 54

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Motor Coach Industries; 200 East Oakton St., Des Plaines, IL 60018; 847-285-2000; 800-428-7626; Fax: 847-285-2013 • Email: marketing@mcicoach.com; Website: www.mcicoach.com

Model..........................................................................MCI® Commuter Coach Passenger Capacity .................................................................................57, 49 Length.......................................................................................................45’, 40’ Height..............................................................................................................137” Wheelbase...........................................................................................318”, 279” Headroom ..................................................................................................78.25” Turning Radius ..................................................................................47’, 44.70’ Interior Height..........................................................................................78.25” Fuel Tank Capacity......................................................................164 gal. CNG, 114.6 Diesel Gallon Equivalent (DGE) Chassis .............................................................................................Monocoque Fuel Options..........................................................Clean-diesel, hybrid, CNG Transmission Options................................................................Allison B500, Allison EP 50 Hybrid drive Engine Options....................................................Cummins ISL, ISX or ISL G Brakes ......................................................Air, Meritor all-wheel EX-225 disc with unitized hubs and preset GVWR...........................................................................50,000 lbs., 46,000 lbs.


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LFS HEV® (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Based on the proven performance of the LFS platform, the LFS HEV® (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) upgrades its already advanced fuel-efficient engineering by adding a powerful, ultra-low emissions hybrid drive to cut fuel and maintenance costs. Given optimal operating conditions, the LFS HEV offers up to 30 percent reduction in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional diesel-powered buses. Other benefits include a significant reduction in noise levels, particularly at the rear of the vehicle and outside. Nova Bus offers two different types of hybrid systems: parallel and series. In both parallel and series vehicles, braking energy normally lost as heat is recuperated through a generator and stored in the rooftop batteries. That’s why hybrid technologies are best suited for frequent stop-and-go conditions. Also available, the high-capacity LFS Artic HEV is an attractive alternative for growing cities focused on sustainable development. Starts and stops are smooth and the ride is stable, even in snowy conditions; the end result is a more enjoyable passenger experience. Developing vehicles to help cities meet sustainability objectives is part of Nova Bus’ vision to be the leader in green efficiency and Electro Mobility.

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Model .......................................................................................................LFS HEV Seating Capacity...................................................................................up to 41 Length...............................................................................................................40’ Width ...............................................................................................................102” Height..............................................................................................................132” Engine .....................Cummins ISB 6.7 280 HP, Cummins ISL 8.9 330 HP Traction Drive.................................................Allison H 40 EP, BAE HDS200 Chassis .......................................................................Stainless Steel Integral Fuel ...............................................................................Diesel-electric Hybrid Air Conditioning................................................Thermo King Athenia, MCC Wheelchair Lift Option..............................................................Lift-U, Fedico Brakes ..........................ABS all-wheel disc brakes with traction control Radiator.....................................Nova eCooling - electric cooling system Floor.................................................................................................................Low

Enviro500 SuperLo At only 12’9” in height, the Enviro500 SuperLo can transport the maximum number of passengers seated in comfort and safety, without compromising internal space and occupying a compact footprint on the road. This low profile, high performance double deck bus is the ideal solution for commuter and interurban routes. Featuring a spacious 212 cubic foot luggage compartment, the Enviro500 SuperLo is available in various interior configurations to enhance the on-board experience, ranging from luxurious reclining seats, flip-down tables, individual reading lights, USB chargers and WiFi. The vehicle also allows low floor wheelchair loading, which eliminates the need for platform style wheelchair lifts — with no loss of seating. Alexander Dennis Inc 31566 Railroad Canyon Road #342 Canyon Lake, CA 92587-9446 USA Tel: 951-244-9429 Fax: 951-755-0318 Website: www.alexander-dennis.com

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Prevost X3-45 Commuter Coach The iconic Prevost X3-45® sets a higher standard for a unique and upscale intercity commuter coach. The X3-45 Commuter™ provides a smooth, quiet ride for a relaxing commuting environment. Designed to provide quality, performance, and safety. Buy America compliant, Exova certified for structural integrity and Altoona tested for superior product value and lifecycle efficiency, the X3-45 Commuter coach offers proven performance for the nation’s most demanding commuter routes. Developed with a focus on transit operation concerns such as passenger safety, accessibility, low operation costs and ease of maintenance, the vehicle offers the lowest overall height in the premium intercity coach market; while maintaining a best-in-class floor-to-ceiling height of 80 inches. A rider’s commute is remarkably smooth and comfortable thanks to the longest wheelbase in the industry, while accessibility is enhanced by the revolutionary Swap & Plug Wheelchair Lift system, front kneeling suspension, and bi-fold doors that open to a short stairway in the expansive entrance. The Prevost X3-45 Commuter includes three-point seat belts on a 20G rated welded rail system for an exceptionally secure passenger environment. Additionally, the coach can be outfitted with a WiFi system, state-ofthe-art sound and video, and electrical outlets at each seat to keep passengers plugged in and in touch while commuting.

ABC Companies has announced the recent sale of assets of Ameritrans Bus, in Elkhart, IN. “In an overall business review, it was determined this division no longer fits in our overall growth strategy. ABC will continue to provide parts and warranty support for Ameritrans products,” according to a ABC press release. “The sale of Ameritrans is an important strategic step,” said Jon Savitz, senior vice president, business development for ABC Companies. “In line with our strategy planning, ABC will continue to concentrate on our core business offering, in particular the service and parts businesses which are essential to supporting our customers’ operations.” ABC Companies provides the transportation industry with products and services including new and pre-owned highway coach equipment and specialty vehicles. It offers after sale service and repairs, collision services, OEM and aftermarket parts for transit, motorcoach and heavy-duty equipment from nine locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information, Call 800-222-2875 or visit www.abc-companies.com.

Prevost: 7900 National Service Rd., Greensboro, NC 27409 Tel: 877-773-8678 Email: prevostcar@volvo.com Website: www.prevostcar.com

Model.......................................................................Prevost X3-45 Commuter Coach Seating Capacity ..........................................................................................................57 Length ............................................................................................................................45’ Width.............................................................................................................................102” Height...........................................................................................................................134” Wheelbase...............................................................................................................334.5” Overhang (front/rear) ..........................................................................72.30”; 86.60” Inside Height (min./max.).......................................................Floor to ceiling - 80” Turning Radius..........................................................................................................45.6’ Tire Size.......................................................................................................315/80 R22.5 Engine .............................EPA Compliant Volvo D13 w/DPF and SCR, 445 HP, 13L Transmission..................................Allison World, 5th gen., 6-speed auto. trans. Brakes..........................................................................................All-Wheel disc. w/ABS Fuel Tank Capacity .....................................................................................183 U.S. gal. Air Conditioning .......................................................................................Bitzer 4FNCY Baggage Capacity...........................................................................................513 cu. ft. Wheelchair Lift Option ............................................Interchangeable swap & plug Steering.............Steering wheel w/integrated controls, tilt & telescopic, and integral power steering, (variable assistance power steering available) Suspension..........................Wide-stance tuned suspension w/liftable tag axle See us at BusCon Booth #535 Page 56

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Avail Tech, Inc. 1960 Old Gatesburg Rd., Suite 200 State College, PA 16803 USA Phone: 814-234-3394 Website: www.availtec.com Products: A fully integrated suite of products, designed to meet the specific needs of small- to medium-sized transit properties. Availâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings include automatic passenger counters and fare collection products. 14

Electronic Data Magnetics, Inc. 210 Old Thomasville Rd. High Point, NC 27260 USA Phone: 800-336-8115 E-Mail: contactus@electronicdata.com Website: www.electronicdata.com Products: RFID and Magnetic Striped products on thin gauge paper and plastics. EDM provides both high and low coercivity magnetic stripe cards and tickets, while offering encoding services. 14

Brush Industries 301 Reagan St. Sunbury, PA 17801 USA Phone: 570-286-5611 Website: www.brushindustries.com Products: Long life magnetic recording heads and card readers for the smart card and magnetic stripe card industries. 14 Cubic Transportation Systems 5650 Kearny Mesa Rd. San Diego, CA 92111 USA Phone: 858-627-4587 Website: www.cts.cubic.com. Products: An integrator of payment and information technology and services for intelligent travel solutions. Turnkey solutions support all public transport modes including bus and bus rapid transit. Every year, nearly 7 billion rides are taken worldwide using Cubic fare collection systems. 14

THE DIAMOND FAMILY

Diamond Manufacturing Inc.

See Ad At Right 2330 Burlington Ave. N. Kansas City, MO 64116 USA Toll Free: 800-343-1009 E-Mail: todcull@aol.com Website: www.diamondmfg.com Company Officers: Todd and Pam Cull Products: Diamond Manufacturing offers a line of fare collection equipment to the transit industry. It supplies traditional, manual fare boxes, donation boxes and a fare box with a remote fare dump option. Diamondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional fare boxes are the round units (Models H, E-5, D), which are designed to accept coins, tokens and tickets; and, rectangular units (Models RV, SV, XV, NV), which are designed to accept dollar bills, coins, tokens, tickets, passes and similar fare media. Donation boxes come in three sizes to fit most applications. These units can be mounted in a variety of ways: on the modesty panel or stanchion pole in either a vertical or horizontal position. Models F-1 and F-24 remote dump fare boxes can be mounted away from the driver with a push button dump feature. These models can be paired with smart card readers. 16

Serving The Industry Since 1947 Made in the U.S.A.

diamondmfg.com 800-343-1009 816-421-8363 See us at BusCon Booth #430 September/October 2016

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Evolis Card Printers 3201 W. Commercial Blvd., Suite 110 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 USA Phone: 954-777-9262 Website: www.evolis.com Products: Fare products for public transportation companies and agencies to better control their revenues. Products help optimize efficiency. 14 INIT, Innovations In Transportation, Inc. 1420 Kristina Way, Suite 101 Chesapeake, VA 23320 USA Phone: 757-413-9100 Website: www.initusa.com Products: MOBILEticket is a smart phone application that helps transit authorities connect with their riders, reduce operating costs, and move into the future of open payment systems. With MOBILEticket, riders can buy and use their public transit passes from their mobile phones. 14 LECIP Inc. 1011 East Touhy Ave., Suite 140 Des Plaines, IL 60018 USA Phone: 312-626-2528 Website: www.lecip.com Products: Automated fare collection systems including fareboxes, smart card systems, transfer voucher issuance machines and digital fare displays. 14 MJM Innovations 6300 Blair Hill Ln. Baltimore, MD 21108 USA Phone: 410-664-0700 E-Mail: business@mjminnovations.com Website: www.mjminnovations.com Company Officers: Jeffrey Venick, CEO; Michael Stappler, CFO Products: Established in 1998 to provide technology solutions and management services to transit and senior agencies. The company’s solutions improve data management and customer service by providing an efficient, less expensive and more secure system. The EzTransport® Transportation Management Solution is used to track fares and trips, and for routing and scheduling of transportation programs. It has been used to manage millions of trips in paratransit and senior transportation since 2001. It is available with smart card, swipe card or cardless model, and includes web-based software and web portals, cards and hardware. MJM Innovations’ goal is to develop and implement technology that integrates software, hardware and management services. The company works with agencies to adapt EzTransport to meet their needs. 16 MEI, Inc. 3222 Phoenixville Pike, Suite 200 Malvern, PA 19355 USA Phone: 610-203-6587 Website: www.meigroup.com Products: MEI is a manufacturer of electronic note acceptors, coin mechanisms and other unattended transaction systems. Today, MEI electronic payment systems are relied upon for over 2 billion transactions per week in more than 100 countries. 14 Scheidt & Bachmann USA, Inc. 31 North Ave. Burlington, MA 01803 USA Phone: 781-262-6655 Website: www.scheidt-bachmann.de Products: The company’s fare collection systems division is a global supplier in fare collection technology. It has been providing local and regional transit solutions since 1978. All products and services appear under the brand FareGo. 14 SPX Genfare 800 Arthur Ave. Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 USA Phone: 847-593-8855 Website: www.genfare.com Products: SPX Genfare provides customized fare solutions to transit agencies of all sizes throughout North America. Genfare integrated systems encompass the latest in electronic validating fareboxes, smart card and mobile payment options, ticket vending and point of sale card distribution systems. These are all managed by sophisticated local and web-based data processing systems. 15

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TransitFare & Systems 125 Don Hillock Drive, Unit 2 Aurora, ON L4G 0H8 CANADA Phone: 416-993-2503 E-Mail: info@transitfare.com Website: www.transitfare.com Products: A developer of integrated fare management solutions for small to medium sized transit operators. The company’s solutions integrate fare management, ticket issuing and validation, revenue management, and financial and ridership reporting. The TFS1200B is the company’s latest onboard ticket issuing device. It is a key component of an integrated fare management solution. TransitFare & Systems officials work with public and private transit operators in the North American, South American, African, Asian and European markets. 14 Xerox 7160 Riverwood Dr. Columbia, MD 21046 USA Phone: 443-259-7196 Website: www.xerox.com/transportation Products: An integrator of computer-aided dispatch/automatic vehicle location systems (CAD/AVL), Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and fare collection solutions for public transportation services, public works and school bus fleets. 14

Six Irizar Buses Inaugurate France’s First 100 Percent Electric Line On June 6, the Régie des Transports de Marseille (RTM) inaugurated the first 100 percent electric line in the city of Marseilles, France. In addition to personnel representing bus manufacturer Irizar, the event was attended by the mayor of Marseilles, Jean-Claude Gaudin; the president of the RTM Administrative Council, Maxime Tommasini; and the Director of RTM, Pierre Reboud.

Six Irizar i2e buses began serving Marseille’s 82 line, which runs between la Canebière and Euromed, stopping at the headquarters of MPM and the Métropole, the Old Port, MuCEM and the new business district of Euroméditerranée. Irizar has also installed an intelligent system in depots, for optimization of the process of charging the six buses. “Developed and manufactured with the group’s own European technology and a life-cycle approach, the Irizar i2e is the result of the Group’s strategic commitment to innovation, with the aim of becoming a benchmark in sustainable urban mobility. The 100 percent electric vehicle from Irizar Group guarantees an operating range between 12 and 16 hours (up to 240 km) and has been designed to achieve energy efficiency, the lowest consumption and an optimum end of life management,” according to Irizar. Hector Olabe, director of Irizar e-mobility said, “We have worked together to manufacture a bus that meets all the requirements and needs of the citizens and the orography of Marseilles, and also to provide RTM with charging stations and an intelligent system to efficiently manage all the charge conditions/restrictions inside the depot. This system identifies the different charging needs of each bus and optimizes the total required power, which makes the electric conversion of the bus fleets completely viable.” Visit www.irizar.com/usa for more information.


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OUR REPUTATION FOR SERVICE IS FUELED BY EXPERIENCE. Every Prevost coach is backed by a highly skilled service team that’s committed to keeping you productive and profitable. From our 24-hour emergency assistance to our coast-to-coast network of certified providers, we’re here with uptime support that’s unmatched in the industry. www.prevostcar.com

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