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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019 Published by Rankin Publishing, Inc. www.buslinemag.com

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Promoting Safety, Dignity & Respect For Passengers

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RAPID RESPONSE .........................Page 6 INDUSTRY NEWS........................Page 52

ON THE COVER: Among the representatives of Suffolk Transportation Service/Suffolk Bus Corp., are, left to right, Ann Rosenberg, center manager; Thomas W. Smith, vice president-school operations & business development; Wilber Bonillagonzalez, driver; Alex Compere, dispatcher; and Tom Cronau, senior center manager. They are shown next to one of the company’s Micro Bird buses. Photos courtesy of Paragon Advertising. See page 8.

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MAY 2020 May 17-20 APTA Mobility Conference San Antonio, TX Info: 202-496-4800

May 31 - June 4 Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) Expo Louisville, KY Info: 800-891-0590 OCTOBER 2020 October 11-14 APTA Annual Meeting & Expo Anaheim, CA 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 2019 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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Suffolk Transportation Service, Inc. By Harrell Kerkhoff, Busline Magazine Editor

uffolk Transportation Serv“Suffolk Transportation Service ice, Inc., a major transportation is a major school transportation opprovider in Suffolk County, eration involving buses and vans Long Island, NY, continues to build for public and private schools, chilupon its 70-plus year history of innodren with special needs and adult vative services while helping to meet transportation programs throughthe needs of a variety of passenger out our county. This is referred as groups and communities. “The ‘nuts and bolts’ of transportation the school division,” Thomas Suffolk Transportation Service, success still comes down to providing Smith, Suffolk Vice President — Inc., along with its transit division, School Operations and Business trips that customers want and need, Suffolk Bus Corp., offers school and Development, said. “Suffolk Bus transit bus/van services in Suffolk along with quality customer service.” Corp., meanwhile, focuses on the County, NY, the fourth-most popupublic transportation sector in the — Thomas Smith lous county in New York. The county county. That includes Americans has an estimated population of 1.4 million residents, measures 86 with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit service as well as miles in length and 26 miles at its widest point, and is surrounded fixed-route bus service. We run 275 paratransit and transit by water on its north (Long Island Sound), east and south (Atlantic vehicles, delivering approximately 10,000 trips per day, Ocean) sides, while Nassau County, NY, borders its western edge. seven days per week.

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“The school division (Suffolk Transportation Service) is our par- those students who might not otherwise be able to afford such supent company and largest operation. It services 19 school districts plies prior to the school year.” It’s very common for employees of Suffolk Transportation Servspread throughout Suffolk County. We operate our school vehicles ice to also live in the county, allowfrom 11 county locations.” ing them to be near customers and Smith noted that there are many various service locations on a daily advantages to running a transportabasis. tion company that only serves one “Suffolk County is densely popcounty — even if that county hapulated in many areas. It seems that pens to be the second largest in no matter the time of day, our roadNew York by size, and the fourth ways are congested. It can make largest by population. navigating through various parts of “Servicing just one centralized the county a challenge,” Smith said. area is nice in that it allows us to “Despite the traffic, operating a ‘keep our arms around’ the business transportation business in Suffolk and our operations. With all of our County is very rewarding. A large facilities located in Suffolk County, we are able to remain very close to population means there is a large The fleet at Suffolk Transportation Service our communities and customers,” demand for the type of services that includes many buses produced by Micro Bird Inc. he said. “As a company, we have we provide. become very ingrained within our local communities in Suffolk “For example, we service one of the largest school districts in County. We enjoy very strong local brand recognition and try to New York. Overall, we transport a tremendous number of passenprovide a lot of good work for the community as a whole. That in- gers each day.” cludes being involved with local charitable organizations. A LONG HISTORY ON LONG ISLAND “Many leaders and organizations within our communities know that we are a big operation and are willing to help. We are recognized in the county as a company that likes to be involved in the uffolk County is one of four counties that make up Long Iscommunity, doing good work for local students and being a reland, the largest island in the contiguous United States, at a source. For example, our company is a participant in a local backlength of 118 miles. From west to east, the four counties are pack and school supply program for area school children, helping Kings and Queens (which comprise the New York City boroughs

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of Brooklyn and Queens, respectively), along with Nassau and Suffolk counties, the latter of which occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island. More than half of New York City’s residents live on Long Island, mainly in Brooklyn and Queens. “Long Island is an interesting place. There are a lot of differences between the western and far eastern portions, from a highly congested urban landscape to more rural and seaside settings. You can drive 10 miles and see different terrain, from hills in the northern portion of the island to flat terrain along the south shore,” Smith said. “One thing is for certain, unless you take a ferry, there is only one way off the island if you are driving. You have to head west through New York City.” The history of both Suffolk Transportation Service and Suffolk Bus Corp., dates over 70 years. They were purchased by John A. Corrado in 1970. Prior to the purchase, Corrado ran the school bus division of Varsity Transit in Queens with over 1,000 drivers and vehicles under his supervision. Varsity Transit was a division of Green Bus Lines, a company that Corrado’s father and father-in-law helped establish many years prior. Suffolk Transportation Service and Suffolk Bus Corp., are now owned and operated by Corrado’s son, John J. Corrado, who has been the president of both entities since 1995, and essentially grew

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up in the business. He is also a certified public accountant, and, after spending time working for other companies in accounting, joined the family business in 1988 as treasurer. Today, cherished photographs of Joseph, John A. and Michael Corrado, the three original family bus drivers, hang proudly in the hallway of the company’s corporate office in Bay Shore, NY. “We are a privately-held company and a large family operation. Part of our success is that the family component is still a part of the business,” Smith said. “John J. Corrado remains very involved. He is a true leader when it comes to moving the business forward, helping us with creative solutions that Company headquarters often involve the use of advanced technology. That, in turn, allows for the greater safety and/or efficiency of our entire operation. The end result is a better overall service for our ridership as a whole.” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Suffolk County consists of 2,373 square miles, of which 912 square miles is land, with the remaining area (62 percent) being water. The county occupies 66 percent of the land area of Long Island. Due, in part, to the county’s large size, Suffolk Transportation Service and Suffolk Bus Corp., operate 11 active locations for transportation operations, three of which Smith called “principal” that include maintenance shops and offices.


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mercial Group and smaller vehicles from Micro Bird Inc. “We are very proud of our Blue Bird and Micro Bird units. On the Micro Bird side, we have found success using versatile buses that have room for multiple wheelchairs and also feature flip-up seats (G-5DS Series). That model allows us to quickly and efficiently modify each vehicle to fit a specific number of wheelchairs. For example, with adult programs, one day we may need to fit five A FLEET FULL OF CAPABILITIES wheelchairs in a specific vehicle, while the next day we may need to just fit three wheelchairs. Our dispatchers love those Micro Bird he fleet at Suffolk Transportation Service has grown from buses due to their versatility, allowing them to better arrange trans35 school buses and 15 transit buses in 1970 to over 1,400 portation services for specific customers,” Smith said. “We have school buses, 76 transit buses and 195 paratransit vehicles approximately 19 such Micro Bird units and started purchasing today. It includes a number of larger buses from Blue Bird Comthem over the past two years. That is in addition to our 180 Micro Birds used for general school routes. “Our company’s history with Micro Bird is lengthy. We love the company’s products. They have a great reputation, providing vehicles that hold up well over time. We are very proud to put Micro Bird vehicles on the road in connection with our different transportation services.” One of the biggest new developments at Suffolk Transportation Service, is the introduction of four full-size electric Blue Bird buses, expected to be in operation in September 2019 (coordinated with the Bay Shore UFSD), according to Smith. “We just completed the charging station infrastructure for those vehicles at one of our yards. The buses have just arrived and are being prepared for service. Meanwhile, certain drivers and mechanics are receiving special training in association with those units,” Smith said. “Suffolk Transportation Service will be among the first in the state of New York to operate Blue Bird fullyelectric buses, allowing us to help define maintenance savings and cost-per-mile differences compared to diesel vehicles for ® The ProViu ASL360 Camera System lets future users of the electric buses. Our goal you monitor your surroundings in a totally is the help change the dynamics of the new way. ProViu’s four cameras stitch school bus industry. together a single 360-degree view around “It was really exciting to find out last the bus, reducing blind spots and revealing year that there was opportunity to use elecpedestrians, cyclists, and other obstacles tric buses for the upcoming school year. hidden from a driver’s mirrors. Blind spots are We have been talking about that for the reduced and potential hazards exposed. past 10 years, and it’s now here. A lot of strategic planning took place to get the When loading, unloading or maneuvering project up and running.” through traffic, ProViu ASL360 keeps drivers He added that the future is wide open fully aware of everyone and everything that’s when it comes to more electric buses being happening around them. deployed at Suffolk Transportation Service. Give your operation the improved vision of “If those vehicles work well within our ProViu ASL360 Camera Systems. operation and prove to be a great value proposition, that will go a long way in our Scan to see video. 800-564-5066 commitment to growing an electric vehicle salessupport-us@continental-corporation.com fleet. There is a hope that additional grant ProViu – A Trademark of www.continental-corporation.com the Continental Corporation money will be available in the future so that more transportation providers can obtain “Those maintenance shops involve full service areas that include wash bays. They have 8 to 12 service bays manned by two shifts, along with a full service transportation office at each site,” Smith said. “They are centrally located within our main service areas in Suffolk County. In fact, 90 percent of our service takes place within 15 miles of one of those three main facilities.”

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check motion detection system,” electric vehicles,” Smith said. “The Smith said. “We also provide a more electric vehicles that are purschool bus tracking app for parchased, and the more that technolents to help them get real-time bus ogy is developed, the greater the arrival notifications. chance that the overall cost of such vehicles will come down to sus“I don’t think anyone at our comtainable levels.” pany could picture running our opAlong with reducing a transerations anymore without GPS. For portation provider’s carbon footexample, GPS with advanced print, Smith said an electric motor telematics allows us to better monis less complicated than a diesel enitor how our drivers perform behind gine. In the long run, that could add the wheel. That involves comparato additional maintenance savings. tive analysis, which compares acThe infrastructure at Suffolk Transportation Service “There are fewer moving parts tual driving versus planned routing. includes plenty of room for employee training. in an electric motor. We are exWe are able to better evaluate and cited about what that could mean for our future maintenance costs, make decisions and driving modifications based on that data.” along with having a cleaner running vehicle,” he said. As stated, officials at Suffolk Transportation Service have been EMPLOYEES HEAD CUSTOMER SERVICE EFFORTS preparing specific employees for the arrival of the four electric Blue Bird buses. That includes special training for mechanics and n important part of the employee culture at Suffolk Transthose people who train drivers at the company. portation Service is to look out for the welfare of passen“Everyone involved with our electric buses will need to be well gers, often involving school children and senior citizens. trained. It’s an ongoing process,” Smith said. It’s a task not taken lightly. All vehicles at Suffolk Transportation Service are equipped with “The main key to our success is our employees — from our drivspecific amenities to help enhance the passenger experience for a ers behind the wheel to our driver assistants, mechanics, transportawide range of riders. tion supervisors, dispatchers, terminal managers; finance, human “We have been proactive over the past three to four years adding resource, safety and risk management teams and members of our high-level technology upgrades for our fleet. That includes digital executive staff — everyone is focused on promoting the safety, digsolutions involving GPS, digital radios and an advanced childContinued On Page 20

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Suffolk Transportation Service: Continued From Page 16

“Along with being able to pass an extensive background check, driver candidates must show they are caring, will do the right thing nity and respect of our passengers,” Smith said. “Developing and under all circumstances and understand the challenges of driving a implementing a caring philosophy is vital to what we do as a trans- vehicle, while also managing students and other passengers. portation provider. In response to our efforts, the results have been “It’s just not about driving the bus. Our drivers have to make positive over the years. We receive a lot of letters from parents, sure that young school children, for example, are sitting rather saying it’s so nice to have a driver behind the wheel who greets than moving about the vehicle. Drivers have to consistently prostudents with a smile and a ‘good morning.’” vide passenger management. Our drivers are well trained and caAmong the drivers at the company are those who operate para- pable of using their training when the need arises. They also take transit and fixed-route transit vehigreat pride in their work. That in“It’s our goal to have the right resources in cludes keeping the interiors of their cles, as well as those working in the school division and adult transvehicles neat and tidy.” place to help solve all types of problems portation program. According to Smith, most people when it comes to transportation.” Each driver and driver assistant hired to drive at Suffolk Transportais required to wear a “waist up” unition Service start in the school bus form. They are supplied with company ID badges, shirts, vests, division, where the company will help them acquire a CDL license hats and reflective jackets, the necessary attire to look neat and pro- if they don’t already have one. Extensive training on the company’s fessional. All employees, including office staff, are also required policies is also provided. That includes driving skills and student to wear a photo ID at all times. management. Candidates interested in driving a transit vehicle for Like all positions at Suffolk Transportation Service, driving a the company must have at least one year of experience in passenger vehicle is taken very seriously. Smith and his coworkers understand transportation. that driving a large vehicle full of passengers, often in heavy sub“Our training process for all new hires goes from ‘A to Z,’” urban traffic, is definitely not a job for everyone. Smith said. “We started a successful new program this year to train “We look for driver candidates who show the ability to care. It’s our driver assistants who want to become drivers. Those are people important they truly care about their passengers, whether those peo- who assist the driver with managing children, whether it’s securing ple are students, adults with special needs or the general public. wheelchairs before a route, giving students with special needs more That caring must be a part of a driver’s personality. It’s definitely a attention or simply controlling the atmosphere inside the vehicle part of our evaluation when looking at new candidates,” Smith said. in the passenger area.

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“We experienced having a surplus of “A certain number of those assistants drivers toward the end of last year. In this want to become drivers. What is beneficial day and age of low unemployment, that is is that they already have onboard experia great feeling when operating a business ence. We can then further train them to beso manpower driven. I have told my team come a driver, including helping those that 2019 will be a very important year for employees obtain a CDL.” hiring people. I feel we will remain in good Approximately 50 former driver assisshape as long as we are laser-focused on our tants have now been trained to drive a comhiring goals.” pany vehicle. “Those are employees who come to work IMPLEMENTING SMART on their first day as a driver already posGROWTH OBJECTIVES sessing a lot of company experience, which includes a good understanding of our expectations,” Smith said. “We look to cons demand for different transportation tinue that program.” programs continues to rise in SufIn today’s era of driver shortages in folk County, as well as other parts of many parts of the country, officials at Sufthe country, it’s imperative to officials at Passengers with disabilities are well folk Transportation Service, not only work Suffolk Transportation Service that smart served by Suffolk Transportation Service hard to find qualified candidates, but retain growth objectives are followed. That inand its transit division, Suffolk Bus Corp. good drivers once hired. That is done in a cludes striving for improved maintenance efvariety of ways. ficiencies, enhanced safety measures and providing greater “We are proactive in raising the bar for employees when it comes customer service. to wage and benefit packages, as well as the ability to grow within “It’s important to stay on top of technology, whether it’s using the company. That often allows us to get first choice in the market the smartest routing software and best onboard solutions to making when it comes to hiring and retaining the best people,” Smith said. sure we are among industry leaders in safety and efficiency,” Smith “It’s also essential to provide clean facilities, modern and well-main- said. “We have always been a company that strives to test new tained vehicles and a friendly company culture. In return, our em- things and understand new technology. As company president, John ployees are willing to practice safe, reliable and efficient services. Continued On Page 55

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ospitality-first is the prevailing mindset at EcoStyle Chauffeured Transportation, of Raleigh, NC, which offers best-in-class chauffeured transportation. While the company’s main facility is in Raleigh, it serves clients throughout the United States and beyond. “We offer a wide array of transportation services, with our sedans all the way up to vans, mini-coaches and motorcoaches,” said Vice President and Cofounder Scott Tyler, during a recent interview with Busline Magazine. “We are heavily into athletic charters, taking groups to stadiums across the United States, as well as transporting sports

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teams. We also specialize in luxury corporate transportation. We do a lot of corporate group movements for various companies throughout North Carolina. During the past three years, our primary focus has been on the motorcoach side of the business.” In addition to serving the state of North Carolina, EcoStyle offers professional, reliable, long-distance transportation. “We take a lot of tours out west to such locations as Las Vegas, NV. We travel up and down the East Coast from Florida to Maine,” Tyler said. “We also take trips to Canada. If a client wants to go somewhere, and it makes sense, we will take him/her wherever he/she wants to travel.


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We work with a lot of high-end tour companies. They love using hospitality-first mindset here. Our clients love how our chauffeurs our equipment and our staff. They book us for tours throughout the take care of them.” United States. It is pretty cool to look at the GPS and see our Because of its commitment to above and beyond service, coaches all over the U.S. There are really no limitations to where EcoStyle goes to great lengths to make sure it hires drivers who are we can go.” capable of having that hospitality-first mindset. In addition to sporting events, the company’s group transporta“As part of the interview process for a chauffeur job, we let the tion offerings include weddings, candidate know we are a little bit church groups, birthday celebradifferent, making sure he/she has a tions, school transportation, brewservice-first mindset,” Tyler said. ery and wine tours, and more. “Finding qualified, quality drivers EcoStyle’s executive chauffeur is a challenge. We are picky, but services include transporting busiwhen we find a great operator, ness clients to meetings and events, he/she tends to stay. Our turnover is as well as a shuttle and private aviextremely low. ation service. “We have a great family mindset The company also offers airport here and the chauffeurs appreciate travel services. EcoStyle chauffeurs what we do for them. Likewise, we will greet clients inside the airport appreciate what they mean to and escort them to their vehicle. EcoStyle. We have a great relationDrivers will also take care of transship with all of our drivers. Once porting a client’s luggage in and out they come on board, we treat them of the vehicle. like family and they rarely leave.” For driver training, EcoStyle “We hold our drivers to a EcoStyle welcomes visitors to its main facility uses a comprehensive web-based higher standard. We want them to in Raleigh, NC, to view its fleet of luxury vehicles. program. go ‘above and beyond,’” Tyler “We have traditionally used the said. “Our chauffeurs don’t just sit behind the wheel. We require them to drive safely, but also to driver training program on the chauffeured car side of the company, assist with bags or anything else our clients need. Going ‘above and now have expanded to using it to train bus drivers, as well,” and beyond’ is what keeps our clients coming back. We have a Tyler said. “It is a training program that emphasizes service first,

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“We also have HDMI plugs throughout the Van Hools to allow and has all the steps for drivers to develop a five-star hospitality passengers to hook up laptops, iPhones, etc.,” Tyler said. “The mentality. “We can train people to drive sedans and SUVs, but for buses, buses have large, full-modified parcel racks that include 26-inch monitors throughout the vehicle, which people love. It was a big prior experience is required.” In addition to motorcoaches, EcoStyle’s fleet consists of sedans, selling point for us to have the big TVs throughout. I really think it SUVs, vans and mini-buses. In focusing more on the motorcoach makes the interior of the vehicles stand out. “We believe in the partnership, service and products ABC proside of the business, in the past year and a half, EcoStyle has taken vides. If anybody is thinking about purchasing delivery of 13 Van Hool TX45s from ABC a Van Hool, you can’t go wrong.” Companies, the exclusive North American dis“If a client wants to go EcoStyle’s other luxury vehicles are also tributor of Van Hool coaches. outfitted with leather appointed seats, Wi-Fi, “When we took delivery of our first Van somewhere, and it power outlets, HDMI plugs and TVs. Hool from ABC, which was in 2018, we abmakes sense, we will “We have luxury mini-coaches that are, in solutely fell in love with the coach,” Tyler said. my mind, the top of the line on the market. “We visited the facility and fell in love with take him/her wherever fit and finish is done perfectly. They are the people at ABC. After visiting and talking he/she wants to travel.” Every beautiful buses,” Tyler said. “We take luxury with ABC, we knew it was the company we — Scott Tyler, Vice President wanted to partner with moving forward. It has to another level, from our sedans all the way proven to be the right decision, as ABC has up to our motorcoaches.” been a great partner for us throughout the past EcoStyle’s leadership and employees are year and a half. Our TX45s are all black coaches. proud of the company’s luxury fleet and go “above and beyond” to “Our sports team passengers love them. And not only sports make sure they look immaculate curbside and on the road. Making clients, our corporate customers who are used to a luxury product sure they are well-maintained is also a high priority. love them as well. The Van Hools are great looking coaches with “We take tremendous pride in having our vehicles meticulously plenty of legroom and many amenities. They have the curb appeal detailed, clean, smelling good and ready to go for every trip,” Tyler we are looking for, and they really mesh well with our overall busi- said. “The way we look at it, we are only as good as our last trip. A dirty bus that doesn’t have curb appeal can start a trip off on a ness, and the image we are trying to convey.” Amenities on the Van Hool coaches include Wi-Fi and leather- wrong note. We make sure that doesn’t happen. “We have a great set of bus operators who take pride in their appointed interiors.

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equipment. They wash vehicles in-between trips, and when they are on the road, as well. They make sure our high standards are maintained, even when they are out on the road for a three-day tour or a 20-day trip. “In competing with other transportation companies in the area, we invite people to come and look at our coaches to see how they are maintained. This is a big selling point for us.”

In 2011, Tyler approached Pittman about starting a transportation business, and thus EcoStyle was born. “We evaluated the idea of starting the company, and he was all in,” Tyler said. “So, we started in 2011 and have built the business to where it is today.” Originally, Tyler and Pittman operated the company out of a five-star hotel and spa in the Raleigh suburb of Cary. At that time, EcoStyle was an executive van service, FROM THE DIAMOND TO THE BUS servicing the hotel. The company moved into its current facility about five years ago. coStyle’s headquarters is in what is Before he became a transportation comcalled the Research Triangle, so pany executive, Tyler was a professional named because of three major unibaseball pitcher. He was drafted by the Minversities in the area. In addition to North nesota Twins in the second round of the Carolina State University in Raleigh, which 2001 Major League Baseball June Amateur is also the state capital, Duke University is Draft from Downingtown High School, in located in Durham, next door to Raleigh, Downingtown, PA. Tyler’s career spanned eight years — five and the University of North Carolina’s main with the Twins organization, two with the campus is in nearby Chapel Hill. The curEcoStyle’s fleet manager Florida Marlins organization and one with rent population of the Raleigh-Durhamis Lynn Richardson. the Oakland Athletics organization. IroniChapel Hill Combined Statistical Area cally, several years before founding (CSA) is estimated at 2.03 million people. Tyler and his co-founder, Brock Pittman, who is also the com- EcoStyle in Raleigh, he played part of the 2006 season in the mipany’s president, met in 2008 and became best friends. Pittman nors for the Carolina Mudcats in the Carolina League, based in Zefounded Royal Parking, a valet parking business, in October 2000. bulon, NC, a suburb of Raleigh.

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(Left photo) EcoStyle’s operation features 24-hour live in-office dispatch. (Center/right photos) Pictured, left to right, are Group/Charter Sales Reps Jim Brown, Chad Chriscoe, Caitlin Conroy and Diane McLean.

So, how did a baseball player get into the transportation industry? “It wasn’t a plan or a long-term dream, it was something that Brock (Pittman) and I decided to do, and, since then, we have come to absolutely love the transportation industry,� Tyler said. “It is something I really enjoy on a day-to-day basis. No day is ever the same. We love servicing our clients. I’m very invested in our clients and look at them as true partners. That is what has kept us strong in the industry. Plus, it is a fun business.� While he was playing baseball, Tyler rode a lot of buses traveling from town-to-town. This experience helped shape the way he thinks about bus travel.

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“I rode buses playing baseball for years, and now that I own a transportation company, I apply a lot of the things I learned during my travels,� Tyler said. “I have a different vantage point as I have been on 18-hour trips, and have taken buses all over. I know what I didn’t like when I was a passenger. Now, I can make sure we eliminate things in our operation that made my trips unpleasant.� Tyler said his experiences as an elite athlete have given him an advantage as he navigates the business world. “I know what it feels like to be at the top, but I also know what failure looks like. I know what it is like to be at the bottom,� Tyler said. “The ups and downs notwithstanding, I know if you work hard, you can achieve your goals and dreams and be at the top.

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Tyler said EcoStyle’s philosophy on customer service keeps its “I worked extremely hard on my baseball career from a young age. I experienced a lot of failure, but I have also experienced a lot clients center stage. of great things. I apply that to our company today. There are a lot “We are a client-driven organization. We rely on our clients to of ups and downs in business, generally. I was prepared for that by keep us busy, and book year after year,” he said. “As a result of my athletic career. It has translated well for me. I have been able to our high customer service standards, our clients become advocates put it in perspective, and apply the things I learned for our company. That advocacy increases trips, from years of playing into business.” increases our outreach and, overall, makes us a “Operators have better organization. to understand CLIENT-DRIVEN “Every driver has to realize customer service that it is not just a starts with him/her. A lot of times clients talk to our coStyle employs 73 people, who fill many driving job, it is a inside staff on the phone. Our inside team does a positions within the company, from the ofgreat job, and they make the trip happen, but the first service. It is a fice to dispatch to the road. person customers usually see is the operator. When “We have 24-hour live in-office dispatch, which they see an operator who is smiling and ready to go hospitality job. is a huge advantage,” Tyler said. “We employ a cusabove and beyond, it really goes a long way.” Our passengers tomer service staff, as well as sales and safety comAfter experiencing EcoStyle’s high level of cusare guests on our tomer service, customers will likely spread the pliance teams. We have fleet and operations managers, as well as a vehicle washing team. word, which drives more work to the company, equipment, and “We outsource maintenance. We are partnered Tyler said. we need to treat with a great facility about a mile down the road. “Operators have to understand that it is not just a They provide our maintenance, so we don’t have to driving job, it is a service. It is a hospitality job. Our all of them as if keep that in-house, which is nice. passengers are guests on our equipment, and we they are VIPs.” “In addition to motorcoach operators, we have need to treat all of them as if they are VIPs,” Tyler lead bus captains. For our drivers, we require that said. “We don’t see ourselves as a niche company. they wear black pants with a white button-up shirt. We also have We offer tours and we transport athletic teams like everyone else; a really nice vest for them, which is embroidered with our com- however, we put our own touch on it and make sure that we are elpany name. evating our service levels day in and day out.” “There are some clients, especially sports teams, who prefer opIn its marketing effort, EcoStyle relies on word-of-mouth and its erators wear logoed polo shirts, and we have those as well.” reputation for excellence, rather than big marketing campaigns.

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“We partner with a lot of local organizations that help us spread our name. A lot of it is word-of-mouth,” Tyler said. “Our staff and our passengers are the best marketing tools. When a client enjoys a trip, or when an athletic team is happy, they tell somebody else. We have conducted most of our marketing by just having our clients tell the story. The result is we get a lot of references and recommendations, and we use those to further our business. “I travel quite a bit and meet with our partners and make sure they are satisfied. We do a lot of marketing that way, as well.” EcoStyle’s new website, www.ecostyleusa.com, has also been an effective marketing tool, Tyler said. “We have put a lot of money into our website. A web design company works with us,” Tyler said. “When we approached them for our new website, we wanted it to be a little bit different. We wanted it to be nice, clean and easy to use. The feedback has been great. Our clients love its easy use, and the look of the overall design.”

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hen EcoStyle moved into it current facility in Raleigh about five years ago, it didn’t have motorcoaches. Now that the company has purchased several of the big buses, a new, larger facility is a need, Tyler said. “When we moved into this facility, the largest vehicles we had were mini-coaches,” Tyler said. “Now, we are bursting at the seams.”

Even though a larger facility is in EcoStyle’s future, Tyler said the current facility is “beautiful.” “When we moved in, we gutted the building and built it back to how we wanted. However, within the past three months, we contracted with a company to source a new facility,” Tyler said. “We are going to build it from the ground up and have all the amenities and the things we need to continue the growth we have experienced. We are really excited about this process. So, we will have a new facility in the next year or so, and it will be state-of-the-art.” While a new facility is on the horizon, there have been no thoughts, as a company, to move out of the area. “I love being in the Raleigh-Durham market. We are convenient to just about anywhere on the East Coast,” Tyler said. “It is easy to service Florida all the way up to Maine. Furthermore, Interstate 40, which passes through Raleigh, gives us easy access heading west. We really like this market and where we are positioned.”

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coStyle’s rapidly ascending growth curve has not come without having to overcome some challenges along the way. “We have grown quickly and have faced some challenges, which we have gotten through,” Tyler said. “When you have the high standard we require, hiring the right drivers is a challenge. Sometimes it takes a little extra time to hire the right fit. We don’t want to just hire somebody to put behind the wheel because he/she is qualified to drive, we also want the candidate to be the

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right fit for our company culture. So, that has been a challenge at times.” While, in some ways, having a hard time keeping up with demand is a good problem to have, it is a challenge nonetheless. “We don’t like to tell our clients there is no availability. But, sometimes it is tough to meet the demand we have,” Tyler said. “I would say one of the biggest challenges we have faced is just meeting the demand with the different universities and corporations in this area. It is a challenge, but it is a good challenge.” Challenges notwithstanding, Tyler is optimistic about the future of EcoStyle. “The future is bright, especially in the bus segment. I travel to a lot of industry trade shows on both the car and the bus side and I really see a bright spot in the future for bus and passenger transportation,” Tyler said. “I’m excited about it, and we are going to continue to hit the market hard and be as successful as possible.” Looking ahead, Tyler also feels the transportation industry as a whole is on good footing. “The transportation industry is strong. There are going to be some challenges ahead, but overall the economy is very good right now, and people are traveling by bus,” Tyler said. “Furthermore, athletic teams’ budgets have opened up a little bit, and we are capturing a lot of that business at the right time. I think the future is bright for the industry.” In the quest to grow the business, Tyler said operating on the principles that have made EcoStyle successful thus far will ensure the company continues to thrive. “The No. 1 key to our success is having the right talent. We

have a very talented staff here at EcoStyle,” Tyler said. “I trust our staff wholeheartedly to make decisions that will reflect the morals of the company. “A second key is having the right equipment to satisfy our customers’ needs. We listen to our customers. We take feedback. Above and beyond, we have good people, and that is what has really driven us to be as successful as possible.”

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n speaking of the field he has chosen, Tyler said he would advise someone who is looking for a career path to consider the transportation industry. “No two days are the same. It is a unique profession where your office is a large window and you get to see the countryside,” Tyler said. “It is a great opportunity to travel, to meet fantastic people, to have some flexibility and to work with a great organization. “We have had a lot of people who started out as operators and eventually moved into the office to experience a different side of the business. We believe in promoting from within. I tell people there is opportunity here, as we continue to grow.” Contact: EcoStyle Chauffeured Transportation, 1312 Kirkland Road, No.117, Raleigh, NC 27603. Phone: 919-890-3839. Email: info@ecostyleusa.com. Website: www.ecostyleusa.com.

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APTA TRANSform Conference October 13 – 16, New York City

he American Public Transportation Association’s 2019 TRANSform Conference: a reimagined APTA Annual Meeting, is scheduled for October 13-16 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, NY. APTA’s TRANSform Conference provides the latest in policy, technology, and new mobility ideas. According to APTA, attendees are expected to experience: n Powerful keynote speakers to help attendees see public transit in a different way; n Unconventional session formats to maximize learning and sharing experiences; n Technical tours that showcase one of the world’s largest public transit systems; n A new products and services showcase format with more hours to extend the time to connect with partners; n Networking opportunities inside and outside the conference to broaden and deepen career relationships; and, n APTA’s TRANSform Conference will provide the ideas, insights, and connections to help attendees manage the changing mobility environment and the future of public transportation.

APTA REGISTRATION HOURS Saturday, Oct. 12 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct.14 — 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 — 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 — 7 to 10 a.m. Pre-registration will close Friday, October 4. Those who are not registered by the pre-registration deadline will need to register and pay onsite. PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE New features for the 2019 Products & Services Showcase include: n Turn-key Kiosk exhibits — providing an overall lower cost to the exhibitor; n Exhibits open for three days — more time with attendees;

n Opening reception access — networking time with target attendees; and, n Exhibits located outside of sessions — providing access to all attendees; not just those who visit the show floor. Products & Services Showcase Hours n Monday, Oct. 14, noon to 5 p.m. (lunch included); n Tuesday, Oct. 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and, n Wednesday, Oct. 16, 8 a.m. to noon.

OPENING/GENERAL SESSION & CLOSING EVENT The Opening General Session, titled “TRANSformational Technology,” is from 8 to 9:30 a.m, Monday, Oct. 14. Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York City Department of Transportation will welcome attendees to New York City, and share some insights into ways they are transforming public transit in the region. The keynote address will be presented by Randi Zuckerberg, Founder & CEO of Zuckerberg Media. She is an entrepreneur, investor, bestselling author and tech media personality. She will discuss her personal relationship with transformative technology, the importance of staying connected to technology, and the value of innovation and strategies to transform a business. The Closing Event, titled “The Medicine of Music: How a World-Class Violinist and Social Activist Reaches Homeless People with Music and What Transit Can Learn,” is scheduled from 10:45 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, October 16. The session will be led by Vijay Gupta, a world-acclaimed violinist, MacArthur Fellow and a social activist who has made a second career of using music to connect with people in need, including homeless people. He will highlight why a greater awareness of innovative approaches to connecting with homeless people who occupy transit facilities is important. Gupta will also showcase a fresh foundation for developing

new practices to improve interactions between homeless people and transit leaders, front-line and station employees and riders.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES There are a variety of educational sessions during APTA’s 2019 TRANSform Conference. Seminar topics include: Cities and Mobility — Public Transit, New Mobility, and Managing the Curb; Creative Funding Opportunities at the State and Local Level; Transit’s Link to Health, Wellness, and Livable Communities; Congress and the Year Ahead in Transportation; New Mobility and the First Mile/Last Mile; Building an Inclusive Mobility Culture — Promoting Diversity and Inclusion for Transportation Employees and Customers; New Dynamics in Transit Ridership — What Have We Learned?; Zero Emission Buses — You’ll Never Walk Alone; and more. OTHER KEY EVENTS Other key events at this year’s TRANSform Conference include: n Workshop: The Challenges and Opportunities of Accessibility within the New Mobility Paradigm, from 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Oct. 13; n This is APTA, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13; n Welcome Reception, from 6 to 8 p.m, Sunday, Oct. 13; n A Conversation with New CEOs: An Executive Roundtable, from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, Oct. 14; n General session: USDOT Update, from 4 to 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14; n Celebration of Excellence Awards Breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15; n Session & Mobile Walking Tour: Climate Resiliency in New York City, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15; and, n Wednesday Wake Up Breakfast: TRANSformational Influence — Women and Power, 7 to 9:15 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16. For more information, visit www.apta.com.

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Austin Mohawk and Company, Inc. 2175 Beechgrove Pl. Utica, NY 13501 USA Toll Free: 888-632-0273 Email: sales@austinmohawk.com Website: www.austinmohawk.com Products: A selection of pre-manufactured structures of bus and transit shelters. Built with high quality aluminum or steel. Shelters are durable, attractive, and can be equipped with budget-conscious features such as LED

solar lighting. All Austin Mohawk shelters meet or exceed International Building Code (IBC) standards. Fast turnaround times and professional installation available anywhere in the continental United States. Austin Mohawk has spent more than 80 years building prefabricated structures. Product line-up includes pre-manufactured buildings, shelters, press boxes, and overhead metal canopies. Custom built structures are modular and functional. 19

BikeLid LLC P.O. Box 408 3430 Evergreen Point Rd. Medina, WA 98039 USA 206-963-7585 Website: www.BikeLid.com Products: Durable and secure Class 1 (longterm) public parking bike locker. Tough, lightweight, graffiti resistant polyethylene shell, reinforced by steel, attached by springloaded hinge to a steel bike guide/frame. Pro-

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vides protection for one to two full-sized bicycles. Bolts to any ground surface. Any color. Standard locking mechanism is secured by the bicyclist’s own lock. Optional prestalled locks include external U or monoblock locks, and internal key, combination, or on-demand electronic locks, including Park-byPhone. 13

Brasco International, Inc. 32400 Industrial Dr. Madison Heights, MI 48071 USA Toll Free: 800-893-3665 Email: info@brasco.com Website: www.brasco.com Products: 100 percent in-house design and fabrication, made in Detroit, MI. Products include bus stop shelters, BRT station shelters, bike shelters, transit shelters, solar powered LED safety bollards, windscreens, advertising boxes, solar powered ad box retrofits, custom glass etching, roof retrofits, benches, bike racks, waste receptacles, shopping cart corrals, advertising signs, solar lighting retrofits, shade shelters, leaning rails, covered walkways and canopies. 14 Columbia Equipment Co., Inc. 72 Albany Ave. Freeport, NY 11520 USA

516-442-3340 Website: www.columbiaequipment.com Products: A North American manufacturer of pre-fabricated aluminum bus shelters. Specializing in this field since 1961. Available in standard and custom designs, in a variety of sizes and configurations, and in all price ranges. Product line includes bus stop shelters, train station shelters, windscreens, smoking shelters, walkway canopies, information kiosks, ticket vending shelters and custom street furniture. 19

Daytech Limited 70 Disco Rd. Toronto, ON M9W 1L9 CANADA Toll Free: 877-329-1907 Email: info@daytechlimited.com Website: www.daytechlimited.com Products: A North American manufacturer of pre-fabricated transit shelters, bike shelters, canopies, street furniture and transit signage. Over 60,000 product installations in every corner of the continent. Can customize shelters for exact requirements. 13 Duo-Gard Industries, Inc. 40442 Koppernick Rd. Canton, MI 48187 USA 734-207-9700

Email: info@duo-gard.com Website: www.duo-gard.com Products: Duo-Gard transit shelters provide versatility in size, styles and services that meet goals for aesthetics, performance and economy. This versatility is also found with Duo-Gard’s canopies, walkways, windbreaks, stairway enclosures, furniture, bike racks and other structures needed to complete a project. 19

Enseicom, Inc. 225 Norman Montreal, QC H8R 1A3 CANADA 514-486-2626 Email: info@enseicom.com Website: www.enseicom.com Products: Founded in 1982, Enseicom manufactures street furniture, billboards, advertising structures and signage in North America. Staffed with a full in-house graphic and technical design team overseen by civil and structural engineers, Enseicom constantly designs and develops products with superior quality, durability and serviceability, all the while maintaining state-of-the-art designs. It manufactures a wide array of products which include: bus shelters, rapid transit shelters, parking booths, benches,

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newspaper boxes, waste containers, bike racks, billboards, street level advertising columns, interior signage, and outdoor signage. With over 100,000 square feet of combined manufacturing and storage facilities, Enseicom is equipped to handle projects of any size across North America and the Caribbean. 18

Handi-Hut, Inc. 3 Grunwald St. Clifton, NJ 07013 USA 973-614-1800 Email: staff@handi-hut.com Website: www.handi-hut.com Products: Bus shelters, smoking shelters, entry canopies, covered walkways, and solar lighting. 17 Madrax / Thomas Steele 1080 Uniek Dr. Waunakee, WI 53597 USA 608-849-1080 Email: sales@madrax.com Website: www.madrax.com, www.thomas-steele.com Products: Maker of heavy-duty, high quality bike racks. 12 Mountain Shelter Solutions 6950 Base Line Wallaceburg, ON N8A 1A1 CANADA 877-588-8858 Email: sales@mountainsheltersolutions.com Website: www.mountainsheltersolutions.com

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Products: Provides transit shelters, smoking shelters, bicycle shelters, covered walkways, canopies, advertisement signs and street furniture. The company offers both power and off-grid options. All shelters are made with aluminum extrusions and components. Only stainless steel hardware is used during assembly. The company powder coats to AAMA2604 and 2605 standards. Ships to, and can install anywhere, in North America. 12

Poligon by PorterCorp 4240 136th Ave. Holland, MI 49424 USA 616-888-3500 Website: www.poligon.com Products: Standard and custom shade coverings for applications in steel, fabric and wood. Structures include transit shelters, walkway covers, pavilions, trellises, signs and fabric shade. An experienced sales staff can guide customers through the entire process and will work with them from initial design to completed installation. A wide selection of standard shelters can be fully customized. Frame finishes are available in smooth and textured colors. The company also offers a variety of roof types and colors. 19 Tolar Manufacturing Co. 258 Mariah Cir. Carona, CA 92879 USA Toll Free: 800-339-6165 Email: info@tolarmfg.com Website: www.tolarmfg.com Products: Since 1991, Tolar Manufacturing has been producing transit shelters, kiosks, benches and trash receptacles. 19


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BusCon Tradeshow Scheduled For September 23 - 25 In Indianapolis

etworking, education and technology will be highlighted during the annual BusCon tradeshow, scheduled for September 23-25, at the Indiana Convention Center, located in downtown Indianapolis, IN. Transportation markets served at BusCon include: tour and charter, public and community transit, college and university, limousine, retirement community, parking and garage, hotel and resort, casino, religious, assisted living, paratransit, leasing, car rental and corporate. The exhibition hall for this year’s BusCon will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24; and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25. Attendees will see new models of buses, motorcoaches, vans and other equipment, along with a wide variety of industry-related supplies and services. Guest speakers, workshops, seminars and panel discussions will also be a part of this year’s event. Visitors will learn about the latest in alternative fuels and other green technologies; autonomous vehicles; telematics; safety; accessible transportation; regulatory issues; training and more.

BUSCON SCHEDULE

(Current as of August 15, 2019 / Seminar descriptions courtesy of BusCon)

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Noon - 5 p.m. Registration Open — Wabash West Foyer Session: Transit Asset Management Implementation For Tier II Providers & Sponsors — Room 124 This course provides an overview of, and implementation guidance for, Tier II providers intending to comply with the Transit Asset Management (TAM) Final Rule (49 CFR 625). The course is directed at mid- and senior-level managers from TAM Plan sponsoring agencies (Group Plan Sponsors and Group Plan Opt-outs), who will be responsible for the implementation of the TAM Final Rule within their agencies. Presenter: Margaret Akofio-Sowah.

2 - 5:15 p.m. BusCon Connect — The Express Route To New Business Connections BusCon Connect Schedule: Welcome Reception 2 - 2:30 p.m. — Room 126 One-On-One Appointments 2:30 - 5:15 p.m. — Room 127/128 Designed to connect operator buyers with exhibiting suppliers.

3 - 4 p.m. 3 Ways To Pull Ahead Of Your Competition — Room 122 Suggested for limo, motorcoach and shuttle operators, attendees will learn how industry leaders “drive measurable impact” through new programs, and how to implement those strategies for any fleet operation. Presenter: Sherry Wu, Samsara.

3 - 4 p.m. Transit Maintenance Forum: The Benefits Of Prognostics And Telematics In The Maintenance Shop — Room 125 Using prognostics and telematics can help maintenance teams be more efficient while saving money. This session will focus on how prognostics can help eliminate unnecessary oil and filter changes by monitoring various operating parameters, while telematics can help provide remote analysis of transmission diagnostic and prognostic information across an entire fleet of vehicles. Presenter: TBA

4 - 4:15 p.m. Networking Break — Wabash West Foyer To ELD And Beyond — Room 122 Now that many limo and motorcoach operators have installed their ELD systems, attendees will learn what technology and services have been developed to take them to the next level of compliance monitoring. Presenters: Tom Holden, Bus Advisors; Mike McDonal, Saucon Technologies. 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Transit Maintenance Forum: Best Practices For Maintenance Of Diesel Engines — Room 125 Attendees will take part in a discussion on

the best practices for maintenance of diesel engines in transit applications. The session will focus on recommended maintenance interval schedules, new procedures and aftertreatment support. Presenters: Kyle McDonald and Ryan Vaughn, Cummins. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception — TBA

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration Open — Wabash West Foyer

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. How To Provide Better, More Efficient Transportation Options (Concurrent Session) — Room 122 Public transit operators are looking at ways to reinvent services. This session will discuss ways that can be effective, including route optimization, app-based on-demand services and microtransit. Presenters: Gary Blazinsky and Jodi Glock, Hartford Transit LINK.

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. From Pilot To Prevalent: Key Considerations For Embracing Electric Buses’ Future Adoption (Concurrent Session) — Room 123 This session will focus on the latest considerations for the private and public sectors when turning to electric buses, including: innovations in bus charging solutions; energy management; and ways to reduce administrative overheads while increasing efficiency. Presenters: Mark Kerstens, ChargePoint; Chelsea Hohensee, MetroLINK. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. How Compliance With New CDL Requirements Can Help Your Operation (Concurrent Session) — Room 124 The MAP-21 compliance date of February 2020 is fast approaching. This session will focus on identifying how to comply with the expectations of MAP-21, while also providing insights into how companies might have to change their driver manage-

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ment strategies. Presenters: Tim Ammon, Transpar Group; Jeff Cassell, Motor Coach Safety Training Company.

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Transit Maintenance Forum: How Cloud-Based Mobile Technology Can Make Maintenance Easier — Room 125 Easy to deploy and simple to use, cloudbased technology can provide a strong impact in the maintenance shop. This session will focus on how asset maintenance can help companies simplify the cloud-based process, make gains in efficiency, improve compliance and keep a shop in a state of good repair. A look into the future of automated maintenance, digitized maintenance instruction and manuals will also be discussed. Presenter: G Satish, CEO, Connixt. 9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Networking Break — Wabash West Foyer

9:45 - 10:45 a.m. How Tech Can Transform Your Transportation Operation (Concurrent Session) — Room 122

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The session will cover how transit resources are used and destination decisions are made in a data-driven transit technology world. Presenters: Mitch Skyer, Passio Technologies; Scott Conroy, First Transit.

9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Integrating Autonomous Vehicles With Other Transportation Options (Concurrent Session) — Room 123 This presentation will discuss how to plan and design new autonomous and driverless mobility services and integrate them into public transit networks, with examples and lessons learned from realworld deployments. The session is suggested for transit, paratransit and shuttle operators. Presenters: Warren Perry, Senior Director Business Development, Bestmile; Jeff Peterson, First Transit. 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Stop Recruiting By Starting To Retain Motorcoach Drivers (Concurrent Session) — Room 124 Suggested for limo, motorcoach and shuttle operators, this session will focus on ways to better retain drivers.

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9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Transit Maintenance Forum: What Maintenance Personnel Need To Know About All-Electric Buses — Room 125 Transit agency techs/mechanics need to familiarize themselves with all-electric high voltage transit vehicles. This session will take a look at required personal protective equipment, and preparations that are necessary prior to working on, or near, high-voltage systems. Presenter: Mike Brock, SCRTTC. 10:45 - 11 a.m. Networking Break — Wabash West Foyer

11 a.m. - Noon Keynote Address Speaker: Chris Pangilinan — Room 120/121 Chris Pangilinan is the head of global policy for public transportation at Uber. In this role, Pangilinan works to help transit agencies and riders harness Uber’s technol-


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ogy platform to make transit more convenient and easier to use. Noon - 5 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open And Lunch (Noon - 2 p.m.)

12:45 - 3 p.m. Illinois Limo & Bus Association Midwest Operators Meeting — Room 125 3 - 5 p.m. Happy Hour In Exhibit Hall

6 - 8 p.m. BusCon Night On The Town — TBA WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Registration Open — Wabash West Foyer

8 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast And Awards Ceremony — Room 120/121 9 - 10 a.m. Which Alternative Fuel Is

Best For You? — Room 122 This session will discuss different alternative fuels, and which ones may be the best fit for small, medium and large vehicles. Presenter: Jeff Clarke, NGV America; Michael Taylor, Propane Education & Research Council. 9 - 10 a.m. Transit Maintenance Forum: Risk Management In The World Of Emerging Outbreak — Room 125 Attendees will learn how to keep their fleets operational during a biological sentinel event. Topics include understanding key mandates and infection control protocols, and how to successfully navigate through the challenges brought about by contagious diseases that threaten today’s transportation network. Presenter: Frances Grinstead, CEO, CURIS 10 - 10:15 a.m. Networking Break — Wabash West Foyer

New With Altoona Bus Testing? — Room 125 The session will provide an update on testing procedures, as well as a Q&A with Altoona Testing officials. Presenters: David Klinikowski, Director, Bus Research and Testing, Assistant Research Professor, Larson Transportation Institute, Penn State University; Stephen Brady, Booz Allen Hamilton.

10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Rural And Tribal Networks: A Tapestry Of Connected Service — Room 122 This presentation will provide an overview of challenges and opportunities facing rural and tribal transit today, as well as explore where opportunities to partner with private operators exist and how to develop them. Presenter: Robin Phillips, National RTAP. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open And Lunch (Noon - 1:30 p.m.) Visit www.busconexpo.com for more information.

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BUSLINE VEHICLE SHOWCASE:

Motor Coach Industries

MCI® D45 CRT LE A new era in passenger accessibility and workhorse performance is here. Built for Commuter Rapid Transit (CRT), the MCI D45 CRT LE delivers all the advantages of a proven high-floor design, combined with a breakthrough Low-Entry (LE) vestibule for unprecedented accessibility, especially for passengers using mobility devices. The ADA- and Buy America-compliant model was developed with evaluations from the National Council on Independent Living and the American Association for People with Disabilities, among others. Features include an automatic curb-level ramp that accommodates a wider variety of mobility aids such as next-generation motorized wheelchairs. The forward door features an ergonomically-designed spiral entryway, enhanced lighting and supportive grab rails for comfort and visibility at entry. The dual-entry technology cuts dwell times to match low-floor transit boarding times. Spacious, comfortable seating accommodates 54 passengers overall, adjusting to 52 when accommodating two passengers with mobility devices. Model variants underway include battery-electric propulsion, and a full high-floor coach model with or without a wheelchair lift.

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 .................................................................................................D45 CRT LE Seating Capacity..................................................................................Up to 54 Overall Length ................................................................................................45’ Overall Height...............................................................................................138” Headroom ..................................................................................................78.25” Wheelbase......................................................................................................315” Turning Radius..........................................................................................40’ 11” Fuel Tank Capacity ................................................................................164 gal. Fuel Options ..................................................Clean-diesel, Battery-electric GVWR ..................................................................................................54,000 lbs. Engine Options.........................Cummins X12 or all-electric high-torque Siemens electric drive system Transmission.................................................................................Allison B500 Brakes ....................................................Bendix® ADB22X™ Air Disc Brakes

Motor Coach Industries

MCI® J4500/J3500 MCI introduces important advances on the best-selling MCI J4500, and a great new arrival – a compact MCI J3500 to meet increasing demand for a smaller coach. Featuring all the styling and performance of the 45-foot MCI J4500, with a maximum seating capacity of 60, the MCI J3500 seats 40 to 44 passengers, and offers top baggage capacity among all 35-foot vehicles. Both models have best-in-class legroom and comfort for the driver, with a new high-definition instrument panel that provides key system messaging including tire pressure status, engine DPF regeneration notices and more. A new swing-out styled electric e-fan cooling package provides full roadside engine access and fuel-efficiency improvements. A backup camera system and optional ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), with collision mitigation, are upgrades to the latest-generation Bendix Fusion and bird’s-eye view 360° camera system.

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 .............................................................................................J4500/J3500 Overall Length ...................................................................................45.58’/35’ Overall Height .........................................................................................140.75” Seating Capacity................................................................Up to 60/Up to 44 Headroom ..................................................................................................78.25” Wheelbase........................................................................................315”/228.8” Turning radius ............................................................................40’ 11”/32’ 10” Fuel Tank Capacity ................................................................183 gal./164 gal. Suspension..............................................................Independent front & tag GVWR .................................................................................54,000 / 42,000 lbs. Engine .........................................................Cummins X12, 410 hp or 455 hp; optional Detroit Diesel DD13 410 or 450hp also with engine brake, or the Cummins L9, 350hp, 1150 lb-ft torque with engine brake Transmission ..............................Gen V Allison B500, 6-speed automatic with prognostics capability Brakes ....................................................Bendix® ADB22X™ Air Disc Brakes September/October 2019

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BUSLINE VEHICLE SHOWCASE:

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BYD’s 40-foot bus is the company’s best-selling model, and works great in medium and large cities—or anywhere customers need to transport larger numbers of passengers, but don’t need the extended capacity of BYD’s 60-foot articulated bus. Using no fossil fuels of any kind, BYD’s battery-electric buses are the cleanest, safest, most cost-effective way to move people from point to point. BYD brings dependable, zero-emission service to public transportation, university campuses, airports and corporate campuses— all at a lower total cost of ownership than diesel or CNG. Clean air and quiet communities now go hand-in-hand with affordable transportation.

BYD’s 60-foot articulated transit bus is perfect for moving large numbers of passengers. With a capacity of up to 45 seated passengers plus 65 standing (110 total), it is ideal for urban transit systems and high-volume shuttles of all kinds—including airports, sport venues, performing arts centers, and parking. Using no fossil fuels of any kind, BYD’s battery-electric buses are the cleanest, safest, most cost-effective way to move people from point to point. BYD brings dependable, zero-emission service to public transportation, university campuses, airports and corporate campuses— all at a lower total cost of ownership than diesel or CNG. Clean air and quiet communities now go hand-in-hand with affordable transportation.

BYD 1800 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015 Phone: 800-BYD-AUTO Email: inquiries@byd.com Website: www.byd.com

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BYD 1800 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015 Phone: 800-BYD-AUTO Email: inquiries@byd.com Website: www.byd.com

Model .................................................................................................................K11 Length............................................................................................................60.7’ Width.............................................................................................................101.6” Height .............................................................................................................134” Engine..................................................................................Wheel-hub motors Electrical System ..........................................Zero-emissions high voltage Chassis..............................................................................................Three-steel HVAC........................High-tech BYD, optimized for electrical propulsion Wheelchair Lift .........................................................................................Ricon Steering...............................................................Douglas, tilt and telescope Suspension ...............................................................................Air suspension Seating Capacity .......................................................................................47-55 Wheelbase......................................................................................238.5/275.6”


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BUSLINE VEHICLE SHOWCASE:

BYD

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Double Decker C10MS BYD’s all-new 45-foot double decker coach is turning heads around the world. Ideal as a sightseeing coach or a transit bus where high capacity is needed, but a longer articulated bus might not be practical. Upper and lower levels provide panoramic views of the landscape and tourist attractions. Passengers will experience one of the most comfortable rides available—and step off feeling good about their contribution to cleaner air. Using no fossil fuels of any kind, BYD’s coaches are the cleanest, safest, most cost-effective way to move people from point to point.

BYD 1800 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015 Phone: 800-BYD-AUTO Email: inquiries@byd.com Website: www.byd.com

Model..............................................................................Double decker C10MS Length...............................................................................................................45’ Width ...............................................................................................................102” Height .............................................................................................................13.4’ Engine..................................................................................Wheel-hub motors Electrical System ..........................................Zero-emissions high voltage Chassis..............................................................................................Three-steel HVAC........................High-tech BYD, optimized for electrical propulsion Wheelchair Lift .........................................................................................Ricon Steering...............................................................Douglas, tilt and telescope Suspension ......................Air suspension w/mechanical leveling valves Seating Capacity...............................................................................Up to 77+1 Wheelbase .........................................................................................283.3/53.1”

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 passenger-friendly 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-of-the-art sound and video, and electrical outlets at each seat to keep passengers plugged in and in touch while commuting.

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 September/October 2019

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BUSLINE VEHICLE SHOWCASE:

Nova Bus

Alexander Dennis Inc

LFS HEV® (Hybrid Electric Vehicle)

Enviro500

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 their sustainability objectives is part of Nova Bus’ vision to be the leader in green efficiency and Electro Mobility.

Designed exclusively to meet the requirements of the North American market, and with various interior specifications, the Enviro500 is the world’s best-selling 3-axle double-deck bus. Offering the unique combination of high capacity and comfort for transit and interurban journeys, Enviro500 is the ideal solution for carrying large numbers of passengers, while occupying a smaller road space. Low-floor and easy-to-access, the Enviro500 is constructed on a stainless steel chassis with a lightweight aluminum body structure, making it more fuel efficient with industry-leading reliability, lowest cost-of-ownership and best-in-class aftermarket support. With stunning street presence, it occupies the same footprint as a conventional single-deck bus, is “Buy America” compliant and Altoona-tested and, due to its low height, can operate with ease across the USA and Canada.

Nova Bus 260 Banker Road • Plattsburgh, NY 12901 Phone: 518-566-6682 • Website: www.novabus.com Email: marketing.novabus@volvo.com Model .......................................................................................................LFS HEV Seating Capacity...................................................................................up to 41 Length...............................................................................................................40’ Width ...............................................................................................................102” Height..............................................................................................................132” Engine ..........................................................................Cummins B6.7 280 HP Traction Drive .................................................Allison H 40 EP, BAE HDS200 Chassis .......................................................................Stainless Steel Integral Fuel ...............................................................................Diesel-electric Hybrid Air Conditioning ................................................................Thermo King, MCC Wheelchair Lift Option..............................................................Lift-U, Fedico Brakes ...........................ABS all-wheel disc brakes with traction control Radiator .....................................Nova eCooling - electric cooling system Floor.................................................................................................................Low Page 50

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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 Model...................................................................................................Enviro500 Seating Capacity......................................................................Up to 86 seats Length...........................................................................42 ft., 5 in. (12931 mm) Width................................................................................8 ft., 3 in. (2520 mm) Height ..............................................................................13 ft., 6 in. (4115 mm) Engine ...................................Cummins ISL9 EPA2017 six-cylinder 380 HP Type of Fuel................................................................................................Diesel Chassis ........................................................................................ADI Enviro500 Air Conditioning ..........................................................................Thermo King Wheelchair Lift Option.......................................................................Ricon 1:6 Steering .............................................................................................................ZF


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BUSLINE VEHICLE SHOWCASE:

REV Group

REV Group

Champion LF Transport

ElDorado AeroTech

The Champion LF Transport offers equal access, comfort, and dignity for all passengers in a vehicle everyone can appreciate. Passengers and operators alike will be pleased with the spacious interior cabin, smooth vehicle ride, and panoramic views seen through the large windows. A uniformly-sloped Equalizer Ramp™ and a variety of kneeling options are the essence of accessability. Other features include: • Three suspension options to choose from — Non-Kneeling OEM Spring, Squat™Hydraulic Kneeling, and FlexBus™ Electronic Kneeling; • Industry’s only bus manufacturer that is Ford QVM certified to build low-floor models on the E and F Series cutaway chassis. Available in gas, diesel or 91G OEM hardened-engine package for alternative fuels while retaining the OEM engine warranties; • First-ever transit front cap with large panoramic forward observation windows for enhanced aestheics and passenger views, while still adhering to FMVSS 220 rollover testing standards; and, • Maintaining the integrity of the driveline, the LF Transport upholds Ford’s rigorous QVM standards, allowing the OEM warranties to be honored at local Ford service centers. Technology drives accessibility.

With over 30 years of experience, ElDorado can build the ideal cutaway bus to suit any needs while delivering safety, comfort and dependability. When purchasing any ElDorado model from an authorized dealer, customers also get four decades of organizational experience and expertise. A member of the ElDorado “Aero” product line, the AeroTech has a reputation for dependability and long lasting service. The AeroTech’s rustproof composite fiberglass body produces a clean, modern look that holds up through time and the toughest of environments. The AeroTech is Altoona tested for 7 years/200,000 miles, and is the only vehicle in its class to be crash tested in an automotive testing facility. The ElDorado AeroTech’s steel reinforced fiberglass composite body is highly resistant to impact, rust, and corrosion, and fiberglass body panels provide passengers with a quiet interior. The AeroTech is manufactured in an ISO 9001:2008-certified commercial vehicle manufacturing facility to offer best overall value and legendary reliability.

Champion Bus 331 Graham Rd. • Imlay City, MI 48444 800-776-4943/810-724-6474 • Fax: 810-724-1844 Email: sales@championbus.com • www.championbus.com

ElDorado 1655 Wall St. • Salina, KS 67401 800-850-1287 • Fax: 785-823-9471 Email: sales@eldorado-bus.com www.eldorado-bus.com

Model ..........................................................................LF Transport™with CNG Seating Capacity...........................................................Up to 27 passengers Length ........................................................................................................24’-29’ Width .......................................................................................................96”-102” Height......................................................................................................110”-117” Engine .............................................. 6.8L Gas, 6.7L Diesel, 91G CNG (Ford), 6.6L Gas, 6.6L Diesel (GM) Transmission............................................................5 or 6-speed automatic Chassis......................................................Ford E-450, Ford F-550, GM 4500 Air Conditioning..........................................................Customer preference Wheelchair Lift ....................................................................Equalizer Ramp™ Steering..........................................................................................................OEM Suspension ........................................................................Electronic Air Ride Wheelbase...........................................................186”, 189”, 195”, 208”, 240”

Model.....................................................................................................AeroTech Seating Capacity..................................................................................Up to 29 Length .................................................................................................Up to 301” Width.................................................................................................................96” Height ..............................................................................................................115” Engine ................................ Ford 6.8L or 6.2L V8 Gas, Chevy 6.0L V8 Gas Transmission.....................................................................6-speed automatic Chassis.............................................................................E450 or Chevy 4500 Air Conditioning ............................................................ACT Climate Control Wheelchair Lift.........................................................................Braun or Ricon Steering......................................................................................................Power Suspension...............OEM, Heavy-duty suspension available as option Wheelbase ............................................................................................138”-182” September/October 2019

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LiquidSpring™ Smart Suspension

ADVERTORIAL

LiquidSpring is a smart suspension system that automatically and instantaneously changes the spring stiffness and damping at each wheel in response to road and driving conditions. When the road’s rough, the ride is soft and smooth. When the vehicle makes sharp turns, corners, or emergency evasive maneuvers, the suspension stiffens to provide superior stability and eliminates roll. Thanks to the onboard processor, the suspension adapts and makes adjustments without driver intervention for a fluid, seamless experience. In short, we named our company LiquidSpring because it is the heart of our system. It’s a shock-absorbing liquid, enhanced with smart controls to bring you the right-sized spring for every moment, instead of a one-sizefits-all metal spring solution.

How Does This Improve Buses? LiquidSpring gives everyone, from transit riders to luxury tour bus passengers, the ultimate luxury suspension for stability and comfort. Drivers and passengers alike notice a substantial reduction

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in ride harshness compared to stiff standard bus suspensions. Drivers experience less fatigue and safer handling. A smoother ride is not just a luxury. The practical advantage is that longer shifts are possible when the driver stays comfortably in his/her seat and upright. The constant fight against sway and neck-snapping induced by the road with a traditional suspension can be very tiring. Conceived over 20 years ago, LiquidSpring began with large off-highway mining equipment, where we pioneered our suspension system to reduce operator injury from extreme conditions. The new strut was filled with a unique pressurized compressible liquid capable of supporting vehicle load and damping in a single element. LiquidSpring continues to develop products for other Class 3-7 onhighway truck and military markets as well as providing sales, application, manufacturing, distribution and service of their products. Contact sales at 765-474-7816 or visit liquidspring.com to learn more.


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Prevost Celebrates 95 Years

The 95th anniversary of Prevost was commemorated in Sainte-Claire, Quebec, in June with a celebration that included food, live music and other entertainment, coaches to explore and tours of the Prevost manufacturing plant.

Founded in Quebec in 1924 by cabinet and wooden bus builder, Eugene Prevost, the company is the oldest coach manufacturer in North America. Guests including past and present employees, government officials and people from the community attended. The extensive vehicle display at the celebration featured current Prevost model coaches — including the newly redesigned X345, a converted motorhome and a corporate coach as well as a mobile service van and a 1952 Prevost Citadin antique bus, restored by the Heritage Society of SainteClaire. “The 95th Anniversary celebration in Quebec was a huge success as we had more than 4,500 people joining us at the factory,” said Prevost General Manager Francois Tremblay. “I’m honored that so many families and special guests were there to celebrate with their Prevost family. We take great pride in what we do, and to be able to share 95 years of such strong heritage with our community was a very special experience for us.” Prevost is a manufacturer of premium intercity touring coaches and produces conversion coaches for high-end motorhome and specialty conversion.

Shown is a 1952 Prevost Citadin antique bus, restored by the Heritage Society of Sainte-Claire.

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Transit Sales International Launches New Website

Transit Sales International (TSI) has a new website, transitsales.com, promoting its pre-owned buses. TSI’s website also displays resources and information for transit operators, as well as updates and news about TSI and its affiliate companies, Complete Coach Works (CCW) and Shuttle Bus Leasing. The fully redesigned website provides customers with an intuitive user interface, ease of use, faster navigation, and improved search, according to the company. “It is important that new and repeat visitors access our inventory easily, find inspiration and immediately gain a better understanding of the TSI brand and everything it has to offer,” Director of Sales and Marketing Brad Carson said. “We are excited about our new website and the exceptional value it offers our customers. We want to make the vehicle acquisition process as simple and easy as possible, and this streamlined site allows clients to identify buses that would be ideal additions to their fleets.” TSI said it has over 1,000 buses of all sizes immediately available for any transportation application. The new website lets visitors see the full inventory of alternative fuel buses, low- and high-floor buses, motorcoaches, prison transports and specialty transit buses. Each listing provides detailed specifications to help operators identify the sizes, interior material types, and seating configurations that best fit their fleet needs. “The site redesign and content reflect TSI’s ability to showcase our competitive strengths and further position our brand as an in-

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dustry leader. We are taking the opportunity to modernize how we represent our association and promote the industry in which we operate to our customers and employees,” said Kallie Arevalo, marketing manager at CCW. The TSI website will be continually updated with new inventory listings and resources. Visitors can also sign up for TSI’s mailing list to receive the latest company news and information. Transit Sales International (TSI) is an affiliated company of Complete Coach Works and Shuttle Bus Leasing. Contact Brad Carson at 800-287-7253 or bradley@completecoach.com for more information.

JTA’s Study Shows Impact Of Transit On Northeast Florida Economy

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) commissioned a study in partnership with the University of North Florida’s Coggin College of Business to look at the impact transit has on northeast Florida’s economy. The “Economic Impact Study of Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) Operations, 2018,” concluded that JTA’s total economic output exceeded $198.8 million in 2018, and that JTA services saved customers more than $23.4 million in transportation-related expenses. To view the entire study, contact dcawton@jtafla.com.


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Suffolk Transportation Service: Continued From Page 22

“It’s an industry that allows people to perform important work. They often get to see the physical result of their hard work,” he J. Corrado continues to help us find good solutions to different said. “There are different challenges every day that need to be challenges. He is willing to invest in those solutions for the future solved in the transportation field. However, that helps build the self-worth of professionals who solve health of the company, and to make those challenges. You can really make transportation better for everyone. “You can really make a difference in a difference in this industry for a lot “That now includes the operation of this industry for a lot of people.” of people. our four electric buses, which will be “Without our buses, for example, a learning experience. We are looking forward to receiving and understanding a lot of data from those there would be many children who could not participate in aftervehicles. That will help us make some big decisions when it school programs. A lot of people, from different walks of life, count on our services in a variety of ways. That is true for the encomes to further electrifying our fleet.” Advanced technology is also helping Suffolk Transportation tire bus transportation industry.” Service reach new groups of passengers, including a greater Contact: Suffolk Transportation Service/Suffolk Bus Corp., focus on “choice” riders. Those are people willing to leave their 10 Moffitt Blvd., Bay Shore, NY 11706. cars at home and take more trips on a bus. Technology designed Phone: 631-665-3245. to attract such riders includes programs providing live route inWebsite: www.suffolkbus.com. formation, allowing people to use an app to see where a specific bus is located and when it will arrive at a particular stop. Technology helping passengers pay their fares faster and more conveniently is also a major smart growth objective. “We are always trying to grow our ridership and come up with different transportation models for the general public. That includes microtransit (a flexible routing and scheduling system often involving minibus vehicles), which is something we are looking at with Suffolk County officials for the near future.” Despite the possibilities that advanced technology can bring to the table, the “nuts and bolts” of transportation success still comes down to providing trips that customers want and need, along with quality customer service, according to Smith. “We always want to be available for our customers. That includes helping them deal with difficult situations. It’s our goal to have the right resources in place to help solve all types of problems when it comes to transportation,” he said. “A lot of that has to do with keeping the lines of communication open within our management teams, enabling us to remain proactive. “Ultimately, we want to be a partner to our customers when it comes to their transportation decisions and help support them on a continual basis.” Smith, who has spent his career involved with several transportation-related companies, remains a strong advocate of the bus industry. He said it is not only a safe and efficient way to move people to where they want to go, but provides solid careers as well. September/October 2019

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ADVERTORIAL

Voith’s DIWA.6 Is ‘The Transit Bus Transmission’

Florida Transit Agency’s Success With DIWA Includes Units That Have Gone ‘Untouched’ For 500,000 Miles

A day in the life of a transit bus transmission is one of endless starts and stops, countless gearshifts and the long, slow guzzle of fuel. While this daily grind can be costly in terms of fuel and maintenance needs, one transit agency on Florida’s Gulf Coast found a way to curb these costs— with Voith’s DIWA.6. Serving multiple municipalities in west central Florida, Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) runs 19 fixed routes Monday through Saturday. It also offers three trolleys every day of the year that take tourists and residents to the region’s beautiful beaches. As a result of this busy schedule, its fleet of vehicles travels more than 2 million miles a year and carries 1.3 million passengers. To meet those transportation demands, MCAT has opted to use Voith’s line of DIWA transmissions for more than 25 years. Why stick to just one manufacturer? Because DIWA does its job so well. “DIWAs have been a game changer,” Nicholas de la Rosa, MCAT’s shop superintendent, said. “We’ve had some of our DIWAs go untouched, other than their regularly scheduled service, for close to 500,000 miles. Our maintenance cycle was originally every 30,000 miles. Within the last couple of years, we’ve moved them to 60,000. The fluid sampling test has been really clean.” For de la Rosa, DIWA transmissions are “keeping their vehicles on the road longer,” while requiring less shop time to do so, a fact that keeps passengers and Manatee County officials happy. “In my 17 years at MCAT, Voith’s DIWAs have proven them-

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selves time and again. They are just incredibly durable. We’ve always had great support from Voith, too. These transmissions are well worth the investment,” de la Rosa explained, noting that his staff of 10 also appreciates that Voith offers free diagnostic software and online access to parts and service manuals.

An MCAT trolley

According to Voith, the DIWA.6 was designed to meet the specific needs of the transit market, instead of simply being a onesize-fits-all transmission that can also be utilized by municipal buses. That’s the key to Voith’s success with DIWA – the line of transmissions has been in production since 1952, and each update since than has fine-tuned its transit-bus specialization. For instance, the DIWA.6 uses intelligent start-up management and optimizes operating pressure to reduce overall fuel consumption by up to 12 percent. As many municipalities impose tight emission rules on buses, that’s another focus of the DIWA.6, which also uses technical advances to reduce its noise pollution, too. It’s also designed to improve passenger and driver comfort through its power-split operating principle, which allows for stepless acceleration and braking. The End Result Of These Features? Bus operators use less fuel and meet environmental regulations more easily, all the while offering a smoother, more comfortable ride. This translates into higher fleet reliability, longer uptimes for individual buses and higher satisfaction for all involved – from the maintenance team, to drivers to the passengers themselves. “The DIWA.6 is THE transit bus transmission – plain and simple,” explained Joe Dalik, Regional Sales Manager, Voith. “Because it was built for the rigors of transit bus operation, it delivers the efficiencies that are important to operators, while offering an operational lifespan that exceeds their expectations.” Learn more about the DIWA at https://voith.com/corp-en/drives-transmissions/automatic-transmissions.html.


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Riley Bus & Tours Marks 80th Year With A New 2019 MCI J4500 Coach

Riley Bus & Coach, a Murdock, MN-based family-owned company, recently took delivery of a 2019 MCI J4500, bringing its fleet to four J4500 coaches no older than model year 2015. “The 2019 MCI J4500 features industryleading legroom and a maximum 60-seat passenger configuration, following its interior redesign in 2018,” said MCI. “In the past, we’ve ordered our J4500s with seating for 50 or 52 passengers since we need the legroom on charters for our local university, including its athletic programs,” said Riley Bus And Tours Owner Kevin Riley, who represents the third generation of the family to run the business. For his new 2019 J4500 coach, Riley went Kevin Riley, who represents the third generation family member to run Riley Bus & Tours, with a 56-passenger configuration because of is pictured taking delivery of a new 2019 MCI J4500 coach at the Des Plaines, IL, MCI Sales the model’s more spacious cabin. He also and Service Center. The Murdock, MN-based tour and charter company turns 80 this year. added the model’s new optional rear window MCI’s relationship with the company dates to its first MC-7 in and RGB variable lighting packages that light up the interior in a variety of hues “for a coach that offers our passengers a top-of-the- 1981 with many more MCIs following. Today, in addition to its four J4500 coaches, Riley operates one line good looking interior,” he said. Riley also added MCI’s optional Advanced Driver Assistance modern luxurious mini-coach, and continues to serve its district with Systems (ADAS) available with Bendix Fusion. It’s a collision six school buses. Visit www.mcicoach.com. mitigation system that adds a windshield-mounted forward-facing camera and object recognition software to further identify moving and stationary objects, lane markings and road signs. In addition, a 360-degree camera provides a view around the entire coach to assist with small maneuvers. “All four of our coaches go from coast to coast,” said Riley. “Having new coaches helps ensure safety and reliability on the road. We also provide quarterly safety training for our 15 drivers. Many are retired but still want to tour the United States, and they are very patient and road sensible. You’ve got to do things right when your name is printed on the side of the coach.” Another service is Riley’s tour packages to destinations such as Florida and Arizona during the winter months, and summer trips to Alaska. The tours come, in most instances, with a protection plan for each traveler. Plus, Riley will even pick up a traveler at his/her home if it’s too difficult to meet the scheduled departure location. The company also offers a 5 percent discount on a customer’s first booked tour. In 1939, Riley’s grandparents started the businesses with school buses to serve Murdock School District 7. In the 1970s, their daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Glenn Riley, purchased the business with their son, Kevin, who became a partner in the 1980s, and purchased the company in 1996. September/October 2019

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PERSONNEL

Isabel Martin Joins MCI As Public Sector Bids Coordinator As Dale Majury Retires

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) has hired Isabel Martin as MCI bids coordinator. Martin is now responsible for contract administration, crafting and submission of public sector bids. She also assists the sales team in customer relationship management. Martin joins other members of the MCI sales and operations support team that include fellow bids coordinators Cindy Campbell and Mike Harpin, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Martin reports to Bruce Wiebe, MCI contracts manager. Martin joins MCI from a career in manufacturing and contract management at PTI Transformers, a supplier to Manitoba Hydro. She has also managed customer relationships and coordinated appropriate resources to ensure high customer satisfaction in her previous positions, according to MCI. She succeeds Dale Majury, who retired in July after a 37-year career at MCI. Isabel Martin “Dale’s longtime contributions helped to ensure MCI’s Commuter Coach ranks today as the No. 1 bestselling model for express service routes throughout North America. I thank him for his steadfast, reliability-driven work ethic,” said Tom Wagner, MCI vice president, public sector. Martin holds both a project management diploma and general management certificate from the University of Winnipeg.

Brian Perry Joins REV Group As President Of Commercial Segment

Brian Perry has joined REV Group as president of the commercial segment, overseeing several brands including Collins, ENC, Champion, ElDorado, Capacity and Laymor. Perry’s organizational experience spans from public, multi-national corporations to small and mid-sized privately-held companies across both military and commercial markets. He most recently was senior vice president of operations for L3Harris Brian Perry Technologies, Inc., which has a total of $33.5 billion in revenue. Perry led operations for its $260 million Space Avionics group, and had additional matrix-reporting operational responsibilities including supply chain, manufacturing, mission assurance, quality and EH&S across 21 facilities. Prior to this, he was senior vice president of operations for Gleason Corporation, where he had full P&L responsibility for $350 million in revenue, as well as leading global sales and operations oversight for highly engineered CNC machining and automation equipment, aftermarket and engineering services. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern University, and an MBA degree from Babson College. He is also a certified master black belt in Six Sigma and Lean Sensei. Daniel Blatt Joins REV Group As VP/GM Of Imlay City Facility

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REV Group also announced that Daniel Blatt has joined the company as vice president and general manager of the Imlay City facility in Michigan, which produces Champion Bus and Federal Coach vehicles. With over 30 years’ experience in operaDaniel Blatt tions and P&L management in manufacturing and industrial environments, Blatt reports to Brian Perry, president of commercial segment, REV Group. Prior to REV Group, he was vice president/general manager of MacLean Power Systems in South Carolina, a manufacturer of electric utility, communication and civil infrastructure products. Blatt holds a BSBA from Central Michigan University, and an MBA from Michigan State University along with several Lean and Six Sigma certifications.


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National Trails Adds New Van Hool CX45 To Fleet

ABC Supports New Ownership With Hands-on Sales And After-Sales Support

National Trails, Inc., of Southfield, MI, has taken delivery of a new Van Hool CX45 motorcoach. The regional charter and tour operation currently runs several Van Hool T2100 coaches in the fleet, and this delivery represents the first transaction between ABC and the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new owner, Austin Arksey, who recently acquired the business from the Frank family. The company has provided charter bus rental services in southeast Michigan for over 35 years. The new 56-passenger Van Hool CX45 features comfortable passenger seats with USB and 110V outlets, six 15.6-inch monitors and woodgrain flooring throughout. The new CX45 will be rotated in service to support Nationalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charter bookings for tour groups, corporate outings, school trips and athletics, nights on the town and more. Arksey continues to make enhancements to the operation, according to Pete Bachrach, ABC senior account executive/Midwest Region. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Austin is passionate about the business and the industry,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited to support his vision, and believe that his

team and company will make an ongoing impact in the market.â&#x20AC;? ABC field technicians will be conducting new coach orientation and familiarization training to National Trailsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; service mechanics at its Southfield, MI, location in early September. National Trailsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; service staff also plan to participate in hands-on ABC tech training programs covering HVAC, electrical wiring, multiplex systems and more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The relationship begins after the sale, and ABC is eager to share our knowledge, expertise and ongoing support with parts, service and customer support programs that we make available to help our customers succeed.â&#x20AC;? ABC Companies offerings include new and pre-owned fullsize highway coach equipment along with transit specialty vehicles. ABC offers an after-sale service network for service and repairs, collision services, extensive OEM and quality aftermarket parts needs for transit, motorcoach and heavy-duty equipment from 10 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.abc-companies.com.

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Complete Coach Works Has Contract For Petaluma Transit Bus Rehabilitation

Complete Coach Works (CCW) has been awarded a contract with Petaluma Transit, Petaluma, CA, for the complete rehabilitation of one of its New Flyer buses. The rehabilitation will include replacement of the original engine with a 2007 Cummins ISL Recon engine. In addition to the clean engine, the rehab will include a rebuilt Allison B400R transmission, a new driver’s seat, new LED destination sign systems and new floors. The remanufactured bus will be “finished off” with LED external lights and a new paint job, along with graphics to complement the mechanical upgrades. “Complete Coach Works provides topnotch rehabilitation services for projects of all sizes; we’re looking forward to this rehabilitation project for Petaluma Transit. We value our partnership, and consider it a privilege to be involved on this proactive

project to keep their fleet modernized and upgraded to meet the needs of their riders,” said Kevin O’Brien, general sales manager of CCW. Jared Hall, transit manager of Petaluma Transit, said, “Complete Coach Works has been great to work with and provided superior quality work for the first bus rehabilitation for our agency.” “CCW provides a range of remanufacturing, repair and alternative fuel conversion services for transit vehicles in all stages of the life cycle. CCW technicians have the specialized training, OEM qualifications, technical equipment to properly diagnose and repair these systems, and return vehicles that are ready for revenue service,” according to CCW. For more information, visit sales@completecoach.com.

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Greater Dayton RTA Supports The Community

The Greater Dayton (OH) RTA remains “Dayton Strong,” and shared that message across its fleet-header signs as a symbol of community solidarity following the August 4 mass shooting that killed 9 and left 17 injured in Dayton’s Oregon District. Immediately following the shootings, the RTA assisted law enforcement at the scene by providing a bus for witness containment in the aftermath. In addition, the RTA provided free rides system-wide to ensure that people from across the Dayton region could have access to attend a community vigil that night. “Dayton Strong” messaging began earlier this summer after a string of 15 tornadoes devastated the Dayton area on Memorial Day. The RTA coupled the “Dayton Strong” messaging on bus-header signs with outreach efforts such as emergency transport, travel training, cleanup and supplies distribution, to emphasize the agency’s commitment to the communities it serves.


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MobilityTRANS Announces Major New Products

MobilityTRANS, a Michigan-based paratransit van and small bus manufacturer, has two new products. The SafeTbus line of shuttles and small buses for 2020 includes 20 standard safety features and another 14 safety options. “We believe that we offer a very safe, high quality, and cost-efficient choice for passenger transportation,” said company president, Dave Brown. “Many of these safety features are exclusive.” Among the safety options are a new floor system called EzSafe, incorporating electric wheelchair securements which store a record of proper use and alert the driver if a securement is released during transport. For more information, visit www.MobilityTRANS.com or stop by BusCon booth 619.

BYD Takes Third Place In Fortune’s ‘Change the World’ Ranking

“BYD has taken third place on Fortune Magazine’s ‘Change the World’ list 2019, which is the publication’s annual ranking of companies that are using the creative tools of business to help the planet and tackle society’s unmet needs,” according to a press release. “The Shenzhen, China-based new energy technology firm’s inclusion on the list was based on its successes in building a flexible ‘e-platform’ for EV design and construction, its competitive pricing that’s helped further commercialize EVs and the recent deal to jointly develop electric vehicles with Japan’s Toyota that are set to expand its global reach,” said BYD. According to the magazine’s Sustainable Leadership Monitor, BYD scored highly in metrics like environmental innovation, CSR strategy and company management. “BYD was not only the sole EV maker in this year’s ranking, but also the only Chinese company to make the top 10, and just one of three Chinese companies to make the overall list of 52, which includes honorees like Quallcomm (No. 1); MasterCard (No. 2); Apple (No. 16); IBM (No. 22); and more. BYD made its debut in the ranking in 2015, because of its prowess in developing battery-powered buses for tackling urban pollution across China and the world.” The ranking, now in its fifth year, is selected in partnership with Fortune’s partners at Shared Value Initiative, a global platform for organizations seeking business solutions to social challenges, and FSG, a nonprofit social-impact consulting firm. Fortune editors and writers then evaluate and rank the companies based on measurable social impact, business results, degree of innovation and corporate integration, according to a release. “BYD is both thrilled and honored to be included again in this well-respected ranking of visionary companies that are using their creativity to create a better tomorrow,” said Stella Li, senior vicepresident of BYD. “Each day, we work tirelessly to bring people a better life through technological innovation, dedicated to our goal of creating a more sustainable world for future generations.” For more information, visit www.byd.com.

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