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IN THIS ISSUE RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation Services Events Across The World................8 Preparing For Transformational Times: Focus Of The APTA Annual Meeting & EXPO..22 APTA EXPO 2017 Booth Photo Gallery ....47-53

Busline Vehicle Showcase

Trolley Buses, Trams & Street Cars .......................................40

Busline Buyers Guide To

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ation President/CEO Robert Alexander is shown with one of his ABC Companies’ Van Hool motorcoaches. See page 8.

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RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation Services Events Across The World “Perfection can easily be defined in terms of good versus great, and this is at the core and fiber of what we are trying to accomplish.”

Gigi Bridgers, VP of Operations & Finance

Robert Alexander, Founder, Owner & CEO

Art Miesemer, Senior VP of Business Development

By Rick Mullen, Busline Magazine Associate Editor

service events around the We have a formalworld. ized worldwide netRMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation, “We manage the process work with partners from start to finish. If it is of Rockville, MD, located just northwest of we have had for many a big enough project, we years, so anywhere on the Washington, D.C., truly lives up to the put a member of our team planet where people travel “Worldwide” in its name by offering services on-site.” they can get service from Known as a diversified in more than 600 cities around the globe. us and get one bill,” said chauffeured transportation the company’s President RMA works with a worldwide network of company, RMA operates a and CEO Robert Alepartners to service customers from as close by fleet of more than 120 xander, during a recent vehicles, including luxury as Baltimore, MD, and as far away as Australia. interview with Busline sedans, luxury stretch limMagazine. “In addition to ousines, shuttle buses and our base in Rockville, we 41 minibuses. The company also operates transit buses for its have offices in Baltimore at the airport, in Wilmington, DE, and inner-city shuttle service. Newcomers to the fleet are 10 Van Hool a direct affiliation in New York City. RMA is pretty diversified. motorcoaches that RMA purchased from ABC Companies. The We employ about 300 people.” motorcoach fleet consists of nine 55-passenger coaches and one Alexander also owns a service station/convenience store with that seats 38 passengers. 12 pumps and three bays, as well as a taxi company. “We were involved with motorcoach work using other local bus “We service events all across the planet. For example, recentcompanies. They were doing a fine job, but we just wanted to ly a corporation hired us to transport people to a meeting, control the product a little more,” Alexander said. which involved 50 buses in seven different cities. We were able Alexander is a believer in the business adage, “If you don’t to supply motorcoaches and, for the top executives, sedans. think you can be the best at it, don’t do it.” Furthermore, we just landed a new account that wants us to

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“We felt we could be the best,” he said. “We were farming out a lot of motorcoach work. We bought our first motorcoach a year ago in April. We got a contract with a minor league baseball team and we were travelling all over the East Coast with the team. We bought one motorcoach and the demand kicked in for another.” With its new fleet of motorcoaches, RMA is working toward becoming a full-fledged charter company. “We are not currently a true charter company, but we are learning,” Alexander said. “For example, if a client wants us to set up a tour to go from Washington, D.C., all the way up to Maine, we will do that, but it is not yet our ‘sweet spot.’” While many motorcoach companies offer prepackaged tours, Alexander said RMA is more reactive. “We are taking people to Florida, etc., but we are not selling ‘on this date you can buy a seat on the bus and go to Manhattan for a day, then go to Connecticut for a day or two and then up to Maine and back,’” Alexander said. In RMA’s dealings with ABC Companies in the purchase of the Van Hool motorcoaches, Alexander has nothing but praise. “ABC has been dynamite to deal with — just RMA Worldwide President/CEO Robert Alexander is shown with some of really, really great. I don’t think we would be as the company’s fleet of Van Hool motorcoaches. far along in our journey, so to speak, in the growth of our motorcoach business without he said. “It was a demo coach from ABC. We had a need and they their support and help,” Alexander said. “We started with one were great and gave us a demo bus for an event, and, much to Van Hool, and the support and the follow-up has been excellent. their happiness and chagrin, we never gave it back.” “They have been very receptive to us and our growth, and have The RMA state-of-the-art motorcoaches boast such amenities made it very easy for and technological features as 3-point seat “When it comes to safety, regardless of belts, stability control, cameras, 110-volt AC us to do what we are doing. Thankfully, the cost — I’m not skimping. I believe in being receptacles, Wi-Fi, GPS, audio sound systems, market is responding. proactive in maintenance and in any kind of fire suppression systems and more. Because of that, we “We have GPS in all our equipment. We see continued growth safety issue.” know where our vehicles are at all times,” — President and CEO Robert Alexander Alexander said. “We are also putting ELDs in the motorcoach market.” (electronic logging devices) in all our buses.” Because the Washington, D.C., transportation market tends to The congressionally-mandated ELD rule is intended to help be conservative, all of RMA’s vehicles sport a distinctive black create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier paint scheme, which Alexander said has been a big plus. and faster to accurately track, manage and share records of duty “When people say, ‘Well, you have to wash them more status (RODS) data. because they are black,’ I answer, ‘OK. Then we will wash them Many of the features on the motorcoaches, as well as other more,’” Alexander said. RMA vehicles, have to do with passenger and driver safety. As Ninety-eight percent of RMA’s business is corporate work. one might expect, safety is a big deal to Alexander. However, the company also serves schools, sporting teams and “When it comes to safety, regardless of cost — I’m not skimpother clients, including those seeking ing,” he said. “I believe in being proac“We don’t cut any corners, and transportation for weddings, proms, ball tive in maintenance and in any kind of games, anniversaries, dinner outings, our clients notice the difference.” safety issue.” shopping, etc. The new motorcoaches at RMA also When planning to purchase its own motorcoaches, the idea have some aesthetic touches that both passengers and drivers was to order coaches and then spec them out exactly the way appreciate. RMA wanted. Ironically, ABC’s Van Hools came with enough “Inside the motorcoaches there is a curvature to the overhead technology and amenities from the factory to satisfy Alexander. racks that makes them seem like they have multiple sections, and “Our 38-passenger Van Hool motorcoach is a good example,” our clients really enjoy that,” Alexander said. “In addition, pasPage 10

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RMA operates out of its state-of-the-art facility in Rockville (left), which includes a training area where Operations Manager Helio Martinez (right) is teaching a class for chauffeurs.

sengers enjoy the natural light, unique to Van Hools, which comes in from the back of the coach. This makes the bus feel a lot more spacious. Also, our chauffeurs think the coaches are great and enjoyable to drive. “We are in the utilization business, so downtime is a killer. We have been very fortunate that Van Hool has built a great product and we have had minimal downtime. If we have had an issue, ABC has been very responsive to getting it corrected in a timely fashion. That means everything to us and we have become a loyal customer.” In expanding the company’s fleet, RMA had to overcome a “catch-22” situation.

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“I love the motorcoach business. It builds its own critical mass. When we were smaller, a lot of customers said, ‘You don’t have enough buses, I can’t really use you.’ But then once you add more buses, they use you more and then it feeds itself,” Alexander explained. “When we were much smaller and just getting going, we realized we needed to be bigger to get the large accounts. But, how do you grow without getting the big accounts? It was kind of a ‘catch-22’ situation.” The solution, Alexander explained, was to be patient and grow the company and its fleet one account at a time. “Then, all of a sudden, you have this critical mass and you realize


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you can handle 60 buses for a week for 15 hours a day. “What we do is not rocket science. We show up with an immaculately clean bus, operated by a professional chauffeur. Our vehicles have been maintained and have all the safety equipment. We don’t cut any corners, and our clients notice the difference.

Dispatcher Henry McMahon (left) and Lead Dispatcher Nick McDade work in the company’s ultra-modern office space.

“If you pay your chauffeurs a fair wage, give them a good place to work and give them a good piece of equipment, they are going to be happy. They will take care of your customers. Managing all those pieces of the business is where the magic is, which I think is what separates one company from another.�

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marketing and it didn’t work out, please, please give me a job,’” “I have people who run my taxi operation and the gas station he remembered. and they report to different people in the company (RMA),” The company did take off. After a couple of years in business, Alexander said. “With the motorcoaches, we are looking at having Alexander began transporting another outside facility to and doing errands for an execrepair big buses. For the utive at a real estate managesmaller equipment, we have ment firm. He found that a the gas station with three businessman as a client with bays, where we do all our an expense account was a light work.” more lucrative customer than As he grew his company people who paid out of pockinto a major player in the et. This launched the compaEast Coast chauffeured transny into serving corporate entiportation industry with a ties, which became its biggest worldwide network, Alexcustomer segment. ander and RMA garnered “From there I bought some prestigious recognition another car,” Alexander said. along the way. “In 1992, I changed Awards include “Internatthe name to RMA, ional Operator of the Year” by which are my initials. LCT Magazine, in 2011, Our parent corporation “National Operator of the Employees make sure company vehicles is still called Errands Year” by Limousine Digest are “spotless” before they hit the road. Plus, Inc. It has been Magazine, in 2010/2011; and Maintaining a clean and attractive fleet is a high priority at RMA Worldwide. 25 years, and now we “Limousine Operator of the are a diversified transYear” by the Taxicab, Limportation company. ousine & Paratransit Association, in 2011. RMA has also been We don’t run errands any longer.” ranked “No. 1 Executive Transportation Service” by the In 2001, to save on maintenance costs racked up by using Washington Business Journal. In 2014, Alexander was named outside contractors, Alexander purchased his service station/ “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the LCT National Limousine convenience store. In 2011, he launched his taxi company Association.

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“We spent an inordinate amount of money to make the facility really cutting edge. Everybody who comes through our office says it looks like a tech company. I want to attract bright people who want to be progressive and do great things. Putting them in this great environment has worked well for us.” ‘RMA PERFECT’

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everything. That is the price of admission, so to speak,” Alexander said. “Again, our mantra is, ‘If it is not perfect, it is unacceptable.’ Therefore, making sure vehicles are immaculate is our standard. Not just clean, they need to be immaculate. After being washed, if a vehicle has soap spots on it, that is unacceptable. If the windshield has white marks, that is unacceptable. “Perfection can easily be defined in terms of good versus great, and this is at the core and fiber of what we are trying to accomplish.”

ne of the most important underpinnings of RMA’s success is what Alexander calls “RMA perfect.” This philosophy helps ensure that the highest quality of service is a constant. “There are people in the transportation marketplace who feel that just showing up on time is enough. I don’t agree with that,” Alexander said. “I look at the complete experience. ‘RMA perfect’ defines everything we do here — if it is not perfect, it is unacceptable.” To make “RMA perfect” work, it is critical to employ people who best fit into the mission, something that Alexander said can be a challenge. “We are always looking to help our people grow and be better at their jobs, and to be there to support and encourage them,” Alexander said. “Sometimes that includes hiring better and brighter people.” Alexander said part of attracting the best talent available is creating a work environment and company culture that inspires people to do great things. “We have a building that I purchased. We spent an inordinate amount of money to make the facility really cutting edge. Everybody who comes through our office says it looks like a tech company,” Alexander said. “I want to attract bright Your one stop shop for coach, rail, and ship interiors. people who want to be progressive and do great things. Putting them in this great enviUpholstery, New & Used passenger & Drivers ronment has worked well for us. seats, flooring, floor structural, foam, gas “We have cutting-edge technology to run struts and upholstery cleaning machines. the company. We are constantly trying to improve it, making sure that, ‘forward-facing’ and ‘inward-facing,’ it is the best.” Dealers for Isringhausin and National Seats, The technology is also designed to make we have a full stock of seats and parts for a client’s experience go as smoothly and both brands. We also have parts for Amerieasily as possible. can, Amaya, Vanhool and Wakefield seats. “Whether it is using our app or our website to book trips, or if it is just getting a receipt, we make it as simple for clients as If we don't have it, we can get it. possible. We are constantly looking for any friction point that a customer might have Over 40 years of service to the with us and how to minimize it — how to motorcoach industry, all seat covers make it simple.” guaranteed for 4 years or 400,000 miles. While the “RMA perfect” theme runs throughout the corporate structure, which includes finance, operations, sales, adminisAny questions about your seats or other needs, please call 425-432-9867 or visit us at www.willinghaminc.com. tration, reservations, customer service, dispatch, fleet and chauffeur management, it is especially evident in how the vehicles look and are maintained. “Clean and attractive vehicles mean November/December 2017

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There is one major trait people seeking a job as a chauffeur need that is critical to becoming a good fit in the company’s “RMA perfect” culture. “It is real simple. The one thing we look for first and foremost is nice people. I can’t train nice. If a chauffeur candidate is a nice person, then he/she has passed the first and most important test,” Alexander said. “We want people who like to serve customers, and who delight in making others smile. Is the prospect quick with a smile? If he/she is, the rest we can teach. We can teach the proper way to open a car door and how to use GPS to find the best way around the city. We can teach someone how to anticipate a client’s needs.

RMA Worlwide’s motorcoaches are operated by uniformed chauffeurs. Artur Gryzb (above) is shown driving one of the company’s Van Hool motorcoaches. Right, an immaculate RMA motorcoach stands out on a city street.

Alexander said one quality control check is for the manager in charge to always ask himself if he and his family would like to ride a vehicle that has just been cleaned. “Another question to answer is, if you were in a bus halfway down the aisle in seat 32, would you want to be on this vehicle? Would you want the person who is driving it to drive you and your family? Those are the questions we need to ask ourselves every day,” Alexander said.

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“You can’t build a house without a foundation, so you got to They were people who needed to be encouraged or moved on,” Alexander said. start with nice people. That is the challenge.” Furthermore, it wasn’t just the managers who expressed conOnce hired, chauffeurs undergo a 40-hour, 5-day training program, much of which is spent on customer service. An important cerns, it was other employees, as well. “It was kind of cool because our culture was speaking,” aspect of the company is giving people the opportunity to grow Alexander said. “It wasn’t, ‘I don’t like so and so, because she is and advance. rude, etc.,’ rather it was, ‘This “To me, a successful com“We make it as simple for clients as possible. person is ruining our brand.’ pany is one that gives people We protect our brand. A good opportunities,” Alexander We are constantly looking for any friction example is our chauffeurs said. “Those who desire a point that a customer might have with us and wear neckties, and on the back career in this industry want to of every necktie it says ‘wear know if they work hard, they how to minimize it — how to make it simple.” with pride.’ can better themselves. We “We say, if for a minute, a person does not feel pride or joy want people like that. We encourage it.” To make “RMA perfect” work, the company’s culture must be working for this company, then let’s have a conversation. The one where every employee is making sure the company’s brand is whole idea is we want our people to feel like they are part of a speprotected. cial team. We work hard to make them feel that way. I don’t think “We are very fortunate to have a great culture that weeds peo- you can treat people in a mediocre fashion and expect great things ple out who don’t want to deliver the service we demand,” from them. It depends on what you want from your company. I Alexander said. “We communicate and everyone is aware of who want to do great things. I need to be with people who feel the same does well and who doesn’t. The ones who aren’t doing as well as way, and who want to help achieve this goal.” we like, we work with them, and hopefully they come along and realize the importance of their role. If they don’t, that is a differCUSTOMER SERVICE ent conversation — one we don’t look forward to having too THE ‘RMA PERFECT’ WAY often.” Alexander told of a meeting he had with four of his managers t the end of the 40-hour, 5-day training program, Alexander when he returned to work after vacation about a year ago. typically gives a talk about representing and protecting the “We discussed five employees who the managers called ‘duds.’ company’s brand, and about customer service.

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“Giving someone a great customer service experience is when people say, ‘Wow. I don’t know what just happened, but I sure like it.’ All of us experience that in different ways,” Alexander said. In his end of the training sessions talk, Alexander often uses a restaurant analogy. “Let’s say, I drink a lot of water when I dine and I lean over to talk to the person to my left and my glass is half full. Then, when I turn back around, my glass is full. It just happened ‘mysteriously.’ That to me is great service. Someone anticipated my need before I had to ask,” Alexander said. “Good service is the waiter is walking around and I have to get him/her’s attention. At least the restaurant had someone to give me water. Bad service is when I have to search for someone to get me more water.” Another example Alexander uses is a story about shopping for a shirt.

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“It is real simple. The one thing we look for first and foremost is nice people. I can’t train nice. If a chauffeur candidate is a nice person, then he/she has passed the first and most important test. We want people who like to serve customers, and who delight in making others smile.”

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“I walk into a clothing store and I say, ‘I want to buy a shirt’ and the person waiting on me points me to where the shirts are located,” Alexander said. “Another example would be if the person walks me to where the shirts are and leaves. A third example would be if he/she asks me what kind of shirt am I looking for, what color and what size. Then he/she pulls it off the shelf for me and walks me to the dressing room saying, ‘I will be here. Is there anything else I can grab you while you are in there?’ “Either way, I am leaving the store with a shirt. Of the three scenarios, we want to be No. 3. We want to anticipate a client’s needs and make the whole process as simple and as pleasant as possible at every touch point. “The challenge from a customer service standpoint is to figure out what a client’s touch points are, and every customer is different. If it is a wedding, that is one set of parameters. If it is 30 executives going to a dinner to celebrate a deal or going to a baseball game, that is another set of touch points. I don’t think there is any ‘cookiecutter’ solution when it comes to service. The smart companies figure out exactly what the client needs and wants to make his/her experience the best it can be.” Alexander also likes to talk to employees at the end of the 40-hour, 5-day cycle to see what their attitudes are after receiving many hours of training on customer service. “I will go around and ask, ‘Why is this job going to be good for you?’ If the first thing I hear is, ‘I like to drive,’ I am kind of turned off,” Alexander said. “Everybody likes to drive. Tell me you like people. Tell me you think it would be interesting meeting new people and make people smile. Tell me you get a real sense of satisfaction when getting people safely to where they want to go. That is what I am looking for. That is what I want to hear. “I will ask them a direct question two or three times and, if they don’t answer it appropriately or with any semblance of anything we are looking for, then we might say, ‘Thanks but no thanks.’” When it comes to marketing the company, word of mouth has proven to be effective.


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“We are fortunate in that we get a lot of people who come to us,� have any headaches for the first 10,000 miles or so, but it will Alexander said. “We are also involved in highly targeted social eventually need brakes or a tire. In our commercial environment, media marketing. In addition, we find staying in touch with our we want to anticipate and correct problems before a bus goes on the road for a customer. The clients has helped, as in making sure they have good “We protect our brand. A good example is our more vehicles we add, the more we have to be on top of experiences and asking for chauffeurs wear neckties, and on the back of these issues.� referrals. If we don’t see When it comes to RMA’s them for awhile, we follow every necktie it says ‘wear with pride.’� fledgling motorcoach business, up and make sure they know Alexander is bullish. He said the market for motorcoach travel is we are here for them. “The bus segment is competitive. Our adage is we hope to win there, and with reasonable price points. “When you take the mileage price of a bus and divide it by 55 every time, but more importantly, we want to be part of every discussion. They can’t pick you if you are not even in the discussion. people, it is very economical,� he said. “I think public transportaWe are actively involved. I go out and I meet a lot of people in my tion is having a resurgence in the Washington, D.C., market, comtravels. We work hard at making sure people are aware of who we pared to where it was 15 or 20 years ago. I think a lot more peoare. And, it doesn’t hurt having these beautiful, black Van Hools ple are inclined to ride the bus more than in the past.� from ABC as rolling billboards.�

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this new paradigm, we must see opportunities where others see challenges. It’s all about using technology and innovation to make our transformational change sustainable.” Ford, who is also CEO of the Jacksonville (FL) Transportation hese are transformational times for public transportation in North America. Are you ready? This was the main message from incom- Authority (JTA), outlined five priorities for the upcoming years to help ing American Public Transportation Association (APTA) the public transportation industry succeed with its various transformationChair Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., during the opening general session of the al challenges and opportunities. They are: 2017 APTA Annual Meeting & EXPO. The event took place October 8n Leadership And Advocacy — “Soon (APTA) will have a new pres11, at the Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta, GA. ident/CEO. This person will lead APTA’s advocacy efforts to ensure the “Public transportation is association remains resilient, facing its greatest transforrespected and strong. The mational moment of our genAPTA CEO Search Task eration, and as such, history Force has executed a plan to will judge us for what we set identify the best candidate in place today,” Ford said. for this role, and (the APTA “Our industry is evolving at a board of directors) will pace never seen before. It’s work closely with the new moving away from current president/CEO to ensure a models to ones where there is successful and seemless greater synergy across differtransition.” ent modes of transportation, According to Ford, APdifferent technologies and TA’s recent member survey different service providers. confirmed that the associa“The needs and expectation’s most valuable benefit tions of our customers conis its ability to secure greater tinue to evolve, and so will resources and to create a posthe required skills of our itive impact on public policy. employees to keep up with An APTA agenda is being these changes. A paradigm established to build a APTA representatives, from left to right, Doran J. Barnes, Richard A. White shift is clearly underway. In stronger advocacy program and Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., welcome attendees to the opening general session. By Harrell Kerkhoff Busline Magazine Editor

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with different federal, state and local officials, and with associations such as the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities. n A New Mobility Paradigm — According to Ford, a major focus going forward for public transportation in the United States remains that of making people’s lives better. This is done, in part, through greater access to jobs, education and other economic opportunities. “This focus historially has been mainly through rail, bus and paraShown, left to right, are Jane Williams, FTA acting administrator; Robert L. Ashe III, transit transportation,� Ford said. MARTA board of directors chair; and Keith T. Parker, MARTA general manager/CEO. “However, our future must also In response to today’s changing mobility paradigm, Ford said APTA include a greater focus on pedestrians, bicycles, taxis, better traffic and parking management and other transportation solutions. Mobility has will focus on three specific areas. They are: seek a mobility future that the already evolved for our customers, and it must also evolve for us (in pub- surface transportation community can unite around; put a strategy in lic transportation). Let us share a vision of mobility that benefits all of our place that better positions the public transportation industry with today’s systems, whether they serve in urban, suburban or rural settings. And one new policies and regulatory arena; and, better share best practices within APTA membership through a resource center. that helps all (public transportation) agencies, regardless of size. “This (resource center) will allow our members to better engage, “Such a vision will prepare our industry to better deliver on customers’ expectations in a world of growing transportation options. These are implement and operate their services in conjunction with the growth of options that grow more interconnected and interdependent every day. today’s various transportation network companies,� Ford said. “In addiResearch shows that this is especially important for millennials, who are tion, I’m calling for a high level mobility management summit to take our future customers. User-friendliness, on-demand services and reliabil- place next year, which will assemble the greatest minds of our industry to ity are what make the Ubers, Amazons and the Googles of the world tri- discuss and establish best practices.� n A Workforce Of The Future: “To prepare for a new mobility paraumph. We need to own this space.�

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“We must ask ourselves, how can we (in public transportation) move from being a reporting tool to an advocacy tool? How can we use data to better tell our story? If we expect to thrive, not simply survive, in an interconnected world, we need to learn how to better collect, analyze, manage and use data to our industry’s advantage,” he said. “By using data as an advocacy tool, we, as public officials at all levels, will have the necessary information to support and fight for our agencies. By making smart, data-driven decisions, we will ultimately improve and enhance our systems for customers.” In response to these needs, Ford announced the launch of APTA’s new voluntary benchmarking initiative, which, he said, will allow all members to better learn from the industry’s best practices. n Enterprise Risk Management — According to Ford, a greater focus is needed to counter today’s various safety and cyber security risks in public transportation. “As we, as an industry, expand our use of technologies, such as data sharing, driverless vehicles, etc., the threat of cyber security will continue to grow. There are many unknowns in this area of concern,” Ford said. “However, our job is not to sit and wait for something to happen, but rather to properly prepare for each growing risk.” He added that greater efforts will soon be underway at Approximately 13,000 people, from over 75 countries, attended the APTA to develop new resources, allowing members to bet2017 APTA Annual Meeting & EXPO, in Atlanta, GA. ter assess and prepare for future safety and cyber security portation system. Therefore, I have asked for the creation of both a pilot challenges. program that focuses on online education and learning opportunities, and Ford added that each of the five priorities he outlined will have specifa framework for an APTA training certification program.” ic members of the APTA Executive Committee who will serve as “champions” for their success. n Leveraging Big Data: Ford noted that the U.S. transportation indus“I’m confident that by starting these discussions and completing each try compiles a great deal of data, but often this data is not used to its task, our industry will become more resilient in the future,” Ford said. fullest potential. digm, we need the best and the brightest skilled minds in our workforce. We must professionalize many of our front-line jobs by linking them to skills-based certifications and measurable competencies,” Ford said. “We must also invest in more career paths at every level in our public trans-

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APTA CALLS EXPO 2017 ITS LARGEST EVER

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eld every three years, the APTA EXPO for 2017 attracted a record 800-plus exhibitor companies, according to the association. These companies represented 25 countries, showcasing a wide variety of transportation-related products and services, in an area of over 300,000 net square feet of space. Meanwhile, the annual meeting portion of the event featured a wide variety of speakers and educational sessions for the benefit of nearly 13,000 attendees, from over 75 countries, who attended both the meeting and EXPO. Along with Ford, other speakers during the opening general session included: Richard A. White, acting president/CEO of APTA; Doran J. Barnes, outgoing APTA chair, and executive director of Foothill Transit, in West Covina, CA; Kasim Reed, mayor of Atlanta; Jane Williams, acting administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA); Robert L. Ashe III, chair of the MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) board of directors; and Keith T. Parker, member, APTA board of directors, and general manager/CEO of MARTA. Prior to White’s address, a video clip was shown of “on-the-street” comments from people. They were asked to discuss their hopes and needs when it comes to future services from public transportation. “This is the future you just heard speaking from that video and what makes what we are doing in Atlanta so vitally important. We designed this year’s annual meeting and EXPO around transformational change,” White said. Reflecting on his 40-plus years in the public transportation industry, White discussed the many changes he has seen during this time span to improve mobility for all types of people. This includes the implementation of dedicated BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) lanes, different kinds of ridesharing services and greater investment in alternative-fuel vehicles. “I predict that what is going to happen in public transportation during

A variety of educational sessions took place during the 2017 APTA Annual Meeting & EXPO, including several on the trade show floor.

the next 5 to 10 years will be even more dramatic than what we have experienced in the past 40 years. Public transportation is evolving, driven by mobility trends and choices due to today’s advanced technology,” White said. “It’s not just the technology on vehicles that is going to change, but the overall transportation and mobility network will also be different. If we are to remain central to serving the public, we must continue to develop our services and business models. “To better prepare our industry for progress, APTA must be ready. That is why APTA Chair Doran Barnes and I focused most of our energies during this past year on strengthening APTA’s foundation. Together, with the (APTA) management team, we worked to realign our resources, restate

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our priorities, and re-energize our programs and services to deliver greater value to you, our members. It’s been deeply gratifying to help bring APTA to this point today, starting with the Annual Meeting and our largest EXPO ever. APTA is ready for the future.”

“It’s not just the technology on vehicles that is going to change, but the overall transportation and mobility network will also be different. If we are to remain central to serving the public, we must continue to develop our services and business models. To better prepare our industry for progress, APTA must be ready.” — Richard A. White, acting president/CEO of APTA White added: “As I approach my last Annual Meeting as your acting president/CEO, I know public transportation will always be vital and valued, but only if we change the way we think about, and serve, the public. This coming year we will have a new president/CEO, a new APTA business model and a new rebranding of what we are and what we do. I’m asking all of you to stay involved, but also to continue to evolve. Start defining what you need to become, and begin that journey today.” In his final address as APTA chair, Barnes reiterated that during the past year, efforts were made to unify membership, strengthen the association’s governance and place APTA on stronger footing for the future. “I have repeatedly asked you (APTA members) to take action and deliver our message to your legislators in Washington, D.C., and you have answered the call,” Barnes said. “We also want people in Washington, D.C., and across the country, to know that nearly 13,000 people came to

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Atlanta to invest in the future of public transportation.” Kasim Reed, the 59th mayor of Atlanta, spoke about transit’s recent success in his city and surrounding area. “Over the past five years in our state, we have seen a change from people asking, ‘Why transit?’ to ‘What would it take to bring transit to our communities?’ For Georgia, this is a big shift,” Reed said. “For Atlanta, we are seeing more companies move to the city and choosing to relocate their operations near (MARTA’s services). These are companies that don’t want their employees wasting valuable time in traffic. There are also more employees, especially from the younger generation, who are interested in commuting options that don’t involve a car. They want to take transit. “National and international business communities are bullish on Atlanta because they know we are serious about improving our mobility network.” Jane Williams explained that she knew it would be a busy time for her after being sworn in as the acting FTA administrator, but was certainly not expecting so many hurricanes to strike various states and territories of the United States. “Much of my introduction (as acting administrator) was through telephone calls made during my first weeks on the job to different transit general managers and state transportation officials. I wanted to know how FTA could help them recover from these devastating storms,” Williams said. “I don’t mind telling you, I came to them with more questions than I had answers. But I believe a big part of our job at FTA is to listen, ask questions, look for answers, and then act.” She noted that transit systems in Texas, Florida and other areas devastated by this year’s hurricanes showed again the important role public transportation plays when it comes to the safety of area residents. Most notably, these transit providers were instrumental in safely transporting people to shelters.


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“It’s important when transit helps connect people to better life opportunities,” Williams said, “but in an emergency situation, transit’s service can mean life or death.” She added that U.S. public transportation systems were built on partnerships between federal, state and local agencies. “With that in mind, (FTA) is reviewing its current regulations and policies to see where we, as your federal partner, can create more ‘express lanes’ and fewer ‘roadblocks,’” Williams said. Robert Ashe, who is chair of the MARTA board of directors, said perhaps no other time in Atlanta’s history has the city and region been more focused on developing better transit and transportation infrastructure. “And for good reason, as metropolitan Atlanta’s population is expected to grow by 50 percent, to over eight million, by 2040,” he said. Ashe discussed a recent voter-approved sales tax referendum that is expected to raise $2.6 billion for MARTA to help pay for rail, bus and other transit-related expansions. “One of the driving forces behind our collective commitment to transit is Atlanta’s status as a prime target among many well-known companies when it comes to relocating their corporate and regional headquarters. In each case, access to a vibrant public transportation system was non-negotiable with these companies,” he said. “Over the past few years, MARTA has also played a leading role in developing Atlanta’s regional transit plan to address future transportation needs. Our goal, as yours, is to expand multilevel mass transit to better connect communities and advance prosperity.” MARTA General Manager Keith Parker added that the transit system has become one of the true economic generators for not only the Atlanta region, but the entire state, helping to propel job growth. “But what we, at MARTA, are most proud of is our level of customer service,” he said. Sending a video message during the opening general session was

Georgia U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, who stated that Atlanta’s strong focus on different types of transportation over the years has helped establish the city as the unofficial capital of the southern United States. “The key to good transportation is leadership and hard work,” he said.

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uest speaker during the APTA closing general session in Atlanta was U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao, who discussed the virtues of improved partnerships and infrastructure investment. “We all know that America’s transit systems play an important role for our nation’s infrastructure,” Chao said. “These systems provide more than 10 billion trips a year. The continual collaboration between federal, state and local governments, transit providers and private companies make all of this possible. “It’s more important than ever that we continue to work together, especially in these challenging times such as with this year’s active hurricane season.” She noted that tragedies, such as those brought about by hurricanes, highlight the importance of a strong national infrastructure. In this light, Chao said the Trump Administration has announced a $1 trillion infrastructure plan that will include $200 billion in direct federal seed money, to be spent over 10 years. “This plan seeks to mobilize innovative federal, state, local and private sector investment in infrastructure. A potentially useful tool could be that of allowing the private sector to invest more in public infrastructure. This is widely done throughout the world. It’s not a solution to every project, but could provide another important option to financing,” Chao said. “The (U.S. DOT) is also encouraging states to leverage their resources so

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She added it’s estimated that 94 percent of driving accidents are due to that taxpayer dollars go further when supporting sound projets, including human error. those involving public transportation.� “An automated driving system has the potential to decrease crashes and In giving an example of how public/private partnerships can benefit future public transportation growth, Chao spoke about the recent groundbreaking ceremony she participated in concerning the “As we work and live Purple Line light rail project in Maryland. in a world of increasing “This project is an excellent example of what can be achieved when federal, state, intermodalism, it doesn’t local and private partners work together,� she make any sense for each said. “It’s easier for many people to support mode of transportation projects when they don’t rely on the federal government for the majority of the funding. In to exist in its own silo, many ways, federal funding requirements are unable and unwilling to quite ominous. It’s therefore good to seek new ways that will help get projects online faster, communicate and and in a more flexible fashion. I have been facilitate partnerships.� talking a lot about the Purple Line, encouraging other states to emulate the success that Maryland has seen with this project.� — Elaine L. Chao, U.S. Dept. of Transportation Secretary Chao also discussed regulatory reform and streamlining project delivery. “As we work and live in a world of increasing intermodalism, it doesn’t make any sense for each mode of trans- save lives. Many BRT services, which often serve fixed routes with fewer portation to exist in its own silo, unable and unwilling to communicate stops, may be a good fit for fully-automated transit vehicles,� Chao said. and facilitate partnerships,� she said. “(The U.S. DOT) also recognizes “As a former U.S. Secretary Of Labor, however, I am also very aware of the value of technology and innovation in transforming our country’s the impact that technology can have on our population, our communities transportation network. For example, automated driving systems, com- and with job creation. I challenge those involved in developing new techmonly referred to as self-driving vehicles, hold the promise of saving nologies to always remember the human component, and think about how countless lives and increasing access to transportation for underserved they can better transition people whose lives and work may be impacted by this technology.� groups, such as the elderly and the disabled.�

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She added that multimodal transportation is growing throughout the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are seeing more of it, and we need to, because this is the most effective way to serve the public. The goal is to enhance mobility in a way that helps people find more choices when deciding how to get to, and from, their destinations,â&#x20AC;? Chao said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While (the U.S. DOT) is looking at these and many other initiatives, let me assure you, safety is always No. 1. We will continue to rely on you (in the public transportation sector) and you on us to properly protect the traveling public.â&#x20AC;?

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investment for people and businesses.â&#x20AC;? However, ongoing funding issues for public transit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as the overall transportation infrastructure in the United States â&#x20AC;&#x201D; remains a big concern, according to White. Therefore, he stressed the continual need for proper advocacy regarding these issues. The following are a sample of questions that were asked during the luncheon by the invited media: Question from Busline Magazine: As more discussions and testing takes place regarding autonomous vehicles, including buses, is there a future for the bus driver â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially as it relates to safety, security and/or customer service? Ford: â&#x20AC;&#x153;As we enter this new world of autonomous vehicles, one of the platforms that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m supporting this year is workforce development. In this new economy and transformational times, there are different skill sets that must be developed. The bus operatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job that we know today will clearly be modified at some point. There are opportunities (for these employ-

edia representatives from various trade journals, including Busline Magazine, and newspapers joined several public transportation officials for a special luncheon at the 2017 APTA Annual Meeting & EXPO. Among those taking questions at â&#x20AC;&#x153; The bus operatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job that we know today will clearly be modified at some the event were White, Ford and point. There are opportunities (for these employees), particularly from security Parker. White opened the media lunch- and customer service standpoints, as many passengers will still want human eon by stating that public transportation in the United States interaction (with a transit representative). As we look at security and late night remains as vital as ever, as more service, for example, will passengers feel comfortable riding in an autonomous people look for liveable areas to vehicle with no (transit representative) around?â&#x20AC;? reside and work. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; APTA Chair Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(U.S. transit) services carry 35 million people each weekday. We provide access to many opportunities, such as jobs, and help improve quality of life. There is also an impor- ees), particularly from security and customer service standpoints, as many tant economic business side to what we do. Transit directly employs near- passengers will still want human interaction (with a transit representaly 400,000 people. When you count indirect jobs, the figure is almost 2 tive). As we look at security and late night service, for example, will pasmillion,â&#x20AC;? White said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a $66 billion-a-year business. A big chunk sengers feel comfortable riding in an autonomous vehicle with no (transit of this money goes into the private sector. Transit is obviously a great representative) around?

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“These are questions to be addressed as we examine new technologies (such as autonomous vehicles). There will need to be people properly trained to understand, support and maintain these vehicles, etc. There is time, but (those involved with public transportation) need to be discussing these issues now, as the transition begins. “At JTA, we run an automated people mover. It transports passengers on a two-and-one-half-mile route in our downtown core area. We are fortunate in that it operates in a part of our infrastructure that can best support such a vehicle. However, we know there is going to be a different cultural impact that must be dealt with once this type of vehicle is brought to city streets and operated in mixed traffic.” Question: Can you discuss the complexities and challenges related to the current atmosphere in Washington, D.C. in terms of public transportation funding? White: “One thing I think people really don’t understand well enough is that the U.S. transportation program, and transit in particular, has for a long time been part of a partnership between the federal, state and local governments. I think this partnership will continue as no one level of government is really equipped financially to deal alone with today’s mobility issues. “The future will depend on continued partnerships, and each partner needs to remain a partner. Obviously, state and local governments can’t continue its job (to partially fund transportation) if the federal government devolves from its long-standing responsibility. “Sometimes the winds blow a little harder against our advocacy efforts for transit, but I will say that we also have had some pretty good sailing as of late. Recent advocacy for transit has been effective.” Parker: “There are current advantages to public transportation that really can’t be beat. For example, 1,000 cars can be taken off the road with the use of 20 large buses. This dramatically increases highway capacity. In rail stations, up to 18,000 people can be moved in

about 10 minutes. Therefore, as it pertains to large-scale commutes, public transportation remains a major component to overall mobility management. “Where I think we, as an industry, need to be more creative — and where future opportunities will be present — is during the hours of lower demand. You don’t necessarily need 40-foot buses operating at 2:30 a.m., with all the drivers and supervisors that go with this type of service. It makes more sense that a smaller vehicle is used, and monitored by one person. The cost of this type of service could be much more efficiently handled using autonomous vehicles and/or some type of shared transit program. “As an industry, we know that public transportation will have a major seat at the table for whatever mobility management solutions are decided on in the future. However, transit needs to remain very creative, flexible and open-minded.” Question: How has MARTA made its overall ridership experience better in recent years? Parker: “MARTA has worked on a number of things to improve its customer service. For example, it became the first transit system in the world to have a soccer field built inside a train station. We also now have farmers markets sprinkled throughout our system. MARTA has done a number of things to make the riding experience more convenient and appealing. “Most importantly, we have worked hard so that more people feel secure and safe while riding our system. The concern many people had in the past focused on safety. Senior citizens told us that they were afraid to ride our system at night. In response, we initiated a program called, ‘Ride With Respect.’ We have taken a zero tolerance approach to uncivil behavior, and specially trained our security officers. The results have been truly spectacular. Many of our customers have told us that they now feel much safer using our system.”

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MTS Has New Security Staffing Plan

EnerDel’s Vigor+ ESS Powers Hybrid And Electric Buses EnerDel, a supplier of advanced lithiumion batteries, exhibited its PP320-738-LP Vigor+lithium-ion Energy Storage System at the recent APTA EXPO. Dr. Tomasz Poznar, EnerDel’s V.P. of Transportation said, “The PP320738-LP Vigor+battery is an approved aftermarket solution for use in buses with the Allison Hybrid H 40/50 EP™ system. “EnerDel’s Vigor+packs are installed in diesel-hybrid buses in 15 cities throughout the United States and Canada, and have proven to be a dependable solution with more than 600 hybrid buses currently in operation which have accumulated over 20 million miles since the product was introduced in 2014. “Transit agencies are seeking savings and technology improvements for their dieselelectric hybrid fleets, when planning midlife overhauls. Our lithium technology has set a new reliability milestone, and has proven to be a viable solution for hybrid bus operators.”

According to a press release, “At 21 kilowatt/hours, the PP320-738-LP Vigor+ ESS offers over three times as much energy and greater life than the original OEM equipment, while maintaining the same packaging space. The PP320-738-LP Vigor+ pack is used as an alternative to the NiMH ESS as an Allison-approved support equipment alternative in existing bus fleets. Key benefits of EnerDel’s Vigor+ ESS are Buy America Compliance, exceptional warranty, robust transportationgrade packaging and built-in system control redundancies to ensure enhanced pack protection and user safety.” Michael Canada, CEO of EnerDel said, “EnerDel’s commitment to the transit market is being rewarded with the sustained growth of the PP320-738-LP as new municipalities continue their adoption of this product.” For more information, visit www.enerdel.com or email Sales@EnerDel.com or call (317) 703-1800.

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has a new Security Staffing Plan aimed at making the system safer by restructuring the composition of MTS’ security personnel, and making changes to its deployment schedule. The plan was fully implemented in September. “Passenger safety is a top priority for MTS,” said Paul Jablonski, MTS chief executive officer. “The new security staffing plan will add a greater uniform presence on our system. This is another strategic step MTS has taken to boost system-wide security.” The new plan increases the number of MTS code compliance inspectors (CCI) from 34 to 64 employees. The additional CCIs will enable MTS to implement a beat system, where each beat will consist of three to five trolley stations patrolled by a trained team made up of a security officer paired with a CCI. This new deployment strategy nearly triples the presence of CCIs at any given time. In a related move, the number of contracted security officers will be reduced to make room for the additional CCIs. MTS has approximately 200 CCIs and contracted security officers patrolling the system. For more information, visit www.sdmts.com.

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ARBOC Introduces Medium-Duty Rail Product, The Spirit Of Equess

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The New MCI D45 CRT LE Motor Coach Industries (MCI), the U.S. subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc., said it created its new MCI D45 CRT LE to enhance the experience of commuter rapid transit (CRT) and bus rapid transit (BRT) systems for a range of commuters, with the goal of improving accessibility. Deliveries of the BuyAmerica compliant, Altoonatested clean-diesel coach are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018. An all-electric version is also in development and will be released in 2020. “We consider the MCI D45 CRT LE a landmark vehicle on three fronts,” MCI President Ian Smart said. “First, the model launches a progressive modern design along with the amenities and comfort necessary to get commuters to switch from commuting by car. It’s important that this is a coach where people want to try commuter travel. Secondly, we are looking ahead to a more diverse society where different groups of citizens will face a range of mobility issues, and we believe the MCI D45 CRT LE is part of the solution. We listened to what our customers wanted and created a coach with a low-entry vestibule that improves dwell times, and the overall passenger experience. “Finally, we’re very proud to be rolling out a 100 percent electric version because it becomes the most accessible and environmentallyfriendly vehicle we’ve ever created. “While MCI’s current commuter coach model will continue to feature wheelchair lifts, the new D45 CRT LE is designed with a curblevel ramp and second door that opens directly into a same-level patent-pending low-floor entry (LE) vestibule with passenger seating. The forward-door entry opens to an ergonomically-designed spiral entryway that’s well lighted and features supportive grab rails. This combined ease-of-entry technology is expected to cut the considerable dwell time of traditional lifts.” MCI Vice President of Marketing and Product Planning Brent Maitland said, “We immersed ourselves in the user experience when designing this coach, seeking the input of a broad range of passengers including users of mobility devices. Their participation guided our low-floor entry and vestibule design, and our engineers worked on the overall styling for it to be a progressive vehicle in the fleets that operate rapid commuter transit.” The CRT LE low-level-entry vestibule, accessible by a second door at the midpoint of the coach, includes seating for five passengers, allowing for up to two secured mobility devices

and an attendant. The model offers a highcapacity 54-passenger seating configuration overall, with seating for 52 when there are two passengers using a mobility device.

MCI will offer an all-electric D45 CRT LE with an efficient energy storage and battery thermal management system driving its motor and control systems, air compressor, HVAC, and all driver controls. Orders will be taken starting next year. “The all-electric model will utilize a hightorque Siemens 2130 LB FT electric drive system for operation at highway speeds with a planned range to meet long-distance commuter applications. The vehicle allows for high power plug-in battery EV charging to 100 percent in under three hours,” according to a press release. MCI said, “While MCI has its roots in the tour and charter business, MCI lore suggests that the first transit use of its coaches goes back to 1965 and Gray Coach in Canada, which was eventually absorbed by Ontario’s GO Transit agency. At about the same time in the U.S., Chautauqua Transit purchased an MC-5A, and

10 MC-7s were delivered to Vermont Transit in 1969. Other transit systems followed. By 1991, many more U.S. regional transit authorities were created, and many of those were expanding to connect suburban communities, office parks and park-and-ride operations. The energy crisis forced commuters to rethink their automobile usage, the MCI Commuter Coach business grew. Accessibility has also been a factor in MCI’s transit history – as early as 1984, MCI became the first manufacturer to introduce a wheelchair-lift model, at least six years before the Americans With Disabilities Act went into effect.” The company said features of MCI/public transportation today include: n Ten of the 25 largest North American transit agencies already feature the MCI Commuter Coach model on Commuter Rapid Transit routes; n MCI’s sister company New Flyer, under the NFI Group, developed and tested the very first low-floor transit bus to the North American marketplace in 1988, marking over 8,000 deliveries to agencies to date. Today, 85 percent of all buses in North America use this technology; and, n Only MCI builds North America's BuyAmerica-compliant, Altoona-tested, fully accessible Commuter Coach in clean-diesel, CNG and electric options. MCI Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Patrick Scully said: “We’ve made history in this business while becoming an important partner to public transportation agencies large and small throughout North America. We are very proud of the CRT LE and expect it to be one of our most evolutionary vehicles as we serve a changing commuter public.” Visit www.mcicoach.com and www.newflyer.com for more information.

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CCW Begins Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

Dignitaries Visit Specialty Vehicles Booth During APTA EXPO

Complete Coach Works (CCW) has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulation 49 CFR Part 26. The program has been accepted as well as certified by the Federal Transit Authority (FTA). CCW Contracts Manager Michael Perez is the DBE liaison officer, and is responsible for the program’s development, implementation, and monitoring. According to the DOT, DBEs are defined as, “for-profit small business concerns where socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51 percent interest, and also control management and daily business operations” (Transportation.gov [2017]). CCW said that its company policy is to ensure that DBEs have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-assisted contracts. Michael Perez joined CCW in 2013 as inventory analyst. He was promoted to contracts manager in 2014. He has over four years of transportation industry experience and expertise in inventory management and government solicitations. As DBE liaison officer, Perez oversees CCW’s DBE program with regard to federally funded projects, and he is the main contact for all DBE related matters. For more information, email: DBE@completecoach.com.

During the recent APTA EXPO, the Specialty Vehicles booth hosted two unexpected dignitaries. United States Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration K. Jane Williams visited the company’s booth.

MCI’s Patrick Scully Named APTA’s 2017 Outstanding Public Transportation Business Member Motor Coach Industry’s (MCI), Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Patrick Scully, was recently named the 2017 Outstanding Public Transportation Business Member by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This award is given to an APTA public transportation business member who has made outstanding contributions to the public transportation industry. William W. Millar, APTA president from 1996-2011, said, MCI Executive Vice President of Sales “Millions of riders benefit each and Marketing Patrick Scully accepts day from the products and ideas APTA's 2017 Outstanding Public Scully has advanced to public Transportation Business Member transportation systems across Award from Bacarra Sanderson North America.” Maudlin, vice chair BirminghamA native Torontonian, Scu Jefferson County Transit Authority lly’s daily school commutes, via (MAX), Birmingham, AL, during public transit, helped build his APTA's annual meeting and EXPO. interest in the industry. After earning an MBA, Scully began his career at Ontario Bus Industries’ aftermarket parts group in 1988. He moved to Detroit Diesel Corporation in 1994, joining Daimler Buses North America in 2001, and MCI in 2012. Page 34

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Pictured left to right are Jane Williams, acting administrator of the FTA, Elaine Chao, U.S. DOT secretary and Nancy Munoz, CEO of Specialty Vehicles.

Wednesday morning, during the last few hours of the trade show, Secretary Chao and Acting Administrator Williams, along with press and associates, met with Nancy Munoz, CEO of Specialty Vehicles, and walked through the Spirit of America trolley, which was displayed in the Specialty Vehicles booth. “We were honored to have Secretary Chao and Acting Administrator Williams visit our booth at APTA, and to be able to show them our new low-floor trolley. Both ladies were impressed with the authentic theming and workmanship throughout,” Munoz said of her time speaking with Secretary Chao and Acting Administrator Williams. “They congratulated us on being a longtime certified woman-owned business, and a longtime supplier of quality specialty vehicles to the transit industry.” Specialty Vehicles is a family operated, woman-owned business that has been specializing in trolleys, trams and people movers for over 35 years. The company has recently partnered with ARBOC Specialty Vehicles to offer the new low-floor Spirit of America trolley.

According to a press release, “APTA singled out Scully’s long history in mass transit advocacy for the award. He joined APTA in 1995 as a member of the Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG), pressing for growth and diversity within BMBG ranks. He has served on numerous committees, and helped draft the industry’s Standard Bus Specifications and Procurement Guidelines, working with operating members to gain common ground on areas such as risk sharing and bonding. “During his two-year term as chairman of BMBG, from 2014-2016, Scully helped strengthen business member support for APTA’s congressional lobbying efforts with both BMBG and the APTA legislative committees. He helped coordinate regular business member fly-ins to Washington, D.C., to raise direct communication between the public transportation industry and Congress. During the last transportation funding reauthorization in 2015, he helped mobilize business member support for APTA’s Stand Up for Transportation Day under APTA Chairman Phil Washington.”


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Voith Turbo’s DIWA.6 Transmission Installed In San Antonio, TX, Transit of the vehicle while also making it a quieter mass transit option,” according to a company press release. San Antonio, TX, is now the 11th city in North America to start converting its transit bus transmissions to Voith Turbo’s DIWA.6. Voith Turbo, a group division of Voith GmbH, is a specialist for drive solutions, systems and comprehensive services. Visit www.voithusa.com/Road for more information.

Cincinnati Metro Breaks Ground On New Oakley Transit Center The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority has broken ground on what will become its new Oakley Transit Center. The transit center will provide improved connections and amenities, and will feature four boarding bays, designated off-street park & ride spaces for commuters, enhanced transit shelters, streetscaping, wayfinding, a ticket vending machine and real-time information screens. The Oakley area represents approximately 7,100 jobs, and is home to several major retailers. The project was designed by the Transportation Planning and Urban Design section of the City of Cincinnati’s Department of Transportation and Engineering. It is expected to be completed this winter. The $1.2 million project is funded through a Federal Surface Transportation Program grant and local match funds. Project partners include the Ohio Department of Transportation, OKI Regional Council of Governments, and the City of Cincinnati. Metro is a non-profit public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 15 million rides per year in Greater Cincinnati.

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ABC Companies And Van Hool CX Series Equipment Line

Offering New All Electric Model Featuring Proterra Electric Vehicle Technology ABC Companies and its partner Van Hool have developed an all-electric version of its CX Series coaches in partnership with Proterra, a designer and manufacturer of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles. “The new Van Hool CX45E and CX35E models utilize the proven CX platform, and will feature Proterra’s E2 battery technology along with a fully-electric drivetrain designed to deliver operational, environmental and passenger benefits,” according to a press release. “The all-electric CX Series offering is well aligned with the stakeholders’ vision and mission of forging and integrating cleaner technologies that move the needle forward in mass transportation with zero-emission technology.” Proterra said the vehicles will feature the same E2 battery technology that recently broke the world record for range, achieving 1,101.2 miles on a single charge. ABC’s CCO Roman Cornell said, “ABC and Van Hool are eager and poised to adapt Proterra’s best-in-class solutions that can help operators expand market reach and enhance the passenger experience. We recognize the growing consumer demand for zero-emission products, particularly as it applies to moving populations throughout communities in the U.S. and North America.” Jay Oakman, senior v.p./commercial operations at ABC, said that the decision to offer a fully-electric product is a reflection of changing market needs driven by clean-energy initiatives, sustainable transportation solutions and green-technology consumer preferences and desires nationwide. Filip Van Hool, CEO of Van Hool said, “Integrating Proterra’s proven battery technology in the CX will take this coach to the next level.” “As corporations set ambitious sustainability agendas, the opportunity

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Prevost® Teams With Nova Bus At APTA EXPO

Cleveland’s RTA Completes Renovation On Station

Prevost and Nova Bus joined in an interactive exhibit at the recent APTA EXPO. Prevost displayed an X3-45 Commuter™ coach equipped with the new Electric Fan Drive introduced earlier this year. “Prevost’s Electric Fan Drive is a fully integrated system that eliminates the need for a belt-driven fan; thereby reducing the engine horsepower required to operate the coach. The end result is a up to a four percent improvement in fuel economy. A detached fan drive was also available for a closer, more in-depth look.” On display for Nova Bus were the 100 percent electric LFSe model and the LFS CNG.

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) recently celebrated the completion of its newly renovated Brookpark Station on the Red Line with a ribbon cutting. The $16.5 million project began in 2015 and involved a complex new structure, including a new tunnel under the existing RTA and freight railroad tracks that connects the east and west entrances. “The station is now modern, accessible, convenient, safe and first class,” said RTA CEO/General Manager Joe Calabrese. The new ADA-compliant station has: • New eastern and western entrances; • Convenient bus interface where three bus routes connect to and from the Red Line; • Expansive sidewalks and entrances with new landscaping; • Enhanced passenger waiting areas, both inside and outside the station; • Additional and abundant lighting, security systems and cameras throughout the station; • Additional emergency call boxes in the station and parking lots; • A new rail platform; • Real-time information signage so passengers know when the next train is arriving; and, • 1,300 parking spaces.

“The city of Montreal is currently running LFSe vehicles, which offer rapid and fully automatic charging to keep the fully electric buses on schedule. The CNG vehicle, which features clean natural gas technology, was on loan from San Antonio’s VIA public transit. “Customers had access to additional product information such as features, benefits and specifications through a touchscreen kiosk next to the coaches. In addition, a virtual reality exhibit gave attendees the chance to see and experience the new Nova Bus driver’s cockpit area with improved driver visibility, which will be available on some vehicles in 2018.” Prevost and Nova Bus were also official sponsors of EXPO Eats, an area where themed food, drinks and entertainment were offered daily during lunch hours. Afternoon concessions were also offered. A desk dedicated to Prevost Parts & Service, which also supports the needs of Nova Bus customers, was staffed by Prevost training and service personnel. Show attendees were able to discuss parts needs and learn about the availability of service training online, in a classroom setting at Prevost facilities and on site at customer locations. A press conference was held on Tuesday, October 10, to announce the opening of four new service centers. Visit www.prevostcar.com.

Prevost Sponsors Online Driver Training Courses Prevost has partnered with the American Bus Association (ABA) on a series of online courses to help motorcoach companies recruit and retain drivers. The new program is available now through the ABA website, www.buses.org. “Prevost is the sole sponsor for the ABA Driver Training program, which was developed by safety experts from motorcoach companies and manufacturers. The program was designed to give new drivers the knowledge and theory needed to take the test required to earn a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The courses can also be used to provide continuing education for experienced drivers,” according to a press release. “Prevost’s commitment to our industry goes beyond the manufacture of motorcoaches. We understand that drivers are the key to operators’ business and success, and we will do everything we can to help them recruit, train and retain drivers,” said Francois Tremblay, vice president and general manager of Prevost.

Wisconsin’s GO Riteway Participates In National School Bus Safety Week GO Riteway Transportation Group participated in National School Bus Safety Week. The event is held annually during the third full week in October. Activities included special employee breakfast and lunch events and games such as “Safety Bingo.” Safety announcements were made every day, and knit caps with GO Riteway’s 60th anniversary logo were provided for all drivers. The 2017 theme for National School Bus Safety Week was, “Stop On Red.” The theme was derived from the winner of a poster contest from the previous year. GO Riteway also distributed the posters to all of its terminals. “Safety is always our number one focus,” David Butcher, vice president, safety, said. “It’s critical to remind drivers that school buses are on the road again, and that they need to obey the flashing lights indicating children are either getting on or off the bus. We wanted to reinforce this not only with our drivers, but also with the public. “Keeping safety in front of everyone is vital,” Butcher added. “We set the bar high when we’re going through the hiring process so we retain the highest level of professional drivers possible. This special week also provided an opportunity for us to thank our drivers for their service. Safety is one of the core values of GO Riteway and will always be the top priority for us.” GO Riteway Transportation Group is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2017, and today has over 1,350 employees and 1,090 vehicles, operating out of 18 Wisconsin locations. It services 27 school districts. The commercial services division operates 38 airport shuttles, 31 motorcoaches, 30 executive sedans and 21 mini coaches. The company rebranded in 2011 from Riteway Bus Service, Inc., to GO Riteway Transportation Group when it acquired airport shuttle service. For more information, visit www.goriteway.com. November/December 2017

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BYD Unveils 45-Foot Battery-Electric Commuter Coach At 2017 APTA EXPO

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YD unveiled its first 45-foot battery-electric commuter coach during the recent 2017 APTA EXPO, in Atlanta, GA. The vehicle was one of four BYD advanced technology batteryelectric bus/coach models on display at the company’s booth. “BYD now offers a battery-electric bus or coach to meet every operational and service route need for a North American transit agency,” BYD Heavy Industries Senior Vice President Macy Neshati said. “These models reduce operating costs for customers due to BYD’s advanced battery-electric technology. This translates into large savings over the 12-year life of a vehicle. We also offer the industry’s only 12year battery warranty, so customers can have complete peace of mind when purchasing a BYD bus or coach.” Neshati said BYD’s latest model, the 45-foot battery-electric commuter coach, is a natural choice for many customers as its size is very popular among transit providers across the country. “Our goal has always been to meet the needs of the U.S. transit community with electrified vehicles. We started out by producing a 40-foot low-floor transit bus, with 30- and 35-foot vehicles following. BYD then developed its 60-foot articulated bus,” he explained. “The 45-foot model was a natural transition. This size of vehicle is used throughout the transit community to daily move large numbers of people to and from work and other destinations.” The BYD 45-foot battery-electric commuter coach has a range of 225 miles on a single charge, which Neshati said fits in well with the schedule of many transit systems. After a 1.5 hour charging period, the vehicle is ready again for service. The 45-foot model will soon be sent to the Altoona, PA, test track. Production is expected to soon follow. “We are taking orders now for the 45-footer, and expect to start shipping them in about eight months,” Neshati said. BYD has deployed more than 137 battery-electric buses across the United States to such destinations as LA Metro, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Stanford University, Anaheim Resort Transportation, Long Beach Transit, Denver Regional Transportation District, the city of Albuquerque, SolTrans, SunLine Transit, Link Transit, COMO Connect, and the Antelope Valley Transit Authority. In response to growing North American demand for advanced electrified buses, BYD recently completed an expansion to its coach and bus manufacturing facility in Lancaster, CA. This expansion will allow the company to build up to 1,500 battery-electric buses annually, once operating at full capacity. BYD has nearly 800 employees in California. They contribute to building the company’s battery packs, buses, trucks and forklifts. “Our Lancaster facility has been a phenomenal success story. When

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BYD purchased it, the structure was a vacant 90,000-square-foot building. We just had 35 people working there one and one-half years ago when we quickly started receiving orders for BYD’s different electrified bus models,” Neshati said. “We soon realized that the facility needed to be larger, and added a 250,000-square-foot expansion. It’s now ready to produce up to 1,500 buses per year, while creating new jobs for the Lancaster area.”

Globally, according to BYD, it’s the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles that includes automobiles, buses, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, SkyRail, forklifts, energy storage and solar power generation. The company has more than 27,000 battery-electric buses in service around the world, employs approximately 220,000 people and earns $15 billion in annual revenue. Neshati said the future is wide open for electric buses and other vehicles. “More people are realizing the advantages of using electrified transportation. This includes cost-per-mile savings. We typically find that it takes 35 cents per mile to operate an electric bus versus $1.20 to $1.30 per mile to operate a diesel or CNG bus,” he said. “There are also clean air benefits to consider. These are all things that everybody should want.” Neshati noted that electric vehicles have been around for well over 100 years. However, advanced technology is making such transportation options available to a wider group of providers and passengers. “BYD is very proud to be on the cutting edge of today’s batteryelectric vehicle technology. This is part of the company’s core competency. We build our own battery cells, packs and systems in the United States,” Neshati said. “Within the next six months, we expect our fifth BYD bus/coach model to be finished with its Altoona testing. This product diversity helps us remain a leader in the batteryelectric vehicle marketplace.” Visit www.byd.com for more information.


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FCCC Presents New Version Of XBS Chassis Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) now offers a new version of its XBS commercial bus chassis, with a new engine. “FCCC recently demonstrated a pre-series production unit of its XBS straight-rail chassis powered by a Cummins L9 engine, offering 330-HP and 1,000-pound/foot of torque,” according to Freightliner. “The L9-powered XBS also features an Alison B-400 automatic transmission and FCCC’s X-Ride rear suspension, for a higher weight rating and weight reduction,” said the company. “Additional features include disc brakes, wet sleeve for re-buildable engine and Cummins VG Turbo engine brake and available engine compression brake. Overall, the L9-powered XBS offers strong fuel economy, hill-climbing capability and proven productivity on heavy-duty routes for a broad range of coaches and other applications.” The XBS features include: ■ Cummins L9 8.9L engine delivering 330 HP and 1,000 lb./ft. of torque; ■ Proprietary X-Ride rear suspension; ■ GVWR up to 37,700-pounds; ■ Allison B-400 six-speed automatic transmission; ■ 90-gallon rectangular, between-the-rails steel fuel tank; ■ 55-degree wheel cut; ■ Wheelbase up to 276-inches; and, ■ Chassis comes with 3-year/50,000-mile warranty with towing and roadside assistance, and 24/7 factory direct customer support. For more information, visit www.freightlinerchassis.com.

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Hometown Trolley By Double K, Inc.

Mainstreet

Villager The Hometown Trolley Villager model is a front engine trolley capable of many applications from a small private tour operator to a full scale transit agency. The Villager model is available in gasoline, bio-diesel, CNG and Propane. The Villager can be equipped with minimal components to make a more economical choice for the small operator or loaded with many transit features such as destination signs, spiral brass railings, bike racks, GPS systems and more.

Double K, Inc. (Hometown Trolley) 701 N. Railroad Ave., Crandon, WI 54520 715-478-5090 • Fax: 715-478-5095 Email: kristina@hometowntrolley.com Web site: www.hometowntrolley.com Model........................................................................................................Villager Length .......................................................................................................22’, 40’ Width...............................................................................................93”, 96”, 99” Height ............................................................................................................10’6” Wheelbase ....................................................................158, 178, 190, 208, 228 Overhang (front/rear).................................................Front 28” / Rear 118” Inside Height (min./max.) ................................................................Aisle 88” Tire Size....................................................................................19.5x6.75 & 22.5 Engine .....................................................................................Cummins ISB 6.7 Transmission ........................................................................................Allison 2 Fuel Tank Capacity..................................................................................75 gal. Chassis............................................................Ford, Workhorse, Freightliner Baggage Capacity ..............................................................................Available Wheelchair Lift Option.................................................................................Yes Suspension ...................................................................................Spring or Air Page 40

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The Hometown Trolley Mainstreet model is a heavy-duty rear engine trolley combining all the transit components for the high volume urban areas, such as full air suspension, air brakes, Allison B300 transmission, Cummins ISB, LED destination signs, Voice Annunciation systems, instep ADA lift equipment and more. The Mainstreet trolley will provide the quality and reliability of any high demand transit needs while at the same time lending the nostalgic feel of the turn of the century cable car. Double K, Inc. (Hometown Trolley) 701 N. Railroad Ave., Crandon, WI 54520 715-478-5090 • Fax: 715-478-5095 Email: kristina@hometowntrolley.com Web site: www.hometowntrolley.com

Model ..................................................................................................Mainstreet Length.......................................................................................................25’, 40’ Width.................................................................................................................99” Height..............................................................................................................11’2” Wheelbase ............................................................................160, 190, 208, 228 Overhang (front/rear)......................................................................42” / 120” Inside Height (min./max.) ................................................................Aisle 88” Tire Size..........................................................................................................22.5 Engine............................................................................................Cummins ISB Transmission.................................................................................Allison B300 Chassis .............................................................................................Freightliner Baggage Capacity ..............................................................................Available Wheelchair Lift Option.................................................................................Yes Suspension.......................................................................................................Air


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Hometown Trolley By Double K, Inc.

Carriage Streetcar Trolley

The Hometown Trolley Carriage model is a front engine, lowfloor trolley providing ease of entry and exit with no steps. The Carriage low-floor design allows the ADA ratio of 5:1 and minimal step in height when pulled to curb locations. The Carriage is available in gasoline, diesel, CNG and full electric. The Carriage is also available with LED destination signs, DVD player and monitor, HVAC with climate control, brass or brushed stainless handrailing, luggage rack, exterior wood package, forward facing or perimeter seating, 110 volt invertor for Christmas lighting on the interior and exterior, and many more transit components. The Carriage is less than 22-feet in length, making it the perfect size for historical downtown areas, hotels, theme parks and many other shuttle type transportation needs. Capture the nostalgia of a Hometown Trolley in your hometown with the new low-floor Carriage, built to preserve integrity and craftsmanship true to its era of the “turn of the century.”

The Streetcar Trolley low-floor model combines the nostalgic features of the turn-of-the-century passenger cable car with the modern technology of today’s transit advancements. The Streetcar Trolley is a powerhouse heavy-duty trolley capable of running in any mass transit, high passenger capacity applications. The Streetcar is a full stainless steel low-floor monocoque chassis design, exceeding the required 1:6 ratio for ADA loading with the fold out ADA ramp. Optional equipment such as LED destination signs, DVD flat screen packages, mahogany finishes and many more choices are available to customize the Streetcar. Standard equipment such as a multiplex wiring system, brass or brushed stainless hand railings, as well as simulated wood trim set the Streetcar in a class all its own. Vintage tram interior, transit flooring, HVAC packages and ADA packages are available. Altoona-tested for 10 years/350,000 miles.

Double K, Inc. (Hometown Trolley) 701 N. Railroad Ave., Crandon, WI 54520 715-478-5090 • Fax: 715-478-5095 Email: kristina@hometowntrolley.com Web site: www.hometowntrolley.com

Double K, Inc. (Hometown Trolley) 701 N. Railroad Ave., Crandon, WI 54520 715-478-5090 • Fax: 715-478-5095 Email: kristina@hometowntrolley.com Web site: www.hometowntrolley.com

Model ......................................................................................................Carriage Type ........................................................................................Low Floor Trolley Passenger Capacity...................................................................................16-20 Length......................................................................................................20’ - 24’ Width....................................................................................................................8’ ADA ...............................................................................................1 or 2 Position Engine ...............................................Gasoline, Diesel, CNG or Full Electric Chassis.............................................................................................Chevy 4500 Handrailing .........................................................................Brass or Stainless Comfort Control.................................................................................Full HVAC Mileage .................................................................................................MPG 12-15

Model.......................................................................................Streetcar Trolley Passenger Capacity .................................................................................28-48 Length.....................................................................................................30’ - 40’ Width...............................................................................................................100” Overall Height .............................................................................................10’6” Wheel Base..............................................................................190”, 208”, 228” Door Opening......................................................................................48” x 78” GVW ............................................................................................27,500 - 32,000 Engine ..........................................Cummins Diesel, Series Hybrid Electric or Full Electric Transmission.................................................................................Allison B300 November/December 2017

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Hometown Coach By Double K, Inc.

View With panoramic-view windows, heavy-duty construction, outstanding fit and finish, and exceptional shuttle, tour and paratransit performance, the Hometown View is the bus you have been waiting for. With a full array of customization options and floorplans, the View can be modified to meet the diverse needs of customers, further demonstrating Hometown’s commitment to offering quality, American-made products. As with other Hometown product lines, customer service exceeds expectations. The View is fully integral, providing the same level of technology as other mid-size transit and tour buses on the market today. The customization makes the View versatile for transit needs such as college shuttling, rugged national park tours, prison transportation, as well as urban city and small community transit applications. The Hometown View provides seating for up to 45 passengers, each given an outstanding travel experience. The View is built on a Ford F550 chassis, with a Triton V10 gasoline engine and automatic 5-speed Allison transmission, with the capability to add LPG, CNG or full electric options. The View is seven-year, 200,000-mile lifetime durability Altoona tested. Hometown Manufacturing 750 Industrial Parkway, Crandon, WI 54520 715-478-5090 • Fax: 715-478-5095 email: Kristina@hometowntrolley.com Website: www.hometown-mfg.com Model..............................................................................................................View Length................................................................................24’, 28’, 32’, 36’, 42’ GVWR.............................................................................22,000, 24,000-26,000 Body Width......................................................................................................99” Body Height................................................................................................123.5” Int. Height....................................................................................................80.5” Wheelbase................................................158”, 178”, 190”, 208”, 228”, 242” ADA Location................................................................................................Rear Engine ...Cummins ISB 6.7 L diesel, Triton 6.8 L V10 gasoline, electric Transmission...........................Allison PTS 2200 / Ford auto 5-speed OD Fuel Options..........................................Diesel, gas, CNG, LPG, full electric Brakes .......Hydro-Max power brake assist, 4-sensor ABS/WABCO ABS Seating.......................................................................22-30, 30-45 passenger Page 42

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Specialty Vehicles

Mini-Trolley The 23-foot Mini-Trolley from Specialty Vehicles is perfect for increased mobility around tight corners because of its smaller size. The Mini-Trolley can transport 14 passengers or less, making it the first non-CDL trolley on the market (CDL laws vary by state). Standard features include: all steel construction, a fiberglass roof, one-piece fiberglass front engine access door, wood paneling, oak slat bench seats, brass stanchions, Altro flooring and more. There are several ways to customize the trolley, with available options such as a rear conductor’s platform, removable sidewalls, limo interior with perimeter seating, ADA accessibility, rear air conditioning, and exterior faux wood. The Mini-Trolley is a great addition to any fleet or as a standalone transportation solution.

Specialty Vehicles 440 Mark Leany Drive, Henderson, NV 89011 Phone: 702-567-5256 • Fax: 702-567-3020 Email: info@specialtyvehicles.com Website: www.specialtyvehicles.com

Model........................................................................................................FE—Gas Length ..............................................................................................................23’ Width ...............................................................................................................96” Height .............................................................................................................115” Engine......................................................................................................6.0L V8 Transmission...................................................................6-Speed Automatic Chassis ...............................................................................................GM G4500 Air Conditioning..................................................................................95K BTU Wheelchair Lift Option ...............................................................................Yes Steering.....................................................................................................Power Suspension.....................................................................................Leaf Spring


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Specialty Vehicles

American Heritage Trolley

Spirit of America

There’s no doubt about it ... a beautifully crafted American Heritage Trolley will capture the attention of nearly everyone who passes it. The raised roof cupola, arch top windows, traditional red and green coloring and brass accents entice riders of all ages to hop on and experience the nostalgia, uniqueness and excitement only a trolley can create for its riders. The interior brass railing, wood slat seats and solid oak paneling allow each passenger a memorable transportation experience. The Front Engine American Heritage Trolley is manufactured in 26-35 foot lengths, with passenger capacities of 18-43. Gasoline, diesel, LPG and CNG fueled engines are available. A welded tubular steel frame, and riveted galvanneal exterior panels, contain solid hardwood interior and polished brass interior fixtures.

The only OEM purpose-built, low-floor trolley and chassis on the market, the Spirit of America is a rear-engine, medium-duty vehicle. It’s Altoona-tested and manufactured by ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, in Indiana. With its unmatched floorplan flexibility, the Spirit of America can accommodate up to 37 passengers, with up to four wheelchair positions. This trolley is truly accessible to all passengers, with a singlelevel floor and zero entry steps. The dedicated low-floor chassis, built by Freightliner, is not modified during the manufacturing of the trolley. The Spirit of America’s patented technology offers an angled entranceway, while exceeding ADA guidelines with a 1:6 ramp slope for passengers in need of extra assistance and wheelchair accessibility. Powered by a Cummins ISB 6.7L diesel engine and Allison transmission, the Spirit of America offers both easy serviceability and consistent reliability, making it the right choice as a low-floor trolley solution.

Specialty Vehicles 440 Mark Leany Drive, Henderson, NV 89011 Phone: 702-567-5256 • Fax: 702-567-3020 Email: info@specialtyvehicles.com Website: www.specialtyvehicles.com

Model ..........................................................FE & RE—Gas, LPG, CNG & Diesel Length ........................................................................................................26-35’ Width ...............................................................................................................96” Height.............................................................................................................133” Engine..................................................6.8L V10 Ford or 6.7L Cummins ISB Transmission...................................................................6-Speed Automatic Chassis.......................................................Ford F53, Freightliner MB or XB Air Conditioning ..........................................................................35-130K BTU Wheelchair Lift Option ...............................................................................Yes Steering.....................................................................................................Power Suspension............................................Leaf Spring—Ford, Leaf Spring or Optional Air Freightliner MB, 4 Wheel Air Ride—Freightliner XB

Specialty Vehicles 440 Mark Leany Drive, Henderson, NV 89011 Phone: 702-567-5256 • Fax: 702-567-3020 Email: info@specialtyvehicles.com Website: www.specialtyvehicles.com Model.............................................................................................RE Low Floor Length..................................................................................................29’ or 34’ Width..............................................................................................................100” Height.............................................................................................................124” Engine..................................................................................6.7L Cummins ISB Transmission................................................................................Allison B220 Chassis ...................................................................................Freightliner XBA Air Conditioning...........................................................................75-170K BTU Wheelchair Lift Option...........................................................................Ramp Steering.....................................................................................................Power Suspension .....................................................................................................Air November/December 2017

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Altro See Ad On Page 45 12648 Clark St. Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 USA 800-382-0333 Email: transport@altrofloors.com Website: www.altro.com Products: Altro is a manufacturer of slip-resistant floors and has been in the forefront of innovation for almost 100 years. Being the inventors of safety floors, Altro’s transport floors have been satisfying the diverse needs of the transportation industry for decades in both bus and rail applications. Put passenger safety first with Altro’s combination of aluminum oxide, silicon carbide and quartz aggregate. All products are lightweight, easy to install and maintain, and have been developed specifically to meet the demands of moving vehicles. Altro floors are engineered for the latest international smoke,

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fire and toxicity regulations. Investing in an Altro product is an investment in a complete system - a full range of accessories, including adhesives, color coordinated weld rods and sealants, nosings, trims and moldings are available. Customers can also take advantage of Altro’s kit-cutting service to save time on installation and get their vehicles back into service quickly. Family owned and run since 1919, Altro is committed to providing customers with innovative products to serve their needs. 17 Axalta Coating Systems Applied Corporate Center 50 Applied Card Way, Suite 300 Glen Mills, PA 19342 USA 855-6AXALTA; 905-301-6823 Websites: www.axalta.us; www.axaltacoatingsystems.com

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Products: Axalta has introduced the Precidium™ MTI Transit Floor Coating. Specifically engineered for the bus industry, Precidium™ is a lightweight, seamless, spray applied, anti-slip floor covering that provides benefits for bus OEMs and refurbishers. Precidium™ is sprayed on, resulting in a quick installation with almost no cure time. Finished floors have no seams. Precidium’s abrasion and adhesion properties result in floors that won’t wear quickly or delaminate under the toughest weather conditions. Goes on quickly. Axalta is a global company focused solely on coatings. 16 Baultar Concept, Inc. 110, J.-E. Lemieux St. Windsor, QC J1S 0A4 CANADA 819-845-7110 Website: www.baultar.com


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Products: Baultar Flooring Solutions provides composite flooring and other products for the transit industry. 15 Better Life Technology, LLC 9736 Legler Rd. Lenexa, KS 66219 USA 913-894-0403; 877-810-6444 Website: www.blt-transit.com Products: Better Life Technology is an extruded vinyl flooring manufacturer. The company offers seamless one-piece extruded vinyl flooring manufactured in the U.S., that may be produced up to 10 feet in width in a smooth ribbed combo in multiple color choices. BLT also has the capability to profile cut-to-spec, and, additionally, has perfected the process to produce full image UV graphics that will last the life of the floor—i.e. logos, custom flooring patterns, any type of line art or photographic image(s). Its product has been thoroughly tested and meets or exceeds all spec requirements for buses. 16 Forbo Flooring Systems North America Humboldt Industrial Park P.O. Box 667 Hazleton, PA 18201 USA 570-459-0771 E-Mail: info.na@forbo.com Website: www.forboflooringna.com Products: Flooring product portfolio for the bus and coach sector. Includes entrance systems, safety

floors, vinyl floors and flocked flooring as well as adhesives, accessories and installation tools. 15 Gerflor See Ad On Page 46 595 Supreme Dr. Bensenville, IL 60106 USA 847-977-6327 Website: www.gerflortransport.com Products: Tarabus by Gerflor is floor covering specifically designed for buses and coaches, with over 40 years of know-how and experience. Tarabus offers a wide range of designs for attractive, eyecatching interiors. Tarabus offers foam-backed flooring for comfort and noise suppression, a wide range of designs and colors, wheelchair and corporate logo tiles, patented multi-colored shapes and designs, pre-cut and pre-welded flooring kits using the latest in water jet cutting technology, woodeffect coach flooring, and self-adhesive flooring. Tarabus flooring is easy to clean and exceeds all ADA requirements for anti-slip (ASTM D2047). Tarabus contributes to the overall weight savings of a vehicle, comes in a large choice of colors and designs that are waterproof, and is environmentally friendly with no heavy metals, phtalates or CMR. GerflorUSA provides onsite training, installation tools and customer support. 16 Milwaukee Composites, Inc. 6055 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Cudahy, WI 53110 USA 414-571-2788

E-Mail: sales@milwaukeecomposites.com Website: www.milwaukeecomposites.com Products: Since 1997, Milwaukee Composites has produced its patented lightweight floor for the transit industry. 15 ProFusion Industries 822 Kumho Dr. Fairlawn, OH 44333 USA 330-668-7694 Website: www.profusionindustries.com Products: Manufactures the Koro-Trans™ Astra Flor™ group of flooring, step tread and nosing components for shuttle and transit buses. Manufactured using sustainable processes, Astra Flor features an aesthetically pleasing metal flake texture. Astra Flor may be purchased as a welded one-piece construction in full width rib, full width smooth, or a smooth/rib combination, as well as in standard width rolls for pieced installation. Widths range from 79 to 114 inches. Step tread options include Astra Flor, Astra Flor Ribbed, and the slip resistant Pebbletread™ design. Nosings can be provided with textured or ribbed finishes. Proprietary processes provide for short lead times. Astra Flor is fire, slip, abrasion, and moisture resistant. OEM’s and service departments can select custom length flooring kits or prefabricated welded one-piece flooring. 16 Protectolite™ Composites Inc. 84 Railside Rd. Toronto, ON M3A 1A3 CANADA

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416-444-4484 Website: www.protectolite.com Products: Serving the mass transit bus community for over 50 years. It supplies products, including transit seating and seat components, flooring, exterior and interior body panels, bezels and headlamp housings. 15 RCA Rubber Co. 1833 East Market St. Akron, OH 44305 USA 330-784-1291 Website: www.rcarubber.com Products: Manufacturer of rubber floor covering and step treads for the transit industry. Products are made at the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plant in Akron, OH. The company was established in 1931. 16 Safeguard Technology Inc. 1460 Miller Pkwy. Streetsboro, OH 44241 USA 330-995-5200 E-Mail: info@safeguard-technology.com Website: www.safeguard-technology.com Products: Anti-slip flooring products for transportation and other industries. 15 SpaceAge Synthetics, Ltd. 1402 39th St., NW Fargo, ND 58102 USA 701-277-5631 Website: www.spaceagesynthetics.com Products: Thermo-Lite BoardÂŽ, a fiber-rein-

forced urethane product for applications subjected to static and dynamic loads. Product lines offer a non-absorbent, lightweight, tough material, with lifetime performance, for the bus and other industries. 16 TransitWorks See Ad On Page 44 4199 Kinross Lakes Pkwy., Suite 300 Richfield, OH 44314 USA 855-337-9578 Website: www.transit-works.com Products: SmartFloor is a patented flooring sys-

TARABUS by Gerflor is a non-slip transit flooring, dedicated to bus and coach applications. During BUSWORLD 2017, Gerflor launched its new Tarabus Design, a line of digitally-printed flooring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This personalized transport flooring gives customers the possibility to design their own flooring. With this new technology, Gerflor will provide totally bespoke designs adding value to their customers brand while making the vehicles more attractive,â&#x20AC;? said the company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tarabus Design range offers an infinite number of possibilities for designers looking for a new approach to the interior design of buses or searching for ways to enhance the passenger experience.â&#x20AC;? The new product is available with services such as the Self-Adhesive solution, where the flooring is delivered with an acrylic adhesive and protective layer on the back of the flooring, pre-cut and pre-welded kits. For more information, visit www.gerflortransport.com or call 877-437-3567.

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Nova Bus/Prevost Nova Bus and Prevost are part of the Volvo Group, one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and drive systems. Nova Bus is a manufacturer of sustainable mobility solutions in North America. Its portfolio includes electric-hybrid, natural gas and bus rapid transit (BRT) vehicles. Prevost is a manufacturer of premium intercity touring coaches as well as conversion coaches for high-end motorhome and specialty conversion.

Sutrak Corporation Sutrak Coloration specializes in the design and manufacture of HVAC systems for passenger transport. This includes transit buses and automated people movers. Shown, left to right, are company representatives Scott Imamura, Christina Ferdows Imamura, Dan Van Der Hoop, Hugh Ferdows and Brian Rooney.

Enseicom Vanner Since 1977, Vanner, Inc., has been delivering engineering excellence in power conversion and power transformation for commercial vehicles. The company offers patented highquality, cost-effective and environmentally-responsible products and services in the U.S. and around the world. Shown, left to right, are company representatives Chris Collet, Bruce Beegle, Alec Cook, Doug Adams and Steve Funk.

Since 1982, Enseicom, Inc., has been a custom-build manufacturer of bus shelters, street furniture products and advertising kiosks. The company specializes in custom design, development, engineering, fabrication and installation of transit shelters, BRT, LRT, bike shelters, walkways, solar-powered shelters, digital advertising billboard structures, video and touchscreen technology and various street furniture amenities such as trash receptacles, benches and newspaper stands. Its products are installed throughout North America and the Caribbean. November/December 2017

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Motor Coach Industries (MCI) MCI, a subsidiary of the NFI Group, has introduced its D45 CRT LE model. The vehicle offers all the advantages of a proven high-floor design, combined with a patented low-entry vestibule for better access for all passengers. An all-electric option will be offered. MCI also provides its 40and 45-foot Commuter Coach, based on its D-Series, in clean diesel, hybrid and CNG configurations. Also available is the MCI J4500 coach; and MCI is the exclusive distributor of Daimlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Setra S 417 and S 407 motorcoaches in the United States and Canada. MCI actively supports 28,000-plus vehicles in service.

Marathon Brake Systems OE-approved KVT drum brake lining and DiscStar air disc pads, from Marathon Brake Systems, are proven performers for the transit bus and motorcoach industries. KVT and DiscStar are quiet, long-life materials that are friendly to drums and rotors. Shown, left to right, are company representatives Tim Glass, Bob Hicks, Jim Baldwin and Scott Myers. Page 48

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Bitzer US, Inc. A leader in the research, development and manufacture of air conditioning compressors for mobile applications, Bitzer features a full range of open drive, hermetic screw and horizontal scroll compressors. These products are specifically designed for bus and coach applications. Shown are company representatives Natalie Van Dyke and Matt Lish.

Altro Altro is a manufacturer of slip-resistant floors. Altroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transport floors satisfy the diverse needs of the transportation industry in both bus and rail applications. They deliver durability, low maintenance and inviting designs. Shown, left to right, are company representatives Dan Lee, Geert Balfoort, Paul Poziemski, Dan Erickson, Doug Studer, Bruce Wright, Ralph Metcalf, Serge Townsend, Mike Snyder, Rita Mascia and Dean Ratfelder.


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Infanti Bus & Coach Upholstery Infanti Bus & Coach Upholstery provides bus and motorcoach owners and operators with upholstery and refurbishing services, signature interior detailing, upholstery fabrics, leathers and faux leathers, embroidering and branding, power outlets and USB port installation, and coach flooring. The company succeeds with its state-of-the-art equipment, industry expertise and customer service. Shown is company representative Elizabeth Deffer.

ABC Companies ABC Companies provides motorcoach and transit bus sales and service. This includes tech support; parts sales and sourcing; vehicle maintenance; refurbishment and mechanical services; and equipment leasing and financing. Shown, left to right, are company representatives John Gillis, Landon Thompson, Hugh McElvaney, Greg Dotseth, Gregg Henricks, Mike Hurst, Bruce Pinto and Ed Harmon.

Diamond Manufacturing Diamond Manufacturing Inc., has been producing fare and donation boxes for the transit industry since 1947. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s round fare units (H, E-5 and D) will accept coins, tokens and small tickets. Its rectangular units (RV, SV, XV and NV) are designed to take dollar bills, coins, tokens and tickets. Diamond also manufactures models F1 and F-24. These units offer a remote fare dumping feature, so they can be placed away from the driver, and have been successfully paired with various smart card systems. Donation boxes are sold in four different sizes. Shown are company representatives Todd Cull and Pam Cull.

Bitimec Bitimecâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wash-Bots are advanced, affordable bus wash systems. A single operator can wash up to 40 buses in one shift; each bus in six to eight minutes. The 15-square-foot machines do not need a dedicated building, and can be tucked out of the way when not in use. Shown is company representative Christian Murillo. November/December 2017

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Complete Coach Works (CCW)

Dixie Electric

Complete Coach Works (CCW) is a U.S. bus remanufacturing and rehabilitation company. It offers such services as collision repair, interior rehab and fleet alternative fuel conversion. Regardless of how small or large the job, CCW has an experienced team of more than 350 experts who are committed to customer service and satisfaction.

Dixie Electric Ltd., is a Canadian manufacturer of rotating electrical products. Established in 1968, Dixie Electric produces high quality alternators, starter motors and related components for several markets, including the transit bus and motorcoach industries. Shown, left to right, are company representatives Dennis Kirby and Phil Simpson.

EnerDel

TransitWorks

EnerDel Inc., designs and manufactures lithium-ion energy storage solutions and battery systems. The company focuses on heavy-duty transportation, mass transit, ESS and industrial & commercial applications. Shown, left to right, are company representatives Dr. John Warner, Lauren Verkamp, Bruce Silk and Michael Canada.

TransitWorks is a builder of commercial shuttles, transporters and mobility vans. Its vehicles are used in transit systems throughout the United States. Product offerings include SmartFloor, a patented flooring system that allows easy movement of seats practically anywhere in a vehicle. Shown, left to right, are company representatives Ken Richardson, Jamie Smith, John Bollinger, Roger Vartanian and Guy Hanford.

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BYD Motors Inc.

CBM Working with several thousand urban and intercity transport networks throughout the world, CBM N.A., Inc., is a specialist in spare parts for motorcoaches, buses and trams. The company has been providing replacement parts for public transport vehicles for more than 30 years.

BYD Motors Inc., is a California-based company that designs and builds electrified transportation. This includes battery-electric buses, trucks and utility vehicles. Its parent company, BYD Company Ltd., is a manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, as well as the inventor of BYDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proprietary iron-phosphate battery technology.

Midwest Bus Corporation Started in 1980, Midwest Bus Corporation is dedicated to bus repair, replacement parts, used bus sales, bus leasing and field services. The company not only has completed some of the largest bus remanufacturing projects in the country, but also provides specialty work in such areas as air conditioning, structural repair and wheelchair retrofitting.

Sardo Bus & Coach Upholstery Sardo Bus & Coach Upholstery offers seat cover replacement, upholstery work, flooring materials and fabrics for the bus and motorcoach marketplace. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mobile road crews provide on-site installation work. Shown are company representatives Lou Sardo and Jeanie Sardo. November/December 2017

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ARBOC Specialty Vehicles Founded in 2008, ARBOC Specialty Vehicles LLC develops and manufactures low-floor buses. Through its four key product offerings — the Spirit of Mobility, Spirit of Freedom, Spirit of Independence and Spirit of Liberty — ARBOC offers low-floor paratransit products that serve a variety of industries and applications.

Continental Corporation The spectrum of products provided by the Continental Corporation for commercial and [ublic transportation vehicles includes instrumentation, sensors, senders and control systems for drive and onboard electronics.

Teknoware Teknoware Inc., provides high quality lights, lighting systems and wireless bell push systems for buses and motorcoaches. The company’s product range includes complete LED bus lighting systems, LED batten lights, LED spots, LED tubes, LED strips and inverters for fluorescent lights. It also supplies various bus lighting control systems. Shown, left to right, are company representatives Jukka Kärkkäinen and Mikko Kosonen. Page 52

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GILLIG The product line of GILLIG LLC consists of an industryproven design, featuring 30-, 35- and 40-foot low-floor buses. They are available in a selection of propulsion packages. This includes diesel, CNG, hybrid and the new electric drive system.


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Blue Bird Recaro North America Recaro is a manufacturer of high quality, ergonomic operator seats. It has been manufacturing mass transit commercial seats for over 20 years. The company’s North American-built seats can be adjusted to fit nearly all applications. The Recaro Ergo line of seating is both flexible and durable, meeting the different demands of today’s mass transit markets.

Blue Bird offers a complete line of Type A, C and D buses, in a variety of options and configurations. Additionally, the company provides comprehensive financial solutions through Blue Bird Capital Services. Blue Bird has more than 2,000 employees, operates several Georgiabased manufacturing facilities and has an extensive network in place of dealers and parts/service facilities located throughout North America.

XALT Energy XALT Energy, LLC, is an innovator in energy storage technologies, based on its advanced lithium-ion chemistries and recently-launched XPAND battery pack systems. XALT has announced its second-generation 65Ah Ultra-High Energy Cell that delivers 223 Wh/kg, which is 47 percent more energy-dense compared to first-generation technology. It also released the company’s XMOD114E modular pack, which uses the new second-generation battery cell. XMOD delivers an industry-leading 175 Wh/kg of specific energy. XMOD features the same core construction as the XPAND pack, but without the enclosure and bulkhead. Shown, left to right, are company representatives Martin Klein and Mark Chema.

ProFusion Industries ProFusion Industries is a provider of transit step treads and transit flooring, custom specialty film products and protective linings. With a 60-plus year history of technological innovation, ProFusion has established a proven reputation in developing and delivering highly engineered solutions for a broad range of demanding environments and industries. Shown, left to right, are company representatives Keith Bell, Nick Gabel and Jack Woodyard. November/December 2017

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