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IN THIS ISSUE 3 North Carolina Charter/Tour Companies

Helping Visitors Kick Up Their Tar Heels........8 Rockford, IL, Mass Transit To Improve Service, Convenience With

$7 Million Transfer Center Renovation ..................................22 January 6 – 10

UMA Expo 2019 Heads To Fort Lauderdale, FL ......................38 Busline Buyers Guides

Seating & Fabrics.....50 • Vehicle Lifts.......53 Busline Vehicle Showcase: Motorcoaches ............................56 UMA Motorcoach Expo Booth Numbers Current As Of 12/10/18, courtesy of www.motorcoachexpo.com.

RAPID RESPONSE .........................Page 6 INDUSTRY NEWS........................Page 40

ON THE COVER: Gray Hill, CEO of Black Tie Bus Charters & Tours, Blue Diamond Transportation, and Blue Ridge Charters, is shown with one of Black Tie’s Prevost motorcoaches. All three companies are located in North Carolina. See page 8.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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January 25-29 American Bus Association (ABA) Annual Meeting & Marketplace 2019 Louisville, KY Info: 800-283-2877 MARCH 2019 March 17-19 APTA Legislative Conference Washington, DC Info: 202-496-4800

March 19-21 Bus2Bus Trade Show & Congress Berlin, Germany Info: www.bus2bus.berlin

MAY 2019 May 19-22 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference Louisville, KY Info: 202-496-4800

May 23-29 Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) Expo Palm Springs, CA Info: 800-891-0590

AUGUST 2019 August 6-9 The International Motorcoach Group (IMG) 2019 Strategic Alliance Meeting Halifax, Nova Scotia Info: 888-447-3466 SEPTEMBER 2019 September 23-25 BusCon 2019 Indianapolis, IN Info: 800-576-8788

OCTOBER 2019 October 13-16 APTA Annual Meeting New York, NY Info: 202-496-4800

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Pictured, left to right, are Terry Edge, general manager-Charlotte; Jeff Shanker, chief strategist; Laura Timmons, CFO; and, Gray Hill, CEO.

3 North Carolina Charter/Tour Companies Helping Visitors Kick Up Their Tar Heels By Harrell Kerkhoff, Busline Magazine Editor

“we stuck with what works, no matter the location.” Page 8

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he mantra of three sister bus/motorcoach transportation companies located in North Carolina —

Black Tie Bus Charters & Tours, Blue Diamond Transportation and Blue Ridge Charters — could

very well be, “See The Tar Heel State And Beyond.” Owned and operated by Gray Hill, who serves as CEO, the companies operate out of three distinct metropolitan regions of North Carolina, and include a wide array of transportation equipment. “We share vehicles, when needed, between the three entities. That is the luxury of owning Shown in the front row, left to right, are Laura Timmons, CFO; Francisco Domingo, fleet detailer; different companies within the Cindi Shanker, director of tours; and Jessica Griffin, director of operations. Pictured in the back row, left to right, same geographical area,” Hill are Sheanon Lockamy, fleet manager; Lonnie Blue, senior chauffeur; Mickey McManus, sales associate; said. “If there is a special event Gray Hill, CEO; Jeff Shanker, chief strategist; and, Terry Edge, general manager-Charlotte. in a particular location, we are able to pull vehicles from one place to another to meet that demand. companies that Hill oversees. North Carolina is full of desired locaFor example, we will provide transportation for the 2019 NBA All- tions for people to visit, from the Outer Banks and Atlantic Ocean Star Game, in Charlotte, next February. We also have worked Super on the state’s east side to the Great Smoky Mountains that border the west. A variety of charter and tour work, provided by Hill’s compaBowls and many other big events.” Indeed, there has been plenty of demand for services from the three nies, has been able to satisfy many different customer demands.

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“We also focus a lot on meeting different travel demands from corporate clients, sports teams, wedding events, colleges and universities and younger school children heading to such field trip destinations as Washington, D.C., Atlanta, New York City, and Disney World in Orlando,” Hill said. “Our vehicles can be found in many different states, not just North Carolina. The other day I was looking at a map, and realized that we had equipment in every state on the East Coast, as well as in Tennessee and Alabama. “As with all the different transportation segments that we cater to, our corporate focus has really grown over the years. It helps that there are a lot of pharmaceutical and high tech companies located within our service region.”

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LEARNING THE ROPES FROM AN EARLY AGE

rowing up in the transportation business is nothing new for many successful people who eventually operate bus/motorcoach companies. Hill is no different, having followed, as a teenager, in his mother’s footsteps. “In 1989, my mother, Brenda Wilson, started Black Tie Transportation, Inc., in Winston-Salem, NC, while I was in high school. I have been in the transportation industry ever since, learning every aspect of this business. This includes washing vehicles and becoming a limousine chauffeur to data entry and working with meeting planners,” Hill said. “It’s all been a great experience, and has helped me understand the many ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of providing quality transportation services to a wide variety of customers. “In 2005, I bought the business from my mother, who retired. I came from the limousine and sedan transportation side of the industry, but soon saw the need to start operating larger vehicles as well. I felt I could do some things better with this type of equipment, along with relying on all that I had learned through the years.” Hill purchased his first minibus in 2009 and first motorcoach in 2012. He also soon expanded his transportation vision in other ways. “I purchased Blue Diamond Transportation, located in Raleigh, NC, in 2014. The previous owner ran the company for 25 years. Then, on November 1, 2018, I purchased Blue Ridge Charters, located in the Charlotte, NC, area. That company has also been around for a long time,” he said. WASHROOM WASTE DISPOSAL UNIT “We now have a major transportation presence in all of the major cities of North Installs directly into your Carolina: Winston-Salem, Greensboro, existing sewer system! Charlotte and Raleigh. “Each company is its separate entity, but they all work together. They offer a full avatory dump hopper is assembled and ready fleet of vehicles, except for Blue Ridge, Washroom to install in your existing sewer system. Its which is a charter company. However, we waste is cover plate is easily rolled back with the are adding luxury transportation services remover tool. Each of your service lanes can easily be removed to Blue Ridge as well. There is also a tour department that functions under the Black equipped with this time-saving unit, which has been the quickly, Tie brand.” industry standard for over thirty years. All major credit easily and All three companies have their own facards accepted. cilities, although they are similar in nature. safely Call 1-866-LAV-DUMP or email “Each location consists of an office with lavdump@yahoo.com for additional information. conference room, reservation and dispatch areas and a maintenance facility, so we can work on vehicles,” Hill said. “When it comes to facility planning, we didn’t reinvent the wheel. Instead, we stuck with what works, no matter the location. This inCall toll free: 1-866-LAV-DUMP | Fax: 1-201-420-3322 cludes the technology and vehicle lifts used at each site. “Our mechanics are able to perform just about any task, at any of our locations,

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when it comes to taking care of vehicles — from changing oil to changing transmissions and motors. There is also a plan in the works to eventually offer a service shop, at each location, for other operators. This would be especially helpful for those operators who experienced an equipment breakdown while in our area.” The entire fleet of the three transportation companies that Hill oversees consists of 80 to 90 vehicles. This includes sedans; vans; limousines; vintage cars; 27-, 32- and 35-passenger minibuses; 40passenger motorcoaches; and full-size motorcoaches that are entirely comprised of Prevost/Volvo equipment. “We have approximately 25 to 28 Prevosts/Volvos. This involves Prevost X and H models as well as the Volvo 9700,” Hill

said. “The service that Prevost provides with these vehicles has been very valuable to our companies. The Prevost parts department has also been invaluable. Our mechanics love working with their parts people, and Prevost will send a technician to a company’s facility if there is a serious issue with a vehicle. They stand by their products.” Hill said these Prevost and Volvo motorcoaches are well liked by customers, especially corporate clients and sports teams. “The ride is very smooth with these vehicles,” he added. Among the amenities found in many of the vehicles that the three North Carolina transportation providers offer include Wi-Fi, satellite TV and seat plug-ins for smartphones. Other items offered by company officials are less technical in nature, but often just as valued by passengers. This includes snacks, water and magazines. “Our passengers can also log in to see where their vehicle is located,” Hill said. “We now have cameras inside our vehicles as well that show both the driver and the passengers.”

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OPERATING IN THE MODERN AGE

eeping customers satisfied is a major objective for every successful business. This often means being available during off hours, and giving extra effort, when it comes to customer service. This practice is followed closely by Black Tie Bus Charters & Tours, Blue Diamond Transportation and Blue Ridge Charters, according to Hill.

“It’s a benefit for a lot of people today to be able to go straight to our internet reservation system to book a trip, and then receive a confirmation.”

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“There are some bus/motorcoach companies that just operate 9 to 5, Monday through Friday. That is not us. We are a 24/7, 365 days a year operation. We have people answering our phones every day,” Hill said. “We are also very involved with today’s technology, all in an effort to satisfy today’s passengers.” This includes operating an extensive internet reservation system. “It’s a benefit for a lot of people today to be able to go straight to our internet reservation system to book a trip, and then receive a confirmation,” Hill said. “This service is seen as a luxury by many of our customers. We also employ a full-time marketing person who helps our companies grow with Google Ads, Facebook, Instagram, etc. It’s


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great to be able to hire young people who help us become much more efficient, as a company, when it comes to technology. We can now monitor who is visiting our different social media platforms, helping us better understand which demographic is the most interested in which of our services, and from where in the country they are all located. This greatly helps our marketing efforts. “We also advertise on the radio and with newspapers. There remains value with these older forms of media. Personally, I still love the feel of a newspaper.”

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DESPITE CHALLENGES, HILL SEES A BRIGHT FUTURE

onstantly watching costs and hiring/retaining good employees, including drivers, are two of the main challenges that Hill reported on, when asked about major issues facing today’s North American bus/motorcoach operators. Sheanon Lockamy, fleet manager (left), and Jeff Shanker, chief strategist, “As a business owner, you always have to watch your costs are shown in the maintenance facility of Black Tie Bus Charters & Tours. — on everything. It’s also good to be able to negotiate, such as determining vehicle payments and insurance rates,” Hill said. between a “driver” and a “chauffeur,” he explained: “A driver just “Fuel prices and payroll are other important costs to keep an eye holds a steering wheel. A chauffeur engages, is an outgoing person on. We provide health insurance to our employees, so it goes with- and is willing to cater to the needs of the passengers. Like a tour host, a chauffeur provides a personal touch to the type of services out saying that cost control is essential.” Looking for quality drivers is another major objective for Hill that our customers expect. “Our ‘chauffeurs’ know North Carolina, as well as many other and his management team. Hill said he likes to refer to his companies’ drivers as “chauffeurs.” When asked what is the difference places we travel to all of the time, and often point out interesting

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things to passengers while the bus/motorcoach is traveling down the road. They are also always professionally dressed. This includes black suits, white shirts and black ties. They are trained to look and act like a professional. Customers respect that professional A portion of the Black Tie Bus Charters & Tours’ fleet touch.” is shown at the company’s North Carolina location. Like many of today’s owners of transportation companies, Hill agrees that “We are working finding good driver candidates is a challenge that will likely not promoting job placement for end anytime soon. He added, however, that there has to be more our industry, similar to what has with community ways to attract people to the bus/motorcoach driving profession taken place in the trucking incolleges to bring dustry,” Hill said. “We are than what is currently being used. working with (community colgreater excitement “As a business owner, you always have leges) to bring greater exciteto our industry, ment to our industry, when it to watch your costs — on everything. comes to attracting drivers. It’s when it comes to It’s also good to be able to negotiate, important to show people the attracting drivers.” such as determining vehicle payments many benefits to driving a bus/motorcoach, such as being able to travel around the country and insurance rates.” and meet some wonderful people. Sometimes I think we (as an in“I am a member of the North Carolina Motorcoach Association’s dustry) forget to tell people that there is a fun aspect to being a board of directors. Part of the association’s initiative to find more driver.” Driver training is another important part of the business for Hill. drivers has been to seek the help of area community colleges in

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Each of the three transportation companies that he oversees has its said. “I also believe that the future is very bright for the entire drivers participate in the Smith System of driver safety training. (bus/motorcoach) industry. There are many people who just don’t “We have a designated safety training program in place. It’s good want or like to drive themselves to specific places. We can take when driver candidates come to us with experience, as they are usu- people where they want to go, without them having to deal with ally able to move up in our company a little faster. However, we traffic or long lines at the airport. They also get to see the country also will hire people who come with no experience, but want to be while they travel, at their leisure, with a true professional behind properly trained and learn our the wheel. industry,” Hill said. “It’s always “This is what we, as an indus“Sometimes I think we (as an industry) try, bring to transportation — an good when these candidates forget to tell people that there is a truly like to work with people. extra element of professionalThat is very important, and ism.” fun aspect to being a driver.” something we look for during Having spent his entire workthe hiring process. ing life helping to transport peo“Of course, since many of our trips can involve long hours on ple via limousines, sedans, buses and motorcoaches, Hill said he the road, these candidates must also really like to drive.” has had no regrets about his career path. Training continues at Black Tie Bus Charters & Tours, Blue Di“You have to love what you do, no matter the industry you are amond Transportation and Blue Ridge Charters throughout the ca- in, and I think this industry is great,” Hill said. reers of their drivers. He noted that when owners of bus/motorcoach companies are “We have a system in place where our drivers receive additional looking to retire after years in the business, this can often provide training, between three to five hours per quarter,” Hill said. “We golden opportunities for other companies to expand. employ a full-time safety director, who works with our drivers on “There are business people, like myself, who see these opportua continual basis. He makes sure that training continues for all, and nities and want to act on them, when it comes to company acquisithat our drivers are properly doing their jobs. When it comes to tions. We love business in general, challenges and the people driving, safety is — and should always be — the No. 1 priority.” involved,” Hill said. “This is also the main reason why I feel the Driver requirements also include regular physicals, random drug (bus/motorcoach) industry will continue to grow. There are a lot of and alcohol testing, and certified driving skills. people involved who truly love what they do.” Despite the challenges of keeping three transportation entities up and running, Hill said he is very optimistic heading into 2019. Contact: www.blacktiecharters.com, “I feel our companies are at the top of the industry. Many of the www.bluediamondus.com and services we provide are unique. I’m excited about our future,” he www.blueridgecharters.com.

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enovation is the name of the game at the Rockford Mass Transit District (RMTD), of Rockford, IL, as the agency is working to complete an about $7 million project to upgrade its downtown transfer center.

RMTD operates 18 fixed-routes during weekdays and Saturdays, servicing the public transportation needs of the city of Rockford, and the adjacent communities of Loves Park and Machesney Park.

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The multi-million dollar project to renovate RMTD’s 30-year-old downtown transfer center kicked off in February 2018. The project is projected to be completed in late spring 2019. With no local funds involved, about 50 percent of the renovation costs are being funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), with the rest coming from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). “The renovation is going to do several things to enhance our property,” said RMTD Marketing/Public Relations Specialist Lisa Brown, during a recent interview with Busline Magazine at the agency’s downtown facility. “For one, it is going to enlarge the footprint of the downtown transfer center, which is our main hub, as we are building an addition to the existing structure.”


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The renovation project will allow for increased passenger seat- ramp for wheelchair accessibility. In addition, RMTD security and dispatch personnel are housed in the temporary location. ing, as well as areas allocated for wheelchairs. Another major upgrade coming with the new renovated trans“It is going to make it nicer for people who have mobility defer center has to do with the ingress vices,� Brown said. “With the old and egress of buses. While conbuilding, people just parked their struction has been underway, the wheelchairs, etc., wherever they street in front of RMTD’s main encould. The new transfer center will trance (Mulberry Street) has been have areas earmarked for wheelblocked to general traffic, and is chair seating.� being used for buses to pull in and The new facility will also have a out. Prior to the construction, buses secured area for customers to park entered the transfer center and their bicycles, while they ride the parked in designated births. To bus. There will also be a vending leave the facility, buses had to back area. In addition, an elevated disout onto the drive. patch center will be an important feature. “Prior to the renovation project, According to RMTD officials, buses always came to the same the dispatch area is going to be berth in and out of downtown, slightly elevated, which they besuch as berth A, B, C, etc. Then, lieve is going to give dispatchers a they had to back out of the berths much better view to enhance both onto the drive,� said RMTD Execsafety and security. utive Director Michael Stubbe. Meanwhile, as construction con“It is not really safe when you Lisa Brown, marketing & public relations specialist. tinues, an Americans With Disabilhave, at any given dispatch, 12 or ities (ADA)-compliant temporary transfer facility at the 13 buses backing into the drive. We have always wanted to downtown site is open for customers. All of the typical transfer change that footprint. “When the project is completed, we will have a ‘sawtooth’ concenter offerings are available, including purchasing tickets and photo IDs. The temporary center also includes restrooms and a figuration. There will be six bays on the outside of the drive, and

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six on the inside of the drive on Court Street. The same configuration will be used on West State Street (both streets are adjacent to the transfer center). A sawtooth configuration is a bus bay design where the curb is indented in a “sawtooth” pattern, allowing buses to enter and exit bus bays independently of other buses. The sawtooth configuration will allow drivers to pull in and out without having to back up their buses. It will also allow for better visibility, and is safer for both drivers and dispatchers, according to RMTD.

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MTD is planning to launch a study to find out what its ridership would like to see in the way of expanded services. “We are on the cusp of starting a community-wide route study, which will include feedback from the community,” Brown said. “We will be hosting a link on our website that will enable people to take a transit survey and offer feedback, whether they are regular riders or not. “We are seeking information from riders about their experiences riding the bus, and what transportation needs they might see in their respective neighborhoods. For those who don’t regularly ride public transportation, we would like to know what might motivate them to take the bus.” Also, as a part of study, RMTD is planning to meet with current passengers face-to-face to hear what they have to say about public transportation.

A multi-million dollar project to renovate RMTD’s 30-year-old downtown transfer center kicked off in February 2018. The project is projected to be completed in late spring 2019.

“In addition, we are going to be talking to stakeholders — community and business leaders, etc. — who make decisions about transit. At the conclusion of the study, we will examine all the information we have amassed to see what we still need to do to enhance public transportation in our service area,” Stubbe said. “We will seek to answer such questions as, ‘Are there gaps in our service that need to be filled immediately?’” With the information gathered by the study, RMTD will begin to implement changes, while balancing improvement projects with available funding resources. “The study will be ongoing throughout the winter,” Brown said.

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“Right now, the hope is we will have everything wrapped up and recommendations back to the community in May 2019. “In conducting the survey, we are working in partnership with our MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization), Rockford Region 1 Planning Council (R1PC), which is doing most of the legwork for RMTD. We are working very closely with R1PC, because, if it weren’t for its participation, we would not have the resources to pull off a study this massive. It is exciting, and we are looking forward to seeing the results. It has been about 10 years since we have conducted a route study.”

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Chicago metro area. The connecting point for the two services is at the Target store RMTD operates 18 fixed-routes during weekdays and Satur- on Illinois State Road 173 in Machesney Park. days, servicing the public transportation needs of the city of “RMTD also operates four times a day in Belvidere. The Boone Rockford and the adjacent communities of Loves Park and Mach- County Council on Aging operates our paratransit service in esney Park. Belvidere and Boone As Rockford is lo“We work very closely with Catholic Charities on a monthly County, in addition to cated just minutes providing rural and training program for its refugee program, which serves south of the Illinois/ urban transit services people who are new to our country and new to Rockford. Wisconsin state line, in Boone County. We teach them about the bus system through interpreters.” RMTD also services During the week, RMTD’s fixed-route riders in state line area service starts at 5:15 a.m. and runs until 6:15 p.m. On Saturday, communities. Rockford, Loves Park and Machesney Park are in RMTD’s im- that service runs from 6:15 a.m. until 6:15 p.m. For the night servmediate service area, an RMTD spokesperson said. RMTD is also ice, at 6:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, the 18 fixed-routes are the contract provider for service in the state line region for State- condense to six. RMTD also run six fixed-routes on Sunday.” For the most part, RMTD operates with a hub and spoke line Mass Transit. The state line service area includes Rosco, Rockton, South Beloit, Rosco Township and Rockton Township. format. “Out of the 18 fixed-routes, 15 originate and terminate downtown,” Stubbe said. “We also have a couple of crosstown routes so passengers do not have to come downtown to make transfers. At one time, everybody had to come downtown to transfer. That is not true anymore.” Several demographic groups call the city home, including refugees from foreign countries. It is part of RMTD’s mission to make newcomers feel welcome, and to help them navigate the public transportation system. “About 15 percent of our population is Hispanic. We also have a lot of other ethnic backgrounds in our community. We have a pretty diverse population in Rockford,” Brown said. “We conduct two training programs for people who have limited English skills. We work very closely with Catholic Charities on a monthly training program for its refugee program, which serves people who are new to our country and new to Rockford. We teach them about the bus system through interpreters.” The training culminates in RMTD planning an itinerary for the newcomers to take a bus ride home. Brown is also available to give presentations to high school students and other groups. “We will structure a presentation to meet the needs of any group that is seeking information about the transit system,” Brown said. “If groups, such as the Rotary or Kiwanis clubs, want me to make a general presentation about RMTD, we can make that happen. If somebody wants to take a field trip, we can set that up, too. We do as much outreach as we can, whenever Page 30

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and wherever we are invited. “We are not likely to gain additional ridership from presentations to such groups as the Rotary and Kiwanis. However, the goal is to make people have more goodwill toward public transportation in the community.” In teaching people in the refugee program about public transportation, the goal is to make them comfortable riding the bus, in hopes that they will become regular customers, whether they are transit dependent or choice riders. “We will conduct training for the refugee program on Monday, and, on Tuesday, we will see some of those people at a bus stop on their way to ESL (English as a second language) classes. That is always a good feeling,” Brown said.

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RMTD’s paratransit team includes, left to right, Angela Milroy, supervisor; Danielle Nichols, dispatcher; Christy Flint, dispatcher; Mayana Sims, dispatcher; and Daniele Wilburn, dispatcher.

benefits of public transportation,” Stubbe said. “Part of the campaign was geared very much to people who are into biking. For example, people who might like to ride bikes the last mile of their trips are encouraged to bring bicycles on the bus. “We also produced a nice spot for people with disabilities,

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In addition to gas prices, other local economic factors can also showing that we welcome them on our vehicles. We also targeted the younger college demographic, letting them know that, while have an impact on ridership. While many cities, in what used to be called the “Rust Belt,” have seen the industrial base go away, on the bus, they can study, read, text their friends, etc.” Rockford still has some The marketing effort to attract choice riders is an “We upped our game and developed a new ad campaign manufacturing remaining ongoing process. that spoke to a younger audience, that probably is more that is running three shifts. “If a factory lays off a “We are adding a couple attuned to the benefits of public transportation.” second or third shift, that of new spots. One has just will affect our ridership to been approved where we talk about how transit is good for the environment,” Stubbe said. some extent,” Brown said. “We have a couple of industrial parks “The theme for a second one (we are going to produce over the and industrial pockets where we provide good service, because winter) is ‘Public transportation for everyone — connecting peo- we know there is heavy ridership in those areas.” RMTD’s efforts to attract riders are backed up by its 140 dedple.’ In this ad, we will ask such questions as, ‘When you go to Starbucks to get coffee in the morning, did you ever think about icated employees who share the common goal of making the syshow the person behind the counter got to work?’ Or, ‘How did tem the best it can be. As is the case with most public the person waiting on you at the dry cleaner get to work?’ The transportation agencies, it is the drivers who can have the most idea is to get people to think about how there is a lot going on immediate impact on the public’s perception of bus travel. behind the scenes that involves public transportation.” “We have an excellent force of drivers,” Stubbe said. “We try During the past year, and for the first time, RMTD advertised to instill in our drivers that they are our first-line ambassadors. on the internet. They are the first face people are going to see to get an impression RMTD also participates in events, such as trade shows and of RMTD. community fairs. “While handling difficult situations, our drivers are trained to According to RMTD, one of the biggest factors that affects rid- bite their tongues, be patient and take a deep breath. More imership is the price of gas. portantly, they are dedicated to helping a first-time rider feel “We see an increase in ridership on a day-to-day basis when comfortable. gas prices get close to $3 a gallon,” Brown said. “Our highest rid“Furthermore, by being on the front line, drivers come back ership numbers were a few years ago, when gas was hovering with a lot of good feedback. They might say, ‘That stop we just around $4 to $4.25.” put in is not working. It is not safe. People have to walk

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through grass to get to the While finding good drivers bus stop, etc.’ So, they give has never been easy, it is especially difficult in these us a lot of that kind of feedtimes of low unemployment. back, which, hopefully, reAs a result, RMTD will train sults in a better experience people who have no experifor our passengers.” ence driving a large vehicle, In their role as the “eyes such as a bus. and ears” of RMTD out on “We will train a person the street, bus drivers also get who is totally green and to know their frequent riders. doesn’t have a commercial For example, there have been drivers license (CDL),” times when operators have Stubbe said. “Finding driver contacted social service candidates with good ‘people agencies to check on a senior skills’ is more important than citizen who is a regular pasprior experience. Driving senger and hasn’t “shown skills can be taught, but we up” for several days. really look to make sure a Likewise, if passengers driver candidate is going to don’t see a driver they are work well with customers. used to, they will call and RMTD maintenance personnel are preparing to work on an engine. We prefer that people be at say, “I haven’t seen John for Left to right are Patrick Brown, mechanic; Jim Donelli, mechanic; awhile. Is he OK?” an RMTD least 21 years old before they and Tom Vaccarello, fleet supervisor. official said. start working here, just for Because drivers know their riders so well, Brown will that extra maturity factor. often call upon them to help her get feedback from individ“While our drivers are the most visible to the riding public, ual passengers. everybody here understands they have a role to play getting the “I will go to a driver and say, ‘I have a couple of questions. buses on the street everyday, and are an important part of the team.” Can you find me some passengers who are attuned to this As a result of RMTD’s emphasis on providing the best possiissue?’” she said. “The operator will report back to me with ble customer service, starting with its drivers, the community, some names and phone numbers.” as a whole, is supportive of public transportation.

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“Obviously, the people who need us, who ride every day, are very pro-transit and supportive,” Brown said. “They let us know when there are problems. For the most part, our ridership knows how to use the system and is grateful to have public transportation available.

While public transportation in Rockford enjoys much support, some of the traditional negative perceptions still linger, i.e., buses are dirty and are not safe to ride. “Negative perceptions still exist to a certain extent. That is why we are upping our game with our TV commercials, so people can get a glimpse inside the bus and see that they are “As the city becomes more marketable, public transportation nice, clean vehicles,” Brown said. “When concerns about riding the bus come up, when we’re speaking will be an even more important part of that story.” to a parents association or school children, we stress “People in the community who make decisions about public the security features we have, such as all buses have radios and transportation, whether they ride or not, understand the overall video cameras. Our properties also have video cameras. We have benefit, and are very supportive of RMTD. People know we are a physical security presence at our locations during the hours we here when they need us, and support us the best they can. Our re- are in service. I would like for people to understand our commitgional metropolitan planning organization is very proactive in its ment to making sure our facilities are safe environments in the support. All our political leaders speak very highly about transit.” community.” There is an organization in Rockford called Transform Rockford, which is a community-based group that is looking at addiA THRIVING PARATRANSIT SERVICE tional ways to help the city grow and enhance its image. Transform Rockford supports public transit, and even has a transMTD operates 40 buses in its fixed-route fleet and 35 portation spoke committee, according to RMTD. paratransit vehicles. The system averages just shy of 2 “Furthermore, there is a neighborhood on North Main Street million miles a year, with a yearly ridership of 1.5 milthat is a very good blend of residential and businesses. There lion passengers. The paratransit service averages about 650 is a process underway to form a business district association in rides a day. At times, the paratransit service has given more that 700 rides that area, and we have been invited to participate,” an RMTD spokesperson said. “That particular group knows the impor- in a day, which indicates paratransit is a much needed service in tance of public transportation, because we are there a lot, as it the community. The paratransit service is mandated by the ADA. is a good service area for RMTD. I think we fit very well in Paratransit serves up to 3/4 mile outside the fixed-route service area, which includes most of the city of Rockford. Paratransit the community.”

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runs the same hours as the fixed-route service in Rockford. During the past couple of years, Loves Park and Machesney Park have extended their paratransit service at night.� As paratransit is more expensive to operate than fixed-route service, RMTD encourages people to ride the fixed-route service, if possible. According to RMTD, paratransit is also more expensive for the user, as the fare is double that of the fixed-route service. If they can, many people opt to ride the bus because it gives them more flexibility, plus they don’t have to worry about scheduling a ride. For those who are not able, paratransit is a great way to get them where they want to go.

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t this time, RMTD uses an industry standard software for scheduling, preparing drivers’ manifests, enabling dispatchers to track the location of buses, among other tasks. When the new renovated downtown facility is completed, RMTD will launch new passenger information display technology, RMTD said. Currently, paratransit dispatchers have the technology to track vehicles in real time. “RMTD is working on implementing real-time tracking for fixed-route dispatchers, as well,� Stubbe said. “In addition, our website has a trip planner that is powered by Google. If a person wants to know how to get to a particular location, he/she can go to our website or to Google maps.�

RMTD is also looking to replace its clean diesel fueled fleet with hybrid-electric or, in the future, all-electric buses. “The expectation is we will be getting some alternative fueled vehicles,� Brown said. “We are also conducting some very aggressive research into all-electric vehicles.� On the subject of the use of autonomous vehicles, RMTD officials feel Rockford’s infrastructure is not set up like some of the larger cities for autonomous vehicles. Much work would have to be done in harmony with a lot of people in the community, and Rockford is just not there, yet. Looking ahead, RMTD officials are confident public transportation will remain an important part of the community’s efforts in making Rockford a desirable destination for people to live and work in the future. “City leaders, community organizations and enabling associations are trying to make Rockford a place where people want to live and have a lot of good times and adventures,� Brown said. “As the city becomes more marketable, public transportation will be an even more important part of that story. “I think if people will get on the bus and try it, they will be pleasantly surprised.� Contact: Rockford Mass Transit District, 520 Mulberry St., Rockford, IL 61101. Phone: 815-961-9000. Email: mail@rmtd.org. Website: www.rmtd.org.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 7 Monday, January 7, starts with UMA registration from 7:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. There will be a continental breakfast from 8 to 8:30 a.m. The UMA Expo Opening, Legislative and Regulatory Update & UMA Active Member Meeting is scheduled from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Meanwhile, the UMA Maintenance Interchange will take place from 9:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. on Monday. This event features motorcoach owners, operators and maintenance personnel discussing a variety of maintenance issues. The first group of four UMA Concurrent Solution Sessions is scheduled from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Monday. A UMA Associate/Travel Partner Membership Meeting is also scheduled from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Monday, followed by the UMA Luncheon from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. The second group of UMA Concurrent Solution Sessions is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday. Monday will also include the UMA Expo Exhibit Hall Sneak Preview, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Exhibitors will give demonstrations and showcase var-

ious industry products and services during the sneak preview. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held from 4:15 to 4:30 p.m. A Sneak Preview After-Party, to take place at a nearby state park (on the beach), is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 8 The 2019 UMA Motorcoach Expo on Tuesday, January 8, will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the UMA Maintenance Competition. This event lasts until 11 a.m., and provides participants with a chance to compete against each other to solve different maintenance-related issues. The third annual UMA International Driver Competition will also take place Tuesday morning, at a time to be determined. Tuesday’s UMA Expo registration is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meanwhile, a continental breakfast will be offered from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. A “Drug & Alcohol Testing Essentials” educational session is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the fourth UMA Concurrent Solution Sessions are scheduled on Tuesday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. They are:

n Ask The Experts Round Tables — Insurance, FMCSA Compliance, ADA Compliance, Financing, Safety, And Marketing Technology; n Creating A Vibrant Safety Culture; n Learn How To Get Your Data To Work For You; and, n Terrorism And Cyberterrorism Discussion. Also during Tuesday morning’s events, a National Association of Motorcoach Operators (NAMO) meeting is slated for 10 to 11 a.m. The UMA Expo exhibit hall will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, allowing attendees to visit with vendors. Lunch will be served at the exhibit hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on this day. Also scheduled in the exhibit hall on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., are several UMA Education Sessions. Topics and specific times will be announced at a later date. Tuesday’s final event will be the UMA Leadership Awards Celebration, scheduled from 6:30 to 11 p.m. This will include a reception, dinner, presentation of awards and cigars/cordials.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9 The final day that the exhibit hall will be open for the 2019 UMA Motorcoach Expo is Wednesday, January 9. Show floor hours are 9 a.m. until noon, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Brunch on the show floor is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon. On the same day, the UMA Member Bus Operations Site Visit is scheduled at 12:15 and 2:15 p.m. A complimentary shuttle service from UMA host hotels to the Fort Lauderdale– Hollywood International Airport is available from 1 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 The 2019 UMA Motorcoach Expo will officially conclude on Thursday, January 10, with the 15th Annual Ray Dupuis Memorial Golf Tournament. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at The Club at Emerald Hills, located in nearby Hollywood, FL. Visit www.motorcoachexpo.com for more information. Dates, times and events are subject to change.

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Samsara Introduces All-New Multi-Camera Systems For 360° Fleet Visibility

Samsara is introducing side, rear and interior cameras to its existing dash cam offering for 360° video visibility in every vehicle. The all-new Multi-Camera Systems let users connect up to eight HD cameras in a single vehicle, so that they never miss a thing. These cameras make it possible to: • Quickly investigate incidents, including hard-to-see sideswiping incidents and disputes between passengers; • Enhance safety and security with HD video surveillance that is stored for up to 30 days; and, • Reduce liability with detailed footage that protects against false claims. HD VIDEO IS ALWAYS ACCESSIBLE IN THE CLOUD Like Samsara Dash Cams, these multicamera systems are internet-connected with 1080p HD resolution, so that video is always high quality and instantly available in the cloud. Incident footage is automatically available in the Samsara dashboard, and up to 30 days of past footage is always accessi-

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ble on-demand. This eliminates the need for manual SD card retrieval, and gives users the footage they need, at their fingertips. CUSTOMIZABLE TO FIT ANY FLEET No two fleets are the same, which is why Samsara designed its camera solution to be completely customizable. Users can mix and match cameras to create a solution that provides the visibility they need. They can also reach out to the Samsara team to discover the combination that is right for them. ADD INTERIOR, SIDE & REAR CAMERAS TO ANY FLEET TODAY “All fleets can benefit from the increased visibility, safety and security that a multicamera system provides. Whether you have a history of sideswiping incidents, or you are looking to generate stop-arm revenue, or want visibility into what’s happening within your vehicle, you can customize a camera solution that works for you,” said Samsara. Visit Booth #1629 at the UMA Expo or visit: samsara.com/free-trial.


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Prevost Opens New Service Center In Florida

Prevost, a member of the Volvo Group, has opened a new service center in Orlando, FL. Prevost said, “With this addition, the company’s Parts And Service Network is growing again after the opening of four new service centers in North America last year. Now, with 15 service locations, Prevost has strengthened its network even more. In addition, the service network is supported by more than 190 bus-certified Volvo Truck locations. “The Orlando service center, which opened for business at the end of August, supports local economy as it required investments of $6 million, and plans to hire up to 50 employees. It is a full-service facility and is staffed by technicians who are factory trained to work on Prevost, Nova Bus and Volvo motorcoaches, as well as other motorcoach brands.”

Håkan Agnevall, president of Volvo Buses, said, “The efforts and investments we make in continually expanding our net-

work of service centers reflect the importance the Volvo Group places on our American customer base. We aim, not only to satisfy our customers by providing quality, reliable and sustainable coaches, but also by providing better access to the best services.”

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François Tremblay, vice president and general manager for Prevost, said, “The opening of this service center is a new demonstration of our commitment to get closer to our customers, meet their needs efficiently and better serve them. The Orlando location brings the total of Prevost owned and operated service centers to 15.” “Our goal is to ensure that our customers have access to our services easily. Thus, by growing the number of service centers and combining them with our fleet of mobile vans, we’re offering to our customers more options, more accessibility and more flexibility,” said Randy Castillo, services network director for Prevost. Prevost is a manufacturer of premium intercity touring coaches, and produces conversion coaches for high-end motorhome and specialty conversion. Visit www.prevostcar.com.

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NEWS FROM BYD

BYD Delivers First Battery-Electric Bus To IndyGo IndyGo, a public transportation provider in Indiana, and BYD (Build Your Dreams) announced the delivery of the first K11 60foot battery-electric bus to serve Indianapolis. The bus is the first of 13 ordered for the Red Line by IndyGo.

“BYD has delivered the first bus on time, and this allows us to begin working with operations and emergency services on training, and testing battery range,” said Justin Stuehrenberg, vice president of planning and capital projects. “IndyGo is committed to our transition to an all-electric fleet over the next 15 years.” The bus purchases are part of IndyGo’s plans to replace all its diesel buses with electric models by 2032. “We are very proud to be part of IndyGo’s transformation to an all-electric

transit fleet,” said Bobby Hill, vice president of BYD North America, Coach and Bus. “The K11 is powered by iron-phosphate batteries that are non-toxic and environmentally friendly. The batteries come with a 12-year warranty. This bus can be charged in 3.5 hours, and can also be used as a mobile power supply.” BYD North America also recently announced its joint venture with Generate Capital, Inc., a financier, owner, and operator of distributed infrastructure, to launch the first electric bus leasing program of its kind in the United States. With its North American headquarters in Los Angeles, the firm has a unionized workforce at its facility with more than 800 employees in Lancaster, CA.

BYD Delivers 3 Battery-Electric Buses To Chattanooga, TN BYD announced that the Chattanooga Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) has taken delivery of its first three BYD K9 electric buses. “We’re excited about receiving all three vehicles, and getting them out on the streets and tested,” said Lisa Maragnano, CARTA

executive director. “Our new electric buses charge fast, efficiently and run emissions free all day. We look forward to the expansion of our electric vehicle fleet.”

Earlier this year CARTA received a “Smart City” award for its electric vehicle charging and car-share project. Momentum Dynamics developed a 200kilowatt wireless charging system to support zero-emission transit buses in Chattanooga. The system automatically charges as passengers load and unload. BYD is the first electric bus manufacturer with a unionized workforce at its facility; the company has more than 800 employees in Lancaster, CA. For more information, visit www.BYD.com.

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NEWS FROM ABC

New Northern California Service And Retail Parts Center Open House

“ABC Companies’ recently opened Service and Parts Center, located at 7980 Enterprise Drive, Newark, CA, hosted over 100 guests, including local and national tour, charter and shuttle operators at its recent open house. Attendees enjoyed local fare and refreshments, while ABC representatives provided guided tours of the new facility along with presentations from on-staff experts and industry vendors,” according to a press release. “Visitors were also eligible to win a number of prizes throughout the day. ABC Companies continues to expand its footprint within the high-growth NorCal region with its new one-stop destination for fleet services designed to cover every aspect of equipment care and maintenance for large and small operators.” Located in the heart of the Alameda County’s Tri-Cities area, the new facility is situated to serve a broad range of customers and to continue to attract new operators to the business. “This state-of-the-art facility significantly increases our capacity to support customers on

a larger, more far-reaching scale,” said Roman Cornell, chief commercial officer at ABC Companies. “As the market continues to ex-

pand, this facility and location will enable ABC to galvanize its leadership position.” Situated on 3-plus acres, ABC said the 30,000-square-foot facility offers: •Parking: Two acres of secure, welllighted, landscaped parking area available for lease to operators. •State-of-the-art diagnostics, maintenance, collision and repair and vehicle care with: 14 service bays; two or three-axle alignment/ complete tire service and balancing; and, full paint booth and body shop. •A modern, comfortable driver’s lounge featuring Wi-Fi work areas, large screen TV,

pool table, refreshments and more. •Parts warehouse and retail counter: 6,000-square-foot dedicated parts warehouse and distribution center offering ABC’s expansive parts inventory available for counter pickup and shipping. According to ABC, “Our technical and parts expertise is second to none, and together with our on-site parts warehouse, we can help customers improve fleet performance by accelerating repair and service turnaround times.” “This new location is specifically designed to elevate the customer experience. It has been designed around our customers’ needs by providing support and services that can be scaled to their unique requirements,” said Roman Cornell, CCO of the company. Dane Cornell, CEO, added, “While we continue to invest in newer, better, and smarter technologies, we never forget our roots and the relationships that are the backbone of ABC Companies.” For more information, contact ABC Companies at 800-222-2871 or visit the company website at www.abc-companies.com.

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From SLEC

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For many years, the traditional method of connecting mobile columns has been via cables. While this remains the preferred means of connectivity due to its simplicity and robust reliability, the concept of wireless communication has caught the imagination. A wireless battery powered lift has many disadvantages such as the need to recharge batteries, the cost of replacement batteries and the probability of radio interference. The engineering team at SLEC was challenged to develop a cabled lift where the cables are off the floor – now known as the “Ultimate Pack.” Each cable is inverted so that instead of hanging from the control panel down, it is suspended from the top of each column — getting the cable well out of harm’s way. The “Self Retracting Cable System” stores the interconnecting cables on the side of the column. To set up the system, the operator pulls out the cable to the desired length, and loops the “Cable Stop”

on to the hook on the lift it is being connected to. Once connected, the cable is plugged into the lift. Ray DeCarlo, national sales manager for SLEC, Inc., said, “We are going into this with a belief that in the first year, sales of the ‘Ultimate Pack’ will represent at least 50 percent of our sales volume.” Our 18,000-pound lift is the go-to lift for all heavy duty applications. Manufactured in Baltimore, MD, it comes cram-packed with innovative and user-friendly features that make the SLEC® experience better: • Operated as four/six lifts to raise the vehicle in the air, you also have the ability to use two jacks to tilt the vehicle for quick under vehicle access. • The interactive touch screen control is the home base for selection of all columns, pairs of lifts (for replacement of axle, springs or air bags) and individual lifts (for brake adjustments and relines).

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• In the unlikely event of a fault, the column number and type of fault is communicated in a format that the operator can understand, getting the lifts back working with minimum fuss and downtime. • Every SLEC® lift we have ever made uses a self locking ACME threaded screw, and a self-locking load bearing nut. As it is guaranteed self locking, the lift does not depend on a back up locking device to grab the load if it fails. We are very committed to honoring an obligation to support our products as they age, and require a bit of TLC. The day your SLEC® lifts are set to work is the start of our relationship. We intend to ensure that your SLEC® experience is hassle free and aim to be there for you whenever you need. We offer: fixed cost maintenance inspections; free telephone technical support; and, conveniently located field-based service technicians for fast response times and minimal downtime. SLEC® lifts are independently tested and certified to the standards of the Automotive Lift Institute ANSI/ALI ALCTV-2011. For information, visit www.slec.com.

RTA Marks 10th Anniversary Of HealthLine Service With Ceremony

The Greater Cleveland (OH) Regional Transit Authority (RTA) officials and civic leaders celebrated 10 years of service along the HealthLine recently at a ceremony at the Louis Stokes Station at Windermere. The HealthLine is the region’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service, and connects the two largest regional employment areas, downtown and University Circle. It was named the “Best BRT in the Nation” in 2013. Floun’say Caver, RTA Interim CEO/ general manager, said, “In 2013, the Institute for Transportation Development Policy reported that the HealthLine delivered more than $114 for every transit dollar spent on the project. “Today, RTA estimates we are realizing $190 for every transit dollar invested. That’s the highest return on investment of any public transit project in the nation,” Caver said.


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Busline Magazine’s

Suppliers 2019 Company Profile

A Directory of Manufacturers and Suppliers to the Motorcoach, Transit, Specialty Vehicle & Para-Transit Industries

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The following form will be used to compile a company profile to be included in Suppliers 2019, published in the July/August 2019 issue of Busline Magazine. Suppliers 2019 is an international suppliers directory that will be read all year long by motorcoach, transit, specialty vehicle and para-transit companies. Please fill out and return as soon as possible and no later than Friday, June 7, 2019. You may also email the information requested below to: drankin@consolidated.net; please use subject line, “Busline Suppliers.” Thank you for your help in making this suppliers directory the most helpful and most comprehensive yet. SUBMITTED BY:___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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NEWS FROM ARBOC

TX’s Denton County Transportation Authority Takes Delivery Of 12 Spirit Low-Floor Buses From ARBOC

ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, LLC (ARBOC), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., has delivered fully accessible low-floor Spirit of Independence® (Independence) buses to Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) in Texas. The order for 12 buses was secured by Creative Bus Sales (CBS). “The new body-on-chassis (cutaway) buses will enhance 10 fixed-route services in Denton and Lewisville, TX, and demand/response paratransit services in Frisco and Highland Village, TX. “ARBOC is proud to support DCTA’s growing fleet with equal mobility solutions,” said Don Roberts, president of ARBOC. “We commend the agency for operating an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant fleet.” The fully accessible low-floor Independence provides a single, wide entrance, and contains no steps throughout the bus. The

96-inch wide body offers easy maneuverability inside the bus for up to 15 ambulatory or five wheelchair passengers,” according to a press release. In addition to fixed-route and paratransit services, DCTA operates a 21-mile A-train commuter rail system, Highland Village Connect Shuttle, Access service, Collin County Transit, North Texas Xpress (in partnership with Trinity Metro), Denton Enterprise Airport On-Demand, Campus Shuttle service for the University of North Texas and North Central Texas College, Frisco Demand-Response and vanpool service. Nearly 70 percent of North America’s low-floor cutaway buses are manufactured by ARBOC, said the company. Grapevine, TX, Orders 2 FullyAccessible Bustleback Spirit Buses

ARBOC also announced that Grapevine, TX, has ordered two bustleback-style Spirit of Freedom (Freedom) buses. The order supplements three existing low-floor body-

on-chassis (cutaway) ARBOC buses in Grapevine’s fleet. Each order was procured by Creative Bus Sales (CBS).

“Grapevine had a unique concept for these buses,” said Don Roberts, president of ARBOC. “We are utilizing our Freedom model by adding exterior parts to the rear that create the bustleback, specifically for Grapevine. This unique design demonstrates the remarkable versatility of our products.” The Grapevine buses also will serve as shuttles for travelers at the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport who experience lengthy layovers. ARBOC also offers a medium-duty bus for transit/shuttle. Visit www.arbocsv.com.

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NEWS FROM MCI

All-New MCI D45 CRT LE Commuter Coach Passes Altoona Test

Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a subsidiary of NFI Group, Inc., has announed that its all-new MCI D45 CRT LE has passed the mandated U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Altoona test for new bus models. FTAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bus testing program, named for the Altoona, PA, testing center, tests the reliability of all-new bus models for use in federally funded public transit systems procurement. A press release stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The MCI D45 CRT LE underwent a 10-month battery of tests accelerating a 12-year, 500,000 mile service life. According to Paul Fazio, MCI engineer and director of new product development, the model sent to Altoona was set for the heaviest level of customer usage, just shy of the modelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of 54,000-pounds, to equal a real-life, rush hour load of fullyseated and standing passengers at peak travel time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The D45 CRT LE is MCIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first complete redesign of an MCI model in 20 years. We anticipated positive results because the

modelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s platform is based on our J-series structural design, which has proven to be very robust in all types of operating environments,â&#x20AC;? said Fazio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The D45 CRT LE passed its durability tests with flying colors.

This is a significant outcome, as the platform will also be the basis for our batteryelectric D-model planned for a production start in 2020.â&#x20AC;? According to the release, â&#x20AC;&#x153;MCI was one of North Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first motor coach manufacturers to test at Altoona, submitting a 102 DL 3 to the facility in 1995. MCI also placed the industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first hybrid-electric coach through Altoona testing in 2008.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are proud of the hard work of our engineers,â&#x20AC;? said Ian Smart, MCI president. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is to have the D45 CRT LE perform reliably on commuter routes, in all types of weather and road conditions.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be back at Altoona in April with our first battery-electric MCI D45 CRTe LE, and with the non-vestibule version of the D45 CRT in September,â&#x20AC;? said Fazio. MCI said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ADA- and Buy America-compliant MCI D45 CRT LE incorporated a new design process at MCI, which included direct participation from various advocacy groups including the National Council on Independent Living and the American Association for People with Disabilities. The CRT LEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mid-vehicle vestibule features an automatic curb-level ramp that enables most mobility devices swift entry and exit. And its forward door also has an enhanced ergonomic spiral entryway to facilitate ease of boarding. The dual-entry system cuts dwell times to equal conventional low-floor transit boarding times.â&#x20AC;? Visit www.mcicoach.com.

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B.C.E. srl is an Italian company with 40 years of experience in the production of electric and pneumatic door opening devices for buses. The first decades of its business were focused on the Italian and overall European market, expanding to the U.S. market over the past several years with good results and positive feedback from customers, according to the company. This new challenge is a motivation for the company to always do better as well as increase the variety of it products. At the same time, B.C.E. will maintain the same philosophy as when the company began. “Our systems are compliant with the highest safety requirements, and the quality of every single product is guaranteed by an attentive choice of materials and suppliers. The mix of these two ingredients makes our devices totally reliable for the long-term use,” according to the company. “Our attention is also 100 percent focused on the customer, to customize every standard application while providing just-in-time aftersales service.” For more information, visit www.bcesrl.it.

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From Freedman Seating

Show On The GO Tour Travels 45,000 Miles

In its third tour in three years, Freedman Seating featured new products and safety solutions for vans and buses, totaling 100,000 miles traveled across the U.S. and Canada since 2016. “Freedman Seating Company recently completed a 10-month tour of the United States promoting the latest in transit seating for the small and mid-size bus markets. Combining product and safety education with promotional opportunities, the Show On The GO was Freedman’s third tour in three years, following the successful Rock N Rose Tour (2016) and Transit USA Tour (2017). The Show On The GO tour, featuring Freedman seats and other products made in America, kicked off in early February making its way to bus dealers, operators, manufacturers and trade shows spanning 40-plus states. Freedman Seating sales managers added 45,000 miles to a 2017 Ford Transit 350. A total of 100,000 miles have been toured by the FSC crew since

2016, according to a press release. “We continue to focus on safety with the Show On The GO,” said John-Paul Paonessa,

marketing manager. “Customers should know that Freedman Seating is serious about keeping passengers safe with 3-point belts and other restraint options.” In addition to visiting more than 70 dealers, operators, OEMs and government agencies, the tour made stops at several industry events, including SWTA Freedom Through Transit Annual Conference, APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference, and more.

The van was fitted with a rotation of 810 passenger/driver seats, the 3PT Seat, GO Seat, GO-ES, and Esquire. Other products and features included the Trieste, Palermo and Venezia seats with new coach-style armrests by FMS Seating (also with 3-point seat belts), G2ELP Driver Seat featuring P1M Mechanical Suspension by USSC, Priority Seating, and USB Power Outlets. Additional products and support were made possible by: USSC Group, Transit Works, Altro Floors, CMI Enterprises, Camira Fabrics, Abercrombie Textiles, and Morbern. “Although the official tour has ended, Team Freedman plans on continuing its efforts to educate customers and industry professionals.” Freedman Seating is a seat manufacturer in Chicago, IL; designing, engineering, and manufacturing seat related products for markets, including small bus, mid-size coach, heavy-duty transit, rail, marine, delivery truck, and para-transit. Freedman Seating is an ISO 9001 registered company with an on-site A2LA Accredited Mechanical Testing Lab. Visit www.freedmanseating.com/showonthego.

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Amaya-Astron Seating Pirules 16E, Complejo Industrial Cuamatla, Cuautitlán Izcalli, 54730 MEXICO +52(55)5881-2007 Website: www.amaya-astron.com.mx Products: The Amaya-Astron Seating models: A-220 & GT provide the latest in ergonomic technology and passenger safety. The company fulfill the FMVSS and CMVSS standards for 3-point seat belts seats and provide more legroom because of its thinner seat back design, while maintaining comfort in the seat. Amaya-Astron Seating continues developing seats, which use the highest quality materials and the most innovative technological advances available today. These seats also have a large list of options to meet and exceed customers’ expectations and requirements. The most common of these are the automatic footrests, grab handles, airline style and flip-up tray tables, cup holders, mesh magazine pockets and USB/110V outlets. Amaya-Astron also offers luxury seating options such as the 2+1 seats. 18

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Bergen Auto Upholstery Co., Inc. See Ad On Page 51 375 North St., Suite U, Teterboro, NJ 07608 USA 201-457-9100 Email: bergenauto@aol.com Website: www.bergenseat.com Products: Seat replacement and complete interior refurbishing, including seat covers, ceilings, sidewalls, lav area, under racks, dash and entrance door. Parts distributor with large inventory in stock. Bergen offers a complete cleaning service, seat cover shampooing, seat frame cleaning, cleaning of sidewalls and A/C ducts, and shampooing of any carpeted surface. Bergen road crew is available to install on location. 14

Camira See Ad On Page 50 2476 Waldorf Court, NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544 USA 616-288-0655 Email: camira-usa@camirafabrics.com Website: www.camirafabrics.com Company Officers: Grant Russell, Chief Executive, Camira Group Ltd.; Rune Akselber, President, Camira Group Inc.; James Newton, Director of Transport Sales Products: Global textile manufacturer, Camira, offers total fabric solutions for passenger transport interiors. Known for its traditional plush wool moquettes, Camira’s manufacturing expertise also covers lighter weight pile fabrics with added design and texture; contemporary flat weave fabrics for seating, vinyls, leathers; and a wide range of ancillary interior trim fabrics for other surfaces within motorcoaches. Transportation fabric collections include Aura, Aura Twist, Fusion, Vigor, Vision, Vita and Rhino. Added fabric protection comes from Defender, Camira’s triple action, long-lasting fabric treatment, which has an invisible protective shield making fabrics anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-stain. As well as an extensive portfolio of stocked ranges for motorcoach interiors, Camira has an in-house design team that can develop something more bespoke, adding personality and flair to any vehicle interior. Whether a stocked range or custom-made, Camira’s transport fabrics are designed to coordinate with a wide range of other options including leather and vinyl, as well as trim options for piping, headrests, wall side and ceiling finishes, and curtaining to provide flexible options for combination seats using more than one material type. Camira is represented by Wagner & Associates (Phone: 919-552-4466) and Transportation Products Sales and Service (Phone: 724-640-8826). 19


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Chestnut Ridge Foam, Inc. See Ad On Page 51 443 Warehouse Dr., Latrobe, PA 15650 USA 800-234-2734 Email: info@crfoam.com Website: www.crfoam.com Company Officer: Carl Ogburn, president Products: CR SAFGUARD® XL seat cushioning combines fire-resistance with durability. Traditional FMVSS 302 cushioning burns profusely when exposed to minor open flame sources. The rapid spread of flames with this minimum requirement poses a serious danger to ridership, particularly, those with mobility challenges. CR SAFGUARD® XL offers a high level of fireperformance that minimizes the hazards of cushioning as the largest fuel source, reducing both risk and liability. For detailed cushioning designs, TRAX® advanced fire-resistant molded cushioning is the ideal solution for accomplishing modern cushioning designs in combination with a high level of fire performance. The molding process allows for multiple contours within a seat design to achieve an impressive and distinct appearance. This process also eliminates costly waste and labor associated with cut-to-shape cushions and provides dimensional accuracy for repetitive parts. CR SAFGUARD® XL and TRAX® are fully compliant with F.T.A. fire performance criteria verified through internal testing capabilities. 19

CMI Enterprises, Inc. 13145 NW 45th Ave., Opa-locka, FL 33054 USA 305-685-9651 Website: www.cmi-enterprises.com Products: CMI offers a complete line of interior soft trim materials and value added services consisting of fabrics, leather, vinyl and urethane coated products. In addition, CMI offers lamination, die and computerized cutting, perforating, RF emboss/deboss and various other custom fabrication services on a just-in-time basis from locations in Elkhart, IN; Forest City, NC; and Miami, FL. CMI has been servicing the bus industry, together with other transportation sectors, since 1984. 17

De Leo Transportation Fabrics 53 Dwight Pl., Fairfield, NJ 07004 USA 973-439-6801 Email: deleotf@deleotf.com Website: www.deleotf.com Products: De Leo Transportation (DLT) Fabrics, a division of the Edward B. De Leo Company, Inc., was established in 1962, and continues to deliver services and products to the automotive, transportation and upholstered furniture manufacturing industries. Working with manufacturing partner Epengle Tekstil, DLT offers high quality velvets for bus, motorcoach and light rail fabrics to public and private transportation industries. With 100-plus years combined, De Leo and Epengle have provided a variety of pile compositions including 85/15, 30/70 wool blend, 100 percent polyester, 100 percent acrylic and 100 percent polyester flat woven to meet the highest standards of the transportation industry. All qualities meet international FR requirements as well as FMVSS-302. Specialty and custom design work is available to fit customer needs, along with anti-bacterial, stain repellant and water proofing finishes. DeLeo provides short production lead times, New Jersey-based customer service and on-

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time deliveries. Warehousing in South Carolina offers quick shipping and easy logistics. 17

E. Schoepf GmbH & Co KG Rathausstrasse 18-24 Stammbach 95236 GERMANY +49 9256/800 Email: info@e-schoepf.de Website: www.e-schoepf.de Company Officers: Ralph Humpert; Karl Robert Wagner Products: The medium-sized family business E. SCHOEPF GmbH & Co. KG has been in existence more than 160 years. Today, it produces high-quality technical fabrics. As a system supplier, it produces certified seat covers, side panels as well as ceiling panels and curtains for worldwide, well-known brands of the automotive industry, for urban traffic operation (buses and trains) and for seat manufacturers. Also provided are highly elastic fabrics or vacuum moulding materials for manufacturers of construction, industrial and agricultural vehicles. Creative design, highest quality (certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001) and environmentally appropriate production (DIN EN ISO 14001) are inextricable at E. SCHOEPF. Its fully integrated production processes ensure extensive know-how, short reaction times and effective development services. This contributes to the company’s ability to meet the highest requirements of its customers in a targeted and timely manner – paired with delivery reliability to achieve a high level of customer satisfaction. 19 Freedman Seating Company See Ad On Page 7 4545 W. Augusta Blvd. Chicago, IL 60651 USA 773-524-2440 Email: info@freedmanseating.com Website: www.freedmanseating.com Company Officers: Dan Smith-Cohen, President; Craig Freedman, CEO; John Mienik, National Sales Manager Products: For over 125 years, Freedman Seating has been engineering and manufacturing seats and seating-related products for many different applications. Its product lines include bus, rail, marine, delivery truck, specialty and commercial vehicle seating, Consistent growth and expansion has earned Freedman Seating recognition as a leading manufacturer of transportation seating solutions. Manufacturing seats for buses, Freedman Seating supplies the major OEMs, over 250 bus distributors, the federal government, and many states and municipalities. The family of Freedman Seating bus seats includes products for small and mid-sized coaches, Page 52

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Kiel Seats North America LLC 4519 Wyland Dr., Elkhart, IN 46516 USA Phone: 574-293-3600 Email: office@kielna.com Website: www.kielna.com Products: Kiel Seats North America is part of the international Kiel Group, a manufacturer of transit seating systems for commercial vehicles and public transportation, including buses on the local, regional, and intercity level. 17 LaFrance Industries 290 Old Anderson Rd. LaFrance, SC 29656 USA 864-646-3213, 551-482-1608 Website: www.mvmills.com Products: U.S. made plush and flat woven seat fabrics for transit, rail and coach seats and interiors. 17

Lantal Textiles, Inc. 1300 Langenthal Dr., P. O. Box 965 Rural Hall, NC 27045 USA 800-334-3309 Website: www.lantal.com Products: Supplier of flat woven fabric to the bus, rail and aviation markets. Manufactured in North Carolina, Lantal’s fabrics meet or exceed the specifications required by the industry as well as Buy America for the transit market. Free design services available. 17

Lazzerini Corporation 1011 Herman St. Elkhart, IN 46516 USA 574-206-4769 Website: www.lazzerini.us Products: Lazzerini Corporation is a U.S. based subsidiary of Italian seating company, Lazzerini S.r.l. Founded in 1967, Lazzerini, S.r.l. designs and manufactures innovative and lightweight passenger seats for the global mass transit markets with localized operations in the United Kingdom, Europe, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Canada. In 2015, Lazzerini Corp. was established in Elkhart, IN, and is manufacturing/supplying buy-America compliant seats. Lazzerini is known and respected for its ability and know-how in the intelligent use of latest technology materials, to create standard flexible seating platforms combined with fully modular construction. This allows for easy customization, installation, maintenance and efficient vehicle packaging that optimizes passenger “living space” and vehicle seating capacity. 17

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Morbern Inc. 401 Fraley Rd. High Point, NC 27263 USA 888-MORBERN Email: sales@morbern.com Website: www.morbern.com Products: Blockade, Barricade, Endurance, Marathon, (n)Motion!, and Ambassador ULS upholstery fabrics. 19

RECARO North America 4120 Luella Ln. Auburn Hills, MI 48326 USA 248-484-3203 Website: www.recaro-automotive.com Products: RECARO has been manufacturing seating products for over 100 years. RECARO manufactures ergonomically-correct seating that will support customers through the hours of operation they perform. 15

Sardo Bus & Coach Upholstery See Ad On Page 15 503 S. Main Ave. Minneola, FL 34715 USA 352-242-1313 Website: www.sardobus.com Products: Provider of upholstery and flooring replacement/refurbishment to the motorcoach industry. From a single replacement seat cover, to complete interior refurbishments for multiple coaches, Sardo has a solution for customer needs. Upholstery products include seat covers, sidewalls, center headliners, modesties and more. Uses the finest quality fabrics and offers a variety of innovative styles, color combinations and patterns utilizing fine quality wool, poly blends, vinyl/leathers. Sardo can install brand new complete flooring, and in most cases can provide repairs on existing flooring. It offers installation at the company’s Los Angeles factory or customers can receive expert installation from Sardo’s professional Original Mobile Road Crews at their facility. These crews travel across the nation and do the installation at a customer’s location, minimizing down time and providing the opportunity to give attention to every detail. Sardo also has a mail out service with easy installation instructions if customers prefer to do the work themselves. 17

Willingham Inc. 20008 244th Ave. S.E., Maple Valley, WA 98038 USA 425-432-9867 Website: www.willinghaminc.com Products: Seatcovers, complete interiors, floors, step tread kits, parcel rack door and bay door pistons, foam rubber replacement kits, net pockets, cup holders, grab handles and accessories. Seat parts for all models. 12


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ARI-HETRA 12775 Randolph Ridge Ln. Manassas, VA 20109 USA 703-359-6265, 800-562-3250 Website: www.ari-hetra.com Products: Privately held company offering heavy-duty mobile lifting equipment, exhaust extraction systems and wheel service equipment. 15 MAHA USA 2404 East Hwy 134 Pinckard, AL 36371 USA 866-624-2872 Email: sales@maha-usa.com Website: www.maha-usa.com

Products: MAHA USA unites German engineering with American craftsmanship to produce heavy-duty mobile column lifts. MAHA USA manufactures vehicle lifting systems from its 90,000-square-foot production facility in Pinckard, AL. Its wireless mobile column lifts are powered by state-of-the-art ball-screw technology. MAHA USA also offers a full line of heavy-duty workshop equipment consisting of pantograph and parallelogram lifts; wheel lifting systems; various floor, transmission and clutch jacks; wheel service equipment; emission testers and PBBT-certified brake testers. 15

Mohawk Lifts See Ad On Page 55 65 Vrooman Ave., P. O. Box 110 Amsterdam, NY 12010 USA 800-833-2006 Email: info@mohawklifts.com Website: www.mohawklifts.com Products: Mohawk Lifts manufactures vehicle lifts ranging from 7,000 to 240,000 pound capacities. Mohawkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s product lines include two post, four post, mobile columns and parallelograms, and are all designed, welded and manufactured in the U.S.A. Contact Mohawk for any technical questions, fleet evaluation or CAD shop design assistance. 17

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Rotary Lift 2700 Lanier Dr. Madison, IN 47250 USA 800-640-5438 Email: userlink@rotarylift.com Website: www.rotarylift.com Company Officer: David Fischmer, Marketing Director Products: Rotary Lift offers the industry’s broadest line of heavy-duty vehicle lifts. The line-up includes mobile column, modular in ground, scissor, parallelogram, two-post and four-post lifts. 19

SLEC, Inc. See Ad On Page 53 23 Fontana Ln., Suite 109 Baltimore, MD 21237 USA 443-730-1023 Email: allisterc@SLEC.com Website: www.slec.com Company Officers: Allister Collings; Lisa Collings Products: The 18Type mobile column lift, manufactured in Baltimore by SLEC, Inc., is rated at 18,000 lbs. (each column), and is ideal for transit buses and motorcoaches. A SLEC® lift is one

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man portable, and consequently can be used in multiple work bays and outside. SLEC® lifts feature an electromechanical, self-locking design, based on an Acme threaded screw and a bronze load nut for the ultimate in safety as it is inherently self-locking. The lifts stop immediately when power is removed and cannot move again unless power is re-applied. An easy-to-use interactive touchscreen pad enables the operator to select the operational mode (all lifts, pairs or single) and communicates to the operator the height of each column, error codes and much more. The recently launched “ultimate pack” marries the benefit of getting the cable off the floor while keeping the robust reliability of a cable-connected lift. The connecting cable extends between each column on a retractable roller system and loops around the top of each column. SLEC® lifts are independently tested and certified to the standards of the Automotive Lift Institute ANSI/ALI ALCTV-2011. All of this is backed by nationwide after-sales and service support. 19 Stertil-Koni USA See Ad On Page 54 200 Log Canoe Circle Stevensville, MD 21666 USA 410-643-9001, 800-336-6637 Email: lifts@stertil-koni.com Website: www.stertil-koni.com Company Officer: Dr. Jean DellAmore, President Products: In business for more than 50 years, delivering high-precision, safe and durable lifting systems. Supplier to transit agencies, municipalities, state agencies, the U.S. military, school districts, ports and more. Serving the North American market via a network of trained distributors who provide local expertise and customer service. Suited for all bus types: transit, paratransit, coach, tour and school. Product range includes mobile column lifts, platform lifts, in-ground lifts, 2-post and 4-post lifts. The in-ground telescopic piston DIAMONDLIFT is electronically synchronized for safety and convenience with a capacity of up to 105,000 pounds in three-piston configuration. The in-ground scissor ECOLIFT provides universal access to all sub-components including brakes and wheels, has an ultrashallow design—recommended for high ground water or bedrock—and is relocatable. The platform SKYLIFT, with a lifting capacity between 62,400 and 78,000 pounds, is a clear floor lift with no crossbeams or obstruc-


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tions between the lifting legs or runways. The 4-post lift offers the safety of a platform lift with lifting capacity ranging from 30,000 pounds up to 132,000 pounds. Mobile column lifts are shipped with a full-color, high-resolution 7-inch touchscreen control panel as standard. Portable lifts can be used indoors or outside and have lifting capacities from 14,000 pounds to 40,000 pounds per column. 19 TLS Total Automotive Lifting Solutions Inc. 2300 Speers Rd. Oakville, Ontario L6L 2X8 CANADA 877-799-5438 Email: gdiangelo@tlslifts.com, sales@tlslifts.com Website: www.tlslifts.com

Company Officer: Harold Yeo Products: Total Automotive Lifting Solutions Inc., and its family of specialized lifting solution divisions, combine to offer a comprehensive selection of lifting applications. From car dealerships, to the home car enthusiast and public sector transit and public works facilities, TLS Inc. provides high quality and innovative lifting solutions. Its underlying goal is to provide superior technology that is durable, low maintenance, user friendly and delivers maximum value to customers. TLS Inc., is a member of the Automotive Lift Institute, and participates in the certification of their products, with models ranging in capacities from 2,000 to 100,000 lbs. 19

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There are four transit buses with new life in the Davenport, IA, CitiBus Transit System because of a partnership with Midwest Bus Corporation.

“Davenport’s 35-foot, low-floor Gillig buses went through an overhaul that included rebuilding or replacing almost every mechanical aspect of each bus, with the exception of engines or transmissions. The rebuilding program also included a total interior and exterior renovation including new floor coverings, seat inserts, exterior panels as required and interior and exterior paint. New EMP electric cooling assemblies were also included,” according to a press release. “The buses rehabbed by Midwest Bus Corporation will be used on a shuttle funded

by the Departments of Transportation for both Iowa and Illinois during the construction of a new I-74 bridge that crosses the Mississippi,” said John Powell, transit operations director for the city of Davenport. “Midwest was able to meet our expectations, and the new service started December 3.” The CitiBus Transit System’s bus routes cover approximately 30 square miles of the city, with numerous schools, shopping centers, hospitals/medical centers, local businesses and tourist attractions within easy walking distance of most CitiBus routes. The new shuttle operates two different routes, bringing the total number of routes operated by CitiBus to 12. “The purpose of the shuttle is to help relieve traffic over the existing I-74 bridge during the height of construction. Given the relatively short operating window (about 15 months), it was important to rehab our buses as economically as possible,” Powell said. “Midwest helped us achieve that goal.” For more information on Midwest Bus Corporation, visit www.midwestbus.com.

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Prevost X3-45 Prevost H3-45 The H Series’ striking style is clean and timeless with flush-mounted, frameless windows that ensure exceptional panoramic views, greater passenger privacy and a reduced strain on the air-conditioning system. In addition, the coach boasts the most luggage space on the market with an impressive amount of underfloor capacity and the highest deck in the Prevost lineup. The dependable Volvo D13 engine has smooth, quiet operation and drastically lowers emission of air pollutants. For the safety of passengers and drivers alike, Prevost AWARE Adaptive Cruise Braking, the Prevost Electronic Stability Program, and the Prevost Welded Rail System take safety to a new level. In addition, driver controls for key functions are located on the steering wheel, rather than the dashboard, helping to increase safety for all on board. The Driver Information Display (DID) provides significant advantages to drivers and operators. Important information is easily communicated, offering several valuable tools such as fuel data management, data logging and clear text display messages. From its distinctive and proud front end to its elegant rear treatment, there is no mistaking any ordinary bus for the Ultimate in Touring Coaches: the Prevost H-Series.

Model............................................................................................Prevost H3-45 Seating Capacity.............................................................................................56 Length...............................................................................................................45’ Width ...............................................................................................................102” Height........................................................................................................146.25” Wheelbase......................................................................................................314” Overhang (front/rear) ......................................................................75” - 107” Interior Height (min./max.)........................................Floor to ceiling - 77” Turning Radius ............................................................................................45.6’ Tire Size..........................................................................................315/80 R22.5 Engine..................EPA compliant Volvo D13 w/DPF and SCR, 435 HP, 13L Transmission ....................Allison World, 5th gen., 6-speed auto. trans.; Volvo I-Shift, 12-speed automated manual Brakes................................................................All-wheel disc brakes w/ABS Fuel Tank Capacity .......................................................................230 U.S. gal. Air Conditioning ..........................................................................Bitzer 4NFCY Baggage Capacity ............................................................................460 cu. ft. Wheelchair Lift Option ...............................Interchangeable swap & plug Steering .........................................Steering wheel w/integrated controls, tilt & telescopic, and integral power steering, (variable assistance power steering available) Suspension .............Wide-stance tuned suspension w/liftable tag axle Page 56

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Undergoing a redesign in 2019! The X3-45 carries on the Prevost tradition of innovation, showcasing advanced technologies. The Prevost Welded Rail System and Prevost Electronic Stability Program take safety to a new level. Volvo’s D13 engine has smooth, quiet operation and drastically lowers emission of air pollutants. The Volvo D13 with advanced SCR exceeds EPA emissions standards. The Prevost X3-45 has the longest wheelbase in the touring coach market (334.5 in.), giving passengers a smooth ride, and features the largest under-floor surface area (139 sq. ft.) in the industry. At 134 inches, the Prevost X3-45 has the lowest overall height of all seated coaches, providing easy access to virtually any pick-up or drop-off site. Equipped with the Prevost Advanced Multiplex System, the Prevost X3-45 delivers dependability and maximizes operational efficiency. The user-friendly system features a multitude of benefits, including easier maintenance, faster troubleshooting and quick and accurate diagnosis of problems with vital components. Prevost: 35 Gagnon Blvd., Ste-Claire, Quebec GOR 2VO CANADA Tel: 418-883-3391; 877-773-8678 Website: www.prevostcar.com

Model............................................................................................Prevost X3-45 Seating Capacity .............................................................................................55 Length...............................................................................................................45’ Width ...............................................................................................................102” Height ..........................................................................................................133.9” Wheelbase .................................................................................................334.5” Overhang (front/rear)............................................................72.30” - 86.60” Interior Height (min./max.) ....................................Floor to ceiling - 79.5” Turning Radius with Independent Suspension ..................................42.5’ Tire Size..........................................................................................315/80 R22.5 Engine ..............EPA compliant Volvo D13 w/DPF and SCR, 435 HP, 12.8L Transmission ....................Allison World, 5th gen., 6-speed auto. trans.; Volvo I-Shift, 12-speed automated manual trans. Brakes................................................................All-wheel disc brakes w/ABS Fuel Tank w/Filler Neck Capacity .............................................203 U.S. gal. Air Conditioning ..........................................................................Bitzer 4NFCY Baggage Capacity ............................................................................380 cu. ft. Wheelchair Lift Option ...............................Interchangeable swap & plug Steering .........................................Steering wheel w/integrated controls, tilt & telescopic, and integral power steering, (variable assistance power steering available) Suspension .............Wide-stance tuned suspension w/liftable tag axle


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Prevost X3-45 Commuter Coach Volvo 9700 The Volvo 9700 is a coach that makes an impression. A modern exterior with characteristic Volvo feel is matched by an elegant interior featuring soft, gentle shapes and well-designed trim. Exceptional comfort abounds throughout the Volvo 9700. Electronically controlled air suspension and a rigid frame design make for a confident, reassuring ride. A low interior noise level and comfortable seats also ensure an enjoyable journey, and large tinted windows provide excellent visibility all around. High-efficiency brakes, electronic stability program, three-point seat belts and Volvo-unique impact protection for the driver and the other road users are just some examples of its safety equipment. With all its service points grouped together logically, the Volvo 9700 is easy to maintain. Highly integrated components – like the D13 engine and I-Shift Transmission – simplify service scheduling and make for convenient “one-stop shopping” when vehicles require maintenance. The I-Shift is an intelligent transmission system that combines the robustness and dependability of a manual gearbox with the comfort and convenience of an automatic transmission. Its latest generation ensures substantially improved performance and fuel economy. Productivity, efficient design and safety define the Volvo 9700.

Model .................................................................................................Volvo 9700 Seating Capacity.............................................................................................54 Length...............................................................................................................45’ Width ...............................................................................................................102” Height .............................................................................................................145” Wheelbase.......................................Between front and tag axle - 254.84” Overhang (front/rear) .....................................................................112” - 109” Inside Height (min./max.) ..................................Front - 77.2”; Rear - 72.8” Turning Radius ..........................................................................................42.83’ Tire Size..........................................................................................315/80 R22.5 Engine .................EPA Compliant Volvo D13 w/DPF and SCR, 435 HP, 13L Transmission.........................Volvo I-Shift, 12-Speed Automated Manual Brakes ...............................All-Wheel Disc Brakes w/ABS double circuitry Fuel Tank Capacity ........................................................................210 U.S. gal. Air Conditioning .........................................................Carrier - AC353 GenIV Baggage Capacity ................................400 cu. ft. (under-floor capacity) Wheelchair Lift Option..........................................................................Built in Steering ......................Tilt and Telescopic, and Integral Power Steering Suspension...........Wide-Stance Tuned Suspension w/Liftable Tag Axle

The X3-45 Commuter Coach is designed from the Prevost platform known for durability, reliability, and lifetime value. The coach has been Exova Certified for structural integrity and is BAA compliant. Developed with a focus on transit operation concerns such as passenger safety, accessibility, low operation costs and ease of maintenance, the X3-45 Commuter is the ideal coach for the commuter market. The Prevost Electronic Stability Program is the first system with rollover and under/over-steer protection and electronically compensates for quick reaction in adverse conditions. The Prevost X3-45 includes three-point seat belts on a 20G rated welded rail system for an exceptionally secure passenger environment. Passengers of the X3-45 Commuter immediately notice the large entry area through the bi-part doors with the lowest steps and the shortest stairway, making it easier on mobility challenged passengers. Another feature noticed by passengers is the high interior space - a full 80inches of space from floor to ceiling. Additionally, the coach can be outfitted with a Wi-Fi system, state-of-the-art sound and video, and electrical outlets at each seat to keep passengers plugged in and in touch while commuting.

Prevost: 35 Gagnon Blvd., Ste-Claire, Quebec GOR 2VO CANADA Tel: 418-883-3391 Toll-Free: 877-773-8678 Website: www.prevostcar.com

Model..........................................................Prevost X3-45 Commuter Coach Seating Capacity .............................................................................................57 Length...............................................................................................................45’ Width ...............................................................................................................102” Height ..........................................................................................................133.9” Wheelbase .................................................................................................334.5” Overhang (front/rear)............................................................72.30” - 86.60” Interior Height (min./max.) ....................................Floor to ceiling - 79.5” Turning Radius with Independent Suspension ..................................42.5’ Tire Size..........................................................................................315/80 R22.5 Engine ..............EPA compliant Volvo D13 w/DPF and SCR, 435 HP, 12.8L Transmission .....................Allison World, 5th gen., 6-speed auto. trans. Brakes................................................................All-wheel disc brakes w/ABS Fuel Tank w/Filler Neck Capacity .............................................203 U.S. gal. Air Conditioning ..........................................................................Bitzer 4NFCY Baggage Capacity ............................................................................406 cu. ft. Wheelchair Lift Option ...............................Interchangeable swap & plug Steering .........................................Steering wheel w/integrated controls, tilt & telescopic, and integral power steering, (variable assistance power steering available) Suspension .............Wide-stance tuned suspension w/liftable tag axle January/February 2019

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MCI® J4500 The MCI J4500 coach now features more interior space for best-inclass legroom, and capacity to seat 60 comfortably. Beautiful lighting throughout includes an optional variable lighting package. A modern entry and driver dash, with a high definition instrument panel, are additional advancements, along with major serviceability and reliability improvements for model year 2019. A swing-out styled electric e-fan cooling package provides full roadside engine access and fuel-efficiency improvements up to 3 percent. Also available are best-in-class ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) with collision mitigation upgrades and the latest-generation Bendix Fusion that integrates a forward facing camera with vehicle recognition software – to detect and stop for stationary objects and offer lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and more. Motor Coach Industries; 200 East Oakton St., Des Plaines, IL 60018; 847-285-2000; 800-428-7626; Email: marketing@mcicoach.com; Website: www.mcicoach.com

Model...........................................................................................................J4500 Length .........................................................................................................45.58’ Height........................................................................................................140.75” Seating Capacity .................................................................................Up to 60 Headroom ..................................................................................................78.25” Wheelbase......................................................................................................315” Turning Radius..........................................................................................40’ 11” Fuel Tank Capacity.........................................183 gal. DEF tank cap: 15 gal. Front Suspension .............................................................Independent front GVWR ..................................................................................................54,000 lbs. Engine ........................Cummins ISX 12L, 425 HP engine w/engine brake; optional Detroit Diesel DD 13 410 or 450 HP also w/engine brake Transmission........Allison B500 6-speed automatic transmission with prognostics capability Brakes ....................................................Bendix® ADB22X™ Air Disc Brakes Page 58

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Motor Coach Industries

MCI® J3500 Discover the big appeal of the best small coach yet. MCI’s 35foot coach comes with all of the styling and comfort hallmarks of the best-selling J4500, with seating for up to 44 passengers, an optional rear window, a powerful Cummins engine with the J4500 electric cooling package, and a turning radius of under 33 feet to help maneuver the tight spots. Utilizing more of the same J4500 components, the MCI J3500 features the same windows and windshields, and a modern driver cockpit along with the patented spiral entryway and interior trim packages and seating options. The two-axle model also has the J4500 front and drive axle (no tag), and best-in-class payload capacity with the largest underfloor baggage space featuring two baggage bays and common doors. Deliveries begin in 2019.

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

Model...........................................................................................................J3500 Passenger Capacity..........................With lav 40- standard; 44- optional Overall Length ................................................................................................35’ Overall Height .........................................................................................140.75” GVWR ..................................................................................................40,000 lbs. Interior Ceiling Height ...........................................................................78.25” Wheelbase .................................................................................................228.8” Turning radius..........................................................................................32’ 10” Fuel Tank Capacity ................................................................................164 gal. Engine.............................................................2017 EPA Cummins L9, 350hp, 1150 lb-ft torque w/engine brake Transmission: .............................Gen V Allison B500, 6-speed automatic with prognostics capability Brakes ....................................................Bendix® ADB22X™ Air Disc Brakes


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MCI® D45 CRT LE

MCI® Battery-Electric J4500e and D45 CRTe LE

A new era in passenger accessibility and workhorse performance is here. Built for Commuter Rapid Transit (CRT), the MCI D45 CRT LE delivers all the advantages of a proven high-floor design, combined with a breakthrough Low Entry (LE) vestibule for unprecedented accessibility, especially for passengers using mobility devices. The ADA, Buy America and Altoona-tested model was developed with evaluations from the National Council on Independent Living and the American Association for People with Disabilities, among others. An automatic curb-level ramp accommodates a wider variety of mobility aids, including next generation motorized wheelchairs. The forward door features an ergonomically-designed spiral entryway, enhanced lighting and supportive grab rails for comfort and visibility at entry. The dual entry technology cuts dwell times to match low-floor transit boarding times. Spacious, comfortable seating accommodates 54 passengers overall, adjusting to 52 when accommodating two passengers with mobility devices. Motor Coach Industries; 200 East Oakton St., Des Plaines, IL 60018; 847-285-2000; 800-428-7626; Email: marketing@mcicoach.com; Website: www.mcicoach.com Model .................................................................................................D45 CRT LE Overall Length ................................................................................................45’ Overall Height...............................................................................................138” Seating Capacity..................................................................................Up to 54 Headroom ..................................................................................................78.25” Wheelbase......................................................................................................315” Turning Radius..........................................................................................40’ 11” Fuel Tank Capacity ................................................................................164 gal. Fuel Options ..................................................Clean-diesel, Battery-electric GVWR ..................................................................................................54,000 lbs. Engine Options.........................Cummins ISX or all-electric high-torque Siemens electric drive system Transmission.................................................................................Allison B500 Brakes ....................................................Bendix® ADB22X™ Air Disc Brakes

MCI moves into electric propulsion teamed up with the New Flyer’s half century of expertise. All-electric models – MCI J4500e CHARGE and MCI D45 CRTe LE CHARGE – will roll off the line in 2020. Designed for impressive power, a smooth quiet ride and zero emissions, MCI matches its time tested reliability of its two most popular models with battery-electric propulsion and charging methods adopted from New Flyer’s battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE™ for high dependability. MCI’s platform includes electric driven components, from electric heat and AC systems to power steering; a high-torque Siemens electric drive system; Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) Lithium Ion batteries with high power plug-in battery charging to 100 percent in under three hours; and regenerative braking for energy efficiency and solid stopping power. Stylish, reliable and comfortable, these are the long-distance models that will get ecoconscious commuters from their cars. Motor Coach Industries; 200 East Oakton St., Des Plaines, IL 60018; 847-285-2000; 800-428-7626; Email: marketing@mcicoach.com; Website: www.mcicoach.com

Model........................................Battery-Electric J4500e and D45 CRTe LE Overall Length...........................................................................J 45.58’/ D 45’ Seating Capacity................................J 56 passengers/ D 54 passengers Headroom ..................................................................................................78.25” Wheelbase......................................................................................................315” Front Suspension .............................................................Independent front GVWR ...................................................................J 54,000 lbs./ D 54,000 lbs. Propulsion System.................................................................Siemens motor Batteries.........................65 Ah NMCI Lithium Ion Ultra-High Energy cell by XALT, estimated J 400 kW max power/ D 388.5 kW Brakes ....................................................Bendix® ADB22X™ Air Disc Brakes January/February 2019

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ABC Companies

Van Hool CX45 Motorcoach Van Hool TX Motorcoach For premium tour and charter operators, the highline, luxurious Van Hool TX takes the passenger transport experience to the next level. Enhanced and improved to meet and exceed operational needs, the Van Hool TX integrates a variety of key upgrades designed to improve handling, optimize maintenance, increase passenger comfort and enhance overall curb appeal. Available in 40- and 45-foot lengths, the TX luxury touring coach series combines the ultimate sophistication in engineering, styling and design with a robust, reliable performance. It’s in a class by itself, delivering high traveling style across North America. The TX45 is also available with an optional second door. This configuration allows for greater ease in loading and unloading the coach. ABC Companies; 17469 West Colonial Drive Winter Garden, FL 34787 USA; 407-656-7977 E-mail: abcinfo@abc-companies.com Website: www.abc-companies.com

Model................................................................................................Van Hool TX Seating Capacity.................40’—48 Passengers with 3-point seat belts 45’—56 Passengers with 3-point seat belts Length.......................................................................................................40’; 45’ Width ...............................................................................................................102” Height......................................................................................................12’ 2.25” Inside Height ..................................................................................................77” Engine ...........................................Detroit Diesel DD13 (450HP)—Standard; Cummins ISX 12.0 (425HP)—Optional Transmission..........................Allison B500 Six-Speed Automatic (Gen5) Chassis .......................................................................................Stainless Steel Air Conditioning ...................Integrated HVAC System/134a Refrigerant Wheelchair Lift Option..............................................................Braun NL-502 Steering................................................................ZF Variable Ratio Steering Suspension ............................Independent Front & Tag Axle Suspension Page 60

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The Van Hool C-coach model has been a staple of North American fleets for over 15 years, and has consistently delivered reliability and versatility to fleets while providing the luxury customers have come to expect. The CX45 offers a new interior and exterior design that integrates a host of new safety features, with the bonus of increased mechanical serviceability. Currently under development is an all-electric version of the CX series coaches. Pre-orders will be offered in 2019. The CX series is available in 35- and 45-foot models, and brings Van Hool’s quality design and engineering, plus rugged reliability and the perfect flexibility, to a fleet. With parts interchangeability, fleet maintenance is a lot easier. The 35- and 45-foot models share a nearly identical design. Their high level of parts and components interchangeability drive some high-value benefits to operators. A dramatic reduction in spare parts investment is an obvious advantage, but for operators who already run the Van Hool CX45 in their fleets, the need for driver and mechanic training is greatly mitigated.

ABC Companies; 17469 West Colonial Drive Winter Garden, FL 34787 USA; 407-656-7977 E-mail: abcinfo@abc-companies.com Website: www.abc-companies.com

Model...........................................................................................Van Hool CX45 Seating Capacity .........................56 Passengers with 3-point seat belts Length...............................................................................................................45’ Width ...............................................................................................................102” Height ............................................................................................................11’ 6” Engine ...........................................Detroit Diesel DD13 (450HP)—Standard; Cummins ISX 12.0 (425HP)—Optional Transmission..........................Allison B500 Six-Speed Automatic (Gen5) Chassis .......................................................................................Stainless Steel Air Conditioning ...................Integrated HVAC System/134a Refrigerant Wheelchair Lift Option ..............................................................Braun NL-501 Steering................................................................ZF Variable Ratio Steering Suspension ............................Independent Front & Tag Axle Suspension


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Van Hool CX35 Motorcoach

Van Hool TDX Double Deck Intercity Coach

With many exclusive features unique to the small-coach segment, the Van Hool CX35 offers a truly user-friendly design. Featuring front-to-rear flat passenger floor design, the coach’s 102-inch exterior width and full-size coach height offer a roomy and spacious cabin design, with no step-up throughout. The integrated A/C system translates to more luggage space below, plus a curved passenger entry is both aesthetically pleasing and offers the same uniform step height as the CX45 for passenger boarding. The CX35 also features a mid-ship wheelchair lift. Van Hool also offers this in an optional rear passenger door option. The CX series is available in 35- and 45-foot models, and brings Van Hool’s quality design and engineering, plus rugged reliability and the perfect flexibility, to a fleet. With parts interchangeability, fleet maintenance is a lot easier. The 35- and 45foot models share a nearly identical design. Their high level of parts and components interchangeability drive some high-value benefits to operators. A dramatic reduction in spare parts investment is an obvious advantage, but for operators who already run the Van Hool CX45 in their fleets, the need for driver and mechanic training is greatly mitigated. ABC Companies; 17469 West Colonial Drive Winter Garden, FL 34787 USA; 407-656-7977 E-mail: abcinfo@abc-companies.com Website: www.abc-companies.com Model ...........................................................................................Van Hool CX35 Seating Capacity .........................38 Passengers with 3-point seat belts Length ...............................................................................................................35’ Width ...............................................................................................................102” Height ............................................................................................................11’ 6” Engine ........................................................................Cummins ISL 9 (345HP) Transmission..........................Allison B500 Six-Speed Automatic (Gen5) Chassis .......................................................................................Stainless Steel Air Conditioning ...................Integrated HVAC System/134a Refrigerant Wheelchair Lift Option ..............................................................Braun NL-501 Steering................................................................ZF Variable Ratio Steering Suspension.................................................Independent Front Suspension

The highline Van Hool TDX double deck coach makes a bold statement in any marketplace. With passenger seating up to 81, this coach is an industry frontrunner in reduced carbon emissions and fuel consumption — providing an additional 43 percent more passenger capacity, and up to 486 passenger miles per gallon. Featuring a dramatic upper deck sky view rooftop, centrally located restroom, ample storage, front and rear stairs, dual-deck entertainment system and more, the TDX offers one of the most innovative coach designs offered to the U.S. traveling public since the Scenicruiser®. The generously proportioned steps and wide doorways provide easy access, as well as easy loading and unloading, from both the front and the rear staircases. The lowered aisle and increased interior height enables every passenger to walk upright through the coach. Three-point seat belts are standard on all seats. Individual lighting and ventilation, together with state-of-the-art, integrated heating and air conditioning systems with upper and lower controls at each level, provide a comfortable environment for all passengers. ABC Companies; 17469 West Colonial Drive Winter Garden, FL 34787 USA; 407-656-7977 E-mail: abcinfo@abc-companies.com Website: www.abc-companies.com

Model .............................................................................................Van Hool TDX Seating Capacity ................................59 Seats Upper Deck and 22 Seats Lower Deck (81 Passenger Capacity) with 3-point seat belts Length................................................................................................44’ 4-9/32” Width ...............................................................................................................102” Height ....................................................................................................13’ 1-1/16” Engine....................................................................Cummins ISX 12.0 (425HP) Transmission........................................................................Allison B500R G5 Chassis...................................................Stainless Steel Lower Body Frame Air Conditioning ....................................................Integrated HVAC System Wheelchair Lift Option.....................................Foldable Wheelchair (ADA) Ramp with two tie-down Positions in Lower Deck Steering................................................................ZF Variable Ratio Steering Suspension ............................Independent Front & Tag Axle Suspension January/February 2019

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Irizar

Irizar i6

Van Hool TD925—Skydeck Skydeck double-deck coaches are currently offered by ABC Companies. They combine the best of two worlds by offering a great higherlevel view for passengers on the upper deck, while the enclosed lower deck and the coach itself retains standard Van Hool features and parts commonality. The Sky Deck Refurbishment Option converts the proven doubledeck to an open-top sightseeing bus that offers many exclusive features, including up to 85 passenger capacity — that’s 15 more seats than standard open-top competitors. The Race Deck Option is the ultimate double-deck entertainer coach, with an upper level observation deck perfect for entertaining at any event, in unique style. Also available in a conversion shell that can be customized. For more information, contact ABC Companies at 800-222-2871. ABC Companies; 17469 West Colonial Drive Winter Garden, FL 34787 USA; 407-656-7977 E-mail: abcinfo@abc-companies.com Website: www.abc-companies.com

Model .......................................................................Van Hool TD925–Skydeck Seating Capacity ...........................................................................Customized Length................................................................................................44’ 4-9/32” Width ...............................................................................................................102” Height ....................................................................................................13’ 1-1/16” Engine.....................................................................Cummins ISX 11.9 (425HP) Transmission ....................................................ZF Astronic or Allison B500 Chassis...................................................Stainless Steel Lower Body Frame Air Conditioning ....................................................Integrated HVAC System Steering................................................................ZF Variable Ratio Steering Suspension ............................Independent Front & Tag Axle Suspension Page 62

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Irizar USA, a U.S. based company owned entirely by Irizar, is the exclusive U.S. distributor of the Irizar i6 motorcoach. Irizar is a 130-yearold international company headquartered in Spain. A world class leading bus manufacturer, and the recent recipient of the coveted Coach of the Year 2018 award from Busworld, Irizar employs over 3,500 team members and operates from five manufacturing facilities that are located in five countries, selling around the world. The Irizar i6 luxury motorcoaches that are specifically engineered and designed for the U.S. market are manufactured from the company’s headquarters in Spain. The Irizar i6 has European curb appeal and a clean aerodynamic design, incorporating systems and components focusing on passenger safety and comfort. The i6 is the only motorcoach in its class to feature seating that exceeds both FMVSS.207 and FMVSS.210 requirements for anchoring, coupled with 3-point seatbelts. The Irizar i6 is built for maximum passenger comfort including individual air conditioning and lighting, armrest and footrest, flat screen monitors, Wi-Fi and 110v outlets at every seat. The Irizar i6 is designed to improve fuel economy as it is 10 centimeters narrower at the front and features the newest Cummins Diesel technology, appropriately matched with the 6-speed Allison transmission. Irizar strives to be the best-in-class in fuel economy for the luxury motorcoach sector. The motorcoach is for those who desire to differentiate their fleet with the sleek design of the i6, a true European coach that is also fully adapted for the U.S. market.

Irizar USA; Henderson, NV 89014 Phone: 702-431-0707; Email: info@irizarusa.com Website: www.irizarusa.com Model........................................................................................................Irizar i6 Seating Capacity.............................................................................................56 Length...............................................................................................................45’ Width ...............................................................................................................102” Height.............................................................................................................12’3” Luggage Storage Capacity .........................476/620 cu. ft. (super cargo) Engine.............................................................................Cummins ISX (Diesel) Chassis .........................................................................................Irizar integral Air Conditioning..................................................................Hispacold (HVAC) ADA Wheelchair Lift............................................................................Optional Steering/Suspension......................................................................................ZF Transmission.................................................................................Allison B500


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www.irizarusa.com

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