With a focus of building on the co-located show with the NTA, understanding and growing new business relationships across the whole travel and tour industry is a key theme. Meanwhile, new vehicle models, including some new to the private bus market, make their debut.
Following the acquisition of Orion Parts and North American Bus Industries as well as the introduction of the new MiDi™ bus, the company’s president/CEO says it is poised to build and maintain its stature in the industry.
New Flyer has a contract with Chicago Transit Authority for two XE40 buses and received funding for a few Winnipeg Transit buses. Meanwhile, the ECO Smart is available in 30-, 35- and 42-foot versions.
The company is adapting to become a one-stop shop of supply-chain solutions and training tools as the relationship between transit operators and vehicle manufacturer becomes more interactive.
The Züm service will be completely integrated into Brampton's existing transit system. Passengers will be able to ride the buses at no extra cost and transfer quickly and easily between lines.
The agency hopes to have an all-hybrid bus fleet in place by FY2015/2016.
Transit agencies see several cost savings in outsourcing parts inventory management, including personnel, storage and procurement costs. Other advantages include dealing with just one parts vendor, reduced inventory, streamlined supply chain and improved availability.
The multi-faceted program includes implementation of a 5S concept where workstations have been reorganized and cleaned up for better efficiency, while a new interactive tracking tool allows employees to capture, track, measure and communicate installation statuses.
Having entered the transit industry by chance in 1971, Durand Rall most recently served as CEO/GM of the San Bernardino, Calif.-based system for 16 years; a position he will leave in December. METRO spoke to Rall about his career and perspective on public transportation.
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