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Alex Roman

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Branding, Business Process Key to TCS Success

Branding, Business Process Key to TCS Success

January 2, 2018

Since 2012, the family-owned coach company has experienced an approximate 20% growth year-over-year, which has come from new business and some small acquisitions, and expanded its fleet from 18 to 61 motorcoaches.  

Top 50 Motorcoach Fleets Focused on Growing Business, Recruiting Drivers

Top 50 Motorcoach Fleets Focused on Growing Business, Recruiting Drivers

December 29, 2017

While finding drivers and maintenance personnel is still a real issue for operators, many have not only used the web to revamp their approach to recruit drivers, but also market their operations to increase utilization rates. New for 2018, this year’s list is ranked by most motorcoaches, rather than most vehicles as it has in the past.  

MARTA Focused on Providing a High-End Customer Experience

MARTA Focused on Providing a High-End Customer Experience

October 9, 2017

In 2016, voters passed a $2.5 billion ballot measure to increase both MARTA bus and rail service.

Motorcoach Roundtable: Focused on Driver Shortage, Long-Term Business Growth

Motorcoach Roundtable: Focused on Driver Shortage, Long-Term Business Growth

October 3, 2017

Despite the ongoing issues with attracting talent, business is still thriving and moving forward at a rapid pace. To deal with the growth, operators are taking a measured, more deliberate approach.

Top 100 Bus Fleets Survey: Exploring New Options, Technologies to be Part of Multimodal Solution

Top 100 Bus Fleets Survey: Exploring New Options, Technologies to be Part of Multimodal Solution

September 25, 2017

From testing autonomous vehicles to piloting on-demand transportation, transit agencies are looking for new ways to complement their bus services. In conjunction, many are also adding technologies such as mobile apps that can help plan a complete trip using a host of transportation options.

NAU’s Shuttle Connects Students to Campus, Public Transit

NAU’s Shuttle Connects Students to Campus, Public Transit

September 11, 2017

the university provides campus shuttle service to help students, faculty, and staff get around campus, while also looking to minimize the amount of driving and traffic that often occurs around a university campus.

2017 Rail Project Focus: Detroit, Phoenix, and Seattle

2017 Rail Project Focus: Detroit, Phoenix, and Seattle

June 12, 2017

An in-depth look at the recently completed QLine streetcar in Detroit, as well as rapid expansions and community support for Ariz.’s Valley Metro Rail and Seattle’s Sound Transit, where both agencies are spearheading aggressive plans to grow their rail systems.

2017 Consultant Roundtable: Industry Focused on Full Transportation Network Thinking, Finding Funding Solutions

2017 Consultant Roundtable: Industry Focused on Full Transportation Network Thinking, Finding Funding Solutions

June 12, 2017

Today, projects are being planned with an eye on how they will fit into the larger multimodal transportation picture, rather than simply moving people along its route. 

San Diego MTS Begins Transition of Smaller Vehicles to Propane Autogas

San Diego MTS Begins Transition of Smaller Vehicles to Propane Autogas

April 13, 2017

Long a proponent of alternative fuels, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) recently added 31 minibuses and 46 paratransit buses to begin transitioning its smaller vehicle fleet to propane autogas.

Delivering Customers the ‘Best Possible Experience’ Drives Pacific Coachways

Delivering Customers the ‘Best Possible Experience’ Drives Pacific Coachways

April 13, 2017

The father-son team of Tom and Michael Giddens, recently named METRO Magazine’s Operator of the Year, has added new technologies that have helped them increase efficiencies and improve regulatory compliance.

Motorcoach Expo Offers Glimpse of Industry’s Tech Future

Motorcoach Expo Offers Glimpse of Industry’s Tech Future

March 7, 2017

With an aim to help operators prepare for the changing landscape, technology was a big focus at 2017 UMA Expo, which also included a fond farewell to long-time President/CEO Vic Parra.

Indiana’s Royal Excursion builds diverse fleet to ‘tackle any type of work’

Indiana’s Royal Excursion builds diverse fleet to ‘tackle any type of work’

September 15, 2016

With a range of vehicles, which includes sedans, minibuses, party buses, limousines and motorcoaches, Kaser explains that his company is diversified enough to tackle any type of work.

Diversification Key for Stable Coach Operations

Diversification Key for Stable Coach Operations

September 15, 2016

Expanding into other forms of transportation services, such as shuttle, scheduled or corporate work, helps create new revenue streams and builds a more balanced business overall.

Micro Bird launches dedicated team to tackle commercial bus market

Micro Bird launches dedicated team to tackle commercial bus market

December 23, 2014

Micro Bird offers a complete line of durable commercial buses for up to 25 passengers, including the D-Series; a dual rear wheel bus made of six longitudinal structural beams combined with one-piece galvanized steel roof bows that enhance safety and rollover protection.

What You Need to Know Before Financing a Vehicle

What You Need to Know Before Financing a Vehicle

September 25, 2014 Buyer's remorse is a term that should not be in an operator's vocabulary. While making a sound decision on which vehicle to purchase is huge for an operation, the process of financing that vehicle can be incredibly stressful for the operator.
BYD Passes Altoona Testing, Set to Make Big Leap Into the Market

BYD Passes Altoona Testing, Set to Make Big Leap Into the Market

September 25, 2014 As transit agencies continue to look at ways to both improve their environmental footprint and save money, the interest in all-electric buses has steadily increased.
5 Keys to Attracting, Hiring and Retaining Quality Motorcoach Drivers

5 Keys to Attracting, Hiring and Retaining Quality Motorcoach Drivers

August 19, 2013 With the market picking up and the current workforce aging, many operators are looking to fill several positions at a time. Knowing the type of people you want to attract and having a thorough interview process are keys to landing the right candidate.
Q&A With Metro Transit GM Brian Lamb

Q&A With Metro Transit GM Brian Lamb

August 19, 2013 Was named GM of Metro Transit in 2004. Today, Lamb oversees a bus and rail system with nearly 2,800 employees who operate two rail lines and nearly 900 buses on 125 routes.
Light Rail Ridership Growth Spurs Minneapolis' Metro Transit to Expand Services

Light Rail Ridership Growth Spurs Minneapolis' Metro Transit to Expand Services

August 19, 2013 The agency is set to move forward with several projects, including the recently opened BRT system, an 11-mile light rail system set to launch in mid-2014, and an ambitious decade-long project that will convert Metro’s highest ridership bus routes into rapid bus service corridors.
San Francisco Proposal Allows Muni, Private Carriers to Share Stops

San Francisco Proposal Allows Muni, Private Carriers to Share Stops

August 19, 2013 By creating a pre-approved network of shared bus stops, SFMTA would be allowed to prevent private carriers from using Muni stops that have high frequencies, as well as those that are simply not long enough to share without creating additional traffic congestion.

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