Kiel North America, a trendsetting seat provider to transit systems around the world, announced it has been delivering 95 sets of its premium quality coach seats to Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO Houston) in partnership with Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a leading intercity coach manufacturer in the U.S and Canada.
METRO’s new MCI Commuter Coaches will replace older equipment and allow for the expansion of its commuter express services while adhering to the agency’s ambitious “Going Green” program and federal fuel efficiency standards. MCI has been part of Houston’s transportation scene since 2001, when METRO began to use the highway-styled MCI Commuter Coach in the infancy of its Park & Ride initiatives. This is the first time METRO has opted for Kiel seats.
“Kiel is a relatively new supplier to MCI,” said Tom Wagner, MCI VP, Public Sector Sales. “Kiel’s support of the Houston Metro delivery has been excellent, and industry feedback has been positive as well. We’re very pleased to offer Kiel seating as an option on our Commuter Coach model.” The new Metro coaches are equipped with 55 Avance 2010 recliner seats designed and engineered by Kiel.
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) relied on several of the 45-foot, clean-diesel MCI Commuter Coaches with Kiel seating for shuttle service during EXPO 2014, October 13 to 15 in Houston, allowing attendees to experience the comfort and amenities of the newest members of the METRO fleet first hand.
The German-based company has been providing innovative seating systems for the bus and rail sector since 1945 and established its U.S. headquarters and manufacturing plant in Indiana in 2009. For the METRO coaches, Kiel’s signature slender and sleek design with Avance provides maximum seating comfort with an adjustable backrest, and ergonomically shaped back and seat pad for optimal lumbar support. Three-point passenger seatbelts offer additional safety. The overall low weight of just 67 lbs. per double seat further adds to the industry-leading fuel economy of the coach.