The Martz Group, which includes Wilkes-Barre, Pa.-based Martz Trailways, ordered 46 new 2013 MCI coach models with wheelchair lifts, three-point passenger seat belts and more.
Martz’ 24 MCI J4500 and 22 MCI D4505 coaches will also come equipped with the newest-generation ACTIA multiplex system for simplified diagnostics. Advanced standard safety features on both models include electronic stability control, Smartwave tire pressure monitoring and a fire suppression system. As an additional safety measure, Martz has added optional drive-cam and GPS systems. Deliveries are expected to begin in May.
Restyled for 2013, the MCI J4500 has updated curb appeal with angled LED headlights and more than 30 improvements to further reliability. Inside, Martz’ new J4500 coaches will have hardwood-look flooring and plush passenger seats with dual 110-volt outlets.
Martz also added MDSS, MCI’s Dynamic Stability System, an electronically controlled air suspension system that maintains consistent ride height automatically; the system also allows drivers to choose alternative ride heights that can be four inches higher or lower than the standard setting, along with 3.5-inch to 4-inch kneeling at the front step. The system improves the coach’s handling, maneuverability and fuel economy.
Meanwhile, Bethlehem, Pa.-based Trans-Bridge Lines took delivery of seven MCI J4500 coaches, redesigned for 2013 with greater curb appeal and improved operational efficiency.
It’s not the first time Trans-Bridge has leapt to the forefront with a new model — it was the very first operator to take delivery of MCI’s Renaissance E4500.
Trans-Bridge’s newest J4500 coaches are wheelchair lift equipped and offer onboard amenities, including a spiral entryway, tiered theater seating, enclosed parcel racks and individual air-flow and lighting controls. Standard safety features include Electronic Stability Control, a fire suppression system and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Trans-Bridge selected environmentally friendly upholstered seats made of recycled materials, an option the company has selected in its last several new coach purchases. Its latest coaches also feature new clean-diesel engine technology for near-zero emissions to further the company’s commitment to going greener.
Trans-Bridge will feature six of its seven 2013 J4500 coaches on its regular-route commuter service to New York City. Its other model, outfitted with additional upscale amenities including a galley, leatherette-trimmed seating for 50 passengers, enclosed parcel racks with a faux-marble finish and an entertainment system, will be available for upscale charters.