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The Motorcoach Transit Channel provides information on the latest motorcoach news, with research, reports and industry links. With all the technological and equipment innovations being developed, examine which ones make sense to implement in your motorcoach operation to enhance cost savings, optimize operational efficiencies and improve customer satisfaction. Keep informed of the latest safety and emissions regulations, government legislation and funding issues impacting the motorcoach industry.



April 17, 2014

Empire Coach expands, equips fleet with electronic logging

The Teletrac logging system includes safety analytics to measure and monitor driver safety behavior...

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April 17, 2014

ABA Marketplace sees 19% increase in booked business

Held in Nashville, Tenn. in January, the event generated $129.8 million dollars’ worth of booked...

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April 15, 2014

Rules lag to help passengers escape crashed buses

Many of the 40 or so students aboard a bus that had collided with a tractor-trailer truck squeezed...

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April 15, 2014

FedEx truck not on fire before striking motorcoach

NTSB investigators have requested a list of the contents of the FedEx truck’s semi-trailers and...

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FEATURES

Husband and Wife Team Named Motorcoach Operator of the Year

Spotting opportunities in difficult times and diversifying their products to meet customers’ changing needs has made Larry and Lorna Hundt’s tour and coach operation a continued success for more than 30 years.


UMA Expo 2014: Partnerships, Upgraded Vehicles Make Impact

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.


Business Stable, Strong for Motorcoach Top 50

While business was up for 62% of survey respondents, this percentage is lower than the last two years. However, the average increase operators experienced came in at about 30%, and every carrier who made the list plans to buy more vehicles this year.


2014 Innovative Operator of the Year: C&J Bus Lines

Whether it’s developing its workforce or working to make every aspect of a customer’s trip an enjoyable experience, the Portsmouth, N.H.-based operation, chosen as METRO Magazine’s inaugural Innovative Motorcoach Operator of the Year, focuses on fostering and maintaining partnerships at every level.




PRODUCTS

Safety switches

EAO’s E-Stops feature easily noticeable red twist-to-release actuators, industry compliant yellow bodies and foolproof design for added user protection. Durable and rugged, they provide immediate and reliable shutdown in critical situations through safe/positive break contacts. E-Stops are available in 16 mm and 22.5 mm sizes; as a single piece with built-in switch elements; or with separate actuators and elements for plug-in, solder, screw, ribbon cable or PCB terminal connections. Accessories include shrouds, guards and a variety of emergency stop labels offered in a multitude of languages.



Fire Suppression System

Motor Coach Industries joined Just-in-Case Fire Ltd. to offer the FireCaddy Fire Suppression System as an option on the 2012 coach models. The system, installed in the coach baggage bay, is designed for on-the-spot fire-fighting capabilities, allowing a driver or individual to extinguish a threatening fire before emergency help arrives. FireCaddy comes with a hand-held hose to combat engine fires, tire fires, and interior fires safely and effectively. MCI Service Parts is making the system available immediately for aftermarket installations on all brands of motorcoach models and offering special discounted pricing for full-fleet installations.



DEPARTMENTS

ABA's Marketplace focuses on forging business relationships

In January, Nashville’s newly constructed Music City Center hosted the ABA’s 2014 Marketplace.



Intercity bus services should be part of national policy

The focus should not simply be in greater safety enforcement; a larger vision of better mobility choices, including intercity bus services, must be part of the next bill.

‘Polar Vortex’ freezes up public transit service

Amtrak suffered some service disruptions and delays, with three trains halted about 80 miles from Chicago, when drifting snow and ice made the tracks impassable.



San Francisco to charge employee shuttle operators to use stops

Under the new rule, employee shuttle bus providers would pay a fee and only be allowed to use approved public transit bus stops in the city.

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