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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.



July 18, 2014

REI debuts compact, waterproof radio

To accommodate smaller dashboard real estate in boats, agriculture equipment or off-road vehicles,...

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July 18, 2014

NYC to begin fining Chinatown buses by August

Regulations allow the city to fine buses for operating without permits, stopping outside of approved...

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July 15, 2014

Bus tour takes Texas teens away from gangs

The bus tour, dubbed the "Future Former Gang Tour," gathered students, community activists, and...

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July 11, 2014

Espar now offering legacy Carrier AC systems in N. America

Manufacturing the LEGACY AC 310 and AC 350 Roof Mounted AC Systems, which are popular in the school...

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FEATURES

How to Improve Motorcoach Customer Satisfaction

As competition gets tougher, many motorcoach operators are exploring ways to both maintain and grow their customer bases, including taking action on items mentioned in customer surveys and diversifying both their business models and fleets to be able to move into niche markets.


MCI Making Series of Improvements to Flagship Models, Adding Setra Options

New 2014 Setra models feature new options, while J and D-Series models are in the process of adding features to lower cost of operation while enhancing reliability and ride.


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.




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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