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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.



September 19, 2014

ABC delivering Van Hools to San Antonio, New Orleans

Daisy Charters is adding eight new CX45s while Louisiana Motor Coach will begin taking delivery...

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September 19, 2014

Jacket helps protect transit riders from germs

Appropriately called the Germinator, the jacket is the result of almost a year's worth of research...

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September 18, 2014

Green tech major feature at BusCon 2014

At least six electric vehicles, ranging from passenger vans to cutaway buses to a mid-sized transit...

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September 18, 2014

New report reveals what Americans want from public transit

Riders of all ages and in all regions place the greatest value on factors like travel time, proximity,...

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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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