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February 2017 Issue

Innovative Operator of the Year 2017: Lamers Bus Lines

Alex Roman, Managing Editor

While Lamers prides itself on implementing new technology and programs to make travel better for its customers, that ideal is carried over by the work it puts into training drivers.

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Innovative Operator of the Year 2017: Lamers Bus Lines
Motorcoach| February 6, 2017

Innovative Operator of the Year 2017: Lamers Bus Lines

While Lamers prides itself on implementing new technology and programs to make travel better for its customers, that ideal is carried over by the work it puts into training drivers.

New Lowered-Floor Minibus Combines Style, Passenger Accessibility
Accessibility| February 6, 2017

New Lowered-Floor Minibus Combines Style, Passenger Accessibility

The Frontrunner comes standard with smart air suspension, which helps improve aerodynamics and increase fuel efficiency.

AMF-Bruns Taps Expertise to Simplify Wheelchair Securement
Accessibility| February 6, 2017

AMF-Bruns Taps Expertise to Simplify Wheelchair Securement

AMF-Bruns’ PROTEKTOR wheelchair and occupant restraint system provides critical stabilization for passengers in the event of a collision, while The Hideaway system features restraints that are fully-integrated into the floor, which frees up valuable floor space and increases passenger capacity. 

How Universities Use Technology to Provide Safe Transportation
University| February 6, 2017

How Universities Use Technology to Provide Safe Transportation

To ensure these systems are working as efficiently and are as accessible as possible, an increasing number of college administrators are turning to apps and software platforms to help run these services.

DATTCO: Focused on a rock-solid operation with a family-like atmosphere
Motorcoach| February 6, 2017

DATTCO: Focused on a rock-solid operation with a family-like atmosphere

The family atmosphere is crucial to DATTCO’s success, according to Owner Don DeVivo, who runs the third-generation business with his two sons.

Cavallo Bus Lines: Building a client- and employee-centric business
Motorcoach| February 6, 2017

Cavallo Bus Lines: Building a client- and employee-centric business

Originally ran by the Cavallo family, the company was recently purchased by Bennett Capital Partners, a transition that has provided a continued enhancement and growth for the company, according to CEO David Warren.

Multiple scenarios possible in the Trump era
Government Issues| February 6, 2017

Multiple scenarios possible in the Trump era

As I mentioned in this space last time, the November election was shaping up to be “quite momentous.” Few people knew what an understatement that was. Just as inconsistent as he has been on many other issues so far, how Donald Trump’s Administration governs public transportation is equally uncertain, and the industry must be ready to cope with the many outcomes.

Maximizing Passenger Safety with Fire Suppression Systems
Security and Safety | February 6, 2017

Maximizing Passenger Safety with Fire Suppression Systems

About two-thirds of all bus fires start in the engine compartment, according to researchers. Various types of suppression agents are used, including different sorts of dry chemical, water mist, foam, aerosol, gaseous agents, or sometimes combinations of those.

Passing Public Transportation Ballot Measures: What Works
Government Issues| February 6, 2017

Passing Public Transportation Ballot Measures: What Works

While setting a record for both number and dollar amount being sought in 23 different states, voters continued a trend by passing 70% of referendums in 2016. While not all are successful, having a leader to be a champion and intense community education and outreach programs are key.

2017 Top 50 Motorcoach Survey
Motorcoach| February 6, 2017

2017 Top 50 Motorcoach Survey

Operators report they have stepped up efforts to find drivers and growth of transportation network companies is starting to compete for the industry’s business.

Q&A with UMA President/CEO Victor Parra
Motorcoach| February 6, 2017

Q&A with UMA President/CEO Victor Parra

Before presiding over his last UMA Expo in February, METRO Executive Editor Janna Starcic spoke with Parra about the changes and challenges he’s seen in the industry, where he’s headed now, and what the industry needs to do next.

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