JANUARY 2011

COVER STORY
 
Motorcoach Top 50 Report Sunny Outlook
By Nicole Schlosser, Associate Editor

Once again, FirstGroup America takes the top spot with 9,175 vehicles. The financial picture brightened substantially in 2010, with business up across the board by nearly 10 percent and financing hurdles easing up.



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Features

Bauer's Intelligent Transportation - San Francisco

Bauer's uses eco-tools to cut emissions, costs



Blue Grass Tours- Lexington, Ky.

Blue Grass displays Kentucky's rich culture



James River Bus Lines/Carey Transportation-Richmond, Va.

Measuring performance key for James River



Kobussen Coach Ltd. - Kaukauna, Wis.

Well-trained drivers essential for Kobussen



Royal Coach Tours-San Jose, Calif.

Hiring practices, incentives help Royal deliver good customer service



Transportation Charter Services Inc./Day Tours-Orange, Calif.

Transportation Charter stays on top via diversification, smart pricing

Transit Flooring Stands Up to Foot Traffic

Durability is an important feature to consider when purchasing flooring products as it can help drastically reduce maintenance costs.



Transit Agencies Cultivate Customer Base to Grow Rail Ridership

As unemployment numbers grow in the midst of the recession, transit ridership numbers have dipped. To help boost ridership, transit agencies are developing marketing campaigns and promotions, partnering with local businesses and sports teams, and implementing employee discount programs, with much success.



Daimler Unveils Setra Touring Coach Concept Vehicle

The 45-foot ComfortClass S 407, which retained the classic "Setra Face" features some European influences, but is designed in accordance to North American standards. The vehicle, which represents an economical alternative for coach companies, will make its debut at the 2011 UMA EXPO.



BusCon 2010: Cutaway Vehicle Introductions, Green Technology in Abundance

Highlights include new offerings from Freightliner and IC Bus, as well as propane-propelled vehicles and an innovation using solar power. Educational session topics included driver safety, customer service for paratransit and the benefits of alternative fuels.



Vandalia Bus Lines-Caseyville, Ill.

Vandalia committed to 'green' initiatives, retaining good drivers

DEPARTMENTS

Support your local transit system - buy local

Transit systems owe it to themselves to educate their riders and communities about their funding sources, so they can build support for transit-related legislation.



Dallas light rail opens on time, under budget

The first section of the Green Line opened in September 2009 and connects Pearl Station on the east side of Downtown Dallas to MLK, Jr. Station on the west side of Fair Park.

Mid-term elections should have been our wake up call

We in the industry, now more than ever before, need to help make the case that there is a federal role in public transportation, and it needs to be strengthened.

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