Management & Operations

New Coach That Also Carries Express Freight in Works

Posted on April 7, 2000

A new over-the-road vehicle designed to carry both passengers and express freight is being developed by an affiliated company with Neoplan USA. Tentatively titled the Intermodal Coach (patent pending), the 45 foot vehicle would carry roughly 30 passengers in scheduled route service, with the remaining space used to carry a 20-foot intermodal truck/rail container or an air cargo container. According to Neoplan Vice President Coach James Gaspard, the concept would help motorcoach operators capture a second stream of revenue by making them serious players in the freight hauling business. Heretofore, bus companies have been limited to carrying express packages, which is only a fraction of the total multi-trillion-dollar U.S. freight market. Neoplan expects to have a prototype available for industry feedback by this summer. However, early feedback has already been enthusiastic. "Several of our members have been very intrigued by the proposed concept," said Gale Ellsworth, executive director of Trailways. "They are always looking for additional revenue streams, so if the prototype shows the new coach can be operated feasibly our members will be very excited." "Amtrak is also looking to capture traditional freight revenue," said Gil Carmichael, chairman of the Amtrak Reform Council created a few years ago by Congress to monitor the railroad’s progress toward self-sufficiency. "It is studying how a 747 belly [air cargo] container can be transferred to a railcar with quick-opening sides." It’s also looking to see how it can either carry the intermodal container on trains or ways in which it can partner with bus companies with this capability in their fleets. The Holy Grail is for a seamless intermodal service that can simultaneously accommodate freight and passengers, Carmichael said.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

HART leasing Teslas to expand rideshare program

The HART HyperLINK program partners with Transdev to provide direct connections from door to bus stop through an on-demand ride-hailing service similar to Uber,

WTC Oculus safety improvements possible following death of woman

Jenny Santos plunged from the C1 level escalator early Saturday morning as she was grabbing her twin sister's hat. She was brought to Bellevue Hospital and pronounced dead.

New mobility website to track Washington, D.C. traffic congestion

The dynamic web tool shows the District’s state of mobility for surface transportation modes and outlines DDOT’s recommendations for managing and operating built infrastructure to meet growing demand.

McDonald Transit/RATP Dev to operate Fla. transit service

Will provide management of the operations and vehicle maintenance for Lake County’s LakeXpress, fixed-route service and the paratransit service, Lake County Connection.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close