Motorcoach

Coach USA honored at UMA for green practices

Posted on February 16, 2012

John Oakman, senior vice president Fleet, Maintenance & Procurement CoachUSA accepts the UMA Green Highway Award from
Patricia Ziska, vice president of Sales and Marketing for MCI, sponsors of the award that recognizes environmental stewardship in the motorcoach industry.
John Oakman, senior vice president Fleet, Maintenance & Procurement CoachUSA accepts the UMA Green Highway Award fromPatricia Ziska, vice president of Sales and Marketing for MCI, sponsors of the award that recognizes environmental stewardship in the motorcoach industry.

Coach USA was awarded United Motorcoach Association’s (UMA) Green Highway Award at UMA EXPO 2012 in Long Beach, Calif., on Feb. 10, at a ceremony attended by motorcoach company owners, operators and industry suppliers.

The Green Highway Award, established in 2008 and sponsored by Motor Coach Industries (MCI), recognizes companies that demonstrate organizational leadership in reducing carbon emissions.

Coach USA was honored for its green achievements that extend from its dedication to fuel conservation and idling reduction policies to its maintenance procedures, recycling programs and facilities management.

Coach USA continues to update its fleet with newer coaches featuring the latest clean-diesel engine technology and emitting near zero emissions. The company is also testing new technologies that offer 4% to 6% reductions in fuel usage and equips its fleet of 1,642 coaches and buses with GPS systems that trigger alerts through the company’s command center when idle-times are exceeded. 

Through its parent company, Stagecoach Group, Coach USA has a five-year plan to reduce its carbon footprint. Stagecoach Group has already exceeded its aim to reduce emissions by 15% within the first three years of that plan. 

Coach USA’s organization-wide environmental efforts include upgrading its facilities with energy-saving lighting fixtures and adding LED lights at its parking lots, moves that are furthering its already impressive 20% reduction in energy usage.

Chief among Coach USA’s environmental achievements is its marketing message to consumers. Coach USA explains, via its website and in communications, how motorcoaches, when filled to capacity, are on average seven times more energy-efficient than single-occupancy automobiles, releasing the least carbon dioxide per passenger mile when compared to any other mode of transportation. At its megabus.com subsidiary, ridership has steadily increased at a rate of 38% year over year.

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

More News

Vandalia Bus Lines named Motorcoach Operator of the Year

The annual award given by METRO Magazine was presented to Dennis Streif, his mother Judy and son Phillip at this year's UMA Expo in Atlanta.

Spanish-based Irizar introduces new motorcoach to the U.S. market

The i6 models on display this week at UMA Expo in Atlanta are available in a height of either 12.23 or 12.89 ft. and have been fully developed to the needs of North American operators, complying with all U.S. DOT requirements and manufactured entirely in the European Union.

American Seating unveiling new Wayfarer prototype at UMA Expo 2016

This year, American Seating is developing a new back option for Wayfarer focused on the private tour and charter market, and will exhibit this Wayfarer-TC prototype at the 2016 UMA Expo.

MCI bringing its reliability-driven vehicles and more to UMA Expo 2016

Will showcase two new 2016 J4500 coaches with a tighter-turning independent front suspension system, new two-door Setra S 417 Top Class and more.

CH Bus Sales delivers 3 Temsa TS 30s to Guam

Turtle Tours’ 36 passenger TS 30 coaches have enhanced features, such as 110-volt plugs and an elite REI audio/video system with three 15-inch monitors.

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