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MCI delivers to Alaska, Texas

Motorcoach| June 20, 2011
Anchorage-based Premier Alaska Tours added two new 2011 J4500 coaches, featuring pillow-top plush seating, a Blaupunkt entertainment system and 110-volt power ports at every seat. Houston’s Continental Bus Lines’ new MCI J4500 coach features a Cummins engine, plush leather seating, Wi-Fi connectivity and in-motion Satellite TV. Both carriers’ new coaches are equipped with three-point passenger seat belts.

N.Y. Sen. calls for bus company safety rating system

Motorcoach| June 20, 2011
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D- NY) calls for letter grade system, similar to notices used for New York City restaurants, that would indicate the overall safety record of each bus company at the point of ticket purchase.
Accessibility| June 20, 2011

Mich. bus route overhaul to increase efficiency, cut costs

The Macatawa Area Express system will revamp half of its routes to make them more efficient and convenient, which will also help reduce costs. The transit system aims to increase service frequencies on standard bus routes to help reduce demand-response usage.
Bus| June 20, 2011

Nevada bans texting while driving

The new law, which becomes effective on January 1, 2012, makes it illegal to text or talk on a hand-held cell phone while driving. Violators face a fine of up to $100 for the first offense; up to $200 for the second offense; and up to $250 for the third offense.
Motorcoach| June 20, 2011 launches expanded site

In conjunction with the NTA and UMA, the site now offers listings for hotels, restaurants, attractions, events and all other group activities.
Motorcoach| June 17, 2011

BoltBus adds 15 MCI D4505s

The coaches, equipped with custom seats, three-point seat belts, Wi-Fi, 110-volt power outlets and extra legroom, are already in service in several northeastern markets.
Bus| June 17, 2011

Chicago Transit official pushes for more bus shelter technology

Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein is calling for installing video screens in Chicago’s 2,200 lighted bus shelters. The technology would feature Bus Tracker information, car- and bike-sharing inventory and how long it would take to walk to popular destinations.
Bus| June 17, 2011

Valley Metro to use solar power in cooling system

NRG Thermal LLC is building a system that uses solar power and the company’s downtown district cooling system to provide cooling to the seating areas of the popular 3rd Street/Washington Valley Metro light rail station. Will design and build the system by July 5, the week before the Major League Baseball All-Star game is held in Phoenix.
Motorcoach| June 17, 2011

CVSA to Congress: Lift ban on enroute roadside bus inspections

VP David Palmer testified that this SAFETEA-LU enacted restriction removed a critical tool designed to immediately identify driver and mechanical safety issues.
Motorcoach| June 17, 2011

FMCSA appoints new members to advisory committee

The Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee was established by Congress in 2006 to provide advice and recommendations to the FMCSA Administrator on motor carrier safety programs and regulations.

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