May 1, 2014

Md. coach operator features new MCI J4500 at Earth Day fair

Supporting DOT's Earth Day Fair on April 22 are from left:  Adnan Khan, president, Adventure Tours; Dan Ronan, senior director, communications, media and marketing, American Bus Association; Michael Anderson, driver, Adventure Tours; Anne Ferro, administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; Pat Plodzeen, public relations representative, Motor Coach Industries; and David Buckingham, GM, Adventure Tours.

Supporting DOT's Earth Day Fair on April 22 are from left:  Adnan Khan, president, Adventure Tours; Dan Ronan, senior director, communications, media and marketing, American Bus Association; Michael Anderson, driver, Adventure Tours; Anne Ferro, administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; Pat Plodzeen, public relations representative, Motor Coach Industries; and David Buckingham, GM, Adventure Tours.

Adventure Tours, a Clinton, Md.-based charter company, displayed its new Motor Coach Industries (MCI) 2014 J4500 coach at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Earth Day Fair, on April 22.

With its new J4500, Adventure Tours joined the American Bus Association and MCI in promoting green travel at the fair. The event, at DOT’s LEED-certified building, also features green-initiative displays and consumer information booths.

Adventure Tours, which serves the Washington, D.C., area, recently took delivery of two new wheelchair-lift-equipped MCI J4500 coaches. The 2014 J4500 comes with a more fuel efficient, clean-diesel powertrain for near-zero emissions.

Standard safety features on the coaches include Electronic Stability Control, tire-pressure monitoring and an Amerex fire-suppression system. Passengers enjoy plush seating for 56 with three-point seat belts and six 15-inch LCD monitors. Adventure Tours added 110-volt power outlets at each seat and Wi-Fi.

To serve its growing roster of convention, corporate, academic and government clients, the company operates 10 coaches, most of them model year 2012 or newer. Part of the reason for its newer fleet is the company’s push for a greener tomorrow, according to MCI.

“We all have to do our part,” said Dave Buckingham, GM of Adventure Tours, and 30-year veteran in group transportation. “We’re striving to be greener. With today’s engine technology, emissions are nearly pure. Plus, our trips take the cars off the road that people would have used to drive to the destinations.”

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