Caseyville, Ill.-based Vandalia Bus Lines took delivery of a new Van Hool CX45 at the United Motorcoach Association 2017 Expo in St. Louis. In addition to the graphics featuring St Louis’ history and sights, the new vehicle is equipped with a 425 HP Cummins ISX 12.0 engine driving through an Allison B500 (Gen5) six-speed automatic transmission.
The 56-passenger luxury coach features Van Hool’s unique rear passenger window, wood grain floor, 110-volt electric plugs, WiFi, and a six-monitor REI luxury entertainment system.
The new coach also features Van Hool safety technology including three-point seatbelts, backup cameras, antilock brakes, Smartwave Tire Pressure Monitoring, Kidde Fire Suppression System, daytime running lights, curbside lighting, and adaptive static aiming lights.
“Technology keeps improving, and we owe it to our passengers to provide the latest and greatest. In addition to the terrific amenities now available, we’re investing in the latest safety technology such as electronic stability control and lane departure warning systems," said Vandalia President Dale Streif. "We transport everyone from Senior Citizens to professional college and high school athletic teams. Their safety and comfort is at the center of the way we operate our company.
Vandalia Bus Lines is now the headquarters of a group of transportation operations in the St. Louis area owned by the Streif’s. Second-generation family members Dale, Dennis, Melissa, Roger and Lori are all involved in managing the growing business. Active in IMG and NTA, they are Founding Members of the Motorcoach Council. Vandalia operates 67 vehicles and every three-axle bus in their fleet is a Van Hool.