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MCI Commuter Coaches to Enhance Pace Service

Posted on September 23, 2013 by Alex Roman, Managing Editor

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MCI recently delivered 18 Commuter Coaches to Toronto’s GO Transit, who is also the company’s largest public sector customer with 417 MCIs.
MCI recently delivered 18 Commuter Coaches to Toronto’s GO Transit, who is also the company’s largest public sector customer with 417 MCIs.
The Commuter Coach

Because of the success of the program, Pace will have a dedicated fleet of 14 MCI Commuter Coaches beginning in November.

The wheelchair-lift-equipped models are designed with plush, forward-facing seats along with individual temperature controls and reading lights for a tour-level riding experience that transcends typical transit. The high-floor coaches also offer maximum performance and safety at highway speeds, with a smooth, quiet ride.

“We had these coach buses that were used elsewhere in the region, but shifted them over to be used on these routes. At the time, they were 10 years old and we knew we would need to work toward replacement,” says Wilmot. “We are excited to have the new buses. Riders respond extremely well on these routes to the coach buses.”

Pace’s new coaches also include Wi-Fi, security cameras, special Bus on Shoulder graphics and “do not follow” warnings on the back of the bus.

“Obviously, the comfort and safety of the new MCI coaches will help attract riders, but allowing people to bypass the traffic jams and get to their destination in a more timely manner is really an advantage,” says Wagner. “Programs like Pace’s are a great example of how agencies try to add incentives to their coaches to get people to try mass transportation.”

MCI’s Commuter Coach is strong and durable, with a rugged semi-monocoque structure that elevates passengers and drivers above traffic, plus Electronic Stability Control, tire pressure monitoring system and fire suppression system that make express routes, BRT and Bus-on-Shoulder service safer.

The MCI Commuter Coach offers a highly competitive per-seat price, plus low cost of operation and the best up-time rate.

“At MCI, we have about 6,000 Commuters in service with transit agencies throughout North America,” says Wagner. “Typically, their prime focus for these vehicles is commuter express service where they are going 20 to 25 miles at highway speeds. That is really where the Commuter Coaches are really the primary fit.”

Additionally, the MCI Commuter Coach is Buy America-compliant and available in clean diesel, hybrid and CNG options. Wagner adds that CNG has become a particularly popular option for transit agencies.

“Many agencies are moving toward CNG. The technology has developed over the years, and we are seeing better performance,” says Wagner. “Cummins is about to come out with a larger CNG engine, which for could provide some enhanced capabilities. Historically, MCI has only built 40-foot coaches, but the new engine offerings will allow us to provide a much more improved performance for a 45-foot coach.”

MCI has recently made several deliveries of the Commuter to agencies around the nation, including 18 to Toronto’s GO Transit, who is also the company’s largest public sector customer in Canada with 417 MCIs.

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