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Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., recently announced Jean-Phillipe “JP” Nadeau has joined MCI as vice president of regional sales in Eastern Canada effective June 3.
Nadeau will be responsible for new coach sales as well as the sale of pre-owned coaches to private and public operators in Quebec and the Maritime provinces. He will be based at the Montreal MCI Sales and Service Center and report to Patricia Ziska, MCI vice president of new coach sales.
Nadeau joins MCI following a 10-year career in commercial bus sales, where he progressively advanced in his profession selling both new and pre-owned school buses and mini-buses representing Thomas Buses, Lion Bus and most recently Macnab Transit Sales in Ingersoll, Ontario. Nadeau got his start as a Bridgestone certified automotive technician working his way up to service advisor and customer service roles at an auto dealership before moving into commercial bus sales.
“JP’s record of accomplishment and values complements the trust and commitment our MCI sales teams offer in building customer and brand loyalty,” Ziska said. “His work selling new and pre-owned coaches will help our customers meet their precise coach needs, whether it’s the industry-leading J4500, the all-new J3500 or our all-accessible MCI D45 CRT LE featuring our patented low entry vestibule design.”
Nadeau is bilingual in French and English and resides in Drummondville, Quebec, located between Quebec City and Montreal.
“JP’s previous career included extensive travel throughout his region, so he’ll apply that same energy and knowledge of his customer needs to his new career representing MCI,” Ziska said.
Transdev recently ordered refurbished buses from Midwest Bus Corp. for its Orlando fleet.
Transdev – the largest private provider of multiple modes of transportation in North America – has upgraded part of a shuttle bus fleet in Florida with the help of Midwest Bus Corporation.
Transdev needed support in remanufacturing 20, 40-foot, low-floor Gillig buses to provide shuttle services outside Orlando. Transdev selected Midwest in late 2018 to modify the buses with improvements to belts, hoses, suspension, AC, seat inserts, paint and more. Work was completed and the last bus was delivered to Transdev in early April.
Cities, counties, airports, companies and universities contract with Transdev to operate their transportation that people actively choose to ride. The company has a high commitment to safety.
Transdev operates globally in 20 countries on five continents. Midwest and Transdev have worked together before on projects for New York and Montreal.
Midwest is the nation’s largest public transit bus remanufacturer. For more information on Midwest Bus Corporation, visit www.midwestbus.com.
GoDurham is currently repowering more than two dozen of its Gillig buses with Midwest Bus Corporation.
Midwest is working on 25 Gillig 40-foot, low-floor hybrid buses. The work includes replacing engines and transmissions, and installing new EMP cooling systems. Midwest Bus expects to complete the project by June 2020.
Formerly the Durham Area Transit Authority, GoDurham is the public transit system serving Durham, North Carolina. It currently operates 24 bus routes, as well as the Robertson Scholar Express (RSX) route for GoTriangle. RSX is a collaboration for transport between Duke University and the University of North Carolina.
Midwest is the nation’s largest public transit bus remanufacturer. For more information on Midwest Bus Corporation, visit www.midwestbus.com.
Byk-Rak’s new wide-tire rack holds both standard and wide, or “fat,” tires. It is available in a variety of finishes.
Cyclists with wide- or fat-tire bicycles will now have an easier time of using public transit buses while getting around.
Byk-Rak is now supplying a two-position, three-inch, wide-tire rack for the front of public transit buses so riders can easily stow their bikes while riding the bus to the next destination where thy might continue their multi-modal journey on two wheels instead of four. The rack still also accommodates standard-tire bicycles, from adult-sized bikes down to smaller bikes, such as a children’s size with 16” wheels.
As with all of Byk-Rak’s products, the new rack securely holds its bikes in place, is lightweight, and easily raises and lowers with one hand. Riders can load their bicycles with ease from either curbside or the front of the rack, according to Ron Coon, Byk-Rak Vice President. Each rack carries 250 lbs. of static weight and supports bicycles up to 55 lbs. in each rail while the bus is in motion.
“Safety is important for both riders and drivers. Clear lines of sight and being able to load and unload without being close to traffic are paramount,” says Coon. “That’s why our racks do not block windshield wipers or access panels in the stowed position.”
For nearly 95 years, Rotary Lift has designed, engineered and manufactured some of the world’s most trusted vehicle lifts. Now, they are making it easier than ever for customers to find the best lift to meet their specific needs.
Rotary has launched a new website and a new “Find My Lift” tool. The tool allows users to easily search, sort and browse by a number of different categories, including vehicle class, lift capacity, lift type, product features and more.
“We know there is a lot to consider when you’re searching for a new car or truck lift and much of the research is happening online,” David Fischmer, director of marketing for Vehicle Services Group, Rotary Lift’s parent company, said. “From educational video content to the new “Find My Lift” tool, we want to make it easier for our customers and our distributors to find the information they need, when they need it.”
In a continued effort to modernize service, innovate for the long term and improve the lives of Torontonians, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is welcoming new vehicles to the bus family.
These electric vehicles operate on truly green propulsion technology with zero tailpipe emissions. They are just one of the ways the TTC and City of Toronto are working towards a greener future by 2040. The new eBuses are expected to deliver improved vehicle and service reliability, better value-for-money with savings in fuel and maintenance costs, significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, reduced noise pollution and improved local air quality. Also, in Ontario, generation of electricity for overnight charging is 100-percent nuclear and completely free of GHG emissions.
The TTC will have 60 eBuses delivered by the end of Q1 2020. These vehicles will be procured from three different suppliers, New Flyer, Proterra and BYD, to ensure that the organization is able to effectively evaluate what works best for our customers.
The TTC is working with partners at Toronto Hydro and Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada to prepare for the arrival of the new vehicles by performing hydro service upgrades, installing switchgear and transformers to lay the groundwork for the installation of chargers and retrofitting the garages to be all-electric. This also includes conducting electrical and civil construction upgrades, providing supporting infrastructure for the bus garage (e.g., substation, backup generator and related equipment).
The Government of Canada, Province of Ontario, and City of Toronto are investing $140 million in this program. Through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) alone the federal government is contributing up to 50 percent of the funding. Working beyond the eBus Program, this fund is helping keep Torontonians moving through investments in the repair, modernization and expansion of the city’s transit and active transportation networks.
The TTC’s priority is to deliver safe, reliable service for their customers. By 2040, they plan to do this with an entirely zero emissions fleet. The new eBuses are just one piece of a larger environmentally friendly puzzle to improve air quality in the city and plan for climate change.
In addition to having one of the largest mini-fleets of electric buses in North America, the TTC is also employing other eco-friendly technology such as new generation hybrid buses and green roofs on some of their garages. As the organization continues to modernize their service, introducing green initiatives is essential in the process.
This is an environmental win for the TTC and the entire City of Toronto. To learn more about the TTC’s plan to go green and how you can spot these vehicles on a route near you, visit www.ttc.ca/green.
New Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., recently announced that the Maryland Department of Transportation has issued a new order of 15 40-foot and five 60-foot Xcelsior® clean diesel heavy-duty transit buses (25 equivalent units or EU) under the State of Washington, Department of Enterprise Services contract.
The buses, which will be operated by the Maryland Department of Transportation Aviation Administration, will be used at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall Airport) to replace older vehicles on continuous shuttle routes between terminals, airport parking facilities, and the BWI Rail Station. New amenities like USB charging ports, Wi-Fi, improved seating, luggage racks, wide doors, and large windows will be installed to enhance the customer experience.
“New Flyer is proud to have been chosen once again by BWI Marshall Airport with additional Xcelsior transit buses that will help move millions of passengers safely around BWI airport each year,” Chris Stoddart, New Flyer president, said. “New Flyer has delivered over 150 buses to airports across North America, with a focus on enhancing efficient, safe, and reliable mobility in the nation’s busiest hubs. Supporting the Maryland Department of Transportation builds on this focus and continues to enhance the passenger experience at BWI Marshall Airport.”
The 60-foot articulated buses will also provide an approximate 50 percent increase in passenger capacity compared to the smaller transit-style buses currently in service.
Located near downtown Baltimore and approximately 30 miles from Washington, D.C., BWI Marshall Airport is the 22nd busiest airport in America, serving over 25 million passengers annually. The airport’s current parking and rail station fleet is comprised of 40 buses that went into service in 2005.
This release originally appeared on the New Flyer website. You can view it here.
Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., has delivered three new 2019 J3500 coaches to Omaha-based Arrow Stage Lines, one of the leading charter and tour operators in the United States.
Arrow Stage Lines was among the first to place an order for the 35-foot model, paired with the bestselling J4500 as the new MCI J-Series family. The new 2019 MCI J3500 features best-in-class legroom and baggage capacity among all 35-foot coach models, including a 33-foot turning radius for top maneuverability.
Arrow has stationed the new models at its Omaha, Denver and Kansas City, Missouri locations.
“A smaller-size luxury coach works best in these markets,” Alex Busskohl, Arrow’s corporate operations and marketing specialist, said. “We consider the needs of our customers, and we’ve found some smaller groups see more compact coaches as more space-efficient and environmentally-friendly.”
Arrow already has sent its new MCI J3500s out on tour as part of its 250-coach fleet that already includes 102 MCI J4500s and a total of 15 35-foot coach models, including those from other manufacturers.
“Our customers enjoy these new 35-foot MCI models,” Busskohl said. “They make the same luxury, top-of-the line coach statement as our J4500s. And we’re very glad MCI now offers a smaller size coach.”
Arrow ordered its new J3500 coaches with 40-seat passenger capacity for additional legroom — the model also comes in a standard 42- or maximum 44-seat configuration — with leatherette seating by Amaya and MCI’s optional variable lighting package that allows operators to customize the interior look of its coaches to suit clients’ brands and preferences.
Arrow tracks and analyzes its data to improve its overall operations and marketing. Busskohl, said that Arrow uses its on-time performance statistics to win new business and that fuel efficiency is an important metric as fuel is the largest operational expense in a fleet Arrow’s size. The J3500 is making important strides in fuel efficiency, he said.
“It’s performing well — even a half-point gain in fuel economy is important to us operationally,” he said.
Arrow is positioned for future growth. It operates 12 facilities, including locations in Des Moines; Las Vegas; and Phoenix, where it just won a shuttle contract with Arizona State University requiring 25 coaches and launched Arrow Nationwide Ground Logistics to deliver a nationwide transportation solution in any needed area throughout the U.S.
Cubic Transportation Systems’ mobile solution enables over 450 TAP retail vendors to sell fare for 25 partner transit agencies, including LA Metro.
Cubic Corporation today announced its Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division will upgrade the existing TAP retail network point of sale device with its Cubic Mobile for Merchants Android app. Cubic Mobile for Merchants is an Android-based mobile application designed for both transportation agencies and retail. It allows agencies to sell TAP regional fare products through a dedicated network of participating retailers — making it convenient for travelers to purchase regional fare products for LA Metro and 24 partner agencies.
“Cubic’s point of sale mobile solution benefits retail partners by saving time with fast and secure purchases on a compact and easy to navigate device,” Matt Newsome, CTS western region vice president and general manager, said. “We are pleased to support Metro on its refresh initiative for the TAP system and look forward to further enhancing the system with state-of-the-art technologies.”
Cubic’s app provides an option for Metro to expand its TAP retail network to more locations in the region. Retail partners are able to sell TAP cards, top-up transit balances, sell fare products and access transaction history and card summaries. The app also provides advanced analytics, giving transit agencies access to data relating to the products sold to improve operations and overall customer service.
The Cubic Mobile for Merchants app is a solution that can connect with an open ecosystem of solutions, products and services provided by Cubic, Cubic-certified partners and third parties. The app doesn’t require proprietary kits from vendors and gives agencies the flexibility to use existing infrastructure. The new Mobile for Merchants Application will also facilitate a paperless solution for coupon systems such as the LIFE low-income program and enables a more streamlined process for retailers and customers.
“Our TAP vendors are excited about this new sales device because it is easy to use, has a color display and is so small that it fits easily on any countertop,” David Sutton, TAP executive officer, said.
Cubic developed the TAP Card system and has supported Metro with development, maintenance and product support/enhancement services since 2002.
Paul Leger, Chairman of The Bus History Association passed away on 20 May 2019. He had recently celebrated his 90th birthday.
Paul was a man of integrity and of deep faith who loved his family and cherished his many friends and exceptional neighbours.
Paul Alderic Leger was born in Moncton, New Brunswick on 23 April 1929. His working life started with SMT (Eastern Bus Line) in Moncton. His career continued with CN Freight and VIA Rail in Halifax, NS until he retired.
Paul was a lifelong and passionate bus historian and established many contacts both within the bus industry and the bus hobby in general. He had meticulously recorded the history of transit and intercity coach companies since the 1940s with a special emphasis on the Canadian Maritimes. His knowledge was extensive and he had an encyclopedic memory. He was always very willing to share this information with those with similar interests.
Paul, along with Bill Luke, were two of the founding members of The Bus History Association. He became Chairman in 1963 and his leadership continued throughout the following 56 years. His transportation collection, including photographic archives, have been passed to the New Brunswick Archives at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB for preservation. In addition, he was a Director Emeritus of The Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation.
Paul loved many genres of music which gave him many hours of listening pleasure over his lifetime. He was a cat lover to the core and was pre-deceased by two of his favourites, Snooky and beloved Amaretto with whom he had had a truly beautiful relationship.
Paul was a true gentleman who made visitors to Halifax most welcome and never had a bad word to say about anybody. He was very well respected by the way he treated all persons that he met. The transportation enthusiast community has lost a valuable participant but he will never be forgotten.
Paul is survived by his son, David Leger of Langley, BC; daughter, Patricia Leger of Surrey, BC; brother, Edward Leger; sister, Isabelle Leger both of Moncton, NB; and step grandson, Joshua Dandal, Toronto, ON to whom we pass on our condolences.