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Archive for: July, 2009

Transit on the Cook Islands clocks around the rock

In the South Pacific where coral reefs surround each of the 15 atolls that make up the Cook Islands, only two bus routes run on the main island of Rarotonga. One runs clockwise, the other anti-clockwise to serve the population of 14,000. The company owner Kevin Cook and his drivers could not ask for a more manageable traffic system.

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Hybrids get energized

DesignLine USA, Charlotte, NC, announced in June the first of 21 hybrid-electric transit buses are headed to the City of Baltimore, while New York City is completing its testing and evaluation and is about to take delivery on its first of 90 DesignLine vehicles.

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Bob Dylan hops the bus tour to John Lennon’s childhood home

When his European Tour hit town in early May, 67-year-old music legend Bob Dylan paid £16 and stepped aboard a public tour bus in Liverpool, UK, as one of 14 tourists to examine photos and documents in the National Trust-owned home where Beatle John Lennon grew up with his Aunt Mimi and Uncle George.

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Gray Line avails the sights of The Dominican Republic

Gray Line Worldwide, Denver, CO, recently folded the Dominican Republic into its global network of sightseeing tours, which includes the Turks and Caicos Islands within the Caribbean.

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Transit cranks up the twittering machine

I am all for communicating thoroughly in as few words as possible, but I do not twitter. Think haiku poetry in which the form reduces the keenest observation to its purest 17 syllables.

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Irizar spans the globe over 120 years

The Basque region bordering the Atlantic in northern Spain is the industrial heartland of that country. In 1889, Jose Francisco Irizar, a blacksmith in the village of Ormaiztegi started building horse-drawn wooden carts, soon followed by stagecoaches.

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DPF regen in a slow moving bus requires TLC

The emission standards that went into effect in 2007 have created further issues in an industry that has one of the lowest pollution emissions per passenger in the entire transportation industry. Nonetheless they are here to stay.

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Lamers Bus Lines always ready, always there for the National Guard

A little after the fact, but still a relevant case study on the logistics involved in troop movements. Lamers Bus Lines made history this past winter in Wisconsin when it moved a total of 3,500 National Guard troops over the course of eight hours.

The soldiers of the 32nd Brigade were headed to Camp Blanding, FL, to receive training prior to their eventual 11-month assignment in Iraq.

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Cummins reports no shortage of urea for 2010

As 2010 approaches bus and motorcoach operators will read more and more about Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and the fluid that makes it work — diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). Contrary to the popular belief that DEF will be in short supply, Cummins, a manufacturer of diesel engines based in Columbus, IN, says this is not the case.

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Put away the pens and paper

In this day and age, computer software programs to manage fleet maintenance and safety are shop imperatives. Granted, an extremely organized mechanic armed with reams of paper, a filing cabinet and a limited workload can create

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