Richard Tackett, Author at BUSRide

BusCon 2018 set to return to Indianapolis in October

The full conference schedule is up and registration is now open for BusCon 2018, which returns to the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis Oct. 1 to 3. In addition to all the latest vehicles and technology on the show floor, this year’s educational sessions will touch on some of the hottest topics in transportation today, […]

Turtle Top returns after “hard reset”

Following a period of transition for the company, bus manufacturer Turtle Top is back up-and-running and stronger than ever with 10 buses a week coming off the line—and that number is increasing sharply. With the company now in its 53rd year of business, it has returned to the hands of the Cripe and Tom families. […]

Five trends to watch in intercity bus travel

Scheduled bus service is taking some surprising turns, according to the Chaddick Institute at DePaul University. The institute produces a widely read Outlook for the Intercity Bus Industry report authored annually by professor Joe Schwieterman and Brian Antolin. Its latest analysis shows that: 1. Germany-based Flixbus has launched U.S. service, focusing on the Southwest. After rolling […]

Westmatic’s Transit-Master bus wash system keeps CATA vehicles looking good

New operations and maintenance facility features Westmatic’s 4-Brush Drive-Through Transit-Master bus wash system. Crawford Area Transportation Authority (CATA) recently opened an Operations and Maintenance facility in Meadville, PA, bringing all Meadville-based vehicles under one roof for cleaning and service. Westmatic, a large vehicle wash system manufacturer headquartered in Buffalo, NY, worked with HDR and Renick […]

Where does the rubber from tire wear go?

By Christopher W. Ferrone A great episode from Seinfeld has Jerry musing about where the rubber on his BMW tires goes when it rubs off. This is truly an enigma. Like Jerry, it’s good to stop and remind ourselves of all that goes on with a set of tires. As tires wear, the material does in […]


No one walks alone in ABA affiliated councils By David Hubbard Among its many membership services and benefits, the American Bus Association (ABA) sponsors its affiliated councils focused on specific bus and coach operator groups. Established in 1999, the Business Industry Safety Council (BISC) set the stage to define, clarify and elevate safety awareness in […]

Building Livable Cities

Building Livable Cities Through Connected Collaboration By Lindy Norris, New Flyer of America Simply put, “livability” is the element of a community that makes people want to live there. It is the result of several factors that add up to create a community’s quality of life. Smart Mobility: Creating livable cities In 2017, American Public […]


Financing Your Fleet Amanda Lundmark – assistant vice president of sales – 1st Source Bank Bus Division Matt Hotchkiss – senior vice president, bus division sales manager – Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Gregg Goedde – vice president– ABC Bus Leasing, Inc. Greg Berg – director of commercial finance – REV Group David Scoular – director […]


Are We Really Achieving Equal Access for All? BUSRide spoke with industry thought leaders about the present state of accessibility – and where there are opportunities for innovation in the future. Dave Brown – president – MobilityTRANS Bill and Norma Niederhofer – owners – Lone Star Handicap Vans Ryan Lamb – regional sales manager, commercial bus […]


UTA secures its services with Safety Vision By Richard Tackett A rail fleet as big as the Utah Transit Authority’s (UTA) requires constant oversight. The agency’s TRAX light-rail system and its FrontRunner heavy-rail service combined to provide over 1.8 million rides in January 2018 alone, making the system susceptive to onboard incidents. Despite this, the […]