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D.O.T. compliance and your insurance

As part of this continuing series, BUSRide spoke with Tim O’Bryan, president of Service Insurance Agency, Richmond, VA, to discuss the ways in which compliance with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) mandates can affect operators’ insurance coverage and rates; and how operators can stay abreast of those mandates. What areas of insurance coverage are affected […]

Heavy-duty brake systems

BUSRide Maintenance gathered experts from some of the industry’s leading brake system and component manufacturers to discuss the advantages inherent to different brake systems; operating vs. acquisition costs; preventative maintenance; and extending brake life. The panelists for this discussion are: Brad Begley – vice president of sales – Webb Wheel John Wolf – senior sales […]

Advances in HVAC technology

BUSRide Maintenance gathered experts from the HVAC industry to discuss HVAC’s effect on bus efficiency, the relative advantages of different system types and how zero-emission technology is affecting air conditioning. The panelists for this discussion are: Chad Sleiman – chief executive officer – SanUVAire Gary Eubank – product manager – DCM Manufacturing Matt Lish – […]

Air-purification systems transform onboard environments

Utilizing UVGI technology, operators and agencies can provide cleaner air, longer HVAC life BUSRide Maintenance recently spoke with experts from SanUVAire, makers of an indoor air purification and surface sanitization system, about the benefits of Ultraviolet C (UVC) on transit and motorcoach environments, as well as the maintenance and lifecycle savings operators can realize for […]

BUS FIRE! Are you prepared?

  BUSRide Maintenance gathered representatives from two leading fire-suppression system manufacturers to discuss the ever-present threat of bus fires, and the recommended technologies and best practices to detect, suppress and extinguish bus operators’ worst nightmare. The panelists for this discussion are: Ed Ruggles – director of marketing and sales – Fireaway, Inc. / Stat-X Scott […]

Coach Tours manages charters with busHive

By Richard Tackett Attending the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) EXPO in 2013 proved to be extremely fortuitous for the three owners of Brookfield, CT, tour bus operator Coach Tours. Ira Steinberg, Michael Neustadt and Kelli Simmons’ growing company had been managing reservations and tour quotes by handwritten bookkeeping and were searching for a solution to […]

Approach low-floor in tiers

By Ryan Lamb When paratransit operators’ interest and desire for low-floor accessible transit runs high, and “would if only they could” work them into the fleet, they are often hesitant to make the investment strictly as a matter of price. It’s a lot to pay to essentially carry the same number of passengers, they reason, […]

“INFOtransit”: The future of onboard communications

Travelers need current information communication Bus passengers need to know the current status of their trip information- when their bus will arrive at their stop/depot, what stops and connections are on their route, unexpected delays or emergencies due to traffic, weather, mechanical issues, accidents, etc. A passenger information system is no longer just a “nice […]

After-Sale Support

BUSRide recently spoke with various motorcoach providers to discover what after-sale support means to them, and how they ensure that they are fulfilling customer service needs. Panelists include: Duane Geiger – president and CEO – CH Bus Sales Kevin Dawson – vice president, parts sales & business development – Prevost Scott Robertson – director, product […]

Onboard operational data transmission – made easy and efficient

By Paola Realpozo Until recently, transmitting operational data from vehicles to a central database was a matter of timing and necessity – buses leave for the day, collect data through various onboard sensors and applications, then offload the data to a back-office server upon returning to the garage via the local Wi-Fi network, when available. […]