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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. […]

Official BUSRide Field Test: The 2018 J4500 by MCI

    Featuring all-new space and aesthetic considerations, MCI’s newest vehicle means exciting changes for operators and passengers In 2015, New Flyer Industries’ acquisition of Motor Coach Industries (MCI), triggered ambitious projects throughout the largest motor coach builder in North America, including landmark efforts by the MCI design and engineering team and BMW Designworks USA to […]

Preparing for the ELD mandate

BUSRide spoke with experts in the transportation industry to hear their thoughts the rapidly approaching deadline for motorcoach operators to install Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) on December 18, 2017. This roundtable discussion featured the following panelists: Chris Nelson – vice president – ISE Fleet Services Fred Fakkema – vice president, compliance – Zonar Systems James […]

How to compare GPS tracking software

Today’s best GPS fleet tracking software does more than just monitor vehicles. The best tracking systems give business owners tools and information that can help them identify hidden problems, coach their mobile workers for better performance, reduce fleet expenses and improve visibility into essential business functions that can lead to higher efficiency and profitability. So if you’re […]

Power, consolidated: 5 benefits of combining telematics with ELDs

The ELD rule, or the electronic logging device rule, goes into effect December 2017. While new mandates are rarely welcome, smart carriers can turn a headache into an opportunity by implementing a platform approach that solves their ELD and telematics solutions. Such an approach offers 5 key benefits: 1: Hours of service (HOS) compliance: By […]

How to prepare an ELD compliance rollout plan

On December 18, 2017, the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate will take full effect. This mandate aims to make it “faster and easier to accurately track, manage and share records of duty status (RODS) data.” It applies to interstate operators, hazmat carriers, vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or more, and most fleets using RODS. If the […]

APTA applauds introduction of fiscal year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) applauds Congress for completing negotiations on the fiscal year (FY) 2017 appropriations bill and including significant support for federal public transportation programs.  We urge Congress to pass this legislation expeditiously so it can be sent to President Trump for his signature. This appropriations bill would fully fund federal public […]