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OFFICIAL BUSRide ROAD TEST: CT Coachworks motorcoach

By Richard Tackett The path toward the CT Coachworks passenger coach began when husband and wife team Steve and Susan Thomas founded Wolverine Fabricating, Inc. in 1992 as a fabricator of luggage doors. Eventually they grew their company to a business with multi-million-dollar profits, supplying the RV industry with laminated aluminum luggage-door systems, side walls, […]

ITS Technology and Public Transit: A Roundtable Discussion

BUSRide spoke with several intelligent transportation solutions (ITS) providers and public transit agencies about second-adopters of ITS technology; the challenges and operational benefits associated with ITS deployments; and how agencies can future-proof their technology investments. The panelists for this discussion were: Rick Spangler – Chief Technology Officer – Avail Technologies LaShawn King Gillespie – Director […]

Customize surveillance for transit

BUSRide Magazine spoke with expert Réal Barrière, transit solutions product manager at March Networks, about the importance of surveillance technology, common pitfalls when installing and integrating new software, mitigating false liability claims, and more. Why are safety goals and benchmarks important when planning a surveillance policy? When a transportation authority prepares to purchase a video […]

The MCI J3500

MCI has brought the signature luxury of the J-Series to a 35-foot model The new J3500 by Motor Coach Industries (MCI) introduces a breadth of versatility and flexibility to the manufacturer’s already impressive J-Series, now allowing smaller groups to experience luxury normally reserved for a 45-foot coach. Brent Maitland, MCI Vice President of Marketing and […]

OFFICIAL BUSRide ROAD TEST: The Spirit of Independence by ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, LLC

With the production and deployment of the Spirit of Independence (Independence), ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, LLC (ARBOC) aims to make the safety and dependability associated with its buses into a lower-cost option for agencies of all sizes. “We consulted with many fleets that indicated they were operating 16-20 passenger buses and were utilizing a very small […]

New Technologies in Fare Collection

BUSRide spoke with thought leaders in the industry about benefits, proprietary restrictions innovations and more in the fare collection field. What are the latest emergent technologies “disrupting” fare collection and transit revenue management? Darren Dickson: There are so many new technologies ranging from mobile implementations, which are gaining momentum, to SaaS-based solutions that more readily […]

BWAT test drives low-floors by Champion Bus

Blue Water Area Transit (BWAT) of Port Huron, Michigan, serves an average monthly ridership of over 109,000, providing regularly scheduled service to the City of Port Huron and Fort Gratiot Township as well as dial-a-ride service in Fort Gratiot, Burtchville and Port Huron Townships and the City of Marysville. Operated by the Blue Water Area […]

Being the Vehicle For Change: Transporting Social Activists in the U.S.

Though some charter bus operators separate their business from politics, their services are vital to bringing important issues to light. Today, protesters use online forums and local Facebook groups to coordinate group transportation to protests, demonstrations, and rallies across the country. In turn, motorcoach companies provide them with the opportunity to ride together safely and […]

Optimizing heavy-duty brake lifespan

  BUSRide Maintenance spoke to brake system experts about best practices, cost savings and sustainability. What are the latest advances in brake design, materials and engineering that are designed to help extend or maximize brake life? Keith McComsey: At Bendix, we are always looking for ways to improve brake performance, reduce initial cost, optimize for […]

Trends in bus wash systems

  BUSRide Maintenance explores the latest trends in bus wash systems with industry experts, including spec’ing systems, environmental factors, innovation and hidden costs. How does your wash system work and what makes it unique? Steve Wawro: Westmatic designs and manufactures automatic bus, truck and train wash systems that provide a superior level of cleaning while […]