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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 […]

After-Sale Support

  How does after-sale support translate for customers? BUSRide spoke with industry experts on the value of post-sales service  and support. What does “after-sale support” mean to your company? What levels of service and support after the sale do you provide? Kevin Dawson: For Prevost, Volvo, and Nova Bus, the three brands we’re supporting, after […]

ELD in Review

How have things changed since the ELD mandate? BUSRide explores the current state of the motorcoach industry’s device adoption, issues and future perspectives with industry experts. Since the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate has taken effect, how do you feel that the motorcoach industry is keeping up, and to what degree has the industry adopted […]

Charging infrastructure – with interoperability, everyone wins

  Battery-electric buses are gaining fast ground in traditional transit fleets. A key success factor in deploying electric propulsion lies within the deployment of the charging infrastructure. Charging infrastructure can vary significantly in type. This includes the power type (AC – alternating current, or DC – direct current) and the power transfer type (conductive, using […]