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Criteria for Selecting a New Bus Wash System

By Francis Tenggardjaja The easiest, fastest, and least expensive measure that bus and motorcoach operators can take to make a lasting impression is to keep their vehicles washed and shining. A bus wash system represents a significant capital investment from initial planning to installation. When it comes to selecting the right bus wash system, there […]

Research Goes a Long Way in Spec’ing Bus Washes

A detailed spec’ing process can ensure your long-term goals with a new bus wash system By Philip Luurtsema Spec’ing is one of the most important steps for any transit agency or private bus operator looking to purchase a new wash system. A good spec process explores system feasibility in several different areas: Research and Self-Research […]

Many Factors Play a Part in Choosing the Best Bus Wash System

By Christian Murillo What critical factors should purchasers consider when spec’ing a bus wash system for their operation? The specific location of the system, or if it needs to be portable, is certainly a consideration. Do you bring the bus to the wash or the wash to the bus? In most situations, a company cannot […]

Determining Factors for Purchasing a New Bus Wash System

By Jack Jackson The determining factors districts should consider when spec’ing a new bus wash system are budget versus wash frequency versus cost-per-wash. Since washing is an expense, not a revenue source, it is imperative that the most effective way to wash for the district should always be the most efficient and ecological way. Purchasing […]

Choose Your Brake Components Wisely

By T.J. Brown As disc brakes have become more prominent in the bus industry, more suppliers have entered the marketplace. That is good news to maintenance professionals who need to mind their budgets and keep a high standard of safety. But it also means that maintenance personnel have a little extra homework to ensure only […]

Air Disc Brakes: Advantages for the Transit and Motorcoach Market

By Mark Holley Over the past decade, the escalating adoption and standard positioning of air disc brakes has marked a significant shift across the North American commercial vehicle industry, including in the transit bus and motorcoach markets. Currently, about 15 percent of buses spec air disc brakes, with that number growing steadily every year. Safety, […]

Expertise Makes a Difference in Repair or Remanufacturing

The largest municipalities in the country frequently call on NEBR to outsource their collision repair, remanufacturing or refurbishment needs when the extent of the damage or work scope exceeds the capabilities of their facility. Operators need to be mindful and avoid undertaking a repair that might exceed their area of expertise and not attempt to […]

Remanufacturing Means Longer Life and Less Maintenance for Buses

When it comes to evaluating the potential advantages and disadvantages of transit vehicle refurbishment versus new vehicle acquisition, there are many cost-benefit analyses to consider.  Often, larger agencies are involved in a combination of both the purchase of new vehicles and the remanufacturing of their legacy fleets. One of the benefits of introducing new vehicles […]

Repair vs. Replace?

There are many pitfalls when it comes to repairing or replacing damaged vehicles – as well as considerations for alternative propulsion and midlife rehabs Operators who attempt to conduct in-house repairs must consider the risks involved. In-house repairs drive up costs as staff are pulled away from their standard maintenance work. Extensive work requires highly-experienced […]

Back to Basics: The Back of the Bus, Everything Engines, Batteries & HVAC

The American Bus Association’s Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC) and Bus Maintenance Repair Council’s (BusMARC) 2021 Virtual Safety & Maintenance Series offered a sequence of educational webinars early this year, covering a variety of industry-related topics. Presented as part of ABA’s BISC & BusMARC 2021 Virtual Safety & Maintenance Series This panel was moderated by […]