Equipment Archives - BUSRide


GRTC saves on fuel, maintenance with Thermo King screw compressor

Though the technology has been used in transit buses for 18 years – with upwards of 14,000 units still in service – Thermo King’s exclusive S616 Screw Compressor technology for bus HVAC has yet to see widespread adoption in the motorcoach market. Screw compressors offer efficient operation, longer life, less maintenance and more fuel savings […]

North American transit attracts offshore OEMs. Why?

By Steve D. Johnson Why are offshore original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) targeting North American transit? Everything considered, that is a very fair question.  For starters, it is one of the smallest — if not the smallest — public transportation market in the world. Follow that with the rules of engagement as set forth by the Federal Transit […]

How Smart is Your Depot?

  By Bernadette Ackerman If you are still using manual processes, the answer is likely “not very smart.” Three things can quickly derail your operations and send your service into a tailspin, and they all start and end in your depot. Poor communication, avoidable road calls and time-wasting manual processes can all lead to service […]

Safe Operation of Heavy-Duty Vehicle Lifts

  Peter Bowers, technical sales support manager for Stertil-Koni, spoke with BUSRide Maintenance about heavy-duty vehicle lifts – their safe operation, spec’ing the right lift, certification pitfalls, and future developments. How should operators go about choosing the “right lift for the job?” When it comes to choosing heavy-duty vehicle lifts for a maintenance shop, there […]

Advances in HVAC technology

BUSRide Maintenance spoke with Steve D. Johnson, Sr., product marketing manager, bus HVAC, at Thermo King about the latest advances in climate control technology.

Collision repair, refurbishing and remanufacturing: electrical component damage

In this roundtable discussion, BUSRide Maintenance spoke with experts in the field of collision repair about electrical componentry – repairing, replacing and common pitfalls. Please provide a summary of your capabilities in electrical component repair. Jon Savitz: Our capabilities [at ABC Companies] in electrical component repair consists of diagnostic training which develops troubleshooting skills amongst […]

Zero emission buses highlight a well-known environmental pollutant: NOISE

By Steve D. Johnson So far in this series we have discussed several areas where the HVAC can have a direct effect on the operation of the zero-emission battery bus (ZEB), including HVAC efficiency, passenger comfort, maintenance, and battery range. While bus cabin noise level has long been a concern for operators, specifications continue to […]

NFI Parts: The path ahead

New Flyer Industries’ (NFI Group) acquisition of Motor Coach Industries (MCI) in 2015 represented a sea change in the bus industry for multiple reasons, not the least of which centered on an expansion of the MCI’s parts and service offerings. In October, all of the parts sales and support for MCI and New Flyer OEM […]

Bus Wash Systems

Bus wash systems: Choosing the best option for your fleet

BUSRide Maintenance brought together some of the sharpest minds in the bus industry for a deep dive on bus washing – spec’ing systems, the influence of technology, environmental concerns and maintenance considerations. The panelists for this discussion were: Bruno Albanesi – president – Bitimec International Joe Barge – vice president of sales – Johnson Wash […]

Luxury requires seat modernization

By Michaela Oberbauer The American motorcoach market has been in a state of rapid change this past decade, moving toward increased comfort, style and enhanced passenger experiences. Improved seating is a crucial aspect of coach interior modernization, and operators must keep the following factors in mind when selecting their “seat of the future:” A tapered […]