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Prevost services are good for business

Specialized training and UPTIME® agreements bring new dimensions By David Hubbard Resolute in its commitment to deliver the ultimate aftermarket experience to coach operators across the U.S. and Canada, Prevost offers the largest service network in the coach industry. Fifteen Prevost Service Centers strategically located throughout the U.S. and Canada, along with more than 175 […]

Understanding and adapting to operators’ evolving needs

With so many operators at so many stages of their business in the transportation industry, there are many different levels of needs to address. Every operator has had to start somewhere with the goal to grow their business or accommodate their riders’ needs. Small companies need partners that value them and want to help them […]

Dealer update: the small & midsize bus market in 2018

BUSRide spoke with representatives from some of the nation’s leading bus dealers to hear their thoughts on the current state of the small and midsize bus market, new technological developments and growth opportunities for operators running these vehicles. The panelists for this discussion were: Eugene Hotard – executive vice president – Alliance Bus Group Josh […]

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, […]

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 […]

BusRates serves the industry and saves riders

When the United Motorcoach Association purchased the online bus travel search engine Busrates.com, the intent was to provide a member benefit: a way for members to improve their lead generation and bring in new business. Along the way, Busrates.com brought a second benefit to operators and the traveling public, it provided an online venue to […]

Trobec’s Bus Service leads the industry’s future with MCI

Through multiple generations, this Minnesota-based operator stays ahead of the curve   With 80 years of operation and expansion, Trobec’s Bus Service Inc, of St. Stephen, MN, has not lost touch with its roots as a family business. The company was founded with the purchase of a $2,100 school bus in 1938 by Tony and […]

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 […]

Motorcoach driver safety training at the next level

  What constitutes true safety for motorcoach drivers? There is a litany of self-created training courses which operators provide daily to their drivers– and, though they all follow some basic principles accepted throughout the industry, a uniform safety training course has yet to be codified. Jeff Cassell, owner of the Motorcoach Safety Training Company (MCSTCO), […]

First Priority Trailways accommodates riders with United Bus Technology

First Priority Trailways, based in Forestville, MD, opened in 1999 with a single motorcoach. Now, their fleet has grown to include  as many as 25 coaches in the 18 years since. The company, founded by President Marcia Milton, runs charters for all manner of clientele – student groups, athletics, government contractors and employees – and […]