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MCI Commuter Coaches headed for Los Angeles

With its order for 84 40-foot CNG-powered MCI Commuter Coaches, Motor Coach Industries (MCI), Schaumburg, IL, is now an ally of the City of Los Angeles, CA in its continuing effort to improve air quality.

The answer is in the box

The new Crisis Management In A Box toolkit has the right tool at the right time to empower operators with the strategies they need.

Malta buses face the end of the road

Before my recent visit to the small Mediterranean island of Malta, my colleagues advised me in advance to pay close attention to the iconic Maltese buses. Although they are being phased out of the public transportation system, they will certainly not be forgotten. Bus enthusiasts on a shopping spree in Valletta, the capital city and a UNESCO Heritage site itself, will be the first to spot the recurring motif of the bygone bus on postcards, key chains, refrigerator magnets and mouse pads, just to name a few of the souvenirs.

A vintage tour bus comes home

Restoring a vintage 1920s tour bus has become a labor of love for Herman Jones, owner of Mount Rushmore Tours in Rapid City, South Dakota. Jones first had the idea to restore an old bus back in 1970. Through the years Jones had refurbished a 1932 Ford five-window vehicle with a rumble seat that had been given to him in the 1960s, but he really wanted to restore a bus. He had seen a number of photos of original 1920s rag-top, 15-seat passenger tour buses that hauled passengers in the nearby Black Hills region.

Peter Pan driver Joseph Anderson hits 3,000,000 miles

Joseph Anderson, a longtime driver for Peter Pan Bus Lines, Springfield, MA, who recently began his 37th year of employment with the company, achieved three million miles of accident-free driving. Three million miles translates to at least 36 consecutive years of driving without an accident; or the equivalent of 120 times around the world, and 12.6 trips to the moon without an accident.

Guard against complacency

Several years ago when the robust economy was riding high and investors were raking in money too fast to count, many investors lost sight of reality. All too many held the common belief that those healthy returns would continue indefinitely. Consequently, the abrupt reversal of the trend caught many investors totally unaware.

Motorcoach Council welcomes new leaders for stage-two

Since ignition and liftoff two and a half years ago, word from Motorcoach Council mission control is the first stage is compete with the grassroots effort Todd Holland has diligently spearheaded. With the message firmly positioned, the second stage has fired and the next sequence of events is in motion.

The game has changed for motorcoach finances

Motorcoach financers remind operators to take time to reflect the hard times they have just been through and understand the game has changed. They say money is available, but the path ahead demands sound basic business with accountability like they have never seen. Credit processes are much more stringent than before.

The Van Hool Double Deck accommodates all

dapted for the U.S. market, the ADA-compliant two-door vehicle stands 13-feet high — 18 inches taller than the standard motorcoach with seating for up to 81 passengers. Standard features include cameras, seatbelts and escape hatches, onboard restroom, rear stairs and luggage area.

Best practices grow from downturn

Last year this column rang like a warning from Chicken Little, sounding the alarm for the inescapable recession coming down the pike and offering the good advice gleaned from industry leaders on how to brace for the year ahead.