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Extending Vehicle Life: Refurbishment, Remanufacturing, and Outsourced Collision Repair

BUSRide Maintenance convened a panel of experts in collision repair, vehicle refurbishment and remanufacturing. In a fascinating discussion, they consider damage thresholds for outsourcing collision work; the relative benefits of refurbishing a bus; and major industry developments affecting bus owners and operators. Ed Harmon – National Director of Operations, Southeast Region – ABC Companies Steve […]

Transitioning from AOBRD to ELD: A Roundtable Discussion

Mike McDonal – Director, Regulatory Compliance and Industry Relations – Saucon Technologies Christian Riddell – President – United Bus Technology Fred Fakkema – Vice President, Compliance – Zonar Systems The “grandfather clause” allowing operators to use automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) in lieu of electronic recording devices (ELDs) is rapidly approaching expiration. Per Section 395.15 […]

Eliminate surveillance guesswork

Using video and vehicle metadata to find the evidence you need By Keith Winchester One of the primary benefits of equipping your bus fleet with video surveillance is the ability to use recorded video to solve problems. Video helps facilitate that “aha” moment, when a security or risk management officer finds the evidence they’re looking […]

MV Transportation improves brake life and performance with Cryo Rotor®

  By Richard Tackett When Sruly Lowy approached Joe Smith, regional vice president of MV Transportation, in May of 2015, claiming that cryogenically-treated brake rotors could provide a 300 percent increase in rotor life, Smith was noticeably skeptical. In his career — dating back to his former positions as president of MTA Bus and Long […]

MirrorEye Approved in the United States

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted a five-year exemption to install MirrorEye camera-monitoring system on trucks instead of traditional rear-view mirrors in the United States. And also on buses and motorcoaches. The exemption does not only apply to mirrors for trucks, but also to mirrors on multipurpose passenger vehicles and each bus, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Electric bus infrastructure: charge success with the right partners and right solution

By Stephanie Laubenstein and David Warren The power requirements for an electric bus fleet can be astonishing. Averaging 175 miles daily per bus, the energy consumption for a 100-bus fleet at one location would approach 50 MWh. Charging the bus at 150 kWh over a 3-hour period would require a continuous peak power demand of […]

Dean Transportation trials real-time surveillance with Axis Communications

With nearly 1,500 school buses operating in more than 100 school districts throughout Michigan, security and surveillance is a paramount concern for Dean Transportation. Dean Transportation, formerly Special Transportation, was established in the early 1950’s by Eric Christensen. Christensen transported individuals affected by polio to Lansing, MI, area schools throughout the 1950’s and the early 1960’s. […]