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Spokane Transit Authority looking for public input on proposed cuts

Spokane, WA residents who use the city’s transit system will soon have nine bus routes cut and over a dozen other redesigned.

APTA announces AdWheel Award winners

The American Public Transportation Association has announced the winner of their annual AdWheel Awards.

Veolia Transportation Services locks out Phoenix union employees

More than 60 union transit employees in Phoenix, AZ were locked out of work at 12:01 a.m. Monday morning by Veolia Transportation Services after collective-bargaining talks came to a stalemate at Sunday night’s 11:59 p.m. deadline.

KPS Capital completes controlling investment in MCI

KPS Capital Partners, LP (KPS), New York, NY, announced September 20, its completion of a controlling investment in MCII Holdings, Inc., the parent company of MCI.

Ray Land, Fabulous Coach Lines, ranks among America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs 2010

Raymon Land III, owner of Fabulous Coaches, Branford, FL, has been named a finalist in Businessweek’s sixth annual search for America’s best young entrepreneurs.

Automotive Lift Institute answers FAQs on certification

The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI), a nationally accredited standards development organization, is an association comprised of responsible automotive lifts manufacturers advances the cause of automotive lift safety in the service and repair industry.

Bring cameras and video into the injury investigation

Cameras are growing increasingly pervasive in today’s society and now include cell phone cameras, security cameras, intersection/red light cameras and video recorders that capture entire segments of time.

Success goes unmarked

Relying on work habits engrained since childhood and working weekend auctions with his father, Royal Excursions founder Shannon Kaser took a calculated gamble on the transportation business in 1998. Seeing his operation as more than a taxi or limo service, Kaser chose the name to denote a more dynamic style of transportation. Twelve years later Kaser believes he has nailed the concept with his most recent purchase of three all black, unmarked motorcoaches, two of which are 2010 Van Hool C2045Es.

An industry staple is alive and well

Chartered motorcoach tours remain a major component in the mix of services that operators provide. Motorcoaches exist in the first place for people to load up a group and go somewhere for fun and entertainment, or educational purposes. I think what may look like declining interest in this industry staple over the last several years is actually a state of change. It will just take some creative thinking to grow the numbers.

All-electric buses make inroads

As all-electric buses continue to make greater inroads into the motorcoach and transit industries, the terminology is slowly changing from miles-per-gallon to miles-per-kilowatt. Although the Chinese have been using some form of electric bus for years, an increasing number of agencies in the U.S. are accepting and utilizing all-electric transit vehicles. Fleets now sport sleek, all-electric vehicles with the capacity to save thousands of dollars over a vehicle’s lifetime. Also, technology has improved to the point where recharging can be done in minutes.