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Irizar debuts zero-emission ie bus

The new generation of the Irizar ie bus, the zero-emission electric bus launched in July 2014, has now arrived on the market with the latest technological and design innovations. The new features include weight reduction, improved passenger capacity to meet the regulations of several countries, and new batteries providing greater range. Irizar e-mobility presented the […]

Los Angeles Department of Transportation places largest battery-electric bus order in U.S. history

BYD (Build Your Dreams) announced Wednesday at the California Transit Association’s Annual Fall Conference in Monterey that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation ordered 130 of its battery-electric K7M buses, the largest single order of battery-electric buses to date in the United States. The order is a major milestone for BYD as it continues its […]

UMA members fill open seats on board of directors

Elections for the UMA Board of Directors took place this fall and the results are in. Please welcome UMA’s two new directors, Elizabeth Kamalakis of Coachlight Tours in Region 2 and Dale McMichael of Executive Coach, who was unopposed in Region 3. Directors reelected to their seats are Dennis Streif in Region 1, who ran […]

The motorcoach industry mourns Jim Thrasher

From: Linda Morris, Alabama Motorcoach Association It is with great sadness that I report to you that Jim Thrasher passed away on Wednesday, November 6 with his family surrounding him. Jim has struggled with failing health for a time. I extend sincere sympathy to his family, especially Barbara Thrasher, Alyce Davidson, and Alan Thrasher. Jim […]

BYD, Toyota agree to establish joint company for battery-electric vehicle research and development

BYD Company Ltd. (BYD) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced today that they have signed an agreement to establish a joint company to research and development for battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The new R&D company, which will work on designing and developing BEVs (including platform) and its related parts, is anticipated to be established in […]

MCTS boasts highest-rated transit tracking and ticketing app in North America

The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) announced this week that the Ride MCTS app is now the highest-rated customized transit tracking and mobile ticketing app in North America. In less than two years, the app has been downloaded more than 100,000 times, received thousands of positive reviews and achieved an average rating of 4.8 out […]

Q’STRAINT/Sure-Lok Announces the Winner of its Inaugural Q’MANITARIAN Award

Q’STRAINT/Sure-Lok is pleased to announce that Dan Allison, a highly acclaimed Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) and Driving Specialist at the Shepherd Center, which U.S. News and World Report ranks among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation, won the company’s inaugural Q’MANITARIAN Award. “At Q’STRAINT, we believe it takes a special type of person to work in the transportation […]

MCI kicks off electric with its D45 CRTe LE CHARGE and electric FlixBus demonstration in San Francisco, California

Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., (“NFI”), one of the world’s largest independent global bus manufacturers, is making history in California with a statewide tour of its first all-electric over-the-road coach—the groundbreaking MCI D45 CRTe LE CHARGE, designed for long-range express routes and improved accessibility. “Over the next three months, […]

AMF-Bruns Announces Winner of 2nd Annual National Special-Needs School Bus Driver of the Year Award

AMF-Bruns of America, global leader in wheelchair & occupant securements is pleased to announce Freddie Phillips, Special-Needs Bus Driver, as the winner of the2nd annual AMF-Bruns National Special-Needs School Bus Driver of the Year Award. He works for East Baton Rouge (EBR) Parish Schools in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In addition to his responsibilities as a […]

BYD to Highlight Zero Emission Technology at Fresno Conference

Build Your Dreams (BYD) will promote zero emission technology at the Fresno Regional Transportation Innovations Summit, serving as a sponsor and displaying its K9S battery-electric bus at the event. The event showcases the latest in advanced, clean transportation technology and brings together businesses and individuals that have invested in new technologies. “As the leader in […]