Yosemite DNC adds six "talking" D4005 coaches

DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, the company that provides transportation and other concessions to America’s oldest park, has taken delivery of six Motor Coach Industries D4005 coaches to use for customer tours and shuttles. The 40-foot coaches feature “talking bus” DR600 destination sign systems, which, in addition to announcing stops according to GPS, can transmit data back to a home office.

The D4005s, part of MCI’s D Series coach family, feature clean-diesel Cummins ISX engines and Allison B500 transmissions along with three-point seatbelts and Braun UVL wheelchair lifts. They also offer passengers amenities including power outlets at every seat, footrests, parcel racks, individual comfort controls, reading lamps and a DVD entertainment system with video monitors.

Gary Rosenfeld, director of transportation at Yosemite, says the company chose the D4005 because of its ranking as the coach in its category with the lowest operating cost. It furthermore wanted the coaches because their 40-foot length makes them navigable along the park’s narrow, winding roads.

“Passengers love the coaches,” said Rosenfeld. “They love the quiet, the comfort and that they’re ADA-equipped. They also like the kneeling aspect. Our guests have been very complimentary.”

The coaches, with their vivid Yosemite scenery wraps, also reflect the beauty of the park. According to Rosenfeld, the company maintains its coaches to top specifications and generally keeps them for 10 years or more; wraps, because they can be changed, allow DNC Yosemite to keep the exterior fresh and customize the visual message.

The DR600 sign system, in addition to announcing stops inside the coach based on GPS inputs, can let passengers waiting at a stop know when the next bus is coming. It can also send information back to DNC such as how many passengers are aboard, who is driving and what the coach is doing at any given moment. DNC requests the system on all of its coaches.

DNC Yosemite transports more than four million passengers a year on a fleet that includes 35 coaches and 11 trams. It is part of Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and food services that is family-owned and reports $2 billion in annual revenues. U.S. National Park Service and NASA are among its clients that use MCI coaches.

To learn more visit www.yosemite.com.