07/21/2015

 NJ TRANSIT to add 772 MCI Commuter Coaches
   

In one of the largest contracts between NJ TRANSIT and Motor Coach Industries (MCI), the agency’s board of directors authorized the purchase of 772 fully featured MCI 45-foot Commuter Coaches.

The latest equipment purchase in a 33-year relationship between NJ TRANSIT and MCI, the $395 million order for clean diesel, cruiser-style coaches will offer NJ TRANSIT riders three-point seatbelts, comfortable forward-facing seating for 57 passengers, as well as individual airflow controls and reading lights.


The six-year delivery schedule for the new Commuter Coaches will begin in 2016, and the order will replace existing MCI coaches in New Jersey’s fleet. MCI has delivered over 2,000 Commuter Coaches to the agency since 1982. NJ TRANSIT was one of the first public transit operators to use the MCI Commuter Coach to reach outlying city and expanding suburban areas.

The MCI Commuter Coach is renowned for its durability and quality; built with a rugged semi-monocoque structure that elevates passengers and drivers above traffic, while safety features including electronic stability control offer even more security.

Compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the new coaches will offer cleaner engine technology with Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to reduce exhaust emissions required by the latest Clean Air Act amendment.

“We are tremendously honored that NJ TRANSIT has once again selected MCI,” said MCI President/CEO Rick Heller. “Our Commuter Coach has been the mainstay in its express service capabilities for decades. Today’s announcement for 772 additional vehicles marks another milestone in an important customer relationship centered on coach performance and innovation.”

The MCI Commuter Coach was the industry best-seller in the public sector in 2014. Heller points out that MCI’s long relationship with NJ TRANSIT has helped drive company sales records and innovation. MCI won its first contract with NJ TRANSIT in 1982 for 700 MC-9 cruiser buses, purchasing another 415 in 1987. In 2000, the agency gave MCI the biggest public transit order in North American bus-industry history at the time with a 1,400- vehicle purchase.  READ MORE >

 
 IndyGo puts CCW's Remanufactured Electric Buses in Service
 

IndyGo's all-electric buses, provided by Complete Coach Works, are now on the roads of Indianapolis, operating at a fourth of the cost of a traditional diesel bus, according to the agency.

"Electric buses provide our passengers with a quieter, smoother ride, raising the bar for transit in the central Indiana region" says Mike Terry, president/CEO of IndyGo. "We will have 21 electric buses by the end of 2015, the largest electric bus fleet in the country."

The electric buses, funded by a 2013 competitive federal TIGER grant, are remanufactured and rely on a zero-emissions drive system. Since the rollout of the buses in early June, performance has exceeded 130 miles on a single...   READ MORE >

 

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