In Memory of Jon Roy Lee:   July 18, 1953 - September 5, 2015

With sadness and regret, we inform you that Jon Lee, Director of Motor Coach Maintenance at Mears Transportation, passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2015.  He apparently experienced a heart attack while riding his bicycle on September 5th.  Jon is survived by his wife, Tova, and two children.

Memorial Services will he held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, September 9 at the Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, 994 East Altamonte Drive, Altamonte, FL 32701.  Opportunity to post Guest Book comments and additional information can be found at:



 Industry Set to Converge on Indianapolis for BusCon 2015

Following last year’s successful venue change and subsequent buzz, the 20th installment of BusCon will once again roll into Indianapolis’ Indiana Convention Center, featuring all the latest vehicles and technology, Sept. 28 to 30.


The show kicks off Monday afternoon with two sessions hosted by the United Motorcoach Association and the Bus & Motorcoach Academy  -  “Social Media Made Easy for Motorcoach Operators” and “Alcohol – What is Your Exposure?”

The show kicks off Monday afternoon with two sessions hosted by the United Motorcoach Association and the Bus & Motorcoach Academy  -  “Social Media Made Easy for Motorcoach Operators” and “Alcohol – What is Your Exposure?”

Also on the bill that afternoon will be the informative session “Turn Millenials into Customers,” featuring Porschia Parker, founder of Fly High Coaching and the Millennial Performance Institute. Parker will discuss who this important demographic is, how they think and how you might be able to attract them to your operation.

Following the afternoon programming, this year’s Welcome Reception will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium  -  home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts  -  where attendees can network and get a behind-the-scenes look at one of sports’ newest iconic stadiums.

As always, “North America’s Biggest Bus Show” will offer the largest quantity and widest variety of vehicle and products on its expanded show floor, giving attendees the chance to see more than 60 buses of all sizes and types, including electric, CNG and propane vehicles. The show floor will be open Tuesday, Sept. 29 from Noon to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


 SMART to spend $35 million on 80 new buses

Some good news for public transportation users as SMART, the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transit, announced that it will spend $34.6 million on 80 new 40-foot buses.

The upgrade is the next significant move by SMART, who has already put 61 new propane-fueled paratransit Connector buses into action this year.


The purchase comes as a result of last year’s election, where 66 percent of voters approved a tax increase to help SMART upgrade 135 vehicles through a four-year operating issue boost.

Because SMART previously had to get permission to use operational funding for vehicle maintenance, the tax has afforded them the freedom to work around that constraint allowing them to make the upgrades they need without the red tape.

Additionally, the tax increase helped wipe out their annual operating budget deficit, which was around $4.6 million. 

The new buses will a be significant upgrade a system that as of last year had nearly 88 percent of its nearly 600-bus fleet running on over 500,000 miles, far exceeding the standard set by the Federal Transit Administration.

The buses are called BRTs, or bus rapid transit models, and will be built by Gillig Corporation out of Hayward, California. They’ll cost around $433,000 per bus.     READ MORE >


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