03/15/2016

 

  California agency adds 5 MCI Commuter Coaches

From Metro:

 

Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc., will build 42 more MCI D-Series Commuter Coaches for Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD), valued at approximately $24.6 million.

Denver RTD is exercising an option on an earlier contract for 54 commuter coaches delivered in 2013. The agency purchased 59 additional MCI Commuter Coaches in 2015 for its new Flatiron Flyer Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service.

The BRT runs between Denver and Boulder. The newest coaches, to be delivered later in spring, will operate on RTD regular-route express service.

“The new coaches are replacing 12- to 15-year-old models that have reached the end of their useful lifespan,” said Bruce Abel, Denver RTD’s assistant GM, bus operations. “MCI has been a great vehicle for us, and they were the successful bidder in our original RFP. We look forward to providing exceptional service to our passengers with these latest coaches.”

The MCI Commuter Coach features plush, forward facing seating and overhead parcel racks with individual reading lights and airflow controls. Engineered to provide a comfortable, safe ride on express and highway routes, Denver RTD’s new Commuter Coaches are each equipped 110V / USB outlets at each seat, bike racks, a wheelchair lift and the latest clean-diesel engine technology for near-zero emissions. The model, 2015’s best-selling coach, also offers ease of maintenance and low total cost of operation. MCI’s data shows the model to be 10 times more reliable than the closest competitor, according to MCI.

“Denver is often lauded for its excellent public transportation system, which takes riders nearly anywhere in the Mile High City by light rail, bus or on our Commuter Coach,” said Tom Wagner, MCI VP, public sector sales. “We’re honored to serve Denver as RTD continues to expand and offer an upscale passenger experience, helping to get commuters out of their cars and fight traffic congestion.”

 

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  Chicago Transit installs first bus tracker displays across city

From Metro:
 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) President Dorval R. Carter Jr. announced good news for customers who transfer from trains to buses: the agency has installed its first-ever Bus Tracker arrival-time displays at 51 CTA stations, allowing customers to quickly and easily see when their bus is coming.

The CTA placed 66 Bus Trackers displays at 51 stations, some of which have the highest numbers of customers who transfer between trains and buses.

Previously, Bus Tracker signs were only found at bus shelters. On an average weekday approximately 150,000 riders make rail to bus transfers. Each sign provides the estimated arrival time for routes serving that particular bus stop within an approximately 30-minute timeframe.

“CTA customers have told us that they love Bus and Train Tracker for their convenience and ease, and we’re pleased to continue to invest and expand Bus Tracker to making commuting even easier for our customers who connect between trains and buses,” said CTA President Dorval Carter Jr. “The addition of these signs allows customers to know when their bus is coming while more comfortably waiting in the sheltered space of CTA rail station.”

The $1.3 million project is latest in many ways CTA has improved service for customers by investing in technology in recent years under Mayor....  READ MORE >

 

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