U.S., Canada motorcoach sales up, ABA survey finds

The American Bus Association (ABA) released the first half-year 2016 results of the quarterly Coach Builder Survey. Based on responses from five motorcoach manufacturers, sales in the first half of 2016 exceeded those of the same period over the last three years.

“We found in the survey that more than 1,200 new and more than 560 pre-owned coaches of all sizes were sold so far this year,” said ABA President/CEO Peter Pantuso. “Each year has shown an increases in total vehicle sales and 2016 is no different. This strong upward trend in sales has continued steadily despite a weak economy nationwide.”

U.S., Canada motorcoach sales up, ABA survey finds

Every quarter, the American Bus Association Foundation surveys the major motorcoach manufacturers who sell vehicles in the U.S. and Canada. For this study, a motorcoach  -  defined as a vehicle designed for long-distance transportation of passengers  -  characterized by integral construction with an elevated passenger deck located over a baggage compartment. It is at least 30 feet in length with a capacity of more than 30 passengers.

Based on the survey data, total motorcoach sales in the first half of 2016 were greater than the same period over the past three years. So far in 2016, a total of 1,760 vehicles are on the road with new owners. Over the last three years, motorcoach sales compared at 1,500 in 2015; 1,250 in 2014; and 1,300 in 2013 during the same period.



 NY MTA bus drivers: nearly 1,000 reported threats this year

NY MTA bus drivers: nearly 1,000 reported threats this year

From:  NY Daily News:

Kelvin Burton, a bus driver for more than two decades, had a rough start to 2015 thanks to a brazen farebeater.

On New Year’s Day around 9 a.m. that year in Flatbush, the rider on the B8 bus got irked that Burton confronted him over the stiffed fare and began to rant about having a gun.

Burton, 46, of Harlem, who has a burly build, took it as blustery tough talk. But he still called police and reported the incident to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Phinn once had to kick everyone off her bus after a woman threatened her life.

“It was a threat, to be honest with you, so I had to call the police, of course,” said Burton, who said the man hopped off after cops were called.

“It was a big scene on the bus, from just asking him for his fare, which I thought was crazy, ludicrous,” Burton said.

Burton’s complaint was one of the 1,466 reports of threats and harassment in 2015.

So far this year, there have been 932 threat and harassment complaints  -  in addition to 34 reported assaults.

At the Jackie Gleason Bus Depot in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, one of the biggest depots in the MTA, bus drivers said it’s routine to hear...........  READ MORE >

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