MCI to deliver 5 Commuter Coaches to Virginia's PRTC

Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc., will deliver five 2016 Commuter Coaches to Woodbridge, Va.’s Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) to serve its OmniRide express routes. The coaches are set to arrive at the end of the year.

PRTC will mark its milestone 30th year in operation with a free community celebration from 11:30-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at the PRTC Transit Center featuring family friendly entertainment, bus excursions, food trucks and ice cream with opportunities to support local charities.

MCI to deliver 5 Commuter Coaches to Virginia's PRTC

”We’re always looking for ways to attract more non-drivers who want the frequency, dependability, safety and comfort our service provides,” said PRTC Interim Executive Director Eric Marx, noting that expansion of the region’s high occupancy lanes is driving transit expansion. Marx said PRTC is focused on “improving service while creating a modern-day system that makes transit attractive to everyone. We want to remain a cut above all other alternative modes of transportation.”

MCI’s latest Commuter Coaches will replace retirement-age equipment on its OmniRide routes, which play a critical role in transporting public- and private-sector employees to Washington, D.C., the Pentagon, and the surrounding employment core.

PRTC first took delivery of 38 MCI Commuter Coaches in 2002. With delivery of the five new coaches later this year, PRTC will have 99 MCI Commuter Coaches in its 152 vehicle fleet. All PRTC vehicles feature the latest technology to improve safety, operations, route planning, and customer satisfaction. PRTC pioneered transit GPS tracking in the U.S. and today applies TransTrack System’s data analytics package to monitor on-time performance and ridership by trip, bus stop and route to capture trends.


  DDOT questions DC Metro on ADA passengers using Uber & Lyft

DDOT questions DC Metro on ADA passengers using Uber & Lyft

From:  WAMU - American University Radio:

MetroAccess vans may soon be reserved for riders who need a wheelchair ramp — pushing other riders into ride-hailing apps.

The District is questioning whether the Washington region’s transit authority can ensure the safety of people with disabilities as Metro moves closer to subcontracting with ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to provide thousands of low-cost trips in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. Metro has named the program ‘Abilities Ride.’

In a move to reduce the costs of its expensive MetroAccess paratransit service, which currently provides 2 million trips annually (a figure expected to increase to 3 million by 2025 due to the aging population), Metro is expected in the coming weeks to unveil a proposal to partner with app-based ride-hailing services to pick up people who do not need a MetroAccess van with a wheelchair ramp. Two-thirds of MetroAccess customers are ambulatory.

But Leif Dormsjo, the head of the District Department of Transportation, called into question the tech companies’ driver screening processes and disability training, in a letter to WMATA’s top disability access official.

“I am concerned about Metro’s ability to ensure the Abilities Ride drivers have clean background checks, driving records, and are subject to periodic drug and alcohol testing as [the companies] rely on subcontractors and are not subject to government oversight,” Dormsjo said in......  READ MORE >

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