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  New Flyer to deliver 100 Xcelsior buses to Houston METRO

New Flyer to deliver 100 Xcelsior buses to Houston METRO

Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) awarded New Flyer with a contract for 100 40-foot Xcelsior® clean diesel buses.

METRO began operations in January 1979 and today serves 14 cities as well as major portions of unincorporated Harris County.

With nearly 9,000 bus stops, METRO buses run more than 42 million revenue miles and will have had an estimated 66 million boarding’s per year.

The contract for this new order of XD40’s is valued at approximately $46.8 million and will be used to replace some of METRO’s transit buses that have reached the end of their useful life. Delivery of these buses is planned for 2018.

Since 1996, New Flyer and its subsidiary companies have delivered a total of 1,295 low floor clean diesel, compressed natural gas, or diesel-electric hybrid...............  READ MORE >

  FMCSA: Random Controlled Substances Testing rate for 2017


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the controlled substances random testing rate for regulated motor carriers will remain at 25% for calendar year 2017.

FMCSA regulations require that truck and bus companies that employ commercial driver’s licensed (CDL) drivers conduct random drug and alcohol tests upon these individuals at a nationally prescribed percentage, which is informed by the results of an annual survey.

“For the safety of everyone traveling on our highways and roads, no driver should ever get behind the wheel under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” said FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling. “Commercial motor vehicle companies must comply with the crucial safety responsibility of conducting rigorous drug and alcohol testing programs for all of their CDL drivers.”

For calendar year 2016, FMCSA lowered the minimum annual drug testing rate from 50% to 25% following three consecutive calendar years (2011, 2012, 2013) of drug testing data received in the Management Information System (MIS) survey, which indicated that the positive rate for controlled substances was less than 1%. FMCSA conducts the MIS survey to ensure compliance with the set testing rates.

According to federal regulations, when the data received in the MIS for two consecutive calendar years indicates that the positive rate for controlled substances is less than 1%, the FMCSA Administrator has the discretion to lower the annual testing rate to..............   READ MORE >

  Alexander Dennis doubles manufacturing footprint in N. America

Alexander Dennis doubles manufacturing footprint in N. America

Alexander Dennis Inc. (ADI) continues to increase its North American footprint and underline its long term commitment to supporting this significant market with a multi-million dollar investment in a manufacturing hub in Nappanee, Ind.

ADI is part of the North American arm of Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL), the world’s biggest double-deck bus manufacturer. ADI has engaged with a contract manufacturer to produce double-deck buses in Nappanee since September 2014.

From Dec. 29, 2016, ownership of assets and the facility lease wholly transitioned to ADI, who take over the entire operation.

ADI will invest in excess of $1.5 million to transform the existing facility with an improved customer reception area, office space and team member facilities, including refurbished break rooms. The project is slated for completion by March 2017.

The company will optimize manufacturing efficiency by consolidating all operations at the Nappanee site into one 127,000-square-foot building rather than the previous smaller footprint spread over multiple buildings. A second body assembly line will be added to the existing two lines (one chassis, one body) which will more than double weekly output. One body assembly line will focus on the world’s best-selling three axle double-deck, the Enviro500 13’6 model and one...........   READ MORE >

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