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  FMCSA Issues Guidance to Organizations & Businesses

From UMA.org:

To clarify existing regulations, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued guidance today to organizations and businesses transporting passengers in interstate commerce.

The new guidance is available online (click here). The website contains information for categories that have often been somewhat confusing and include:

Hotel-Related Transportation, Employer-Related Transportation, Education-Related Transportation and Multi-Modal Passenger Transportation.

Additionally, the guidance provides definitions for interstate commerce and for-hire versus private carrier. 
In publishing the regulatory guidance, FMCSA is requesting comments (next 60 days) from the public. Comments can be submitted at www.regulations.gov (FMCSA-2016-0352).

We frequently receive inquiries here at UMA regarding whether certain types of organizations can provide interstate charter service and if they are regulated. This information should go a long way towards providing regulatory guidance to the various modes of travel. We urge you to review the guidance, share your insight with UMA, and submit constructive comments to FMCSA.

FMCSA Assistant Administrator & Chief Safety Officer, Jack Van Steenburg, has agreed to speak at the State Association Summit during the 2017 UMA Motorcoach EXPO in St. Louis and will provide important updates regarding the...............  READ MORE >

  Connectivity and Telematics: The Future of School Buses

Connectivity and Telematics: The Future of School Buses

From:  School Bus Fleet:

What does the future of the school bus industry look like? With telematics, the future of pupil transportation lies in connectivity. School buses are becoming more efficient, safer through enhanced driver performance, easier to maintain and just plain "smarter" all of which also decrease the total cost of ownership (TCO).

And the future isn't that far off. In fact, enhanced technologies through telematics are here today and they're here to stay.

In the spring of 2014, Thomas Built Buses introduced Zonar’s V3 telematics control unit on the Saf-T-Liner® C2 as factory-installed standard equipment, becoming the first OEM in the industry to add telematics in-line. Today, Thomas Built installs Zonar on its full line of school buses including the Saf-T-Liner HDX , Saf-T-Liner EFX and Minotour®.

"Other bus manufacturers offer this level of telematics as an add-on," said Caley Edgerly, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses. "But we realize that connectivity and the 'connected bus' is the future. So we install Zonar components at no additional cost right here in our factory. In our Saf-T-Liner C2 school buses, we connect Zonar telematics directly into our proprietary multiplex wiring system. This connectivity enables the system to monitor multiple chassis and............. READ MORE >

  King County Metro to buy 73 electric battery buses from Proterra

From:  Metro:

King County Metro announced plans to purchase up to 73 all-electric battery buses from Proterra at a cost of up to $55 million, starting with 20 buses totaling $15.12 million. Charging stations to support the initial orders of those buses will range from $5.5 million to $6.6 million.

The 40-foot battery buses have an estimated range of about 25 miles, with a quick charging time of just 10 minutes. Maintenance costs of all-electric buses are expected to decline versus hybrid-diesels, primarily because they have fewer moving parts, according to the agency.

Eight of the buses are slated to go into service this year; 12 more in 2019. Up to eight of the new 40-foot battery buses will likely operate on Metro Routes 226 and 241 in Bellevue, Wash. As part of a pilot project last year, Metro began running three all-electric buses on these routes, which serve some of the county’s densest job centers, including the Microsoft campus and downtown Bellevue............   READ MORE >

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