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  Trans-Bridge Lines receives highest DOT rating, adds new coaches

Trans-Bridge Lines receives highest DOT rating, adds new coaches

From: Metro:

After a two-week, comprehensive U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) audit, Trans-Bridge Lines Inc. received the highest DOT rating granted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ensuring compliance with federal regulations.

Driver qualifications, safety operations, CDL requirements, maintenance records, physical motorcoach inspections, by Pa. State Police inspectors, were among the components audited.

The company recently added six 2017 Motor Coach Industries (MCI) J4500 buses to its fleet during the first week of January. The environmentally friendly vehicles offer improved leg room and USB charging outlets at every seat. Within the next 10 months, Trans-Bridge will replace 13 additional buses, which revitalizes 31% of their fleet this year alone while reducing their average fleet age from 5 years to 4 years.

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Trans-Bridge, celebrating 76 years in service this year, provides travel to and from the Greater Lehigh Valley, N.J. and................... READ MORE >

  Microvast delivers record number of electric buses in 2016

Microvast delivers record number of electric buses in 2016

Microvast delivers record number of electric buses in 2016

Microvast, provider of battery storage solutions for mobile and stationary applications, delivered more than 7,500 all-electric and hybrid-electric buses in 2016 for metro transit use worldwide  -  a new high for the company.

The company also announced plans to expand operations in the U.S., where it expects to put its first e-buses on the road in 2017.

As of the end of 2016, more than 15,000 Microvast battery-powered buses were operating in public transport networks in China, as well as in five countries in Europe. Collectively, Microvast electric buses have traveled over one billion kilometers without failures or safety issues.

Microvast has been a vertically integrated developer and manufacturer of safe, long-life, fast-charging lithium-ion battery systems for more than 10 years. Its electric and hybrid bus business was launched in 2010, mainly focusing on Europe and China. Based on considerable experience with battery systems in those markets, the company is advancing its activities in the U.S. This includes a primary emphasis on the e-bus sector, while also pursuing opportunities in truck electrification, mining processes, grid-scale energy storage, and other markets.

In the U.S., Microvast sees a significant opportunity to electrify public transport like it has in other countries. To that end, the company established a U.S. headquarters near Houston that will expand to include additional engineering, service and production personnel. Nearby in Sugar Land, Texas, Microvast will open a new battery pack manufacturing facility, which will be in........... READ MORE >

  UMA Search for New President/CEO

 UMA Search for New President/CEO

From:  UMA.Org:

During the next few months, the United Motorcoach Association’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors will be working on a transition program preparing for the appointment of the next President/CEO. While working diligently to maintain the organization’s focus and moving forward during this time, UMA Board Chairman, Dale Krapf, has appointed a Search Committee made up of the Executive Committee of the UMA Board.

In addition to the appointment of the committee, the Executive Committee of the Board has engaged the services of Steve Klika, former president of the International Motorcoach Group (IMG) to manage the national search process. Klika has been active in recruiting new leadership for numerous motorcoach companies and trade associations in the United States and Canada.

These actions follow the retirement announcement last month of long time United Motorcoach Association President and CEO, Vic Parra. He is scheduled to step down............   READ MORE >

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