04/18/2017

 

 




  ARBOC Specialty Vehicles celebrates 2,500th bus with DARTl
 

In 2009, ARBOC Specialty Vehicles LLC presented their first shipment of the renowned Spirit of Mobility model to Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).

Sen. Chuck Schumer, speaking outside Penn Station in
Manhattan on Sunday, April 9, 2017, said he will push to prioritize investing in U.S. rail systems, saying it's needed to avert further derailments.   Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

From: Bus Ride

In 2009, ARBOC Specialty Vehicles LLC presented their first shipment of the renowned Spirit of Mobility model to Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).

Subsequently, ARBOC and DART have developed a formidable partnership that has been a valuable part of ARBOC’s ongoing success. Together they are celebrating the delivery of ARBOC’s 2,500th low floor bus, merely eight years after its first production.

The 2,500th bus manufactured by ARBOC is part of an impressive 123 bus contract that was awarded to ARBOC in February of this year. Various obstacles the ARBOC team overcame to reach this landmark are testaments of their dedication to providing a bus that far-surpasses the quality of others in the industry. “I am proud to celebrate yet another milestone with the devoted employees at ARBOC. We have very ambitious growth targets and have successfully achieved many of these, not with a particular product but as a result of the strong foundation our employees have shaped for the company,” said Don Roberts, President & CEO. Their accomplishments are impressive, to say the least.

Another  key contributor to The ARBOC/DART partnership is Creative Bus Sales who administers the contract and provides all sales, service and parts support directly to DART. “We are excited to be a part of this important milestone for ARBOC, DART, and the specialty vehicle industry,” said Ryan Frost, General Manager – South Region of Creative Bus Sales. “We value this unique partnership and look forward to serving other like-minded transit authorities with quality products like ARBOC for passengers of all abilities.”

DART is currently one of the top 50 fleets in North America and their feedback is continually integral in implementing product improvements, giving ARBOC a unique advantage. “This incredible feat is a significant moment for us and I am thrilled to share it with DART and Creative Bus Sales, two of ARBOC’s strongest partners,” added Roberts. The ARBOC team is eager to experience further achievements with DART and Creative Bus Sales moving forward.   READ MORE >

 
  Proterra® delivers milestone electric bus to San Joaquin RTD
 

From:  Metro:

Proterra® delivered its 100th battery-electric bus to the San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) in Stockton, Calif.  With 36 different municipal, university, and commercial transit agency customers in 20 states from coast to coast, Proterra® has now deployed its zero-emission buses in some of the nation’s most innovative cities and communities. Many of the transit agencies serving these communities have also completed third and fourth orders for Proterra® buses, including San Joaquin RTD, King County Metro in Seattle, and Foothill Transit in Pomona, Calif.

 

With 36 different municipal, university, and commercial transit agency customers in 20 states from coast to coast, Proterra® has now deployed its zero-emission buses in some of the nation’s most innovative cities and communities. Many of the transit agencies serving these communities have also completed third and fourth orders for Proterra® buses, including San Joaquin RTD, King County Metro in Seattle, and Foothill Transit in Pomona, Calif.

Serving more than 687,744 people in San Joaquin County, RTD has added 10 more Proterra Catalyst® battery-electric buses to its expanding fleet, bringing their total number of Proterra® buses to 12. As the first agency in Northern California to operate all-electric technology, San Joaquin RTD exemplifies the growing trend among transit organizations to transition to zero-emission buses as the cost and performance benefits become clearer.

“Proterra® has helped us save funds; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and provide clean, quiet, electric transit service to residents throughout the San Joaquin Valley, so we couldn’t be prouder to share this milestone with them,” said Donna DeMartino, CEO of RTD. “At San Joaquin RTD, we see Proterra® as an indispensable partner as we seek to improve air quality conditions in the Valley and to ensure that our riders have access to one of the most efficient, reliable mass transportation systems in the country.”

To date, Proterra® buses have completed over 3,100,000 miles in revenue service, which equates to approximately 6,000 tons of GHG emissions reduced and over $2M saved in fuel and maintenance costs, according to the company.

On a total cost of ownership basis, these vehicles can save transit agencies up to $459,000 per bus over diesel-hybrid vehicles and up to $448,000 versus diesel vehicles over their lifetime. Combined with the environmental benefits of a more efficient technology at 21 MPGe, vs. 4 MPG for diesel, and zero tailpipe emissions, this dollars-and-cents argument for transit electrification has attracted sizeable orders from customers like Seattle’s King County Metro, which placed the largest order of battery-electric buses to date by committing to 73 Proterra® vehicles.

“We’re no longer at the dawn of the electric mass transportation revolution, we’re in the midst of it, and this milestone delivery to RTD proves that Proterra® continues to lead the way as the industry charges forward,” said Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra® . “As we deliver more buses, forge new partnerships and follow through on more repeat orders, we will continue to do our part as the North American market leader and will champion innovation throughout the electric mobility ecosystem.”    READ MORE >

 
 
 
 

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  H & L Charters takes delivery of MCI J4500 won during UMA Expo
 

The auction benefited the Motorcoach Marketing Council, with proceeds supporting the image and future of motorcoach travel in North America via Council’s GoMotorcoach campaign available to operators. H & L Charter also won the 2017 ABA Green Spirit Award from the American Bus Association’s Annual Meeting & Marketplace in Cleveland in the small operator category.

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.’s H & L Charter took delivery of its new MCI J4500, which it won during the GoMotorcoach auction at UMA Expo in St. Louis in February.

The auction benefited the Motorcoach Marketing Council, with proceeds supporting the image and future of motorcoach travel in North America via Council’s GoMotorcoach campaign available to operators. H & L Charter also won the 2017 ABA Green Spirit Award from the American Bus Association’s Annual Meeting & Marketplace in Cleveland in the small operator category.

“We’re a third-generation company with a bright future, and proud of recent achievements,” said H & L President Jodi Merritt, part of a women-owned and family-owned business that includes her mother, Elaine Fickett. “Our customers demand clean, environmentally sound transportation and we’re very excited and proud to add MCI’s greenest ‘J’ to our fleet.”

This year the 2017 MCI J4500 unveils the latest generation of EPA 2017 clean-diesel Cummins ISX12 engine technology.

H & L Charter took delivery of its new MCI J4500 on March 15, which brings the company’s 45- and 40-foot coach fleet to 14. The coach’s features include a Tarabus wood-like floor along with the new standard enhanced Amaya GT seats that have a thinner back for more per-passenger cabin space.

The new coach will mainly be used for the operation’s 15-day tours  -  mostly through California, Arizona, and Utah, and..........  READ MORE >


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