07/11/2017

 

 



 


 
  Sun Diego & Sun Express take delivery of 4 new Van Hools
 

Sun Diego Charter and their Anaheim based sister company, Sun Express, have taken delivery of 4 new Van Hool CX45 luxury coaches from ABC Companies, Van Hool’s exclusive US distributor.

Founded in 1997 by Bev and Rich Illes, with two mini buses and two MC-9's, the companies now operate a combined fleet of 90 coaches in the San Diego and Los Angeles markets.

Sun Diego Charter and their Anaheim based sister company, Sun Express, have taken delivery of 4 new Van Hool CX45 luxury coaches from ABC Companies, Van Hool’s exclusive US distributor.

Sun Diego continues to grow in their local San Diego market with a diverse mix including 41 scheduled routes to casinos, contract, school/university and general charter services. They recently opened a modern facility in Anaheim, CA, to help expand their brand (Sun Express Charter Co.) into the Orange County, Los Angeles, and Riverside County markets.

“We were acquired by All Aboard America! Holdings, LLC in 2014 and that has actually enhanced our ability to offer first rate transportation,” says Rich Illes. “We’ve kept our great reputation and unique identity, while continuing to offer the close personal relationships and quality service customers expect from a local company, but now backed by the resources of a regional powerhouse. Our favorite part of the business has always been serving customers, and now that we have a parent organization doing much of the administrative work, we can devote more time to taking care of our clientele.”

In addition to Sun Diego, AAH! LLC has successful operations in Arizona, Texas and New Mexico (All Aboard America!), Denver (Ace Express), and Louisiana (Hotard Coaches).

According to Illes, “ABC Companies and Charlie Walser have always gone above and beyond whenever we’ve needed anything, and our customers and drivers love the Van Hool coaches. We’ve enjoyed a close relationship, and feel that they have contributed a great deal to our growth.”

Charlie Walser pointed out, “We saw the Illes as winners from the get-go. They’ve really ‘upped the game’ in their market. Sun Diego is great at maintaining relationships with their customers and they run one of the largest, most modern fleets in Southern California. We’re proud to be part of their success.”

The 56 passenger ADA compliant coaches are powered by Cummins ISX engines coupled to Allison B500 Gen4 transmission and boast Grande Lux seating, woodgrain flooring, REI Elite entertainment systems, WiFi and 110 volt outlets, as well as Van Hool’s unique rear passenger window. All 4 coaches incorporate Van Hool safety features including 3 point seatbelts, backup camera, lane departure warning, antilock brakes, Smartwave Tire Pressure Monitoring, Kidde Fire Suppression Systems, automatic stability control, daytime running lights, curbside lighting and adaptive......   VISIT ABC >

 

  Sears to Manage Northwest Pacific Region at WSP USA
 

From Metro:

Mel Sears has been named Northwest Pacific district manager and Seattle office area manager at WSP USA, formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.

In his new position, Sears is responsible for oversight of the firm’s operations in Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and the South Pacific.

A WSP sr. VP, Sears most recently served as business development director for the firm’s West region. He worked with WSP’s 10 offices in the West to enhance relationships with key clients, expand business development opportunities, and invigorate marketing and pursuit efforts.

Sears has over 30 years leading architecture and engineering organizations, managing major infrastructure projects, shaping transportation funding initiatives, and serving in leadership roles in numerous professional and business organizations. He joined  ..............  READ MORE>

 
  Electric School Bus Pilot Charges Up in Minnesota
 

From School Bus Fleet News:

LAKEVILLE, Minn. - Some students here will start riding an all-electric school bus this fall in a first-of-its-kind program in Minnesota.

The program is a collaboration between transportation provider Schmitty & Sons and electricity cooperatives Dakota Electric Association and Great River Energy. The goal is to demonstrate the technology of a battery-electric school bus in a cold-weather climate, as well as on longer suburban and rural routes.

“We’re also seeking to document the economics of the bus on our system and as part of Schmitty & Sons’ bus fleet, including overall operation and maintenance cost savings and the calculation of emissions reductions,” said David Ranallo, manager of member services and marketing at Great River Energy.

LAKEVILLE, Minn. - Some students here will start riding an all-electric school bus this fall in a first-of-its-kind program in Minnesota.
Transportation provider Schmitty & Sons is collaborating with two electricity
providers to deploy an eLion all-electric school bus this fall.

The program will deploy an all-electric eLion school bus manufactured by Canada-based Lion Electric Co. (formerly known as Lion Bus). The 72-passenger bus contains up to five batteries, reportedly giving it a range of 100 miles per charge. It can recharge overnight when electricity demand and cost are lower.

“We’ve looked at other fuel-alternative school buses but haven’t seen any additional advantages like we have with the eLion model,” said Bill Forbord, chief operating officer of Schmitty & Sons. “It’s a quiet, smooth ride and has the next generation of operational and safety features. It’s also very user-friendly for the driver.”

The three companies said they are using the program to educate the public on the value of electric technology.

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to bring this technology to our members,” said Jane Siebenaler, business account executive for Dakota Electric Association. “Because of this collaboration, we are able to strengthen a member relationship, pilot cutting-edge electric bus technology, and lay the foundation for what could be an excellent, energy-efficient school bus option.”     READ MORE >

 
 
 

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