07/25/2017

 

 




  MCI delivers J4500 to Wis.-based Babler Bus Service
 

From MCI:

Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc., delivered a brand new J4500 and two pre-owned, re-energized J4500s to Sturgeon Bay, Wis.-based Babler Bus Service.

Babler’s new J4500 includes a powertrain featuring the Detroit Diesel DD13 engine and Allison transmission. Interiors feature top-grade Kiel seating with leather trim accompanied by individual 110-volt outlets with USB ports for maximum entertainment and comfort.

The operation’s newest coach also features tempered glass roof-hatches, a backup safety camera, chrome mirrors and a custom, marble-look hydrographic spiral entryway exclusive to MCI.

 


Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc., delivered a brand new J4500 and two pre-owned, re-energized J4500s to Sturgeon Bay, Wis.-based Babler Bus Service.

Interiors of the J4500 motorcoach feature top-grade Kiel seating with leather trim accompanied by individual 110-volt outlets with USB ports for maximum entertainment and comfort.

"It really makes an impression with our passengers," said Babler’s Owner/CEO Paul Babler.

Based in Sturgeon Bay, Babler is a fixture in Southern Door County, providing charter services for events, such as weddings, ball games, school outings, ski trips, and church groups. The company’s most popular tours include Chicago staples like the annual Flower & Garden Show and year-round shopping and museum trips; Milwaukee Brewers’ games; a Branson, Mo., holiday tour; and the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky. Babler also serves Two Rivers and Manitowoc through Green Bay, and offers weekly casino tours departing from Door County, through Green Bay.

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  Texas A&M, partners explore bus system optimization
 

Texas A&M Transportation Institute, partners explore bus system optimization.

From Metro:

Texas A&M Transportation Institute, partners explore bus system optimization.

Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, announced an exploratory transportation project to optimize traffic flows for bus ridership and utilize data analytics to improve navigation at Texas A&M University through Aruba Wireless and Data Analytics.

Texas A&M University is one of the largest universities in the U.S. with a College Station-based student population of 61,000, and a 5,200-acre campus. At Texas A&M, the Texas A&M Transportation Services Department operates the university’s transit system with 98 buses and 7.5 million annual riders. The initiative is taking place through the Campus Transportation Technology Initiative (CTTI), which seeks to bring private sector transportation innovation into the campus community to improve mobility, safety, and quality of life.

Like many large universities, navigating the campus, and using a mix of parking, transit, and walking to various destinations can be challenging across a diverse mix of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. TTI and Transportation Services partnered with Aruba and Skyfii to implement a pilot project at some of the busiest stopping points on the main campus. Aruba and Skyfii are the first technology vendors under the initiative to partner with TTI to support a big data and IoT initiative.

Initial results have provided insight into rider dwell time, as well as dispersal patterns after riders exit the bus. Though in the early stages of data collection, researchers are already gaining insights into the percentage of visitors who travel to certain venues on campus, the dwell times associated with various venues, and the busiest transit days and hours of the week.

"Our primary goal is to examine the optimization of bus stops in the implementation area," said Robert Brydia, TTI senior research scientist. "If a high percentage of visitors move from the current stop location to other venues where there are spaces for transit stops, perhaps stop locations on routes should be adjusted. Our new data analytics will give us this information, and we can adjust our system accordingly."        READ MORE>

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  Texas District Awarded for Video on School Bus Rules

From School Bus Fleet:

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) has earned an honor for its training video for school bus passengers.  In the video, titled "SAISD School Bus Safety Expectations," an animated version of a trainer teaches students the rules for safely riding the school bus.

The SAISD spot recently won a Telly Award, a program that recognizes creativity in TV and cable, digital and streaming, and non-broadcast productions. Judges rate entries on a 10-point scale. Entries that earn an average score of 7.0 to 8.9 are awarded a Bronze Telly for outstanding achievement, which is what SAISD received. For the 2017 Telly Awards program, there were more than 12,000 entries, and about 25% were selected for a Bronze Award.

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SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) has earned an honor for its training video for school bus passengers.




 

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