08/22/2017

 

 




  Silverado Stages adds 28 Volvo 9700s
 

From Metro:

Silverado Stages announced the delivery of 28 new Volvo 9700 motorcoaches, which will be added to Silverado's current 350 bus fleet located in California, Nevada, and Arizona.

The Volvo 9700s are well-equipped motorcoaches with industry leading safety features, appealing design, and a fuel-efficient engine. The bright and airy interior design, comfortable seats, and large tinted windows create an inviting passenger environment.

Silverado Stages announced the delivery of 28 new Volvo 9700 motorcoaches, which will be added to Silverado’s current 350 bus fleet located in California, Nevada, and Arizona.

Together with the low interior noise, superior interior climate control, and on-board entertainment system, Silverado promises a passenger experience surpassing all expectations.

"After extensive trials, we were pleased to confirm the value demonstrated by the 9700s, and look forward to continuing safe, quality transportation," stated John Busskohl, Silverado's CEO.

Silverado Stages has been providing safe, reliable and comfortable motorcoach and shuttle transportation service across California, Nevada, Arizona, and the West for over 30 years.

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  MARTA's Parker among Atlanta's 'Most Admired' CEOs
 

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) GM/CEO Keith Parker has been named one of region’s Most Admired CEOs by The Atlanta Business Chronicle. This distinction recognizes Atlanta’s leading executives in various industries and professional disciplines, according to the publication.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) GM/CEO Keith Parker has been named one of region's Most Admired CEOs by The Atlanta Business Chronicle. This distinction recognizes Atlanta's leading executives in various industries and professional disciplines, according to the publication.

Parker joined the nation's 9th largest transit system as its GM/CEO in 2012.With an annual budget of nearly $1 billion, MARTA provides more than 400,000 passenger trips a day through heavy rail, bus and paratransit services.

Since taking the helm, Parker has worked with MARTA's Board of Directors to balance MARTA's budget, improve efficiencies, increase bus and rail service, and enhance the overall customer experience.

"I am humbled to receive this distinct honor with this distinguished group of industry leaders and innovators," said Parker. "This recognition is truly a reflection of the dedication and hard work of the entire MARTA family."

With a long history of accomplishments and accolades, Parker was previously recognized as Outstanding Public Transportation Manager by the American Public Transportation Association in October 2015. In 2016, Parker received a prestigious appointment by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council and was named one of eight Public Officials of the Year by Governing Magazine.

A native of Petersburg, Va., Parker serves the community with various national and local civic and charitable organizations  -  including the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Virginia Commonwealth Board of Visitors and Goodwill Industries.

Parker holds an MBA from the University of Richmond, as well as a Master of Urban and Regional Planning and a BA in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle's Most Admired CEO's Awards Reception and Ceremony will take place Aug. 24, at the Foundry at Puritan Mill beginning at 6 p.m.


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  School Bus Driver Shortage Draws Media Attention Nationwide

From School Bus Fleet:

The widespread school bus driver shortage has made this year's back-to-school season a rough ride for some beyond the usual period of adjustment, and this year, the media seems to have taken more notice than in previous years.

School Bus Fleet and national and local news sources have been busy reporting on the impacts of school bus driver shortage nationwide.

In Indiana, a school district in Muncie had to cancel the first two days of school because of problems it encountered in transporting students, including significant delays, no-show buses, drivers who were unfamiliar with the area, and students having to give them directions. The district had hired a new school bus company, and some of the drivers needed to be brought in from Michigan, where the company is headquartered.

 

The widespread school bus driver shortage has made this year's back-to-school season a rough ride for some beyond the usual period of adjustment, and this year, the media seems to have taken more notice than in previous years.

In Hawaii, the state Department of Education temporarily consolidated and suspended school bus routes for four schools on Maui at the beginning of the month because of a shortage of qualified school bus drivers. (On Thursday, the state had restored one bus route, and is hiring several more CDL-licensed drivers.)

Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, Edmond Public Schools had to eliminate bus service to some neighborhoods and consolidate bus stops in other neighborhoods located within 1 mile of a school due to being down by 29 drivers.

An example of the nationwide media attention the challenge is garnering: Good Morning America interviewed SBF editor Tom McMahon on Tuesday about the shortage and some of its impacts, such as the route cuts and bus stop consolidations mentioned above.

Additionally, a handful of reporters reached out to SBF over the last couple weeks to get more information about the nationwide school bus driver shortage and the causes driving the shortage.

One of the reporters who reached out on Aug. 8, Gary Haber for the York Daily Record, asked about SBF's recent Top 50 Contractors survey results that found most driver shortages in North America moderate to severe, and no respondents reporting zero shortage. Haber also spoke with three school bus contractors and found that, similar to SBF's survey findings, they are increasing pay, adding or increasing bonuses, and paying for driver training and testing. They are also trying new ways of recruiting, advertising the ...................  READ MORE >

 


 

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