09/19/2017

 

 


  New Flyer of America breaks ground on $25M Ala. facility revamp

From Metro:

New Flyer of America Inc. broke ground today on a $25 million building renovation and expansion project in Anniston, Ala. The 36-acre, five-building campus will feature a new Vehicle Innovation Center (VIC), North America's first innovation lab dedicated to the advancement of bus and coach technology.

The VIC will be led in partnership with Motor Coach Industries Inc. (MCI), another U.S. subsidiary of the company, and delivers on the company's commitment to improving U.S. jobs, infrastructure, manufacturing, and innovation.

New Flyer of America Inc. broke ground today on a $25 million building renovation and expansion project in Anniston, Ala. The 36-acre, five-building campus will feature a new Vehicle Innovation Center (VIC), North America's first innovation lab dedicated to the advancement of bus and coach technology. The VIC will be led in partnership with Motor Coach Industries Inc. (MCI), another U.S. subsidiary of the company, and delivers on the company's commitment to improving U.S. jobs, infrastructure, manufacturing, and innovation.

"Repairing infrastructure through advanced technology is paramount to America's competitiveness, safety and prosperity. Through New Flyer's investment in advanced engineering and manufacturing, we have the potential to dramatically transform the future of public transportation in the U.S.," said Wayne Joseph, President of New Flyer of America. "We are proud to power sustainable new technologies, collaborations for smart cities and opportunities to connect people to places."

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey was in attendance to commemorate the groundbreaking, as part of her Listen, Learn, Help, and Lead Tour to assess community needs through roundtable discussions with local government and business leaders. New Flyer's investment in the expansion was supported by the City of Anniston, State of Alabama, and Alabama Power (Southern Company).

Establishment of the VIC also includes development of an advisory group comprised of industry leaders. The VIC will formally open in October 2017, with the expansion expected to be completed by June 2018.

Through ongoing delivery of interactive experiences and collaboration with industry leaders, the VIC will feature a world-class manufacturing lab, exhibit space, and training areas to:

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  ABA voices support for equitable airport access

The American Bus Association (ABA) joined the National Limousine Assoc.; Near Airport Parking Industry Trade Assoc.; and the Taxicab, Limousine, Paratransit Assoc. in addressing a letter to members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The American Bus Association (ABA) joined the National Limousine Assoc.; Near Airport Parking Industry Trade Assoc.; and the Taxicab, Limousine, Paratransit Assoc. in addressing a letter to members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The statement urged Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., and Ranking Member Bill Nelson, D-Fla., of the Senate Commerce Committee and Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to provide clarity and a level playing field for landside transportation at the country's airports.

The letter states that private motorcoach face barriers to landside access of federally funded airports. It mentions that inequitable access includes inconvenient and inconsistent drop-off and pickup locations, and fees.

The coalition urges the creation of a working group led by the Department of Transportation’s Undersecretary for Policy to study the effectiveness of achieving those goals already set forth in Section 47101 of the U.S. Code - encouraging intermodal connections on airport properties to serve passengers efficiently as well as promoting economic development, economic productivity, and global competitiveness.

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  How Brevard Public Schools Handled Hurricane Irma

by Arby Creach - School Bus Fleet:

How Brevard Public Schools Handled Hurricane Irma

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, Brevard Public Schools employees were told that the district would cease operations and close all 82 schools the next day. This decision was made in response to a forecast of a direct strike on Florida by Hurricane Irma  -  the largest, most intense category 5 Atlantic storm ever recorded.

The original projection for landfall of this monster storm was Saturday, Sept. 9, somewhere between Naples and Miami. The storm was then forecast to slowly turn north by northeast as a category 4 and travel directly through the heart of Brevard County, exiting Florida and heading back into the Atlantic just south of the Kennedy Space Center.

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, Brevard Public Schools employees were told that the district would cease operations and close all 82 schools the next day. This decision was made in response to a forecast of a direct strike on Florida by Hurricane Irma — the largest, most intense category 5 Atlantic storm ever recorded.

On Wednesday evening, a quick survey of our district workforce revealed that we were faced with about half of the entire 9,000 employees of Brevard Public Schools already evacuating from their homes or planning to immediately evacuate to other “sheltered” parts of Florida, or to leave the state entirely. The decision to cease operations and close schools beginning Thursday was immediate.

The transportation department was watching the progress of the storm and communicating with the Brevard emergency operations and leadership staff intently. We originally thought that school would still be open on Thursday the 7th and that at the earliest we would close schools on Friday the 8th.

Our original plan was that we would have an entire day to install hurricane storm locks on our 500 buses' pupil service doors and secure the roof hatches, windows, stop arms, and crossing arms so that they would not be severely damaged or blown completely away. We also planned to position the buses as much as possible so that the forecast 100 mph wind force would be parallel to the bus bodies. A sustained 100 mph wind with higher gusts hitting a bus directly from the side can easily roll it over.

As it turned out, because of the order to shut down, we suddenly had to make all the preparations on Wednesday evening after school when all the buses returned to their parking areas. We have an incredibly hard-working and highly dedicated staff. Our transportation employees did not even blink when asked to stay over and all pitch in to expedite getting the job done in only a few hours rather than the full planned day.

We knew that if we did not prepare on Wednesday evening, we would not be able to do so, as about half of our drivers and mechanical technicians were planning to leave the area. Those staying would be very busy shuttering, sandbagging, and “hardening” their own homes to protect their property and families.

On Friday, Sept. 8, the day before the forecast arrival of Hurricane Irma, our shelters opened to............         READ MORE >

 


 

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