10/24/2017

 

 




  New Brunswick company takes delivery of 1st new MCI J4500

From Metro:

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) notes building a successful motor coach business takes years of hard work and a constant eye on what the market wants. It also takes smart investment in equipment, which Jonathan Keith founder of Optimum Ride has practiced since the beginning, adding a pristine pre-owned MCI model each year.

On Oct. 10th, Keith marked a milestone by adding a brand new, 2018 MCI J4500 coach - the first all-new coach the 17-year-old New Brunswick tour and charter company has ever owned. Optimum Ride celebrated with clients, staff and friends at an open house.

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) notes building a successful motor coach business takes years of hard work and a constant eye on what the market wants. It also takes smart investment in equipment, which Jonathan Keith founder of Optimum Ride has practiced since the beginning, adding a pristine pre-owned MCI model each year.
On Oct. 10th, Keith marked a milestone by adding a brand new, 2018 MCI J4500 coach - the first all-new coach the 17-year-old New Brunswick tour and charter company has ever owned.

"I'm a true bus man now - it's a huge milestone for us to move up to this all-new coach," said Keith, a former builder, who always wanted to give motor coach transportation a try. Today, with 35 full- and part-time employees and a 19-vehicle fleet including 16 MCI coaches.

The Sussex, N.B.-based operator began with a single MCI 1972 MC-5B that he purchased in 2000. Today, the company's operations serve the growing tourist destinations in the Canadian Maritimes. Optimum's territory includes popular spots such as St. John, a port city that features the New Brunswick Museum and the   READ MORE >

 

  Connect Transit replaces portion of fleet with New Flyer buses

From Metro:

New Flyer of America Inc. announced that Illinois-based Bloomington-Normal Bus System, operating as Connect Transit, has exercised an option for 10 Xcelsior® clean diesel, forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses, which will be converted from the backlog.


New Flyer of America Inc. announced that Illinois-based Bloomington-Normal Bus System, operating as Connect Transit, has exercised an option for 10 Xcelsior® clean diesel, forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses, which will be converted from the backlog.

The purchase, which is supported by a $3.3 million Illinois Department of Transportation grant, will revitalize the Connect Transit experience for passengers by replacing nearly a quarter of its 42-bus fleet starting in 2018.

"We are proud to support Connect Transit in revitalizing its fleet with clean diesel buses," said Wayne Joseph, president of New Flyer of America. "As it works toward its Vision for 2021, including sustainability, reliability, operational excellence, value, and innovative leadership in transportation, New Flyer will be there every step of the way to help Connect Transit build a stronger community while protecting the surrounding environment."

"These ten new buses will allow us to replace our aging fleet, and help us continue to grow ridership in our community," said   READ MORE >

 
 
 
 
 
  4th Keynote Speaker Added to NAPT Conference Lineup

From School Bus Fleet:

Technology and business strategist Jack Shaw has been added as a keynote speaker for the upcoming National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) conference.

The conference will take place Nov. 3 to 7 in Columbus, Ohio. Shaw's presentation has been slated for Saturday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m.

Shaw is the executive director of the American Blockchain Council. Blockchain is a developing technology that uses "a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography," as Wikipedia defines it.

At the NAPT conference, Shaw will give a presentation titled "The Future of Blockchain Technology in the Student Transportation Industry." "why and how the student transportation industry must utilize products and services that enable us to stay ahead of the competition."

Shaw has provided advisory services to such technology firms as IBM, SAP, and Oracle...  READ MORE >



Technology and business strategist Jack Shaw has been added as a keynote speaker for the upcoming National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) conference.

NAPT's 2017 conference will take place Nov. 3 to 7 in Columbus, Ohio. Seen here
is the 2015 event in Richmond, Virginia.

 


 

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