06/19/2018

 





  European company FlixBus using local operators in U.S.

From Bus & Motorcoach News:

LOS ANGELES - Five years after its launch in Europe, long-distance, low-fare bus company FlixBus has hit the road in the United States.  American travelers are able to purchase FlixBus tickets on major routes in the Southwest, including service to Las Vegas from Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Diego.  Fares on some routes are as low as $2.99 one way.


Five years after its launch in Europe, long-distance, low-fare bus company FlixBus has hit the road in the United States.  American travelers are able to purchase FlixBus tickets on major routes in the Southwest, including service to Las Vegas from Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Diego.  Fares on some routes are as low as $2.99 one way.

FlixBus is the brainchild of three young entrepreneurs, Jochen Engert, Daniel Krauss and André Schwämmlein, who wanted to develop a new means of travel that was a blend of tech-startup, e-commerce and traditional transportation.

Based on this concept, FlixBus was launched in Germany in 2013 with a business model in which the company manages the technology, ticketing, customer service, network planning, marketing and sales, while its local partners are responsible for the daily operation of buses.

"Our business model has revolutionized the way people view - and utilize - buses in Europe, and we are excited to offer this fresh take on bus travel to.........   READ MORE >...

 
  U.S. Open Golfers Got Creative About Their Lodging


From The NY Times:

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - For five golfers, four of them champions of majors, home during the United States Open has been a makeshift camp of recreational vehicles. It sits on the grounds of a Montessori school, replete with a white picket fence, and abuts Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

A garden gnome, wearing the white coveralls of a Masters caddie, greeted me on the campgrounds when I visited Friday. The gnome wasn't a lucky charm for its owner, Bubba Watson, who missed the cut along with his next-door neighbor at Camp Shinnecock, Jason Day, the 2015 P.G.A. champion.

 

For five golfers, four of them champions of majors, home during the United States Open has been a makeshift camp of recreational vehicles. It sits on the grounds of a Montessori school, replete with a white picket fence, and abuts Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

Charley Hoffman and his wife, Stacy, with their daughters, Claire, 7, and Katelyn, 4, outside the recreational vehicle where they are living during the United States Open. The R.V. is parked on the grounds of a Montessori school, where four other golfers brought their vehicles for the tournament. Credit Nicole Bengiveno for The New York Times

Then again, even the poshest surroundings couldn't ease Tiger Woods over the cut line. As Woods shot 10 over par in the first two rounds, he was staying aboard his 155-foot yacht, the Privacy, in Sag Harbor, about 15 miles northeast.......... READ MORE >

 
 
 
  California Agency Offers $94 Million for Alternative-Fuel School Buses

From School Bus Fleet:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A state agency is making $94 million in grant funds available for the replacement of aging school buses with alternative-fuel buses.

The California Energy Commission's School Bus Replacement Program will award up to $78.7 million to replace old buses, according to a news release from CalStart, an organization that supports clean transportation technology.

The Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program is also offering up to $13 million in grant funds for electric vehicle infrastructure and $2.4 million in grant funds for compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling infrastructure for the replacement school buses.  Proposed projects must be for the purchase of new electric or CNG school buses, and replaced diesel buses must be scrapped and removed from service.


The California Energy Commission's School Bus Replacement Program will award up to $78.7 million to replace old buses, according to a news release from CalStart, an organization that supports clean transportation technology.

Funding is available for public school districts and county offices of education that operate the oldest buses in California, according to the news release from CalStart. Priority consideration will be given to school buses that operate in disadvantaged communities and to public school districts and county offices of education that have a majority of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

The Energy Commission is emphasizing electric school buses as the preferred type of bus replacement under California Senate Bill 110, the Clean Energy Jobs Act. As an incentive, the agency is planning to provide up to $60,000 per awarded bus for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

School districts and counties of education applying for a CNG replacement bus may also be eligible for up to $500,000 per applicant for CNG fueling infrastructure...........   READ MORE > 

 



 

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