11/27/2018

 


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  SouthWest Transit orders MCI D45 CRT LE Commuter Coaches

From Metro:

Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., announced Eden Prairie, Minnesota's SouthWest Transit is taking a major step forward in passenger accessibility with the order of two new MCI D45 CRT LE Commuter Coaches.

The D45 CRT LE's breakthrough accessibility design features a second door with an automated ramp and a curb-level vestibule with seating for passengers, including those with wheelchairs and other mobility devices.


Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., announced Eden Prairie, Minnesota's SouthWest Transit is taking a major step forward in passenger accessibility with the order of two new MCI D45 CRT LE Commuter Coaches. It is the first U.S. transit agency to order the groundbreaking coaches for its fleet.

The front entry features a roomy, well-lit, ergonomically designed spiral entryway leading to upper-level forward seating. The dual entry system has shown significant decreases in dwell times to match low-floor transit boarding times.  The Buy America-compliant new model recently passed its Altoona test, the U.S. Federal Transit Administration's reliability-test for new bus models at the Altoona, Pennsylvania, test center. In 2020, MCI plans to begin production on a battery-electric version of the model.

Since its October 2017 industry debut, MCI's next-generation Commuter Coach has toured the country in passenger tests, including one by SouthWest Transit during this summer's Minnesota State Fair where SouthWest Transit provided over...........   READ MORE >

 
   
  DART's renewable natural gas contract could generate $11M


 

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) signed a new agreement with Element Markets Renewable Energy to provide renewable natural gas (RNG) for DART's fleet of 650 CNG powered buses.

The five-year agreement begins January 1 and has one two-year option. It monetizes Renewable Identification Number credits that have the potential to generate up to $11,000,000 in revenue for DART over the life of the contract.

"RNG is another way we're powering transit with clean fuels," DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas said.


Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) signed a new agreement with Element Markets Renewable Energy to provide renewable natural gas (RNG) for DART's fleet of 650 CNG powered buses.

RNG, or biomethane, can be derived from a variety of sustainable and renewable sources, including decomposing organic waste in landfills, municipal wastewater treatment plants, and livestock facilities. It is then blended with natural gas through the existing pipeline system. DART currently uses over 1.2 Million British Thermal Units of natural gas annually. DART is.............  READ MORE >

 
  School Bus Driver Told by Police to Stop Blocking Road With Bus

From School Bus Fleet News:

SUTTON, Mass. - After a school bus driver who was apparently frustrated with motorists illegally passing school buses reportedly blocked a road diagonally with her bus in response was told by police to stop, Telegram & Gazette reports.

Photos of the bus parked across the two-lane road earlier this month were posted on Sutton Police Department's Facebook.  Some people praised the driver’s actions and others questioned whether it was safe, particularly in an emergency. In the post, the police department explained that state law requires all vehicles to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights, and that the vehicles cannot proceed until the flashing lights are deactivated.

"We cannot be everywhere at once when there are school buses on the road, though we wish we could," the police department stated in the post. "It's a frustrating fact that motorists have become increasingly distracted, and at times do no obey the law regarding stopping for a school bus." The police department added in the post that although the bus blocking both lanes in the road ensures that motorists cannot pass the stopped bus, "crossing the center line could be considered a marked lanes violation, and be cited as a verbal warning, written warning or a civil fine to the driver (which he/she would have a right of appeal like any other motorist cited.)"

Police Chief Dennis J. Towle told the newspaper that it was illegal for the bus driver to block the road. Lt. David Perry told Telegram & Gazette that he had contacted the bus company and that the driver had been spoken to. Towle, however, did note that motorists “need to pay attention to school buses and stop.”

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After a school bus driver who was apparently frustrated with motorists illegally passing school buses reportedly blocked a road diagonally with her bus in response was told by police to stop, Telegram & Gazette reports.

 



 

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