12/11/2018

 


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  Freedman's 10-month road show logs 45,000 miles

Freedman Seating Company recently completed a 10-month tour of the U.S., promoting the latest in transit seating for the small and mid-size bus markets. Combining product and safety education with promotional opportunities, the "Show On The GO" was Freedman's third tour in three years, following the successful "Rock N Rose Tour" (2016) and "Transit USA Tour" (2017).

The #ShowOnTheGO tour, featuring Freedman seats and other products made in America, kicked off in early February.


The #ShowOnTheGO tour, featuring Freedman seats and other products made in America, kicked off in early February making its way to bus dealers, operators, manufacturers, and trade shows spanning 40-plus states.

The show made its way to bus dealers, operators, manufacturers, and trade shows spanning 40-plus states. Freedman Seating sales managers added 45,000 miles to a 2017 Ford Transit 350. A total of 100,000 miles have been toured by the FSC crew since 2016.

In addition to visiting more than seventy dealers, operators, OEMs, and government agencies, the tour made stops at several industry events, including..........   READ MORE >

 
   
  LA Metro CEO endorses congestion pricing to fund free fares


 

From Curbed LA:

The head of Metro endorsed congestion pricing for LA Thursday, telling the agency's board of directors that rush-hour tolls on drivers could fund free fares on public transit.

"We think that with congestion pricing done right, we can be the only city in the world to offer free transit service in time for the 2028 Olympics," Metro CEO Phil Washington said.


It's not clear yet how such a system would work, but if applied across the LA region, it could radically shift the way that people move around the city.  Washington suggested that a congestion pricing system would encourage more drivers to take public transit, while cutting down on LA's notorious traffic.

It's not clear yet how such a system would work, but if applied across the LA region, it could radically shift the way that people move around the city.  Washington suggested that a congestion pricing system would encourage more drivers to take public transit, while cutting down on LA's notorious traffic.

Several board members latched onto the idea, including Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin, who emphasized the potential environmental benefits of congestion pricing.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also suggested the agency should consider the option. But he acknowledged that charging new fees on drivers in such a car-dependent............  READ MORE >

 
  Thomas Built Buses Celebrates Delivery of first Saf-T-Liner® C2 equipped with Detroit™ DD5™ Engine

High Point, NC - December 10, 2018:

On November 28, Thomas Built Buses celebrated the start of production and delivery of the first Saf-T-Liner® C2 school bus equipped with the new Detroit™ DD5™ engine. This delivery comes one month after Thomas Built officially sold its 2018 allocation of DD5 engines.

Onsite at Thomas Built Buses to accept the keys to the Saf-T-Liner C2 was Josh Davis, Director of Pupil Transportation for Henrico County Public Schools in Henrico, Virginia, along with Floyd Merryman, president and CEO of Sonny Merryman, Inc.

"We've always loved the Saf-T-Liner C2, and we heard great things about the new Detroit DD5 engines," said Davis. "From greater efficiency to lower maintenance and cleaner emissions, we can't wait to try this new engine in our school district."


On November 28, Thomas Built Buses celebrated the start of production and delivery of the first Saf-T-Liner® C2 school bus equipped with the new Detroit™ DD5™ engine. This delivery comes one month after Thomas Built officially sold its 2018 allocation of DD5 engines.

--  The Detroit DD5 engine is a 5.1L engine adapted specifically for the Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner® C2. School districts can expect increased fuel economy, which equates to more than just money saved on fuel. The less diesel and DEF consumed means the aftertreatment system does not have as much to process, leading to fewer regens and improved reliability, as well as the longest service intervals in its class.

--  The DD5, which was designed from a clean sheet, meets all the current emission requirements and has a head start on the ones to come. The DD5 engine also comes equipped with Detroit™ Connect Virtual Technician℠ remote diagnostic service.

"The market is excited about the debut of the Detroit DD5 engine, and we were eager to officially start production and put the keys in the hands of our first DD5 customer," said Caley Edgerly, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses. "I think Josh and his team are going to be pleased by how efficient, powerful, reliable and clean this new diesel engine is. I look forward to............READ MORE >

 



 

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