12/18/2018

 


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  MCI delivers first J3500, full production set for January 2019

From Metro:

Tuscaloosa Charter Service owner Cliff Dorsey received the keys to the first MCI J3500 in a delivery celebration with MCI.

MCI unveiled the J3500 for test drives with customers, and during its Reliability Rallies at its Service Centers this past summer, and at September's BusCon. When Dorsey drove the newest member of the J-Series, he couldn't wait to add one to his fleet. "The idea of adding a 35-foot coach had been on my mind for quite some time," said Dorsey. "I wanted a small bus with a large bus ride."


MCI unveiled the J3500 for test drives with customers, and during its Reliability Rallies at its Service Centers this past summer, and at September's BusCon. When Dorsey drove the newest member of the J-Series, he couldn't wait to add one to his fleet. "The idea of adding a 35-foot coach had been on my mind for quite some time," said Dorsey. "I wanted a small bus with a large bus ride."

Full MCI J3500 production begins in January of 2019 with coaches becoming ready for delivery in February.  Tuscaloosa's new J3500 calls for roomy 40-passenger seating by Amaya with partial leather upholstery, three-point passenger seatbelts, and other high-end interior touches including the J-Series rear window and variable programmable lighting option.

The smaller MCI J-Series coach offers big advantages. It begins with industry-leading interior space, seating for 40 or 44 passengers and the best-in-class payload capacity. A semi-monocoque construction equal to the J4500 also means longer vehicle life and the MCI suspension makes for a quieter, smoother ride over the life of the coach. The J3500 also comes equipped with an e-Fan system and a smaller, yet powerful 2017 EPA Cummins L9 at 350 hp, 1150 lb.-ft torque w/engine brake and a Gen V Allison B500, six-speed automatic...........  READ MORE >

 
   
  California mandates fleets to operate zero-emission buses by 2040


 

The California Air Resources Board voted to mandate that all transit agencies in California operate 100% zero-emission transit buses by 2040, and to use this transition to invest in workforce development training programs in manufacturing, infrastructure installation, and maintenance.

Overall, the early response from California transit agencies was positive, especially with many including LA Metro already making the move to zero-emission buses.


The California Air Resources Board voted to mandate that all transit agencies in California operate 100% zero-emission transit buses by 2040, and to use this transition to invest in workforce development training programs in manufacturing, infrastructure installation, and maintenance.

"We are already ahead of the curve," LA Metro Spokesman Rick Jager told METRO Magazine. "Earlier this year Metro's Board of Directors committed the agency to convert its entire bus fleet from natural gas to all zero-emission buses by 2030. Metro plans to have zero-emission electric buses operating on the Metro Orange and Silver Lines in the next two years. Toward this end, Metro has already purchased nearly 100 all-electric buses."    READ MORE >

 
  NSTA Gains Fee Exemption for Intrastate School Buses

From School Bus Fleet:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  -  The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) has requested and received a fee exemption for school bus contractors with vehicles in their fleets that they use for intrastate school transportation.

On Thursday, the NSTA met with the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Board to request an exemption from the UCR fleet size calculation for school buses and school vehicles owned by for-hire contractors that are operated exclusively as intrastate transportation for schoolchildren, according to a news release from the association. Twenty-five school bus contractor trade associations representing school bus contractors across the U.S. showed their support by signing NSTA's letter to the UCR Board.


On Thursday, the NSTA met with the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Board to request an exemption from the UCR fleet size calculation for school buses and school vehicles owned by for-hire contractors that are operated exclusively as intrastate transportation for schoolchildren, according to a news release from the association. Twenty-five school bus contractor trade associations representing school bus contractors across the U.S. showed their support by signing NSTA's letter to the UCR Board.

NSTA's request was presented at the UCR Board meeting by a team that included Maria Battista, NSTA's association director; Brandon Wiseman, partner with Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C.; Becky Weber, managing director with Prime Policy Group, and NSTA member contractors Michelle Simon, vice president of safety compliance with National Express; and Shawn McGlinchey, vice president of risk management with the Krapf Group.

The team explained that the UCR Board has broad authority and discretion to exempt motor carriers from fleet size calculations in determining fees, that congressional intent and public policy considerations support an exemption for intrastate school buses and vehicles. The NSTA also provided suggested exemption language for the UCR Board's consideration. Following the presentation and discussion, the UCR Board voted to approve the request.

"NSTA member contractors reached out to our advocacy team earlier this year noting that UCR fee exemptions available to other intrastate motor carriers were not available to school bus contractors," said Blake Krapf, NSTA's president. "NSTA worked with member contractors and industry leaders to develop the facts and law supporting the request. NSTA appreciates the..............READ MORE >

 



 

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