03/05/2019

 


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  MCI names seasoned pro as Service Center Manager at San Francisco Bay Area Sales and Service Center

From Mass Transit Mag:

Motor Coach Industries is building a management team to support its busy flagship San Francisco Bay Area MCI Sales and Service Center. The Hayward, CA location is handling a growing service market of private and public transit systems including Silicon Valley employee shuttles.

Brian Jablonski joins MCI's Bay Area Service Center as service center manager

MCI has named Brian Jablonski as the new service center manager for its Bay Area Service Center. Jablonski brings a 23-year career in charter, automotive and aviation fleet maintenance and management to the position. He will be responsible for keeping the year-old Hayward center at full capacity, establishing strong relationships with operators and overseeing a team of factory trained MCI technicians. He reports to Ron Miller, Director of MCI Service Centers.

Hayward: The MCI prototype for value and service expertise

MCI, which initially invested nearly $3 million in the two-story, 34,000-square-foot Hayward complex at 4120 Point Eden Way in 2017, is enhancing its services for area operators.

"We're engaged with major employers in Silicon Valley that operate private transportation systems," said Miller. "These coaches need to be maintained on a daily basis, and that requires our operational model to be in tandem with our operators."

To that end, the Bay Area Service Center will offer flexible service hours, complete coach maintenance agreements and access to on-call MCI mobile maintenance assistance.


MCI has named Brian Jablonski as the new service center manager for its Bay Area Service Center. Jablonski brings a 23-year career in charter, automotive and aviation fleet maintenance and management to the position. He will be responsible for keeping the year-old Hayward center at full capacity, establishing strong relationships with operators and overseeing a team of factory trained MCI technicians. He reports to Ron Miller, Director of MCI Service Centers.

Mike Apple, MCI Vice President of Preowned Coaches and Service Centers, said, "We are the local OEM, and service hundreds of coaches daily; we have the expertise operators can trust."

Apple added that every MCI Service Center will now have two pre-owned loaner coaches ready to go so operators can keep their fleets on schedule.

The Bay Area service center is MCI's largest OEM Service facility and its second in California. MCI also operates a Sales and Service in Los Alamitos near Los Angeles. Both facilities feature satellite NFI Parts warehouses and offer service and training expertise to the growing number of public and private operators up and down the Pacific Coast.........   READ MORE >

    Lynx CEO Johnson resigns amid concerns about morale, budget

ORLANDO, Florida - Lynx CEO Edward Johnson resigned from his post amid concerns about morale, a strained budget and pressure on the bus service to better meet Central Florida's public transportation needs, reported the Orlando Sentinel.

From Metro / The Orlando Sentinel:

Lynx CEO Edward Johnson left his job Thursday amid concerns about morale, a strained budget and pressure on the bus service to better meet Central Florida's public transportation needs.  His resignation became public during a Lynx board meeting, coming on the heels of speculation that he would step down or be terminated.

"There comes a time when new and adventurous opportunities present themselves," Johnson said in a letter to Lynx board members. "As such, I will take advantage of this new career challenge," the report said.

Reached a few hours later, Johnson said he enjoyed his work at Lynx and is leaving an agency that has no financial crisis and is generally in solid shape.  "The transit world is very fluid," Johnson said. "I've been at this for 20-some years. Every transit agency has these discussions and issues."

He stressed that he shares in dissatisfaction with Lynx as not being responsive enough to riders. The agency operates about 300 buses in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, but should be equipped with nearly twice as many to provide sufficient service for the region, Johnson said.

Lynx serves about 90,000 riders a day on average with 90 routes. Riders typically provide accounts of commuting for more than an hour, including transfers, to get to their workplaces.

Johnson was hired in April 2016 at annual pay of $195,000. Despite nearly three years at Lynx, he was never given a performance review by the agency's board or a salary increase.  He had been chief administrative officer at Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority and prior to that worked as a Lynx executive for 13 years.  Johnson declined to disclose his new opportunity, saying agreements are still being worked out.

For several months, union leaders at the bus service said they had grown increasingly frustrated with Johnson's management approach.  Also at issue was a recent, preliminary projection that Lynx faces a $20 million budget shortfall, in part because of a spike in riders using Lynx services for those with disabilities.

At Thursday's meeting, Lynx board members cited no specific concern for Johnson's performance and instead praised several aspects of his tenure.

Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine, the chairman of the Lynx board, said the top job at Central Florida bus agency "is tough" especially because of budget constraints.  "You're always having to find new and innovative approaches and there are a lot of moving parts," Constantine said.........    READ MORE >

  ABC Companies Promotes Gregg Goedde to Senior Vice President, ABC Financial Services

From ABC Companies:

ABC Companies' Chief Executive Officer, Dane Cornell announced that effective March 1st, Gregg Goedde will be promoted to Senior Vice President, ABC Financial Services. Gregg is a 25+ year veteran in the finance and bus & motorcoach industries, where he has built an impressive track record of combining industry knowledge with financial know-how to build solutions for ABC Companies' customers.

Gregg holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management and Bachelor's of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College. Prior to joining ABC Companies, he worked for GE Capital in public finance and financing for the motorcoach industry. This was the springboard for his career at ABC Companies for the past 23 years.

In 1995, Gregg joined ABC Companies, where he started overseeing departments such as Warranty, Service and Graphics while working closely with Van Hool and product deliveries. This provided him with excellent product, service and manufacturer experience that played a vital role for his upcoming financial responsibilities at ABC Companies.

In 1999, he began working with ABC Financial Services leveraging his early work at GE and relationships in the finance community. Gregg's background, combined with an understanding of the unique needs of ABC Companies' customer base, proved to be instrumental in the growth of ABC Financial Services.


Gregg has been directly responsible for the finance or leasing of more than 9,000 coaches over his career. When asked what he enjoys most about his responsibilities, he said "It has been so rewarding and exciting to see companies that came to me as a complete start-up, purchasing their first coach, and now are successful multi-generational organizations."

He attributes his success to a strong network of financial partners that allow ABC Financial Services to be a true solutions provider, helping operators big and small succeed in their business. When asked how he selects financial partners, Gregg said "They must mirror ABC's core value of building our business on relationships. They must also be willing to work with us to provide timely solutions that get our customers on the road."

"Gregg has been instrumental in ABC Companies' growth. His dedication and commitment to ABC along with a passion for helping our customers find solutions is really what our company values are all about" said Roman Cornell, President and Chief Commercial Officer - ABC Companies. "Gregg's promotion reflects the continued investment ABC is making in our leadership. We look forward to Gregg's continued contribution to ABC Companies and our customers" concluded Dane Cornell....... READ MORE >

  2 States Consider Doubling School Bus Passing Fines



Lawmakers in Ohio and West Virginia are introducing legislation that would double fines for motorists who violate a stop arm.

From School Bus Fleet:

Lawmakers in Ohio and West Virginia are introducing legislation that would double fines for motorists who violate a stop arm.

In Ohio, House Bill 89 would amend current legislation to increase the fee for passing a stopped school bus with its stop arm extended from $500 to $1,000. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Niraj Antani, would also change the period of time a motorist has their driver’s license suspended from one year to two years.

In addition, House Bill 89 establishes requirements about informing the public about the law. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles deputy registrar locations would have to display a graphic that instructs drivers to stop and yield to a stopped school bus when it is either loading or unloading students.

House Bill 89 also appropriates $1 million in grants to school districts to purchase stop-arm cameras in fiscal year 2020.

The legislation was prompted by parents who complained to Antani about reckless motorists at school bus stops, WDTN reports. Antani told the news source that motorists passing stopped school buses is a widespread problem that is not only occurring locally but statewide as well.

The bill is set to go to committee before returning to the House floor for a vote, according to WDTN.

Meanwhile, in West Virginia, Senate Bill 238 would also increase penalties for a stopped school bus, as well as require exterior cameras on all school buses purchased after July 1, 2019.

The bill doubles the fine for stop-arm violators from $250 to a minimum of $500 and maximum of $1,000 for a first offense, with a 60-day license suspension and the possibility of six months of jail time. A second offense would cost an offending motorist at least $1,000 and no more than $1,500, also with a potential of six months in jail. The motorist’s license would be suspended for 180 days in that case. Passing a stopped school bus a third time would earn the violator a fine of $2,000, loss of their license for one year, and at least 48 hours in jail but no more than six months of jail time......   READ MORE >




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