04/09/2019

 


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  Omniride to test double-decker bus on commuter route

From Metro:

OmniRide, the commuter bus service of the Woodbridge, Virginia-based Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, will test a double-deck commuter bus for the next few weeks, and passengers who climb aboard will be asked to fill out a survey instead of paying a fare.

The bus has a staircase toward the front interior and a video monitor at the staircase so passengers can get an indication of how full the second deck is before climbing the stairs.


The bus has a staircase toward the front interior and a video monitor at the staircase so passengers can get an indication of how full the second deck is before climbing the stairs.

The seating configuration on double-deck buses varies but this model, which is manufactured by Alexander Dennis Inc., has 81 seats, including 53 seats on the second deck. The low-floor bus can accommodate up to two passengers in wheelchairs at a time on the lower deck. OmniRide’s current commuter bus fleet is comprised of 57-seat buses manufactured by Motor Coach Industries.

"OmniRide’s staff is constantly looking for ways to better utilize resources," said PRTC Chair Ruth Anderson. "While no decision has been made about whether or not to add double deck buses to OmniRide’s fleet, it’s clear that operating higher-capacity vehicles would reduce the number of buses needed and the amount of fuel used every day."

OmniRide staff currently are examining all Express routes to ensure the bus can operate safely within the existing infrastructure, i.e. passing under bridges, making tight turns, and other maneuvers required when serving top destinations including the Pentagon, Metro Stations and downtown Washington, D.C.

While routes are selected for testing, a handful of operators will be trained to drive the 42-foot vehicle, which is 12 feet, 10 inches tall. Then, starting the week of April 8, the double-deck bus will be placed into service for about eight days, said OmniRide..........   READ MORE >

  BYD launches the world's longest pure electric bus

The BYD K12A is compatible with the global bus rapid transit (BRT) system, featuring an all-aluminum alloy body and BYD's core technologies of batteries, electric motors, and electronic controls.

BYD unveiled the world's first 88-foot pure electric bi-articulated bus, its K12A at the company's headquarters in Shenzhen, China. With a passenger capacity of 250 people, it is the longest pure electric bus in the world and can travel at a maximum speed of 43 mph, according to the company.

From Metro:

BYD unveiled the world's first 88-foot pure electric bi-articulated bus, its K12A at the company's headquarters in Shenzhen, China. With a passenger capacity of 250 people, it is the longest pure electric bus in the world and can travel at a maximum speed of 43 mph, according to the company.

Additionally, it is also the world's first electric bus equipped with a distributed 4WD system, which can switch between 2WD and 4WD to meet the demands of different terrains, while also lowering the vehicle's overall energy consumption.

The BYD K12A is compatible with the global bus rapid transit (BRT) system, featuring an all-aluminum alloy body and BYD's core technologies of batteries, electric motors, and electronic controls.

With a passenger capacity of 250 people, the electric bus can travel at a maximum speed of 43 mph.

The unveiling follows other BYD innovations, including its battery heat management system, energy regenerative system and smart integrated design. The bus is equipped with DC and AC charging ports that can be switched freely to meet customers' every need. One charge can last almost 186 miles, and can therefore respond to the demands of a full day's operation..............READ MORE >

  ALC Launches Student, School Bus Tracking App

From School Bus Fleet:

COLUMBUS, Ohio - ALC Schools, the student transportation division of American Logistics Company, is now making its My Ride Manager (MRM) app available to school districts across the U.S.

The MRM app is designed to help support delivery of the industry’s customer service and technology to serve both school districts and students, according to a news release from ALC Schools.

MRM allows school administrators to view transportation operations on a district-level view with the ability to drill down to a school-level view with custom parameters configured per district specifications. The app also provides insights on students’ scheduled trips, completed and cancelled trips, as well as real-time information regarding trips in progress, including location, estimated time of arrival, map-view, and driver and vehicle information.

 

MRM allows school administrators to view transportation operations on a district-level view with the ability to drill down to a school-level view with custom parameters configured per district specifications. The app also provides insights on students’ scheduled trips, completed and cancelled trips, as well as real-time information regarding trips in progress, including location, estimated time of arrival, map-view, and driver and vehicle information.

"My Ride Manager is the latest demonstration of our commitment to provide the most advanced and robust student transportation management platform in the industry," said Gregg Prettyman, executive vice president of ALC Schools. "The more transparency in student transportation, the better, and that’s what My Ride Manager is all about. We value our partnerships with school districts and see this as yet another way technology enables us to work as a seamless extension of the district’s transportation department - providing visibility from home to school."

For more than 20 years, ALC Schools has supplemented school transportation programs by providing SUVs, minivans, wheelchair accessible vans, and sedans to assist in transporting ESE/special-needs students......   READ MORE >



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