05/21/2019

 


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  MCI touts 'revolutionary accessibility' of commuter coach, battery-electric plans

CI calls the MCI D45 CRT LE with "revolutionary accessibility" the most significant model launch in its history. The next-generation MCI Commuter Coach, which was unveiled at the 2017 APTA Expo in Atlanta, offers modern styling and rider comfort with passenger accessibility via a second door with a low-entry automatic ramp system to match low-floor transit bus dwell times.

 

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MCI calls the MCI D45 CRT LE with "revolutionary accessibility" the most significant model launch in its history.

The next-generation MCI Commuter Coach, which was unveiled at the 2017 APTA Expo in Atlanta, offers modern styling and rider comfort with passenger accessibility via a second door with a low-entry automatic ramp system to match low-floor transit bus dwell times.

A time-elapsed video has been created by MCI comparing the process of securing a passenger with a mobility device on a conventional high-floor coach, involving a multi-step process, versus the breakthrough low-entry vestibule technology design on the D45 CRT LE where boarding is radically easier according to MCI officials. View the video at www.Future-of-Commuting.com.

Altoona-tested, ADA- and Buy America-compliant, MCI's next-generation Commuter Coach also features a shorter turning radius than the current MCI D-Series models to better navigate city streets. Enhanced interior illumination and new standard LED headlights are brighter to enhance visibility for off-weather daytime conditions and night driving. A wider front door with an ergonomic spiral entryway also features enhanced illumination on the stairwell.

MCI's design team involved input from users in the D45 CRT LE's design process including representatives from accessibility groups, including the National Council on Independent Living, The American Association of People with Disabilities, and Manitobans with Disabilities.

Following rigorous in-service testing by public and private transportation organizations across the nation, MCI has started delivering the new model. Alberta, Canada's Bow Valley Regional Transit took delivery of four new D45 CRT LE Commuter Coaches in March and April to serve Bow Valley's Roam Transit 45-minute commute connecting Banff and Lake Louise.

Later this year, Eden Prairie, Minnesota's SouthWest Transit will take delivery of two new D45 CRT LEs, citing that the coaches will allow for better vehicle scheduling and cost-savings by providing the right vehicle for both the load demand and accessibility needs.

Additionally, the battery-electric MCI D45 CRTe LE CHARGE, planned for 2020, will come equipped with a high-torque Siemens 2130 LB FT Electric Drive System and a target range of more than 200 miles, along with a half century of New Flyer's electric propulsion and charging solutions development......................   READ MORE >

  Using analytics to improve operations, performance, and maintenance

With the advent of advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence, it's now possible to glean insights from historical and real-time data that not only improve operational performance but enhance the passenger experience.

 

Transit agencies today are faced with the never-ending need to increase safety, efficiency, and reliability without sacrificing customer service.

With the advent of advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence, it's now possible to glean insights from historical and real-time data that not only improve operational performance but enhance the passenger experience.

MV Transportation is tapping into advanced analytics in partnership with Microsoft and Avanade to address several core parts of its business. MV is evaluating safety data to help drive process transformation; operational data, including overtime and on-time performance, to address pain points in hiring and retention; and maintenance data to develop predictive maintenance programs that reduce unplanned maintenance events. In each case, they are leveraging analytics to connect the dots between data and bring unique insights to life.

MV launched a pilot with the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin, Texas to develop a predictive analytics solution that reduces unexpected maintenance events by optimizing preventive maintenance for each vehicle based on utilization and environmental risk factors. The new program allows MV, which operates bus service for CapMetro, to customize maintenance to help prevent road calls for specific vehicles that are determined to be a higher risk, based on age and service miles, for example. The program takes these data points into account and identifies vehicle systems with the highest risk of failure to facilitate preventative maintenance actions.

MV will continually ingest data from CapMetro so that the system can learn and make new predictions. If the system detects a new pattern from analysis of work order history, it will suggest actions based on the data. With the maintenance department able to anticipate which vehicles are most likely to fail, service interruptions will drop, on-time performance and vehicle availability will improve, and passengers will ultimately enjoy a seamless ride.

MV's analytics program moves away from static and historical reporting and allows for dynamic, real-time exploration and analysis of data. It changes the approach to preventative maintenance, delivering new data transparency, improving responsiveness, and opening the door for significant future savings. With the success of its pilot efforts, MV is expanding the availability of its analytics solutions to more of the customers the company serves with fixed-route, paratransit, and shuttle services and has also..........   READ MORE >

  Teen Motorist Strikes 2 Students After Passing School Bus

From School Bus Fleet:


WILLOWICK, Ohio - A teen motorist faces several charges after striking two students in a school bus stop hit-and-run here on Monday, police said.

At approximately 3 p.m., the motorist, identified by ABC 13 as 18 year-old Daila La'Shay Wilson, struck the two students as they were exiting the school bus on East 300th St. and Barjode Rd., according to a post on the Willowick Police Department's Facebook page. Police added in the post that Wilson was driving a red vehicle that had rust on it and temporary tags, and fled the scene near Forest Grove Rd. toward the Euclid area. The two students that were hit were marked safe and were released from the hospital, according to posts on the Willoughby-Eastlake Schools' Facebook page.

Police told ABC 13 that Wilson, who later admitted to hitting the two students, said that she panicked and was in a hurry after receiving a call from work when the incident occurred.

Chief Brian Turner of Willowick Police Department added that Wilson thought the students were done crossing the street, but then a couple more students “appeared out of nowhere.” She was charged with failing to stop after an accident, driving left of center, passing a stopped school bus, and reckless operation, according to ABC 13.

Willoughby-Eastlake Schools said in a series of posts on its Facebook page that it........  READ MORE >

WILLOWICK, Ohio - A teen motorist faces several charges after striking two students in a school bus stop hit-and-run here on Monday, police said.


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