07/09/2019

 


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  MCI delivers 3 'Livery Edition' J4500s to Olympus Limo


 From MCI:

Tampa, Fla.-area operator Olympus Limo Inc. has taken delivery of three all-new Livery Edition J4500s from Motor Coach Industries (MCI).

The high-spec, all-black coaches, built specifically for growing group business in the limousine market, will support Olympus Limo's 45-vehicle fleet including sedans, SUVs, vans, minibuses, and two pre-owned D4505 and J4500 coaches.

"These are our first new coaches," said CEO Ted Koutsos, who with his wife Katie, started New Port Richey, Fla.-based Olympus with two stretch limousines in 1996. "Now, we're positioned to offer a higher end level of luxury transport demanded by many of the corporate and destination management companies we serve today, especially on longer 600-mile plus coach trips."


Tampa, Fla.-area operator Olympus Limo Inc. has taken delivery of three all-new Livery Edition J4500s from Motor Coach Industries (MCI).

Koutsos chose MCI's 2019 Livery Edition coaches for their comfort, amenities, advance technologies, and strikingly black exterior. The model features industry-leading curb appeal, best-in-class legroom, baggage capacity, and interior space. The Livery Edition adds black leather diamond stitch seating for 56 passengers in addition to woodgrain flooring, a programmable lighting package to personalize the interior in variable hues of red, green, or blue, a top-of-the-line entertainment system and power outlets with UBS ports at each seat.

The 2019 model is also equipped with an e-fan cooling package and clean-diesel Cummins engine to improve fuel efficiency every mile.

For added safety, Olympus added MCI's optional 360-degree camera that provides a bird's-eye view around the entire coach to assist with parking and small..............   READ MORE >

  Grande West introduces medium-duty version of its Vicinity bus


Grande West Transportation Group Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of mid-sized multi-purpose transit vehicles for sale in Canada and the U.S., have launched the medium-duty Vicinity LT  -  a medium-duty bus, designed alongside customers, set to "revolutionize the cutaway bus market."

 

From Metro:

Grande West Transportation Group Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of mid-sized multi-purpose transit vehicles for sale in Canada and the U.S., have launched the medium-duty Vicinity LT  -  a medium-duty bus, designed alongside customers, set to "revolutionize the cutaway bus market."

The company will begin marketing the Vicinity LT immediately for delivery in January 2020 to Canadian customers and private operators in the U.S. Grande West believes that this monocoque body, rear-engine, low floor medium-duty transit vehicle is a game changer. The medium-duty concept bus was previously unveiled in October 2017, and after receiving customer input on the design, has now moved to commercial production of the buses.

The company has engineered the 26-foot vehicle to accommodate up to 23 seated passengers, with two wheelchair positions, it is fully accessible for all passengers in need of extra assistance and wheelchair accessibility. The vehicle, powered by a gas engine and Allison transmission, raises the bar for serviceability, maintainability, and reliability typically found in transit vehicles with similar powertrains.

The new category of "Crossover" vehicles will provide an option to current cutaway offerings available to the market today. The Vicinity LT, with its monocoque design, true low floor, and accessibility, provides new...............   READ MORE >

  2 Ohio Districts Receive New Seat Belt-Equipped School Buses

   From School Bus Fleet:

 

AVON LAKE, Ohio - Two school districts here recently received new school buses equipped with lap-shoulder belts for use in a pilot program designed to test their ability to enhance safety and help with behavior management.

Avon Lake City Schools and Beachwood City Schools each received the 72-passenger Blue Bird school buses in June, Rudolph Breglia, a citizen advocate with the School Bus Safety Alliance, told School Bus Fleet. (Avon Lake received two buses and Beachwood took delivery of one bus.) The buses will be used for field trips and sporting events that involve highway travel as part of a pilot program. The school districts will monitor safety and student behavior as part of the pilot, Breglia added.


Avon Lake City Schools and Beachwood City Schools each received the 72-passenger Blue Bird school buses in June, Rudolph Breglia, a citizen advocate with the School Bus Safety Alliance, told School Bus Fleet. (Avon Lake received two buses and Beachwood took delivery of one bus.) The buses will be used for field trips and sporting events that involve highway travel as part of a pilot program. The school districts will monitor safety and student behavior as part of the pilot, Breglia added.

"I believe that these recent exemplary actions by Beachwood and Avon Lake will be the turning point in Ohio and will encourage other school districts to coordinate or pool their local resources and protect their children by installing lap-shoulder seat belts in all their new buses," Breglia said.

As SBF previously reported, the Avon Lake City Council approved in May legislation that would support a pilot program to install lap-shoulder belts on school buses. Meanwhile, Beachwood City Council passed legislation in December to require lap-shoulder belts on all new school buses. The council provided up to $250,000 in funding to pay for the equipment.

Bob Scott, the district superintendent for Avon Lake City Schools, told The Chronicle-Telegram that although school buses are among the safest forms of transportation, the lap-shoulder belts add another layer of safety in the event of "a side impact or a rollover that the compartmentalization of buses can't take care of." He added that if the pilot program is considered to be a success, the district may replace more of its buses with lap-shoulder belt-equipped buses as.................READ MORE >


 

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