07/16/2019

 


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  ABC Companies Extends Fleet Life for Transit Authority with Recently Completed Fleet Restoration Project


  From ABC Companies:

ABC Companies, a recognized leader in the sales, service and support of advanced transport solutions has recently completed a major bus overhaul contract for OmniRide headquartered in Woodbridge, Virginia, about 25 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.

OmniRide is the operating name for the mobility services offered by the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC). OmniRide's goal is to provide safe, reliable and flexible transportation options while helping to reduce congestion and pollution in one of the region's fastest growing areas. OmniRide operates Express and Local bus services in neighborhoods surrounded by the busy I-95 and I-66 corridors, and in 2018, had more than 150 buses in its active fleet making over 2.5 million passenger trips.


ABC was selected via OmniRide's extensive RFP bid process in 2017. The scope of work to be completed encompassed a full overhaul of twenty-three MCI D4500, model year 2008/2009 buses. The contract was managed, coordinated and conducted at ABC Companies Winter Garden, Florida facility over a 2-year period.

ABC Companies completed an earlier contract with the company, having successfully restored 65 vehicles for OmniRide/PRTC in 2015.

On this most recent project, ABC was selected via OmniRide's extensive RFP bid process in 2017. The scope of work to be completed encompassed a full overhaul of twenty-three MCI D4500, model year 2008/2009 buses. The contract was managed, coordinated and conducted at ABC Companies Winter Garden, Florida facility over a 2-year period. From structural repairs and exterior paint and graphics, to electrical, mechanical and interior restoration, the project refurbished the vehicles to extend their fleet life according to Ed Harmon, ABC Companies National Director of Operations, Southeast Region. "If you've ever been to a vintage car show and examined the condition of those beautifully restored vehicles, that's pretty much what we've accomplished with the OmniRide restoration project". From inside the engine compartment to the bus interior and exterior, these vehicles have been rebuilt, restored and detailed.

Throughout the project, strict quality guidelines were followed in order to meet or exceed quality standards. An in-house inspector contracted by OmniRide conducted on-site inspections at the ABC Florida facility on a daily basis throughout the entire project. ABC's Service Department utilized high-tech equipment throughout the restoration including for example; laser alignment technology, which compensates for environmental variances, and ensures proper axle alignment by greatly reducing the margin for error..............   READ MORE >

  Premier Transportation of Dallas adds 2 new MCI J4500S to build its ground transportation fleet


Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., ("NFI"), one of the world's largest independent global bus manufacturers, delivered two new 2019 Livery Edition MCI J4500 coaches to Dallas-based Premier Transportation Services.

  
  From MCI:

Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., ("NFI"), one of the world's largest independent global bus manufacturers, delivered two new 2019 Livery Edition MCI J4500 coaches to Dallas-based Premier Transportation Services.

These bestselling J4500s  -  one delivered in April and another in June - brings the fleet of the leading North Texas ground transportation company to 11 MCI J4500 coaches that are 2016 or newer and a total fleet of 97 vehicles that also include limousines, sedans, sprinters and mini-buses.

The 2019 J4500 coach features industry-leading curb appeal and best-in-class legroom, baggage capacity and interior space. MCI's Livery Edition adds black leather diamond stitch seating for 56 passengers in addition to woodgrain flooring, power outlets with USB ports at every seat and a programmable lighting package to personalize the interior in variable hues of red, green or blue. The 2019 model is also equipped with MCI's e-fan cooling package and Cummins' next generation X12 clean-diesel engine, which runs quietly, has fewer parts, uses less fuel and adds to the J4500's industry-leading low total cost of operation. Premier's new coaches also come with satellite TV and Wi-Fi

Premier, founded by president and owner Eric Devlin in 1996 with two vehicles and three employees, grew rapidly by offering a superior level of livery service to the Dallas-Fort Worth market. In 2015, Premier expanded its group transportation strategy with the purchase of its first two J4500 coaches and the debut of Premier Tours Global. The new division opened opportunities for Premier to serve tour operators, the frequent independent traveler (FIT) and the college student market while offering tour packages of its own.

"We're are all over the country now from Washington, D.C., to Florida, to the Grand Canyon," said Devlin, who noted that the company's greatest growth is within its mini-bus and motor coach tour and charter markets. "We have great relationships with DMC's, churches, schools, VisitDallas (the city’s convention and tourism bureau) and a global network to help our clients with ground transportation solutions anywhere in the world."

Consistent rapid customer response, a newer luxury fleet and community outreach have been fundamental to Premier's success - as has its relationship with MCI. "I am happy with MCI; they are very responsive to our service requests and understand that small motor coach operators need a strong service network to keep all of their coaches rolling." Devlin enjoys the close proximity of the MCI Service Center in Dallas, where MCI-trained technicians provide routine maintenance and repairs to..............   READ MORE >

  Teen Honored for Helping Save Choking Student While on School Bus

  From School Bus Fleet:

DELHI, N.Y. - A 14-year-old student here was recognized by the state Senate on Thursday for her heroic efforts in helping save another student who was choking while on the school bus earlier this year.

As previously reported, Rachel Trimbell successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver on first grader Danielle Miller, who was choking on a piece of candy while she was on a Walton Central School District bus. Trimbell, who is certified in CPR and first aid, said she thought it was about the fifth try when the candy became dislodged and everything seemed to be back to normal.

During a ceremony at the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, Sen. Jen Metzger presented Trimbell with the New York State Senate Liberty Medal for her quick response in saving Miller.  Trimbell's family and Sheriff Craig DuMond were also in attendance.

"Rachel Trimbell's swift and courageous actions were nothing short of heroic,” Metzger said. "Her willingness to take charge in this frightening emergency situation and make use of her first aid knowledge is truly worthy of this important recognition."

In addition to the Liberty Medal, Trimbell is the first ever recipient of the Super Star Award, which was presented to her on behalf of the Delaware County Sheriff's Office in May, according to Metzger's office.................READ MORE >

 

Sen. Jen Metzger (center) presented Rachel Trimbell with the New York State Senate Liberty Medal for helping save another student who was choking on a piece of candy while on the school bus. Pictured right is Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond. Photo courtesy of Sen. Metzger's office;

Sen. Jen Metzger (center) presented Rachel Trimbell with the New York State Senate Liberty Medal for helping save another student who was choking on a piece of candy while on the school bus. Pictured right is Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond. Photo courtesy of Sen. Metzger's office.


 

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