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  MCI's new all-accessible D45 CRT LE to appear in the National Council on Independent Living's (NCIL)


  From MCI:

For the second year in a row, MCI's new all-accessible D45 CRT LE to appear in the National Council on Independent Living's (NCIL) March & Rally July 23 at the U.S. Capitol - the only vehicle appearing at the event, which hosts nearly 1000 of disabled advocates from across the nation and marks the 29th anniversary of the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed on July 26, 1990.

Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., ("NFI"), one of the world's largest independent global bus manufacturers, is returning July 23 to the March to the U.S. Capitol sponsored by the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), one of the nation's leading groups serving people with disabilities.


 subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., ("NFI"), one of the world's largest independent global bus manufacturers, is returning July 23 to the March to the U.S. Capitol sponsored by the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), one of the nation's leading groups serving people with disabilities.

NCIL - a design participant in the MCI D45 CRT LE - has welcomed the unique, all-accessible coach as the only vehicle to join in its annual march in Washington, DC, as part of its July 22-25 Annual Conference on Independent Living. The 1.5-mile march draws more than 1,000 people with disabilities, disability advocates and allies, members of Congress, and government officials.

The D45 CRT LE will be parked from 9-10, a.m. at the Grand Hyatt (at 11th and G Streets NW) and will then keep pace at the rear of the march concluding with NCIL's Rally at the US Capitol starting at 11:00 a.m.  NCIL Executive Director Kelly Buckland, who uses a wheelchair, was one of many volunteers for the disability community that evaluated concepts and final prototype design.

"One of the things we learned was how valuable the engagement and feedback would be from everyday users of our vehicles for accessibility features. NCIL and others were directly reviewing our design as it developed. They told us it is still not common to make user groups part of the design process in transportation, an important part of a person's independence," said Tom Wagner, MCI vice president of public sector. "MCI is exceptionally proud to return as the pace bus for the March to the U.S. Capitol for this reason. We are very proud of this coach and the one-of-a-kind collaboration that built it."

Said Buckland, "You will see many transit agencies with accessibility committees that involve groups like ours, but this is the first time we've worked directly with a major manufacturer of motor coaches to design a vehicle from Day One. The MCI D45 CRT LE addresses the day-to-day challenges people with disabilities face. MCI offered us unprecedented access to their process and incorporated our feedback throughout. And that is why this coach is part of the March to the U.S. Capitol."..............   READ MORE >

  DART lands APTA Innovation Award
  
  The GoPass app, DART's winning entry, was the first public transit ticket-purchasing app in the nation that involved multiple agencies and different types of transportation by combining efforts between DART in Dallas County, The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (now Trinity Metro) in Tarrant County, and the DCTA in Denton County.

From Metro:

Dallas Area Rapid Transit was named the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) 2019 Innovation Award winner.

The Innovation Award is given to a public transit agency demonstrating innovative concepts in the provision of public transportation services. Entries this year had to show how their transit system demonstrated excellence within the three-year period of 2016 to 2018.

The GoPass app, DART's winning entry, was the first public transit ticket-purchasing app in the nation that involved multiple agencies and different types of transportation by combining efforts between DART in Dallas County, The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (now Trinity Metro) in Tarrant County, and the DCTA in Denton County.

Customers simply download the free app.............   READ MORE >

  Minnesota Sheriff, Firefighter Safely Stop Runaway School Bus

  From School Bus Fleet:

GRANITE FALLS, Minn. - A sheriff and a local firefighter here were able to safely stop a runaway school bus on Wednesday after the bus driver apparently suffered a medical emergency while driving down the highway.

Seventy-year-old Brian Fuller, a driver for Renville County West Public Schools - ISD 2890, was reportedly crashing into vehicles in Granite Falls and driving on the wrong side of the road on Highway 212, according to a news release from the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office. Authorities said they had received several 911 calls about the bus, which was traveling in the wrong lane at about 40 miles per hour. Apparently no students were on board the bus at the time, and no one was injured.

Authorities said that Deputy Eric Diekmann of Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office was able to drive in front of the bus with his lights and siren on to alert oncoming motorists. Diekmann then used the rear of his squad car to bump the bus, using his brakes slow it down.

 

Authorities said that Deputy Eric Diekmann of Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office was able to drive in front of the bus with his lights and siren on to alert oncoming motorists. Diekmann then used the rear of his squad car to bump the bus, using his brakes slow it down.

Once the vehicle was almost stopped, Greg Meyer, a local firefighter, then got out of his personal vehicle, opened the door of the bus, and was able to stop the bus and put it in park, according to the Sheriff's Office. Meyer, who had witnessed the initial crash involving the school bus, also drove in front of the bus with his flashers on, attempting to warn motorists.

"His selfless actions made this very dangerous situation come to an end with nobody getting injured," the Sheriff's Office said.

Fuller was transported to the hospital, but details about his condition have not yet been released, according to authorities.

View dash cam video of the incident


 

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