08/06/2019

 


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  Parsons & Sons add 2019 MCI J4500 to its fleet


  From Metro :

Parsons & Sons, based out of Conception Bay South, Newfoundland, recently added a 2019 MCI J4500 to its fleet, which went into service immediately.

Operating a mixed fleet of 15 coaches, which also includes 2006, 2007, and 2016 J4500s, Parsons likes how the J4500 sticks to the road, especially in blustery conditions.

A knowledgeable mechanic having worked with his dad on their company's earliest MCI models, Parsons has 47 years in the bus business. And he's still learning by taking online courses offered by the ASE- accredited MCI Academy's Learning Management System (LMS).

The new swing-out style electric e-fan cooling package and a clean-diesel Cummins engine on their newest J4500 are also appreciated for fuel the savings compared to the operator's older coaches, noted Parsons, the second generation to lead the family firm founded by his father Richard in 1962..............   READ MORE >


A knowledgeable mechanic having worked with his dad on their company's earliest MCI models, Parsons has 47 years in the bus business. And he's still learning by taking online courses offered by the ASE- accredited MCI Academy's Learning Management System (LMS).

  New Prevost H3-45s for All Aboard America!
  
 
All Aboard America! has enjoyed an enduring relationship with Prevost since the company began purchasing coaches from the Canadian bus builder in the late 1990s. Promising superior service, All Aboard America! remains steadfast in its commitment to continuously add to and replenish its coach fleet. In keeping with that plan, the company is acquiring four 2019 H3-45s this year to add to their predominantly Prevost fleet.

From Prevost:

Headquartered in Mesa, AZ with operations in Texas and New Mexico, All Aboard America! offers coach charters, scheduled daily route and express service in rural communities, as well as contracted coach services for park and ride facilities, casino runs, employee shuttles and custom contracts.

All Aboard America! has enjoyed an enduring relationship with Prevost since the company began purchasing coaches from the Canadian bus builder in the late 1990s. Promising superior service, All Aboard America! remains steadfast in its commitment to continuously add to and replenish its coach fleet. In keeping with that plan, the company is acquiring four 2019 H3-45s this year to add to their predominantly Prevost fleet.

All Aboard America! takes pride in its original and unique graphic design plans that ensure no two coaches will look exactly alike. "The most striking feature of these newest Prevost’s is their vibrant color schemes," says General Manager, Eugene Thomas. "One is painted neon Lamborghini yellow; the other a rich metallic copper with our trademark flourishes that really add spice to our branding."

In addition to the head-turning colors, Thomas says the all-new black wheel rims add to the "hot rod" look. "This touch is creating a lot of buzz," he says. "We are just trying features we think no one has seen to this point."

The new H3-45s feature the standard Prevost Electric Fan Drive. All Aboard America! was the first operator to demo the fan drive system prior to production The company was so impressed, based on their technicians’ feedback, they decided to retrofit the fan assembly on a 2013 model H3-45. 
All Aboard America! selected the new Sigma seat from Amaya as an option on the newly delivered coaches. "These seats are absolutely beautiful," says Thomas.

A History of All Aboard America!
Henry Page launched All Aboard America! in 1936 as Potash Mines Transportation Company to transport miners to and from their jobsites in Southeast New Mexico. Miners rode in truck-towed trailers outfitted with pot belly stoves, vented by smokestacks inserted through the trailer roof, to keep them warm.  The next era saw Page’s daughter, Coradene, and her husband, Jack L. Wigley, form Industrial Bus Lines and expand operations into West Texas and Arizona. The two companies formally merged in 1971 and feeling a need for a fresh identity for its expanding array of services, they became All Aboard America! in 1989.

Third-generation owner Jack D. Wigley served as president and CEO and raised All Aboard America! to new heights. His announcement of his pending retirement in 2017 initiated the transition to the next generation, which has included All Aboard America! becoming a member organization in a consortium of six major motorcoach carriers strategically located in California, Arizona, Colorado............   READ MORE >

  Indiana Approves Over $3M for New School Buses

  From School Bus Fleet:

INDIANAPOLIS  -  Indiana has released over $3 million in its first round of Volkswagen (VW) settlement funds for new school buses.

The plan for the awards is part of the state's total $40.9 million VW funds to support clean air projects that aim to reduce Indiana's diesel emissions, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. A total of 179 vehicles and equipment, including 82 new school buses, will be funded in 23 counties, according to the agency.

"The committee worked together deliberately in evaluating and scoring each project," said Beverly Gard, chair of the committee. "We want to ensure that these funds will be used for transformative projects and achieve our goal of improving Indiana's air quality."

 

The plan for the awards is part of the state's total $40.9 million VW funds to support clean air projects that aim to reduce Indiana's diesel emissions, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. A total of 179 vehicles and equipment, including 82 new school buses, will be funded in 23 counties, according to the agency.

The funds were approved in four groups: electric school buses, non-electric school buses, nonroad vehicles, and onroad vehicles. Four school districts in Bartholomew, Monroe, Carroll, and Hamilton counties were granted a total of $1.26 million to support the purchase of one all-electric school bus. Meanwhile, 12 school districts in Elkhart, Dekalb, Lake, Marion, Clark, Johnson, LaPorte, Howard, and LaGrange counties, received a total of $1.99 million for the purchase of 18 diesel school buses and 60 propane buses.

“The committee's first round of funding is a big step toward reducing diesel emissions in Indiana," said Bruno Pigott, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Mitigation and committee member. “These awards are going to.........READ MORE >


 

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