09/24/2019

 


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  Top 100 Bus Fleets Survey: Transit works to boost ridership, services


  From Metro:

With 40% of public transit agencies experiencing issues with boosting ridership, many are taking a more multimodal approach, according to respondents to METRO's 2019 Top 100 Bus Fleets survey.

To deal with those ridership issues, agencies are revamping services to increase frequencies in busy corridors, boosting or even creating services in new job centers or new housing developments, or decreasing services in areas where ridership is low.

In San Antonio, the introduction of new high-frequency services over the last year or so have resulted in 20% to 25% ridership increases, while revamping services in Austin resulted in ridership increases in 11 of the network's first 12 months, culminating in a better than 11% increase between May 2018 and May 2019.


To deal with those ridership issues, agencies including San Antonio's VIA Metropolitan Transit (No. 35) and Austin, Texas' Capital Metro (No. 40) are revamping services to increase frequencies in busy corridors, boosting or even creating services in new job centers or new housing developments, or decreasing services in areas where ridership is low.
 

Another solution to help boost ridership are on-demand and microtransit services, which are being used in areas where ridership is low, to help solve the first-, last-mile issue, or to increase options for paratransit clientele.

Overall, 40% of this year's respondents say they are experiencing ridership issues, with 35% reporting that ridership is about even. Of note, none of the Canadian agencies that responded to the survey reported that they were experiencing ridership issues.

In California, the Orange County Transportation Authority (No. 26) launched microtransit services in two zones as part of its OC Bus 360 program, which was designed to look for ways to address ridership decline and stabilize it or get it trending up.

The OC Flex microtransit service uses wheelchair-accessible shuttles, which are each capable of holding up to eight passengers, to provide on-demand service that takes passengers curb-to-curb within the two designated zones for $4.50 using the mobile app, or $5 cash on board. An OCTA pass gives customers unlimited daily rides in either of the zones and on...........READ MORE >

  Detroit Diesel exiting motorcoach market


Detroit Diesel Corporation has announced that it will discontinue production of its DD13 engine for motorcoach applications in December 2021. It will continue to supply the engines exclusively to Freightliner and Western Star trucks.

  
From Bus & Motorcoach News:

Detroit Diesel Corporation has announced that it will discontinue production of its DD13 engine for motorcoach applications in December 2021. It will continue to supply the engines exclusively to Freightliner and Western Star trucks.

The DD13 currently is installed as original equipment in MCI and Van Hool motorcoaches.  The departure of Detroit Diesel leaves the engine market to Cummins, Volvo (Prevost and Volvo motorcoaches) and Mercedes-Benz (Setra motorcoaches).

"Detroit is focused on providing fully integrated powertrain components and safety and technology solutions to the Class 5-8 truck markets," explained spokesman Fred Liguori.  "Several thousand" of the DD13 engines have been installed in motorcoaches since 2010, he said. While the basic truck and motorcoach engines are similar, "Motorcoach applications require unique components and design for cooling and air intake systems."

In a media advisory issued Aug. 26, the company stated:

"Detroit is committed to providing the highest-level of support to its motor coach customers for the duration of the lives of their engines. With more than 700 locations in North America, Detroit's extensive, award-winning network and factory-trained technicians are available to all motor coach customers.

"Detroit will continue to provide motor coach customers with its fast, hassle-free parts and service process, as well as expedited parts and service for critical downtime situations. Detroit will honor all engine warranties through the duration of their term period."

MCI offers the DD13 as an option on its J4500. The Cummins ISX12 is the standard engine. The MCI J3500 is offered only with the Cummins L9.

The DD13 is the standard engine fitted to the Van Hool CX45, TX40 and TX45 motorcoaches. The Cummins ISX12 is an option on the CX45. The CX35 is available only with the Cummins L9, and the TDX only with the Cummins ISX12...........READ MORE >
 

  Go Riteway Acquires Wisconsin School Bus, Motorcoach Operator


Go Riteway Transportation Group has acquired Wisconsin school bus and motorcoach company Lazers Bus Service.

 
From School Bus Fleet:

OAK CREEK, Wis. - Go Riteway Transportation Group has acquired Wisconsin school bus and motorcoach company Lazers Bus Service.

Based in Marshall, Wis., Lazers Bus Service provides school transportation to Marshall Public Schools and motorcoach services to the greater Madison region in south central Wisconsin, according to a news release from Go Riteway. The acquisition of Lazers, including its 29 employees and 33 vehicles, will be made official on Oct. 1.

"We are happy to turn over the reins to Go Riteway," said Steve Lazers, owner of Lazers Bus Service. "We had choices of who to sell our business to and we feel that Go Riteway is a family company that shares our values. I am also confident that they are strong operators and will treat our employees and customers with the same care we have for the last 52 years."

Ronald Bast, chairman of Go Riteway, added that the acquisition "provides a key strategic location for the expansion of Go Riteway operations in south central Wisconsin" and that the company plans to retain all Lazers employees.

Go Riteway, headquartered in Oak Creek, Wis., has over 1,600 employees in 25 locations with a fleet of over 1,300 vehicles that includes school buses, motorcoaches, shuttles, limo coaches, executive sedans and vans.

As previously reported, in February, the school bus operator acquired Indiana motorcoach company Cardinal Buses Inc. The acquisition included the company's 120 employees and 50 vehicles - making the Go Riteway/Cardinal Buses operation one of the largest, most diverse fleets in the Midwest, according to Go Riteway............READ MORE >
 


 

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