10/15/2019

 


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  Premier Alaska Tours purchases new Prevost H3-45s


  From Prevost:

Premier Alaska Tours, a receptive base transportation enterprise located in Anchorage, Alaska, works business-to-business with cruise lines and tour operators to design and manage travel programs and ground transportation throughout Alaska - all of which carry the brands of its commercial customers.

The company owns and operates 104 Prevost H3-45s exclusively. Its most recent acquisition of four 2019 Prevost H3-45's, in addition to the four units delivered last December, tipped the scale of new versus older coaches within their fleet. Additionally, its four glass-domed rail cars travel between Anchorage and Fairbanks every day during the summer.

Premier Alaska Tours acquired its first 50 Prevost H3-45s in 2012 in a bulk purchase of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' entire coach fleet. With 35 coaches of their own at the time, owners Peter Grundwalt and Tim Worthen have since worked steadily toward the goal of operating an all-Prevost fleet. According to company president, Josh Howes, Premier Alaska has routinely purchased eight new model Prevost H3-45s each year since 2013 in order to modernize the older fleet with new-model units, perfectly suited for its client tour companies and passengers with ample luggage bays and panoramic views through flush-mounted, frameless windows.


Premier Alaska Tours acquired its first 50 Prevost H3-45s in 2012 in a bulk purchase of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' entire coach fleet. With 35 coaches of their own at the time, owners Peter Grundwalt and Tim Worthen have since worked steadily toward the goal of operating an all-Prevost fleet.

"We have found the H3-45 to be a solid coach in design and dependability," says Howes. "To be honest, we don't go in for many of the extras other than an occasional wheelchair lift." Most recently, Premier Alaska Tours acquired the new 2019 H3-45's which come standard with the Prevost Electric Fan Drive.

"Considering the region where we operate, we are very appreciative for the support we receive from the Prevost aftermarket team," says Howes. "When it comes to working through the occasional bugs and issues that come up on the coaches, our Prevost techs are great to work with. They are very responsive and make regular visits to work with our team directly."

Premier Alaska Tours also invites Prevost trainers to Anchorage once a year for a week of custom training with their entire maintenance team.

Six hundred employees represent Premier Alaska at facilities located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Denali, Talkeeta and Seward. On behalf of its respective clients, the company builds the itineraries, mans the coaches, hires the onboard guides and contracts with the hotels and restaurants.

During the off-season, Premier Alaska Tours operates strictly as a chartered transportation company. Client services include school districts, military moves and the transportation of oil and natural gas employees over the treacherous ice roads to Alaska's North Slope. where temperatures typically plummet to 40 and 50 degrees below zero.

Many of Premier Alaska Tours' services create additional avenues for its clients to thoroughly experience Alaska off the beaten path. Additionally, the company takes tremendous pride in promoting Alaskan tourism and privately-owned businesses.   VISIT PREVOST >

  Texas Bus Sales announces Larry Villanueva for new role

Texas Bus Sales is pleased to announce that Larry Villanueva has accepted the role as a Transportation Consultant for the Dealership. Larry will oversee Customer Service operations at Texas Bus Sales –San Antonio. His role will include Warranty, Service, Parts and Sales.

Texas Bus Sales is pleased to announce that Larry Villanueva has accepted the role as a Transportation Consultant for the Dealership. Larry will oversee Customer Service operations at Texas Bus Sales –San Antonio. His role will include Warranty, Service, Parts and Sales.

Larry offers successful leadership in all aspects of Sales and Operations. His Passion to strive for excellence has furthered his career to hold positions as Regional Director of Operations for Courtland Financial a Texas company with over 30 Retail operations based throughout the USA. Larry has worked in numerous Retail settings where he implemented a strong sales force by driving sales and providing Top notch Customer Service. In 2004 he began his career as Manager for Prestige Limousine and Transportation based out of San Antonio, Texas.

In his most recent position he worked at Davey Coach a Bus Dealership based in Colorado. At Davey Coach Larry held positions as Parts and Service Director and most recently as a Transportation Consultant providing solutions in varying markets that operated buses.

Larry enjoys family time and attends Grace Tabernacle Church where he plays drums with the Church Worship group. Larry shouted out, “I’m happy to announce the start of my new career with Texas Bus Sales and plan to bring all my experiences and passions to this growing San Antonio operation. I’m looking forward to providing the best Transportation, Parts and Service and most of all Customer Service Texas Bus Sales has to offer”.

"We are excited to have Larry leading our Customer Service operations in San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley,” said Darryl Rickaway, Texas Bus Sales President & General Manager. “With Larry’s experience we look forward to working together to bring a higher level of service to our Customers.

Texas Bus Sales holds the oldest license from the state of Texas to represent new commercial buses for sale in Texas. For more than 33 years they have represented the leading manufacturers of small and mid-size buses in America. They offer a full line of quality built buses, livery and paratransit vehicles from Champion Bus, ElDorado Bus, Federal Coach and Sunset Vans in addition to Braun Lift Products and Ricon Lift products.

Larry can be contacted at 210-349-6500. For more information, please contact Texas Bus Sales at 713-681-3600 or sales@texasbussales.com.
 

  Lion Electric Co. Opens New 'Experience Center'in New York

 From School Bus Fleet:

The Lion Electric Co. (LION) opened a second educational facility on Thursday, this one in New York state.

Lion launched its first Experience Center in Sacramento, Calif., last fall. That facility, which offers training programs to help educate districts and companies about electrification, pushed the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer to expand its education program to a second location, according to a news release from Lion.

The electric school bus manufacturer's second Lion Experience Center is located in Green Island. Similar to the first center, the Green Island facility will help educate school districts, truck fleet operators, and transit bus operators on EV capabilities, charging infrastructure, available funding, and will provide vehicle tours.

In New York state, nearly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector, according to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA's) website.


The electric school bus manufacturer's second Lion Experience Center is located in Green Island. Similar to the first center, the Green Island facility will help educate school districts, truck fleet operators, and transit bus operators on EV capabilities, charging infrastructure, available funding, and will provide vehicle tours.

To reduce these emissions, the state recently relaunched the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program, which is administered by the NYSERDA. The program provides point-of-sale rebates to reduce the cost for businesses and municipalities that want to purchase new electric vehicles. This program prompted Lion to plan a second Experience Center in New York, the company said in the news release.

"Lion is dedicated to the New York market and we are taking another step towards accelerating adoption of heavy-duty, zero-emission vehicles by opening a Lion Experience Center here in the heart of this great state," said Marc Bedard, Lion's founder and CEO. "Our Experience Center will continue to serve many purposes, but will be a space where the EV community can gather primarily for teaching, learning, training, and education purposes." ..........READ MORE >


 

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