10/29/2019

 


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 Prevost and industry historian Bill Luke look back at 95 years


  From Metro:

In the winter of 1924, Eugene Prevost was nine years into his career as a woodcraftsman, building top quality church pews and school furniture from his shop in St Claire, Quebec. He stepped off in a new direction the day his good friend, George Roy, dropped by to share his unique idea for transporting people; challenging Prevost to fashion a fine wooden passenger compartment that would fit onto the Reo Truck chassis he had just purchased.

Prevost had come by his craftsmanship as a young son helping his father, Joseph, finish building the family home. His mechanical aptitude traces back to the motorcycle he owned and the sidecar he built and attached so he could transport his aging father to visit his older sons who had immigrated to Vermont.

Prevost readily grasped Roy’s concept and eagerly accepted the commission to handcraft his first bus body - not thinking of the extensive line of buses and coaches that would follow; nor the North American coach company that would bear his name.


Prevost readily grasped Roy’s concept and eagerly accepted the commission to handcraft his first bus body - not thinking of the extensive line of buses and coaches that would follow; nor the North American coach company that would bear his name.

Prevost continued into the 1930s building one wooden bus body each winter alongside his cabinetry business for various truck manufacturers. He eventually went "all in" with his first independent bus factory in 1937. Roy later claimed to have had a hunch his friend would redirect his talent into this new realm of automotive transportation.

Around the same time in 1924, William A. Luke was just getting his bearings as a newborn in Virginia, Minn., and on his way to eventually become the bus industry's noted publisher, author, and eminent historian.

As Eugene's bus business was evolving, young Bill was also taking an early interest in buses. Where most boys his age were into cars, he was marveling over the majestic Greyhound buses rolling in and out of the station not..................READ MORE >

  Motorcoaches, by far, are the greenest way to travel

A motorcoach averages 280.1 passenger miles per gallon of fuel, traveling two to ten times more efficiently than most other forms of passenger transportation.

From Bus & Motorcoach News:

A motorcoach averages 280.1 passenger miles per gallon of fuel, traveling two to ten times more efficiently than most other forms of passenger transportation.

"Motorcoaches on average use the least amount of energy and produce the lowest carbon dioxide emissions per passenger mile of any of the transportation modes analyzed," according to research from the American Bus Association (ABA) Foundation.

The passenger mileage delivered by motorcoaches exceeded that of transit buses by eight times and a two-passenger car or domestic air travel by more than five times. Motorcoaches carry passengers twice as efficiently as van pools and light rail.

The closest competitor for motorcoach transportation is heavy rail, found to average 190.8 passenger miles per gallon. The comparisons were based on the energy equivalent of diesel fuel.

"Travelers today are more environmentally conscious in where they travel and how they travel," said ABA President Peter Pantuso. "We are seeing more people taking to motorcoach travel when they travel domestically not only because of its convenience, but also because they know it is the greenest way to travel."........ READ MORE >
 

  Education, Appreciation Emphasized During National School Bus Safety Week

 From School Bus Fleet:

Pupil transportation providers, suppliers, and elected officials nationwide came together from Oct. 21 to 25 to celebrate the National Association for Pupil Transportation's (NAPT's) National School Bus Safety Week with events highlighting school bus safety education and driver appreciation.

The theme for NAPT's annual campaign this year is "My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation!"

The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) hosted a School Bus Illegal Passing Technology Showcase on the U.S. Capitol Grounds in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

In attendance were U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Todd Young, U.S. Representatives Jackie Walorski, Julia Brownley, and Rodney Davis, as well as staff from congressional offices and federal agencies and school bus industry partners, according to a news release from the NSTA.

The event highlighted the growing problem of illegal passing of stopped school buses, technological solutions, and the Stop for School Buses Act of 2019 (S.1254/H.R. 2218).

 

Pupil transportation providers, suppliers, and elected officials nationwide came together from Oct. 21 to 25 to celebrate the National Association for Pupil Transportation's (NAPT's) National School Bus Safety Week with events highlighting school bus safety education and driver appreciation.

The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) hosted a School Bus Illegal Passing Technology Showcase in Washington, D.C. Among the attendees were congressional representatives and staff from federal agencies. Photo courtesy NSTA

Safe Fleet demonstrated a school bus equipped with its Predictive Stop Arm as well as its Driver Alert solution.

Also exhibited were a crossing guard school bus stop arm equipped with camera technology and auto ticketing feature, and a rear driver alert device.  Afterward, NSTA President John Benish Jr., along with congressional officials, spoke about the importance of school bus safety and the need to draw attention to the dangers of illegal passing in a press conference.

"NSTA was pleased to host this event to focus on illegal passing during National School Bus Safety Week," Benish Jr. said. "As a father of four, and an owner of a family-operated school transportation company, ensuring students are transported in a safe and efficient manner is of utmost importance. I look forward to a continuing dialogue with policymakers about ways we can make the safest form of.......... .READ MORE >


 

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