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01/21/2020

 


  Louisiana Motor Coach adds 10 new MCI J4500 Coaches to its Growing Fleet


Motor Coach Industries (MCI) delivered 10 new bestselling MCI J4500 coaches to Louisiana Motor Coach, New Orleans' fastest growing tour and charter companies.


   From MCI:

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) delivered 10 new bestselling MCI J4500 coaches to Louisiana Motor Coach, New Orleans' fastest growing tour and charter companies.

This growing regional operator serving conventions, sports events, charters and tours is known for a safe and luxurious experience for its customers and wanted to add a new class of vehicles with next-generation passenger amenities to its 30-vehicle fleet. MCI is pleased to win their business for the first time.

Louisiana Motor Coach's new J4500 coaches feature best-in-class interiors and legroom, proven reliability, fuel-saving features and low total cost of operation with the latest safety features.

"Everything about the purchases of these new coaches fell into place," said Louis Sanders, Louisiana Motor Coach's vice president and general manager, who with his wife Mary Sanders, the company's president, and eldest son and partner Jeffrey Celeste, launched the business 10 years ago. "The MCI team came through with the quality and coach amenities we were looking for. We like the new interior design including the lavatory and new digital driver dash on the J4500."........ READ MORE  >
 


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  Motorcoach survey: Business solid, opportunities for operators await


This year's METRO Motorcoach Survey, sponsored by ABC Companies and ABC Parts, reports solid business.


   From Metro:

This year's METRO Motorcoach Survey, sponsored by ABC Companies and ABC Parts, reports solid business.

Recruiting, hiring, and retaining drivers and containing soaring costs continue to be the biggest challenges facing motorcoach operations today, according to respondents to this year’s METRO Motorcoach Survey. Participants range from operations with as many as 618 motorcoaches to as little as two, while also capturing operations that perform a broader range of services.

To address growing costs, operators are looking for ways to increase operational efficiencies, better monitor expenses, prudently raise prices, and increase utilization, especially during winter months.

Interestingly, those rising costs are sometimes associated with efforts to recruit new drivers, with many operators saying they are paying more to market and advertise for their open positions, or even create or expand Human Resources divisions or implement a CDL training department.While cost is the top issue outside of the driver problem, reported by 39% of respondents, other issues facing operations throughout North America include staying busy year-round, finding maintenance personnel, and inspections/governmental compliance.......... READ MORE  >


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  Minnesota Driver Evacuates Students Before School Bus Catches Fire


   From School Bus Fleet:

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. - A school bus driver here is being credited for safely evacuating students from his school bus on Monday before it caught fire, a district official said.

The bus driver was transporting Richfield Middle School's seventh grade boys basketball team to a game in Maplewood at about 3:30 p.m., according to a statement from Steven Unowsky, the superintendent for Richfield Public Schools. Unowsky said the driver "smelled smoke and saw smoke coming through the bus vents" before he was able to safely pull the bus over and evacuate all of the students on board.

Video footage from a Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) traffic camera, posted on Twitter by Twin Cities Traffic, shows students outside of the bus as it is consumed by smoke and flames.

A second school bus was dispatched to the scene to return the students and staff to Richfield Middle School, where students were met by their families, Unowsky said in the statement.

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The bus driver was transporting Richfield Middle School's seventh grade boys basketball team to a game in Maplewood at about 3:30 p.m., according to a statement from Steven Unowsky, the superintendent for Richfield Public Schools. Unowsky said the driver "smelled smoke and saw smoke coming through the bus vents" before he was able to safely pull the bus over and evacuate all of the students on board.

Video footage from a Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) traffic camera shows students outside of the bus as it is consumed by smoke and flames. Screenshot courtesy of MNDOT



 

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