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02/11/2020

 


  Prevost Factory Training Major Success in Quebec
 

 

These behind the scenes tours are unique in allowing those who work closely with Prevost coaches to see firsthand the parts they routinely work on - before becoming part of the finished bus.

 
 From Prevost:

The Prevost Factory Training program was held late last year in Quebec and included 44 technicians from over 26 different companies throughout the United States and Canada.

The training program is a 5 day training course where technicians can choose from a variety of training classes including: Allison Transmission, Pneumatic Braking Systems, Volvo Drive Train, Prevost Electrical, Prevost HVAC systems and Pneumatic Accessories.

The highlights of the program in Quebec are the factory tour where technicians are able to see where Prevost coaches are manufactured and the tour of the Prevost Museum.

These behind the scenes tours are unique in allowing those who work closely with Prevost coaches to see firsthand the parts they routinely work on - before becoming part of the finished bus.

"While all of our training courses are focused on helping our customers immediately benefit from what they've learned, the tour of the factory where Prevost's are manufactured really shows the product from the ground up," said Robert Hitt, Director of Aftermarket Training, North America. This training marked the 19th year of hosting customers at the Prevost factory in Ste-Claire.

Marc Reilly of Great Canadian Coach said of the training program, "we are part of a community. If I have a problem or need advice, I know there is a whole network of people I've met here at the Prevost training to help me out."

Prevost's goal of these training programs is for technicians to obtain an extensive amount of product knowledge so they may quickly and accurately answer customer questions and make any necessary repairs to get customers' coaches back on the road in a timely manner.

Marathon Coach Service Manager Chris Welch said of the training program, "I've known the folks who do the trainings for a long time and I trust them. The training is outstanding. I've never felt like I am on my own with Prevost because I have great relationships with them both here and throughout the country."

The Prevost Technical Institute™ (PTI) training team is the strongest training team in the industry with a combined 302 years of bus experience and numerous experts on all Prevost models and the Volvo 9700. PTI also supports Parts, Distribution and the many needs of Prevost's ever expanding network.


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  Biz News: New Flyer, Grande West Transportation land contracts

   From Metro:

New Flyer lands contract for Fla. heavy-duty bus consortium

New Flyer of America Inc. was selected by the Florida State Government as an approved supplier of heavy-duty transit buses to the State of Florida Heavy-Duty Transit Bus Consortium.

New Flyer of America Inc. was selected by the Florida State Government as an approved supplier of heavy-duty transit buses to the State of Florida Heavy-Duty Transit Bus Consortium.

The contract was procured through the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, and simplifies the procurement of heavy-duty transit buses for any transit authority, or any city, county, or State government agency within the state of Florida for up to five years, including a base term of two years with options to extend for three additional one-year periods. Under the contract, New Flyer can provide a wide range of products on its Xcelsior® platform, including 35-foot and 40-foot buses offered in low-emission diesel-electric hybrid, low-emission compressed natural gas, and clean diesel propulsions.

Grande West secures $30M order for Vicinity buses

Grande West Transportation Group Inc. received a new contract from its exclusive U.S. distributor, Atlanta-based Alliance Bus Group (ABG) for new bus orders with a value of approximately $30 million.

The contract was signed February 6 and Grande West expects to record revenue and deliver the purpose-built Vicinity buses within the 2020 calendar year. The new buses will replace an old fleet currently operating throughout multiple locations in the U.S. with a world-class business and bus operator.


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  L.A. Transit Agency to Consider Offering Free Rides to K-12 Students


   From School Bus Fleet:

LOS ANGELES - The public transit system serving the second-largest city in the U.S. is looking into providing free transportation to all K-12 students.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (Metro's) board of directors approved a motion in its Jan. 23 board meeting for a study on the potential program.

At the board's direction, Metro's CEO, Phillip A. Washington; officials from Los Angeles Unified School District (USD) and other school districts in Los Angeles County; and officials from local municipalities and the state will conduct research and submit a report by April 2020 on offering the service to young students for free.

 

The public transit system serving the second-largest city in the U.S. is looking into providing free transportation to all K-12 students.

The report would include data on existing free transit services offered to students, such as the City of Los Angeles's DASH to Class program, Metro's Just Transit pilot with Los Angeles USD and other school districts. It would also provide cost estimates and information on potential funding; the impact on ridership, service, and fare revenues; and results from school district surveys that would determine students' interest in public transit and transit dependency.

LAist reports that transit agency officials said that offering free rides to all schoolchildren in Los Angeles County could potentially increase school attendance, improve mobility, alleviate traffic congestion, and "instill an appreciation for public transit in a new generation of riders.”

The motion, according to the news source, was initially titled "Free Transit for Los Angeles Unified School District Students." Although some board members were opposed to approving a report that didn't take into consideration students countywide, others, along with two L.A. city councilmen, said that the study should first research the district to determine whether it is feasible to expand such a program to other districts.

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