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03/03/2020

 


  ABC Delivers 20 New Van Hool CX45 Coaches to Regional Market Leader
 

ABC Delivers 20 New Van Hool CX45 Coaches to Regional Market Leader

 

 
  
From ABC Companies:

Fleet Revitalization Helps ECHO AFC Transportation Capitalize on Growth.

Winter Garden, FL, March, 2020 - Expanding his fleet with new equipment models is key to market success for leading Texas ground transportation provider and longtime ABC customer, John Ferrari, President and CEO of ECHO AFC Transportation. A market leader with headquarters based in Houston, TX recently took delivery of 20 new Van Hool coaches over a 2-month period. The new Van Hool CX45 coaches have been built to customer specifications designed to reflect ECHO AFC Transportation's luxury brand image and reputation for a highline passenger experience. With 2019 business projections soaring ahead of expectations, Ferrari attributes fleet revitalization as a major factor in the company's growth and brand building efforts.

"Catering to our customers' preferences influences the way we spec our equipment and the feedback has been exceptional about the sleek and spacious cabin look on these new coaches", said Ferrari. The company leverages a variety of options to please passengers. The recently delivered coaches feature ECHO AFC Transportation's custom black on black reflective graphics and paint scheme, with a range of interiors - some with leather insert seating and modified parcel racks, some with contoured parcel racks and others with wheelchair lifts. All coaches were ordered with available advanced driver assistance systems including adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation systems.

"Upgrading our assets has been pivotal in helping us secure new contracts, increase our rates and reap the business benefits of the latest and greatest onboard technologies", said Ferrari. Customers want and expect the newest and best from their transportation experience he noted. In addition to providing high style, comfort and digital amenities, the 2020 Van Hool coaches also integrate a reengineered driver's area that gives his drivers a high degree of confidence and a sense of pride about the vehicles they drive. "Drivers love the new look and feel of the dashboard"...

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  Mid-sized coach sales stay up, overall sales down slightly in 2019

 
  From Metro:

Based on the American Bus Association Foundation’s (ABAF) 2019 Motorcoach Builder Survey of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, motorcoach sales from the participating manufacturers saw a modest 0.1% increase over the same quarter in 2018.

In the fourth quarter of 2019 1,022 units were sold versus 1,021 in 2018 - 671 units were new coaches in 2019 versus 677 new coaches in 2018. The largest group of sales was the 30- to 40-foot coaches, which saw a 60% increase over the same period - 64 versus 40.

Pre-owned sales over the same period grew by 2% with 351 units sold in 2019 versus 344 units in 2018.

 
Based on the American Bus Association Foundation’s (ABAF) 2019 Motorcoach Builder Survey of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, motorcoach sales from the participating manufacturers saw a modest 0.1% increase over the same quarter in 2018.

The largest group of sales was the 30- to 40-foot coaches, which saw a 60% increase over the same period  - 64 versus 40. MCI

Based on the American Bus Association Foundation’s (ABAF) 2019 Motorcoach Builder Survey of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, motorcoach sales from the participating manufacturers saw a modest 0.1% increase over the same quarter in 2018.

In the fourth quarter of 2019 1,022 units were sold versus 1,021 in 2018 - 671 units were new coaches in 2019 versus 677 new coaches in 2018. The largest group of sales was the 30- to 40-foot coaches, which saw a 60% increase over the same period - 64 versus 40.

Pre-owned sales over the same period grew by 2% with 351 units sold in 2019 versus 344 units in 2018.

"As we have been predicting for a few years now, smaller more intimate trips are what travelers want and that is highlighted in the growth in the 30- to 40-foot coach market," said Peter Pantuso, president of the ABA Foundation. "Year-over-year in total sales this coach size has grown by more than 50 percent. Passengers are looking to take more personalized trips with their families and friends."

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  California Conference Session Highlights Support for Special-Needs Transporters


   From School Bus Fleet:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - School transportation officials across the state gathered here last week to discuss a variety of topics, including strategies to support special-needs transportation.

One of the sessions for the California Association of School Transportation Officials (CASTO) annual conference, held Feb. 22 to 24, covered the importance of establishing supportive relationships for special-needs transporters.

Ilah Feeney, a program administrator for the Solano County Office of Education, detailed the value of creating more collaborative relationships among a district's transportation and special-education departments, parents, teachers, and school site staff.

As a former special-education teacher of 33 years, "I knew I had to build relationships with [bus drivers] and communicate with them because having a lack of student information can be a challenge," Feeney told attendees.

When dealing with everyone's expectations for school transportation, she encouraged attendees to advocate for more collaborative meetings - in addition to those arranged for a student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

 
School transportation officials across the state gathered here last week to discuss a variety of topics, including strategies to support special-needs transportation.
 

Ilah Feeney, a program administrator for the Solano County Office of Education, shared support strategies for special-needs transporters during the California Association of School Transportation Officials' annual conference.

"Do you see teachers when picking up students? Do you feel support from those teachers? Are you having issues with school site staff?" she asked the audience. "These are the types of questions you should be asking."

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