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03/10/2020

 


  ABC Companies Facility Expansion in Northeast Region
 

A major renovation and expansion at ABC Companies Jersey City, NJ facility is attracting customers throughout the Northeast Corridor. Featuring 8 service bays, 2 paint booths, portable lifts, full dump and wash area, and onsite equipment and parts inventory, the newly redesigned facility sits on five acres and offers customers full equipment sales, service and body shop services.

 

 
  
From ABC Companies:

ABC Companies Facility Expansion Adds More Service, Parts and Equipment Sales Expertise to Northeast Region.

Winter Garden, FL, March, 2020 - A major renovation and expansion at ABC Companies Jersey City, NJ facility is attracting customers throughout the Northeast Corridor. Featuring 8 service bays, 2 paint booths, portable lifts, full dump and wash area, and onsite equipment and parts inventory, the newly redesigned facility sits on five acres and offers customers full equipment sales, service and body shop services. Additionally, a new 20,000 square foot parts warehouse with parts sales counter offers OEM and aftermarket options for Van Hool and other popular makes and models. Backed by ABC Parts Source, over 200,000 individual parts are available for transit and coach needs. An inventory of new Van Hool coaches including the restyled 2020 Van Hool CX45 and CX35, as well as an expansive inventory of popular preowned motorcoach makes and models will be available on site for inspection, test drives and sale, including new ABC Express Van Hool models for fast customer delivery.

ABC recognized the need to expand this strategic location based on market demand and fast-tracked the build-out which included numerous site upgrades and facility modernization of the centrally located operation. "We are excited to expand our service offering in a key market area", said Mike Laffan, Senior Vice President/Eastern Region at ABC Companies. "Our facility expansion doubles the size of operations in this region and can support virtually any service, parts and sales requests customers need to keep their fleets performing at peak levels. We welcome all operators to find out how we can support their fleet requirements at this location".

The company is planning a "re-opening" celebration during Q2 of 2020 according to Mr. Laffan. In addition to creating new jobs within the local labor force, he anticipates exponential growth in equipment, parts sales, and service contracts as a result of the expansion.

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  Volvo Bus wins 165-strong New York hybrid bus order


Volvo Buses subsidary, Nova Bus has secured a New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) contract for 165 hybrid vehicles.


  From Just Auto News:

Volvo Buses subsidary, Nova Bus has secured a New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) contract for 165 hybrid vehicles.

This is the second MTA contract for Volvo Buses.  Volvo recently announced an order for 307 Prevost commuter buses and 23 options for New York and this newly awarded contract for Nova Bus is for 165 hybrid versons with options for 126 hybrids and 209 diesels, making a potential order of up to 500 transit vehicles.

"With these two orders and the possible options, we continue to develop our long-standing relationship with New York," said Volvo Buses president, Håkan Agneval.  There were many aspects that contributed to MTA's decision to award Nova Bus the new contract.

With the latest orders for the Volvo Buses subsidiaries, the company´s fleet in the New York area totals more than 2,100 buses and coaches, branded either Prevost or Nova Bus.  "In the last couple of months, our Nova Bus and Prevost subsidiaries have been awarded contracts from MTA with a total of 472 buses and coaches with a further potential of 348 buses," added Agnevall.

The first hybrid buses will be delivered in May, 2020 and the remainder will start in December, 2020, to be completed in 2021.

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  Oregon District Raises Starting Pay for Transportation Employees


   From School Bus Fleet:

SALEM, Ore. - A school district here has raised the starting wages for its bus drivers and other pupil transportation employees in an effort to boost recruitment and retention.

The pay increase at Salem-Keizer Public Schools went into effect on Feb. 16, according to a news release from the district.

New school bus drivers now earn $17.47 per hour, up from $15.82 per hour. The pay scale for drivers has gone up to $22.30 per hour under the new maximum hourly rates.

Overall, the starting pay increases range from an extra $1.65 per hour to an additional $3.89 per hour, depending on the position. Dispatchers will now start at $19.26 per hour, as opposed to $16.58, and mechanics begin at $23.41 per hour versus the previous starting wage of $20.29 per hour.

The pay bumps are expected to help the district recruit and retain bus drivers and other transportation staff members.

 
SALEM, Ore. - A school district here has raised the starting wages for its bus drivers and other pupil transportation employees in an effort to boost recruitment and retention.
 

Salem-Keizer Public Schools has raised the starting wages for its bus drivers and other pupil transportation employees in an effort to boost recruitment and retention. Shown here is bus driver Jose Gutierrez. Photo courtesy Salem-Keizer Public Schools

"We have been at a critical point with our bus driver shortage for the past couple of years," said Michael Shields, the district's director of transportation services. "Many of our department employees have had to drop everything and drive buses on a daily basis, just to keep up with demand."

Shields told School Bus Fleet that the district hopes to hire 50 more drivers, in part due to plans to expand its pre-K and Head Start programs in the 2020-21 school year. The district also needs one more dispatcher, one lead dispatcher, and three additional mechanics, Shields added.


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