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03/17/2020

 


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  Free Enterprise System Headquarter Adds Four 2020 Van Hool CX45 Coaches to Growing Fleet
 

The new 56-seat Van Hool CX45 coaches will be used primarily in charter service operations, according to Mr. John McCue, President and COO, Free Enterprise. Free Enterprise is a full-service transportation company specializing in group transport for tours, charters, airport shuttles, church and school groups, sports teams, wedding groups and all types of event and occasion transport. With locations throughout the greater Indianapolis metro and surrounding region and Lexington, KY,

 

 
  
From ABC Companies:

ABC Companies recently delivered four new 2020 CX45 Van Hool coaches to new customer, Free Enterprise System of Jeffersonville, IN. Established in 1976,

Free Enterprise is a subsidiary of Sodrel Truck Lines, a 4th generation-family owned business that has been in the transportation industry since 1915, with original market of Louisville Metro. They are the oldest land-based carrier for the United States Postal Service. "This sale represents the beginning of a great relationship", said Aaron Babcock, ABC Account Manager. "We envision that Van Hool coaches will become a mainstay in the Jeffersonville fleet and we are committed to supporting Free Enterprise across all aspects of their motorcoach operations".

The new Van Hool coaches feature Free Enterprise's refreshed brand which integrates black metallic paint and a distinctive custom graphics package. Along with a host of new standard features for 2020, the Van Hool CX45 models are specified with additional amenities designed to offer passengers a comfortable, upscale experience and include: Kiel 1020 passenger seats with leather inserts and piping, REI wireless PA and media safety player, 110V plug-ins with USB at all seats and REI 360 exterior view camera system to enhance driver visibility.

The new 56-seat Van Hool CX45 coaches will be used primarily in charter service operations, according to Mr. John McCue, President and COO, Free Enterprise. Free Enterprise is a full-service transportation company specializing in group transport for tours, charters, airport shuttles, church and school groups, sports teams, wedding groups and all types of event and occasion transport. With locations throughout the greater Indianapolis metro and surrounding region and Lexington, KY, the operator also provides over-the-road service to New York City, Washington, DC, Orlando, FL and other popular charter group destinations. The company's fleet of over 47 vehicles offers a diverse mix of options to accommodate groups from 14 up to 56 passengers in a modern fleet of full-size premium passenger motorcoaches, corporate coaches, 21 seat platinum coaches, Mercedes Sprinters and 30-passenger trolleys.


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  Prevost Hires Jay Raber as Mid-West Regional Sales Manager, Pre-Owned


Prevost is pleased to announce the addition of Jay Raber to the Pre-Owned sales team. Raber will be the new Mid-West Regional Sales Manager for Pre-Owned coaches.


  From Prevost:

Prevost Hires Jay Raber as Mid-West Regional Sales Manager, Pre-Owned

Prevost is pleased to announce the addition of Jay Raber to the Pre-Owned sales team. Raber will be the new Mid-West Regional Sales Manager for Pre-Owned coaches.

Jay joined the Prevost family in early February and will service 14 states from western Colorado to east Tennessee and as far north as Minnesota. Jay brings over 40 years of transit and motorcoach industry experience to Prevost.

"I’m very excited about this excellent opportunity to work at Prevost," says Jay. "I have been in the bus industry for many years and have finally found my permanent home."

Jay joins the Prevost team from Complete Coach Works in Riverside, CA where he was a Regional Sales Representative - overseeing an extensive territory. In his previous position, Jay concentrated on the city transit industry and was known for his expertise in cultivating customer relationships.

"I am pleased to add such a well-respected and trusted advisor to our Pre-Owned team," says Mitch Guralnick, Director, Pre-Owned Coach Sales. "With extensive experience in buying & maintaining coaches, as well as in running the day-to-day operations, Jay understands the importance of assisting customers in achieving the peace of mind that comes from selecting the right coaches for their operation."


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  Districts Working to Keep Paying School Bus Drivers During Coronavirus Closings


   From School Bus Fleet:

Amid the declaration of a national emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic causing school closings nationwide, some districts are ensuring drivers continue to be paid, in some cases by enlisting them to help feed students during the shutdown.

In Atlanta, Ga., The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that seven school districts they reached out to are working to maintain base wages for the majority of their employees. Meanwhile, starting Monday, Gwinnett County Public Schools bus drivers will deliver meals to 68 sites throughout the district area, according to the district's Facebook page.

As South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced on Sunday that all public schools would close from Monday through March 31, Molly Spearman, the state education superintendent said that teachers will continue to be paid as well as staff such as cafeteria workers and bus drivers, Greenville News reports.

Additionally, in Massachusetts, Framingham Public Schools will continue to pay for school bus service during the school closures, which started on Wednesday after an area resident tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, Framingham Patch reports.

 

Amid the declaration of a national emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic causing school closings nationwide, some districts are ensuring drivers continue to be paid, in some cases by enlisting them to help feed students during the shutdown.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic causing school closings nationwide, districts are ensuring drivers continue to be paid, in some cases by enlisting them to help feed students during the shutdown. Photo courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lincoln Lynch, the district's executive director of finance and operations, told the news source that although the drivers may not be district employees, " … we consider them to be such an important part of our student's experiences here at Framingham Public Schools and value them as if they were our employees."

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