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10/20/2020

 


  California operator Lisa Allen explains industry plight to state lawmakers


The California Bus Association (CBA) asked Lisa Allen to be the voice of the industry before a panel of lawmakers who wanted to know the impact of the pandemic on the state's $84 billion tourism industry.


    From Bus & Motorcoach News:

The California Bus Association (CBA) asked Lisa Allen to be the voice of the industry before a panel of lawmakers who wanted to know the impact of the pandemic on the state's $84 billion tourism industry.

The Chair of the California Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Tourism and Internet Media, Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) invited the CBA to give remarks on the state of the "ground transportation engine of California tourism" at the committee's Oct. 14 hearing.

"Today was amazing," Allen told Bus & Motorcoach News after the two-hour hearing. "The response from the state Assembly members and chair were wonderful. I think they will definitely try and help us with the DMV registration fees and a CARB (California Air Resource Board) rule extension if companies need them."

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  MCI Gains Approval for Calif. HVIP Voucher Program
 

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) battery-electric D45 CRTe, D45 CRTe LE, and J4500e coaches received approval by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), with vouchers covering up to $150,000 for each coach sold in the state.

The D45 CRTe LE is one of three MCI models that have been approved for California's Hybrid
and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).


    From Metro:

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) battery-electric D45 CRTe, D45 CRTe LE, and J4500e coaches received approval by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), with vouchers covering up to $150,000 for each coach sold in the state.

The HVIP program was launched in partnership between CARB and CALSTART to offer discounts on clean, low-carbon hybrid and electric vehicles. From the program's inception in 2009, over 7,000 vouchers have been funded to deploy more than 4,000 vehicles and low NOx engines.

The approval of the three MCI models adds to the existing NFI zero-emission heavy-duty transit buses eligible for vouchers, including New Flyer's 35-, 40-, and 60-foot Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric and 40- and 60-foot Xcelsior CHARGE H2 fuel-cell electric buses. Vouchers for New Flyer's heavy-duty transit buses range from $120,000 to $300,000 per bus, depending on the model.

"Building on decades of New Flyer's electric bus design, engineering, supply chain and manufacturing expertise, both the MCI J4500e and all-accessible MCI D45 CRTe LE battery-electric coach models can offer sustainable transportation, eliminating emissions while delivering high-capacity commuter transit through and between urban destinations," said Chris Stoddart, president of New Flyer and MCI.

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  Transfinder Releases 'CARES Act' Incentive

 

  
    From School Bus Fleet:

Routing software developer Transfinder Corp. has released its own CARES Act designed to help schools overcome budgetary challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company's "CARES Act," which stands for Client Aid Relief for (r)Evolutionary Software, will reduce the cost for school districts to access Transfinder's Routefinder PLUS software and defer payments until July 2021, according to a news release from the routing software developer.

Routefinder PLUS is a browser-based routing software that utilizes Transfinder's proprietary Artificial Intelligence Optimization (AIO) to create routes and bus stops for school transportation. PLUS has reportedly proven to be critical for school districts dealing with complex routing needs, including multiple tiers, A/B days, and hybrid schedules of in-person and virtual instruction, according to the company. PLUS is designed to assist school districts with formulating multiple “what if" scenarios and give users the ability to define custom maneuvers, travel regions, and curb approaches. The software can be accessed anywhere with internet access.

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Routing software developer Transfinder Corp. has released its own CARES Act designed to help schools overcome budgetary challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

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