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01/26/2021

 


 Buses play a key role during inauguration in moving National Guard troops

Motorcoaches played a different essential role at President Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20.

 

  From Bus & Motorcoach News:

Motorcoaches played a different essential role at President Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20. Instead of transporting groups to Washington, D.C., to celebrate the presidential inauguration, motorcoaches were out in full force bringing National Guard troops to provide security at the nation's capital.  More than 25,000 National Guard troops from across the country were deployed to D.C. because of heightened security concerns around the inauguration after protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

The part buses played in moving troops quickly to the capital is a good example of the essential role the industry plays in transportation, says Lee Helms, owner of Sunway Charters in North Carolina.

Dispatched to nation's capital

Five of Helms' buses were dispatched to Washington, D.C. He appreciated the work after a year in which business tumbled 60-70%. He considers himself fortunate to get military business.  Southern Express was among the operators transporting National Guard troops to D.C. for the inauguration.  UMA Vice-Chair David Moody, general manager of his family's Holiday Tours in North Carolina, says he had 15 buses dispatched to D.C. ahead of the inauguration, bringing National Guard troops there, with some staying to provide shuttle service.

The transportation was coordinated by either the Maryland-based Transportation Management Services (TMS) or the state National Guard units.

"It's great seeing all the posts on Facebook by the other drivers, seeing all the buses out again. Hopefully, Congress will see the importance," Moody said.

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  Georgia motorcoach operator marks MLK Day with act of service

He spent the holiday delivering food to those in need. Several times a year, he and his wife, Wendy, put their logistics skills to work distributing food and clothing to those in need in Atlanta and the rural areas outside the city.


    From Bus & Motorcoach News:

Clarence Cox likes to say that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day of service, not a day off.  He spent the holiday delivering food to those in need. Several times a year, he and his wife, Wendy, put their logistics skills to work distributing food and clothing to those in need in Atlanta and the rural areas outside the city.

"We just kind of partner with a couple of different churches and civic organizations to do the outreach," said Cox, owner of Georgia Coach Lines in Fayetteville, Georgia.

Before taking over the family-owned operation in 2017 from his father and uncle, Cox had a distinguished career in law enforcement. He served as president for the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Officers (NOBLE) from 2017-18.

He realized the need for assistance during his decades doing police work, especially in drug enforcement, when he saw people turn to crime to support themselves. Now, as a motorcoach operator, he is using his buses to deliver food and clothing to those in need, especially those who live in Georgia's rural areas.

"I've been doing it ever since the big floods in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which were probably about 10 years ago," Cox said.

He usually volunteers around key holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

"I would say about every other month we're doing something somewhere," Cox said. "I call it my little ministry. It's my way of giving back to the community and helping those who are less fortunate."

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 DATTCO Acquires First Electric School Bus in Connecticut

New Britain, Connecticut-based bus dealership and transportation company DATTCO Inc. has added the state's first electric school bus to its fleet.

  
    From School Bus Fleet:

New Britain, Connecticut-based bus dealership and transportation company DATTCO Inc. has added the state's first electric school bus to its fleet.

DATTCO received the Collins Type A All-Electric school bus in late summer and just began operating it to serve Middletown Public Schools, Eliza Baron, a spokesperson for the transportation company, told School Bus Fleet.

The electric bus utilizes Motiv Power Systems Electric Powered Intelligent Chassis (EPIC), and is based on the Ford E-450 platform. The system's battery packs are validated by millions of real-world miles, according to a news release from Collins and DATTCO. Sodium Nickel batteries work in a series, which means if one runs out of power, another will take over.

Collins's electric buses can offer up to 85% in operating and maintenance savings as well as a structural design that can provide additional safety, according to DATTCO and the school bus manufacturer.

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