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09/21/2021

 


  Canadian operator sets world record for longest electric-bus trip

The MCI J4500 CHARGE used by TRAXX Coachlines for its world record.
The MCI J4500 CHARGE used by TRAXX Coachlines for its world record. Photo: Jay Munoz of Caption Photography Media


  From Bus & Motorcoach News:

The trip was 380 kilometers, a 236-mile electric-bus journey from Kamloops to Vancouver, and included an elevation gain of 830 meters, or 2,723 feet, between Kamloops and the Coquihalla Summit.

"Once the coach arrived in Delta, (it) was still left with over 100K in range left to go, indicating that although the demands of power on the highway were great, the electric coach was ready to take on the task," the company said in a statement.

The Aug. 30 trip was documented for submission to Guinness World Records. The record is expected to stand since no one has yet attempted distance or climb records in zero-emission luxury coaches..............

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  FTA Announces Funding Opportunity to Support America‚Äôs Transit Bus Fleets


The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $409.6 million in competitive grant funds


  From Metro:

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $409.6 million in competitive grant funds for building and maintaining transit buses and vans in communities throughout the U.S., according to the company's press release.

The Buses and Bus Facilities Program is the Biden-Harris Administration's investment in American infrastructure and commitment to combating climate change nationwide.  The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the program announced the opportunity to compete for grants helping transit agencies buy and rehabilitate buses, vans, and related equipment...................

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  More States Consider Calling in National Guard for School Transportation

As School Bus Fleet previously reported, on Monday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker summoned 250 members of the state's National Guard to help with busing students to school.
State officials in New York, Ohio, and South Carolina, are considering deploying National Guard troops to help
drive buses as many school districts face a bus driver shortage. Photo: Denisse Leon - Unsplash


    From School Bus Fleet:

As school districts continue to grapple with the nationwide school bus driver shortage, several state officials are working to come up with solutions, including calling on the help of National Guard troops.

As School Bus Fleet previously reported, on Monday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker summoned 250 members of the state's National Guard to help with busing students to school. The Guard troops will be available to drive school transport vans, known as 7D vehicles, for several cities, and as with any school transportation personnel, the troops will be required to complete vehicle training before getting behind the wheel...............

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