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11/16/2021

 


  West Coast operators 'thrilled' to gather for first CBA show in 2 years

However, even the latest innovations and up-to-the-minute education sessions couldn't trump CBA's main event - the first face-to-face contact between members, suppliers and industry colleagues after a nearly two-year absence.
Curtis Riggs, of VIA Trailways, left and Juan Lepe, of MCI, at the 2021 CBA Annual Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas. Photo: Bus & Motorcoach News


  From Bus & Motorcoach News:

After last year's pandemic shutdown, West Coast operators finally gathered in person at a busy California Bus Association (CBA) Annual Convention & Trade Show Oct. 24-26 at the Westin Lake Resort Las Vegas. Recruiting drivers and building back business were topics that also attracted operators from Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and beyond to the 47th annual event.

However, even the latest innovations and up-to-the-minute education sessions couldn't trump CBA's main event - the first face-to-face contact between members, suppliers and industry colleagues after a nearly two-year absence.

"I was thrilled to see a lot of old friends," said Curtis Riggs, President of VIA Trailways with offices in Merced and Fresno, California and Tempe, Arizona. "The sessions were very informative, but for me the most exciting part was reconnecting and seeing our vendors and sponsors join us in Nevada.".................

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  Feds Highlight Key Priorities, Funding in Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

The BID authorizes up to $108 billion, including $91 billion in guaranteed funding for public transportation - "the most significant federal investment in transit in the nation's history," according to the FTA.

Investments in the BID will improve transit service for communities that have historically had more limited access to transit and
provide for substantial upgrades to accessibility. Photo: C-Tran


  From Metro Magazine:

Following President Biden's signing of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal (BID) into law, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced key priorities and historic funding amounts for public transportation. The BID authorizes up to $108 billion, including $91 billion in guaranteed funding for public transportation - "the most significant federal investment in transit in the nation's history," according to the FTA.

Transportation passengers across the country will see more reliable transit service as older vehicles and facilities are repaired or replaced, and cleaner air in their communities thanks to a transition to low- and no-emission transit vehicles. The funding will help us respond to climate change, while creating more ways for people to get to work, to play, to access healthcare, and to visit friends and family........................

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  Minnesota Schools Benefit from Electric Bus Pilot Project Grants

Eight new electric school buses are expected to serve five Minnesota school districts.
Some newly funded buses already are on the road, serving Minnesota students. Others are due by fall 2022. Photo: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency


    From School Bus Fleet:

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) this week announced more than $2.1 million in grants for its electric school bus pilot project.

Eight new electric school buses are expected to serve five Minnesota school districts. Recipients of the grants, funded by the Volkswagen emissions fraud settlement, include:

* Faribault Transportation Services, with one bus to serve Faribault Public Schools
* Monarch Bus Services, with one bus serving St. Paul or Columbia Heights public schools
* Morris Area School District, with two busess.................

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