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01/11/2022

 


  Intercity Bus Lines Bounce Back in Autumn, Even as Omicron Loom

Renewed interest in personal travel, higher gasoline prices, and an array of new services are allowing the country's struggling intercity bus industry to regain momentum
The industry is also poised to benefit from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill passed by the U.S. Congress on November 22, which sets the stage for electric buses,
upgraded intermodal stations and highways, rebuilt expressways, and more connecting services with Amtrak. Photo Greyhound


  From Metro:

Renewed interest in personal travel, higher gasoline prices, and an array of new services are allowing the country's struggling intercity bus industry to regain momentum, concludes a DePaul University report released at the American Bus Association's Marketplace 2022 in Dallas.

"After a devastating 18 months marred by lackluster travel demand, severe driver shortages, and discouraging setbacks on Capitol Hall, there is again considerable optimism," notes Joe Schwieterman, director of DePaul University's Chaddick Institute, publisher of the newly released The Intercity Bus Bounceback report...............

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  Safety tips can help bus drivers handle winter driving dangers

Other pre-driving tips include doing a thorough pre-trip inspection and continuing to check the vehicle along the way

A commuter coach overturned on an icy Maryland road. There were no injuries. Photo: Courtesy of Calvert County Sheriff


  From Bus & Motorcoach News:

Lancer recommends that drivers only drive when they are physically rested and mentally alert, because fatigue limits a driver's ability to focus on driving and slows reaction time.  Other pre-driving tips include doing a thorough pre-trip inspection and continuing to check the vehicle along the way. The defroster and radiator are especially important to monitor this time of year.

1.  Map out the destination. Have alternate routes planned, and allow extra time to reach the destination..........................

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  FMCSA Temporarily Waives School Bus CDL 'Under the Hood' Skills Test


Photo: School Transportation News


    From School Transportation News:

For the next three months, new school bus driver applicants might not need to identify engine components while testing to obtain their commercial driver's licenses.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced on Tuesday that states may waive the engine compartment component of the pre-trip vehicle inspection skills testing requirement, also known as “under the hood,” for commercial driver's license applicants seeking the School Bus (S) and Passenger endorsements (P) as well as the Intrastate only (K) restriction. The waiver is in response to COVID-19 pandemic and driver shortages.....................

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