Once again, ZF gave the press an early review of what will be shown in ...
American Seating celebrates its 130th anniversary in 2016. Today, transportation seating is its most popular ...
This year of 2016 is special for the Sardo family because they will be celebrating ...
The July issue of National Bus Trader is traditionally dedicated to the conversion market. In ...
Back when MCI got its start eight decades ago in Winnipeg, Manitoba, much of North America was wilderness. Inventor and MCI founder Harry Zoltok understood that a motorized multiple passenger vehicle had to withstand harsh road conditions, along with minus 40 below zero temperatures common during a Winnipeg winter. Today is no different. In fact, […]
As the transportation historians have noted, for the second time in 125 years American transit is moving to electric power. This time the ZEPS battery electric bus from Complete Coach Works is leading the way by making the move economical for operations across America. In the 1880s, city transit in America was essentially limited to […]
We have received several requests from readers asking about Irizar and their new i6 coach on the American market. Irizar is actually quite well known and respected on the European market. They are a major exhibitor at the European bus shows we attend, particularly Busworld. Although based in Spain, Irizar has additional facilities at other […]
Will buckling up help us to buckle down on bus accident injuries and fatalities? In spite of all of the activity surrounding seat belts lately, the jury is still out on that decision for several reasons. In spite of the fact that seat belts have been mandated on new coaches starting late in 2016, the […]
The American Bus Association held its annual Marketplace in Louisville, Kentucky from January 9 to 12, 2016. Some of the people driving in had to fight snow and ice that is not untypical at this time of year. Some of us oldtimers remember the Marketplace in Kansas City, I think in 1986, that was even […]
In the demanding world of bus maintenance facilities across North America, new technologies in heavy-duty vehicle lifting are beginning to re-shape not only the industry itself, but greatly accelerate many of the most common repair operations while contributing significantly to enhanced shop safety and performance. First, control systems are becoming smarter with the introduction of […]
ZF has certainly been in the news this past year. In addition to new products and developments, the company completed its first century by moving from the making of precision gears for airships to a major automotive industry supplier. The somewhat obvious question is: Where will ZF go from here? While some people might envision […]
Perhaps expectedly, MCI has recently unveiled its list of improvements on their popular and versatile J4500 model for 2016. While the improvements are noteworthy in themselves, this does bring up the subject that the J4500 is increasingly being used in all types of service. Your editor may have to eat his words regarding a statement […]
In recent months we have had several inquiries about bus lifts. The improved economy is apparently finding bus companies building and rebuilding garages while some are expanding in new areas. The result is an interest in information surrounding bus lifts for new and expanded garages. My own experience in running garages generally involved using traditional […]
Coach conversions and the conversion industry in general have been a topic of telephone calls as well as e-mails and the subject of several questions in recent months. Inquiries have ranged from conversion shells to conversion companies and the value of used converted coaches. Where do things stand today and where are conversions going in […]
As the industry’s only U.S.-based intercity coach manufacturer and an advocate of high-speed, efficient over-the-road transportation, Motor Coach Industries (MCI) supported the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Stand Up for Transportation Day April 9 by hosting a high-level tour of its Pembina, North Dakota facility, where its industry-leading D-Series Commuter Coach model is assembled. MCI […]
The recent production run of ZEPS buses by Complete Coach Works for Indianapolis is a major step forward for electric bus operations in the United States. There is now a fleet of economical American-built battery electric buses in operation that may well be a major step into the future. Here is the story behind electric […]
ZF celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2015. Today the company is one of the largest and best-known automotive component suppliers in the world. ZF’s interesting history includes being originally founded to fill a specific need in a fledgling industry. Over the years it has had its highs and lows and at one point the company […]
The topic of alternative fuels was scheduled for the April issue of National Bus Trader several months ago. The timing turned out to be very appropriate. We have not covered this topic in any depth since 2011 yet there have been some ongoing developments that are changing decisions. While some people think that the topic […]
The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) held its annual Motorcoach Expo in New Orleans from January 18-22, 2015. This marked the 31st annual event since it was founded in Nashville in 1984. Once again it was combined with the National Tour Association (NTA) into the Travel Exchange. The UMA Motorcoach Expo is primarily a trade show […]
Alliance Bus Group introduced their two new CAIO models, the CAIO S3645 and the CAIO 3436, at the ABA Show in St. Louis and the UMA Motorcoach Expo in New Orleans in January of 2015. In addition to stainless steel construction, this new model offers several major improvements over previous models and may well be […]
While we have done several test drives in recent months, it has been years since we have covered intercity coaches on the United States and Canadian market in any kind of detail. In recent months we have received questions from readers, staff and trade show attendees about both new and traditional models. As a result, […]
In recent months, three-point seat belts, better rollover protection and higher insurance rates have become hot topics in the bus industry. I have lost track of the number of times these topics have come up in e-mails, on the phone and at various industry events. Operators complain that the feds keep looking for ways to […]
ZF invited approximately 100 heavy-duty vehicle journalists to a Global Press Event in Aachen, Germany in early July. To some extent the event was a press prevue of both existing and new technology to be shown at the forthcoming IAA show in Hanover, Germany this coming September. Originally founded in 1915 to build transmissions and […]
Spring and summer of 2014 witnessed several MCI Reliability Rally events at various locations around the country. Starting with the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on April 30, subsequent events were scheduled at the Chicago Motor Speedway in Joliet, Illinois on May 22; then to the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on June 4; the […]