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How Far Will Seat Belts Improve Safety?

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 […]

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Buses at the ABA Marketplace

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 […]

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Getting a Lift

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 […]

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Motor Coach Seat Belts

The forthcoming federal mandate requiring seat belts on motorcoaches has prompted several questions from the readers of National Bus Trader ranging from the number of coaches with seat belts to what to do with coaches without seat belts. We will try our best to answer the questions that we can. We admit to not being […]

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What’s New in Specialty and Executive Coaches

When we mention executive coaches it is altogether too easy to immediately think of motor homes and entertainer coaches. However, there are other types of converted coaches out there and some of them have seen some recent activity and new developments. Particularly noteworthy is the increasing success of Creative Coach Solutions in providing specialty coaches […]

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Test Driving the CAIO G3600

Alliance Bus Group recently announced a round of improvements on their CAIO G3600. Included is a new Detroit Diesel engine being offered as standard as well as increased underfloor luggage capacity that may now be the highest in the industry. When they offered us a chance to test drive the G3600 we jumped at the […]

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MCI Reliability Rally

MCI Reliability Rally to showcase upcoming technologies on MCI J4500, D Series coaches; Setra S 417 with second door, parts and training. DES PLAINES, Ill., March 27, 2014 — MCI will host Reliability Rally events at race tracks and stadiums around the country this spring and summer so coach operators can experience new axle, suspension […]

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How to Respond to an Offer to Purchase Your Bus Business

Every day, business owners across the country are confronted with what could be the financial opportunity of a lifetime. This takes place when a bus business owner receives an unsolicited offer to purchase their business. However, many of these opportunities never materialize. This is largely because the average business owner is unfamiliar with how to […]

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An Introduction to Bus And Coach America

Bus and Coach America has appeared at some trade shows and is announcing the debut of their first production coach to the North American market. As a result, we have received several inquiries from readers asking for information on Bus and Coach America. Who are they and what are they doing? Since the people from […]

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Introducing the New Temsa TS 45

One of the more exciting developments in the bus industry is the introduction of the new Temsa TS 45 by CH Bus Sales. In addition to a long and detailed development process involving American coach operators and coach engineers, this new model has the benefit of substantial testing and operator input. It rounds out the […]

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The city of Kortrijk is so proud to be the location of the Busworld event that they put banners and signs on and above several of the streets. This particular banner was suspended above the street just south of the town Market or Square. For those who know Kortrijk, the railroad station is about two blocks to the left.

Busworld Kortrijk 2013

Held every two years, Busworld Kortrijk is considered to be the largest and most important bus show in the world. This 22nd event was held at its usual location at the Expo in Kortrijk, Belgium from October 18-23, 2013. The event is held in nine halls plus a connecting Rambla. There are more than 300 […]

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As the price of diesel fuel increases, more and more effort has gone into fuel economy. ZF is a leader in improving fuel economy in both transit buses and over-the-road coaches. Shown here is a cutaway view of the ZF EcoLife transmission.

Fuel Economy and the Modern Bus Transmission

Fuel Economy and the Modern Bus Transmission In the not so distant past, fuel economy was seldom discussed in the North American bus market. Fifteen years ago diesel prices were around $1 per gallon, and operators were not ready to think, or care, about optimizing bus systems for fuel economy. Powertrain suppliers optimized their systems […]

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AFC Transportation Puts Safety and Customer Service First

Customers can expect even the smallest detail to be taken care of when securing a ride through AFC Transportation. Based in Houston, Texas, AFC boasts the largest fleet of limousines, town cars, motorcoaches, charter buses and transit vehicles rolling within city limits. With more than 170 vehicles, AFC serves multiple markets including the luxury-minded, and […]

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What’s New at Mauck2?

Reports indicated an increase in production at Mauck2 as well as a new distributor and new models. Hence, a recent trip to the Columbus, Ohio area prompted your National Bus Trader staff to stop in for a visit. The Mauck Heritage The story behind the Mauck2 is the story of Andy Mauck, an Ohio native. […]

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