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The Years of Interstate Bus Regulation

by Larry Plachno The recent rash of new and proposed bus regulations has not gone unnoticed by many bus operators. Several have asked whether the feds are moving the interstate bus industry back towards regulation. The basic answer is “no.” Most of the new and proposed regulations are geared towards safety while the years of […]

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The ZF Global Press Event in Aachen

TRW Integration, Autonomous Driving and More By Larry Plachno Once again, ZF gave the press an early review of what will be shown in September of 2016 at the IAA show in Hannover, Germany. Officially the Internationale Automobil Ausstellung, this show takes place in even-numbered years in Hannover and concentrates on commercial vehicles. Approximately 85 […]

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American Seating Celebrates 130 Years

American Seating celebrates its 130th anniversary in 2016. Today, ­transportation seating is its most popular product line with entertainment and stadium seating in second place, but it was not always this way. The company actually started out with school furniture but got to where it is today by a combination of innovation, expansion and moving […]

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Sardo Family Celebrates 100 Years in the Upholstery Industry

This year of 2016 is special for the Sardo family because they will be celebrating 100 years in the upholstery industry. Their success comes from the Sardo family of professionals who believes that service and quality come first. Each phase of production is supported by teamwork and a commitment to excellence. The Sardo team plans […]

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More Diversity, Technology, and Quality in Prevost Conversions

The July issue of National Bus Trader is traditionally dedicated to the conversion market. In looking for recent industry trends and developments to report on, it quickly became obvious that there were some exciting new directions with some of the latest conversions. Steve Zeigler, the director of business development at Prevost, said, “We are seeing […]

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Zeps Electric Buses Across the United States

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 […]

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Irizar and Their American i6 Coach

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 […]

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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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Lift Guide

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 […]

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ZF Parts and Remanufacturing in Vernon Hills

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 […]

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Improvements on the Versatile MCI J4500 for 2016

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 […]

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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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The Changing Conversion Industry

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 […]

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MCI Stands Up for Transportation in Pembina, Chicago and Louisville

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 […]

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The Zeps Bus from CCW

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 […]

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ZF – 100 Years of Motion and Mobility

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 […]

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