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Peter Pan Celebrates 85 years On The Road

In 2018, Peter Pan Bus Lines celebrated its 85th Anniversary. We were reluctant to let this milestone pass without taking note. One of the better-known and better-respected bus operations in the United States, Peter Pan Bus Lines combines the attributes of an immigrant heritage, a history of scheduled service and continued ownership by the founding […]

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2019 Prevost Motorhome Expo

2019 Prevost Motorhome Expo February 13 & 14 , 2019 West Palm Beach , Florida The Prevost Motorhome Expo will be held Wednesday & Thursday February 13th & 14th , 2019 at the South Florida Expo Center in West Palm Beach , Florida. As in the past – the Prevost Motorhome Expo will be Free […]

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SouthWest Transit's Wrapped D45 CRT LE tested at the State Fair

SouthWest Transit first to take a revolutionary step toward greater passenger accessibility with two new MCI D45 CRT LE commuter coaches

DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, NOVEMBER 19, 2018: (TSX:NFI) Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., (“NFI”), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America announced SouthWest Transit, Eden Prairie, MN, is known for delivering a trailblazing standard of service to its passengers in the southwest Minneapolis […]

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T/CCI Manufacturing Introduces Latest Cooling Technology to Growing Bus Market in the U.S. and Canada

DECATUR, IL – (January 16, 2017) – T/CCI Manufacturing, a world leader in compressor technology including reciprocating, swash plate, wobble plate, and variable compressor designs, is introducing two new compressors for the bus market in the United States and Canada.  The QPS 65 Swash Plate compressor provides the latest technology and design for buses, transport […]

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Diecast Model Buses Impress in A Big Way!

Diecast Model Buses Impress in A Big Way! By: Lisa O’ Shields   There’s something to be said for the feeling a bus company owner must feel when viewing a new acquisition to the fleet as it pulls into the company’s yard for the first time. Possibly sporting new graphics and costing hundreds of thousands […]

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APTA Expo

October 9-11, 2017 Georgia World Congress Center Atlanta, Georgia, USA Held just once every three years, APTA EXPO is the world’s largest showcase of technology, products, and services related to the public transportation industry. With more than 800 exhibitors and 12,000+ attendees, APTA EXPO is the where innovation and technology converge to determine the future […]

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Double Your Pleasure at Attractive Prices

Double-deck buses have been around the United States for approximately a century. They have traditionally and repeatedly been used to transport larger groups of people. At the same time they have turned heads and created a great deal of interest. The model TD925 Van Hool double-deck coaches currently offered by ABC Companies are easily among […]

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BusCon 2016 in Indianapolis

A record for an indoor commercial bus show Article and photo by Larry Plachno The annual BusCon event returned to Indianapolis from September 19-21, 2016 for its 21st edition. Sponsored by Bobit Business Media, BusCon is primarily geared to small and mid-size buses for all types of owners and operators including private, government and commercial. […]

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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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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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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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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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