Busline News February 2018
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By Rick Mullen,
Busline Magazine Associate Editor
The following import/export categories include motor buses, coaches, trolley buses and gyrobuses.
The U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau trade figures for December 2017 indicated vehicle imports were down in five categories outlined, compared to November 2017.
Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With Only Comp-Ign Internal Combustion Piston Engine (Diesel Or Semi-Diesel), Designed For Transport Of 16 Or More Persons, Incl
The United States imported 225 vehicles in December 2017, down 8 percent from 245 vehicles imported in November 2017. During all of 2017, 2,393 vehicles were imported.
Canada sent 1,055 vehicles to the United States during all of 2017, while Mexico shipped 452 and Macedonia exported 444.
The average price per vehicle for December 2017 was $427,058.20, up 7 percent from the average price for November 2017 of $397,769.80. The average price per vehicle for all of 2017 was $387,245.57.
Public-Transport Passenger Vehicles For Transport Of 10 Or More Persons With Only Comp-Ign Internal Combustion Piston Engine (Diesel Or Semi-Diesel), Other
The import total of vehicles during December 2017 was 26, down 68 percent from 82 for November 2017. During all of 2017, 923 vehicles were imported.
During all of 2017, the United States received 656 vehicles from Germany and 226 from Argentina.
The average price per vehicle for December 2017 was $57,236.46, up 36 percent from the average for November 2017 of $41,944.94. The average price for all of 2017 was $47,317.66.
Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With Comp-Ign Internal Combustion Piston Engine (Diesel Or Semi-Diesel), And Electric Motor Designed For Transport Of 16 Or More Persons
The United States imported no vehicles in this category during December 2017, compared to three vehicles for November 2017. During all of 2017, four vehicles were imported, all from Canada.
The average price per vehicle for November 2017 was $491,389.33. The average price for all of 2017 was $515,417.
Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles For Transport Of 10 Or More Persons With Comp-Ign Internal Combustion Piston Engine (Diesel Or Semi-Diesel), And Electric
No vehicles were imported during December or November 2017. There was one imported during all of 2017, at a price of $2,536.
Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With Spark Ignition Internal Combustion Piston Engine And Electric Motor For 16 Or More Persons
No vehicles were imported during December or November 2017. During all of 2017, two vehicles were imported from Germany.
The average price of the two vehicles for all of 2017 was $70,000.
Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With Electric Motor Only, For Transport Of 16 Or More Persons Including Driver
The United States imported no vehicles during December 2017, compared to one for November 2017. During all of 2017, six vehicles were imported.
Canada sent three vehicles to the United States during all of 2017, while China shipped two and the United Kingdom exported one.
The price of the vehicle imported in November 2017 was $185,250. The average price per vehicle for all of 2017 was $190,746.
Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles, With Electric Motor Only For Propulsion, NESOI
The United States imported 18 vehicles during December 2017, up 50 percent from 12 for November 2017. During all of 2017, 88 vehicles were imported.
China sent 84 vehicles to the United States during all of 2017.
The average price per vehicle for December 2017 was $23,313.67, down 33 percent from $35,007.50 for November 2017. The average price per vehicle for all of 2017 was $17,220.85.
Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles For 16 Or More Persons Including Driver, NESOI
The United States imported 52 vehicles during December 2017, down 37 percent from 83 for November 2017. During all of 2017, 1,110 vehicles were imported.
Canada sent 1,039 vehicles to the United States during all of 2017.
The average price per vehicle for December 2017 was $74,170.73, down 45 percent from $133,695.43 for November 2017. The average price per vehicle for all of 2017 was $71,777.05.
Motor Vehicles For The Transport Of 10 To 15 Persons Including Driver, NESOI
The United States imported 157 vehicles during December 2017, up 89 percent from 83 during November 2017. During all of 2017, 1,488 vehicles were imported.
Canada sent 696 vehicles to the United States during all of 2017, while Germany shipped 612.
The average price per vehicle for December 2017 was $49,959.11, up 2 percent from $49,203.39 for November 2017. The average price per vehicle for all of 2017 was $44,668.64.
Export totals for December 2017 were up in two categories outlined, compared to November 2017.
Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With A Compression-Ignition Internal Combustion Piston Engine (Diesel Or Semi-Diesel) Only
The United States exported 934 vehicles in December 2017, up 20 percent from 778 vehicles exported in November 2017. During all of 2017, 10,082 vehicles were exported.
Canada received 5,316 vehicles during all of 2017, while Mexico imported 2,504.
The average price per vehicle for December 2017 was $74,997.68, down 5 percent from the average price for November 2017 of $78,849.48. The average price per vehicle for all of 2017 was $63,318.97.
Public-Transport Vehicles With Both Compression-Ignition Internal Combustion Piston Engine (Diesel Or Semi-Diesel) & Electric Motor
The United States shipped 10 vehicles in December 2017, down 29 percent from 14 vehicles for November 2017. During all of 2017, 145 vehicles were exported.
Guatemala received 70 vehicles during all of 2017.
The average price per vehicle for December 2017 was $28,638.80, up 141 percent from the average price for November 2017 of $11,898.64. The average price per vehicle for all of 2017 was $14,052.83.
Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With Both Spark Ignition Internal Combustion Piston Engine & Electric Motor
The United States exported 15 vehicles in December 2017, down 35 percent from 23 vehicles for November 2017. During all of 2017, 189 vehicles were exported.
Mexico received 51 vehicles during all of 2017, while The Bahamas imported 41.
The average price per vehicle for December 2017 was $37,133.73, up 43 percent from the average price for November 2017 of $25,916.35. The average price per vehicle for all of 2017 was $32,814.20.
Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With Only Electric Motor For Propulsion
The United States shipped seven vehicles in December 2017, up 250 percent from two vehicles for November 2017. During all of 2017, 79 vehicles were exported.
Canada imported 39 vehicles during all of 2017.
The average price per vehicle for December 2017 was $104,731.57, up 250 percent from the average price for November 2017 of $15,584.00. The average price per vehicle for all of 2017 was $64,195.87.
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Dick Lehnert, Trans/Air Co-Founder, Dies
C. Richard (Dick) Lehnert, Sr. died Wednesday, February 7, 2018, in Towson, MD, at the age of 87.
Lehnert was co-founder of Trans/Air Manufacturing Corporation, Dallastown, PA. He started Trans/Air with his brother, Ed, in 1979, to supply bus air conditioning to the newly developing people transportation industry. He remained active in the company and industry until his retirement in 2005.
He was a graduate of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in organic chemistry from John Hopkins University, utilizing the ROTC program.
Following his marriage to Alice Patten in 1951, the couple lived in Nuremburg, Germany, where he had been deployed by the U.S. Army with the 354th Construction Battalion, to construct a tank-training facility, as well as other projects to help rebuild southern Germany’s infrastructure.
He is survived by his wife, five children, 13 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. The couple celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary June 23, 2017.
For a complete obituary, visit www.peacefulalternatives.com.
ABC Companies Celebrates 10,000th Van Hool Delivery During UMA EXPO 2018
ABC Companies celebrated its 10,000th Van Hool delivery in North America.The delivery was made to DC Trails, which provides charter destinations throughout the Eastern Seaboard and Canada. Roman Cornell, ABC executive vice president and chief commercial officer, introduced Bill Torres, owner of DC Trails, along with his wife, Liliana, during a celebration in ABC's booth during the EXPO.
Pictured left to right: Ryhan Cornell – ABC Companies; Bill Torres – DC Trails;
Gregg Goedde – ABC Companies; Brian Pinckney – ABC Companies
Roman Cornell said, “We all wish Clancy (Cornell) could have been with us to celebrate this achievement. None of this would have been possible without his tireless dedication to our industry, and the loyal business and personal relationships he established throughout his life.”
Ryhan Cornell, ABC account manager, presented Bill Torres with orange, custom designed “DC Trails” socks, as a special gift to celebrate this event.
During the presentation, Roman Cornell told the audience that Clancy Cornell signed the agreement with Van Hool in 1987, to become the company’s exclusive North American distributor. He said, “Wild man Bill Torres has a passion for Harleys, and for socks. We are happy to add these socks to his rather extensive collection.”
Combining two existing motorcoach operations, Bill and Liliana Torres formed DC Trails in 2002. Since then, they've built one of the largest and most multifaceted operations on the East Coast. Between them, the Torres now have more than 60 years of coach operating experience.
Originally primarily a charter company, based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, DC Trails now handles groups ranging from 36 to 57 passengers. In addition to its charters, the company provides airport transfers, a variety of sightseeing tours and scheduled service.
DC Trails recently added “Hop-on-Hop-off” service, allowing tourists, at their own pace, to visit the nation’s capital's major attractions. Utilizing a mix of open-top and closed-top refurbished Van Hool TD925 double deckers as sightseeing buses, guests travel a loop that includes: The White House, the U.S. Capitol, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, the FDR & Martin Luther King Memorials, and the Vietnam War Memorial.
Innovative Coaches Purchases 2 New CX45s
“The bigger you get…. the bigger you get,” said Innovative Coaches’ Brent Kelly. “When my wife, Chrissie, and I bought the Harrisburg, PA-based Lowee’s Group Tours in 1999, we weren’t contemplating running coaches. We designed custom tours and chartered the transportation part.”
Within a few years, the business had grown six-fold, and the Kellys were chartering over 400 buses a year. In 2008, they decided to purchase a coach, but didn’t jump in to operating until 2010, when they bought a new Van Hool.
“We enjoyed the relationships we had with the companies that served us, but felt that owning our own coaches would help us try some innovative concepts, control quality, and give us a better understanding of the operational side of the business,” according to Kelly. “Now we’re finding that the bigger we get; the more folks are asking for the kind and quality of services we provide.”
“Innovative recently acquired two, 2018 CX45 luxury coaches from ABC Companies (Van Hool’s exclusive North American distributor). Innovative’s fleet has grown to six vehicles, with coaches not older than 2017 year models,” according to ABC Companies.
The 56-passenger coaches have amenities including Van Hool’s exclusive modified contoured parcel racks, video systems featuring 22-inch and 15-inch video monitors, and the coaches offer free streaming entertainment, Wi-Fi and video trivia and multi-media connectivity for a wide range of guests. The luxury seats are equipped with 3-point seat belts, and 110-volt outlets at every position.
"We added luxury features like streaming data and entertainment equipment. Because of our passion for safety, we used to order virtually every available safety option." He added, “Now backup cameras, lane departure warning, tire pressure monitoring, fire suppression systems, automatic stability control, curbside lighting and adaptive static aiming lights are standard on Van Hools.”
Kelly said that they picked Van Hool for the company’s first coach because ABC was able to custom design a coach ideal for their customers. “I was impressed with both the facilities and the team at ABC, and we still feel they are an ideal partner, as we build our business.”
For more information, contact ABC Companies at 800-222-2875 or visit www.abc-companies.com.
Safety And Performance Of “Continuous Recess” Technology In Inground Heavy Duty Piston Lift Highlights New Stertil-Koni Video
“To present the safety and performance delivered by inground piston lifts in North America – a technology known as ‘Continuous Recess,’ Stertil-Koni, provider of heavy duty vehicle lifts to the industry, recently filmed and produced a video showcasing the company’s DIAMONDLIFT – a high pressure, low-volume telescopic piston lift,” according to the company.
“What’s particularly important for maintenance facilities servicing and repairing heavy duty vehicles – including buses, trucks, and even military vehicles — is that Continuous Recess helps solve the challenge of safely lifting low-clearance vehicles. The movable lifting unit travels horizontally, while fully recessed below floor level, making it easier and safer to lift heavy duty vehicles. The Continuous Recess option has become recently available on DIAMONDLIFT’s two principal models – ‘Cassette’ and ‘Frame.’ Each version can lift a wide range of vehicles and features a lifting capacity of up to 35,000 lbs. per piston, or 70,000 lbs. in a two-piston configuration.”
Stertil-Koni President Dr. Jean DellAmore said, “We are fully committed to providing the broadest range of ultra-safe, high performance heavy duty vehicle lifting systems in the industry. With the addition of Continuous Recess technology to our DIAMONDLIFT, it truly takes inground lifting technology to new heights. And now, with the images captured in our video, our customers can see it in action and fully appreciate the multiple benefits this powerful approach provides.”
Stertil-Koni’s products include mobile column lifts, two-post, four-post, inground piston lifts, platform lifts, half-scissors and its axle-engaging, in-ground, scissor lift configuration, ECOLIFT.
For more information, visit www.Stertil-Koni.com.
MCI Has Personnel Changes For Canada Western Region Sales And Support
Chad Sadowy has been promoted by MCI to Canada western region vice president of sales succeeding Guy Tessier, who retired January 8, after a four-decade career that included 29 years with MCI.
In his new position, Sadowy, formerly technical solution manager (TSM) for the region, is now responsible for both new and pre-owned coach sales in the territory. The region covers Ontario to the west coast of British Columbia.
Steve Kuhn, formerly superintendent of maintenance for a multi-vehicle fleet transportation provider in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, replaces Sadowy as the region’s TSM. Kuhn, who has journeyman certification as a heavy-duty mechanic along with several other industry-related qualifications in coach-related systems, is also a PEMAC maintenance manager professional, having completed course requirements to receive the Alberta Blue Seal in 2015. PEMAC (Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada) is a national technical association for the nation’s plant and facility maintenance and asset management professionals. Kuhn’s career in motor coaches and fleet management spans 29 years.
“Sadowy started his MCI career in 1993 as production worker at the Winnipeg plant, grinding welds on the upper frame of the D-Series coach, while taking night courses and steadily moving up to supervisory and quality and customer assurance technician roles. He became a product support specialist in 2006, with expertise in diagnostics training, a business excellence manager in 2011 and an MCI TSM in 2013.”
His father, who had a 42-year career at MCI, “brought me to the factory before I could walk, to show his newborn son to his co-workers,” Sadowy said.
Tessier added, “I have made life-long friendships with my customers and co-workers, and I’m confident Chad and Steve will too.”
Tessier, who grew up on a farm “where you had to learn how to fix everything,” started his motor coach career in 1978 as a mechanic for Winnipeg’s former Grey Goose Bus Lines. In 1989, he joined MCI as a field service representative responsible for operators in Ontario. In 1991, he moved into sales and sold his first coach, an MCI D102 C3, to the owner of Listowel, Ontario Cherrey Bus Lines. Cherrey’s owner, Allan Cherrey, is one of Tessier’s closest friends, and remains a loyal MCI operator with a 20-coach fleet.
Tessier was awarded the OMCA’s (Ontario Motor Coach Association) Supplier Member Award of Distinction in 2010. OMCA specifically recognized Tessier for his assistance on the Hours of Service Guidelines, and leading OMCA’s training sessions on new coach technologies.
Tessier also secured MCI technical support for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Coach Atlantic Orders Two Of The First 2019 MCI J4500 Coaches
MCI's Pat Ziska (far left), Guy Charron (center) and Patrick Scully (far right),
joining Coach Atlantic's Adam Doiron, Matthew Cassidy,
Marsha Doiron and
Stephen Cassidy in the MCI booth during the 2018 UMA EXPO.
Coach Atlantic, a Canadian Maritimes’ transportation provider, signed an order for two 2019 MCI J4500 coaches in the MCI booth during the recent UMA (United Motorcoach Association) EXPO, in San Antonio, TX.
The agreement follows the Prince Edward Island-based charter operator’s order last year for 13 J4500s signed at the UMA EXPO in 2017.
“We are honored that Coach Atlantic made the trip to UMA EXPO, and chose to once again invest in MCI technology to support its growing business,” said Patricia Ziska, MCI new coach sales vice president.
With its latest order, Coach Atlantic has opted for 360-degree cameras, Amaya seating for 56 passengers and 110-volt power outlets and USB ports. The two new 2019 MCI J4500 coaches will be delivered in August.
More than 300 of Coach Atlantic’s employees manage its service and operate 200 vehicles with daily, weekly and seasonal bus services for charter, line-run, public school and municipal transit customers. In addition to motor coaches, the company’s fleet includes school buses, passenger vans, mini-coaches, a luxury SUV and two double-decker buses for groups as small as 10 or as large as 2,000.
For more information, visit www.mcicoach.com.
Asian American Motorcoach Operators Form The Asian American Motorcoach Association (AAMA)
The Asian American Motorcoach Association has announced that Godfrey LeBron has been named chief administrative officer, to head the newly established organization.
“We are pleased to announce the AAMA board of directors' most recent decision to appoint Mr. LeBron,” said David Wang, president of AAMA, and owner of Eastern Coach. “Asian-American operators have worked closely with Mr. LeBron in recent years, assisting operators with driver training and regulatory compliance.”
According to a press release, the objectives of AAMA are:
•To promote the protection for and advancement of our members;
•To assist our members in understanding and complying with federal, state and local laws and regulations in a format that can be understood;
•To advocate and promote equality and uniformity among our members relative to legislative and regulatory action;
•To advocate and promote cooperation among our members and other motorcoach-related organizations; and,
•To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and best practices among our members through conferences, educational programs, and social activities.
LeBron is the former longtime co-owner of Paradise Travel. He has previously served as the president of the Bus Association of New York, chairman of the United Motorcoach Association, having served on its board of directors for nearly two decades. He has been nationally recognized for his expertise in driver training, regulatory compliance and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.
“This is an exciting opportunity for me,” said LeBron. “The Asian-American community single-handedly revitalized scheduled service in this country, and I am excited to see them advance their goals and interest in legislative and regulatory affairs.”
For more information, contact LeBron at email@example.com.
BYD Wins Energy Storage Award
German energy consultancy EuPD Research has awarded new energy technology company BYD the “Top Brand PV Seal 2018” award for energy storage manufacturers — the first for a Chinese company.
BYD’s B-Box (High Voltage) Energy Storage System
“The honor was determined after German PV installers rated BYD highly across a range of categories including brand satisfaction, loyalty, quality and distribution strength. BYD was awarded the ‘Top Brand PV Seal 2018 — Storage Category’ by EuPD Research,” according to a press release.
Among previous awards for BYD are two projects enabled by BYD’s energy storage solution — the 31.5MW/12.06MWh Beech Ridge Energy Storage Project in West Virginia, and the National Wind Solar Storage Demonstration Project in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, China, which won the “Tech Driver” Award, and the “First Mover” Award from the German CleanTech Institute (DCTI).
Previously, the 31.5MW/12.06MWh Grand Ridge Battery Storage Facility in Illinois received the “2015 Innovation Award for Centralized Storage,” and the “Best Renewable Project of the Year” by Power Engineering and Renewable Energy World Magazine.
Around 410MW/450MWh of energy storage is currently sold by BYD to clients around the world.
“Since its establishment in 1995, BYD has developed expertise in rechargeable batteries, becoming an advocate of sustainable development. It has successfully expanded its renewable energy solutions globally with operations in over 50 countries and regions.”
For more information, visit www.byd.com.
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