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Busline News February 2021
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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 November 2020 indicated vehicle imports were down in eight categories outlined, compared to November 2019. For the first 11 months of 2020, vehicles imports were down in seven categories, compared to the first 11 months of 2019.

IMPORTS

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The United States imported 148 vehicles in November 2020, down 48 percent from 287 vehicles for November 2019. For the first 11 months of 2020, the United States imported 1,438 vehicles, down 45 percent from 2,621 vehicles for the first 11 months of 2019.

Canada sent 1,074 vehicles to the United States during the first 11 months of 2020.

The average price per vehicle for November 2020 was $261,308.13, down 19 percent from $322,748.59 for November 2019. The average price per vehicle for the first 11 months of 2020 was $282,676.08, down 11 percent from $316,936.63 for the first 11 months of 2019.

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The United States received two vehicles in November 2020, compared to 47 vehicles for November 2019. For the first 11 months of 2020, the United States imported 144 vehicles, compared to 1,280 vehicles for the first 11 months of 2019.

The United States imported 115 vehicles from Germany during the first 11 months of 2020.

The average price per vehicle in November 2020 was $359,489, compared to $39,996.45 for November 2019. The average price per vehicle for the first 11 months of 2020 was $74,727.59, up 75 percent from $42,660.94 for the first 11 months of 2019.

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The United States imported 13 vehicles in this category during November 2020, down 41 percent from 22 for November 2019. During the first 11 months of 2020, 208 vehicles were imported, down 14 percent from 241 vehicles for the first 11 months of 2019.

All the vehicles were imported from Canada, during the first 11 months of 2020.

The average price per vehicle for November 2020 was $277,964.77, up 18 percent from $235,830.95 for November 2019. The average price for the first 11 months of 2020 was $251,077.26, up 9 percent from $229,980.53 for the first 11 months of 2019.

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The United States imported no vehicles in this category during November 2020 or November 2019. Six vehicles were imported during the first 11 months of 2020, compared to two vehicles for the first 11 months of 2019.

Canada sent three vehicles, while Italy exported two vehicles and Mexico one vehicle, during the first 11 months of 2020.

The average price per vehicle for the first 11 months of 2020 was $113,206.50, compared to $15,200 for the first 11 months of 2019.

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The United States imported no vehicles in this category during November 2020, compared to one vehicle for November 2019, at a price of $27,485. Four vehicles were imported during the first 11 months of 2020, compared to one vehicle for the first 11 months of 2019.

The United Kingdom shipped three vehicles to the United States during the first 11 months of 2020, while Japan sent one vehicle.

The average price for the first 11 months of 2020 was $6,921.75, down 75 percent from $27,485 for the first 11 months of 2019.

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The United States imported six vehicles during November 2020, down 76 percent from 25 vehicles for November 2019. During the first 11 months of 2020, 135 vehicles were received, down 70 percent from 447 vehicles for the first 11 months of 2019.

Canada shipped 67 vehicles during the first 11 months of 2020, while China sent 55 vehicles.

The average price per vehicle for November 2020 was $394,935.33, up 89 percent from $208,958.16 for November 2019. The average price for the first 11 months of 2020 was $222,015.91, up 69 percent from $131,743.84 for the first 11 months of 2019.

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The United States imported no vehicles during November 2020, compared to four vehicles for November 2019, at an average price of $12,926. During the first 11 months of 2020, 74 vehicles were imported, down 34 percent from 112 vehicles for the first 11 months of 2019.

China sent all of the vehicles during the first 11 months of 2020.

The average price per vehicle for the first 11 months of 2020 was $9,372.03, up 11 percent from $8,438.77 for the first 11 months of 2019.

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The United States imported 63 vehicles during November 2020, down 10 percent from 79 vehicles for November 2019. During the first 11 months of 2020, 1,199 vehicles were received, down 14 percent from 1,399 vehicles for the first 11 months of 2019.

Canada sent 1,192 vehicles to the United States during the first 11 months of 2020.

The average price per vehicle for November 2020 was $71,495.13, down 47 percent from $134,184.84 for November 2019. The average price per vehicle for the first 11 months of 2020 was $88,287.23, up 9 percent from $81,184.83 for the first 11 months of 2019.

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The United States imported 71 vehicles during November 2020, down 66 percent from 211 vehicles for November 2019. During the first 11 months of 2020, 691 vehicles were received, down 52 percent from 1,448 vehicles for the first 11 months of 2019.

Canada sent 530 vehicles to the United States during the first 11 months of 2020, while Germany exported 105 vehicles.

The average price per vehicle for November 2020 was $41,350.65, down 19 percent from $50,768.17 for November 2019. The average price per vehicle for the first 11 months of 2020 was $43,604.23, down 2 percent from $44,576.29 for the first 11 months of 2019.

EXPORTS

Export totals for November 2020 were up in three categories, compared to November 2019. For the first 11 months of 2020, two categories reported increases, compared to the first 11 months of 2019.

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The United States exported 606 vehicles during November 2020, down 8 percent from 657 vehicles exported in November 2019. During the first 11 months of 2020, 6,618 vehicles were sent, down 8 percent from 7,179 vehicles for the first 11 months of 2019.

Canada received 3,830 vehicles during the first 11 months of 2020, while Mexico imported 1,966 vehicles.

The average price per vehicle for November 2020 was $59,559.90, down 9 percent from $65,387.38 for November 2019. The average price per vehicle for the first 11 months of 2020 was $69,302.33, up 2 percent from $67,725.75 for the first 11 months of 2019.

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The United States shipped 87 vehicles in November 2020, compared to nine vehicles for November 2019. During the first 11 months of 2020, 426 vehicles were exported, compared to 2,228 vehicles for the first 11 months of 2019.

Canada received 208 vehicles during the first 11 months of 2020, while Mexico imported 110 vehicles.

The average price per vehicle for November 2020 was $49,857.53, compared to $4,123.78 for November 2019. The average price for the first 11 months of 2020 was $43,718.02, up 57 percent from $27,788.62 for the first 11 months of 2019.

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The United States exported 40 vehicles in November 2020, up 48 percent from 27 vehicles for November 2019. During the first 11 months of 2020, 424 vehicles were sent, up 50 percent from 283 vehicles for the first 11 months of 2019.

Mexico received 270 vehicles during the first 11 months of 2020.

The average price per vehicle for November 2020 was $21,474.43, down 14 percent from $25,043.04 for November 2019. The average price for the first 11 months of 2020 was $28,849.26, down 10 percent from $32,101.40 for the first 11 months of 2019.

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The United States shipped 264 vehicles in November 2020, compared to 30 vehicles for November 2019. During the first 11 months of 2020, 2,124 vehicles were exported, compared to 776 vehicles for the first 11 months of 2019.

Canada received 2,085 vehicles during the first 11 months of 2020.

The average price per vehicle for November 2020 was $32,954.27, down 14 percent from $38,182.87 for November 2019. The average price per vehicle for the first 11 months of 2020 was $37,761.76, up 25 percent from $30,166.24 for the first 11 months of 2019.



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ABC Companies’ SVT Division Primed To Support Industry Recovery, Sustainability And Future Growth

ABC Companies, a leading provider of motorcoach and transit equipment in the USA and Canada, has officially launched a new business division, SVT (Specialty Vehicles and Technologies). Under the SVT banner, the company will distribute a wide range of new products and services that will leverage emerging technology, applications and advances that impact the motorcoach and related industries.

“Our SVT division functions as a launchpad for next level innovation,” said Roman Cornell, ABC president and chief commercial officer. “It’s much more than a new commercial sales division, and is essentially the incubator and innovation think tank where we actively search for new technologies and applications that can help advance our customer base and the industry overall.”

With so many changes impacting the travel and tourism industry today, Cornell asserts that now is the time to think differently about how to move forward using technology to solve issues and bring new capabilities to market.

SVT’s Expanding EV Portfolio

ABC Companies entered the electric vehicle market under the SVT banner this year and continues to expand its portfolio of EV offerings as well as other future-facing capabilities. The company’s EV zero-emissions lineup is built on strategic partnerships that source, distribute and support a range of sustainable OEM and repowered EV options which include:

• The flagship Van Hool CX45E zero-emissions OEM model integrating Proterra’s industry leading, energy-dense E2 battery system;

• Affordable, turnkey diesel to EV repower kits — a joint venture between ABC and industry leader Lightning eMotors — enabling owners to quickly and efficiently update existing vehicles to 100 percent battery electric power that can significantly lower operational costs; and,

• ABC’s distribution agreement with Green Power Motor Company that will assist owners in adding a range of available EV vehicles to fleets. With a focus on microtransit solutions, ABC’s Green Power options are available in select markets.

“Each of these EV specialty vehicle offerings is built on a proven platform, and designed to optimize electric powertrain and battery configurations, all while moving the industry closer to a carbon-free future,” said Cornell.

“Commercial demand for sustainable transport of goods and services, as well as passenger travel is an important driver in our decision to invest in EV and integrated onboard technology. Right now, we can deliver a robust range of options that can help business owners gain a competitive edge, realize major ROI improvements or extend the serviceability of existing assets, and answer the call for carbon neutrality,” said Cornell.

Specialty Technologies To Advance Fleet Performance

ABC continues to build on its proprietary RECON and TEC options introduced in 2019. Available packages and options integrate a host of driver assistance and alert systems and technology-enabled components such as telematics, coach interior and exterior surveillance systems and more to aid drivers, passengers and business owners. These technologies are designed to optimize driver and vehicle performance, enhance the passenger experience and automate and manage fleet maintenance.

CLEANS™ Technology — Protects Drivers & Passengers First

Conducting thorough fleet cleaning is no longer an option today, and ABC has available a full suite of sanitization solutions designed to boost passenger confidence for group transportation. From electrostatic fogging and active HVAC purification via bipolar ionization, to UV lighting, advanced filtration and more ABC’s CLEANS suite of products is designed to bring the latest solutions to the motorcoach and transit industries. CLEANS™ uses a layered approach for passengers and drivers built around thorough surface cleaning, passenger protocols and active air filtration and decontamination.

To download the full CLEANS™ product offering, visit abc-companies.com/CLEANS.

Focused And Forward Looking

At the heart of the SVT division is a dedicated team tasked with troubleshooting and locating solutions for a growing ABC customer base. Led by ABC’s Brian Nelson, director, ABC Technical Solutions, the team partners with customers and suppliers to bring solutions with a focus on utilizing emerging technologies to provide customers a competitive advantage. Nelson commented, “We are problem solvers for the industry and solution providers for specific customer needs. With the depth of experience ABC brings to the market, and working closely with various suppliers, we have embraced the mantra that leadership is a result of quality partnerships.”

“In this ever-changing landscape, the only thing we can predict is change,” said Cornell. “However, as we diversify our SVT offerings, we are focused on supporting our core market — serving traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) powered fleets, and meeting the operational needs of customers who are ready to adopt EV into their fleets now. By providing all business owners and all types of fleets with cutting edge technologies, we are ready to address challenges and leverage opportunities as the industry bounces back, while eyeing the future.”

For complete information and details about ABC’s SVT Division and advanced technology partners and solutions, visit abc-companies.com/SVT.

For more information, contact ABC Companies at 800-222-2875 or visit the company web site at www.abc-companies.com.


Freedman PPE Protects In Public Spaces

Freedman Seating has developed new products to help fight the spread of germs in commercial, hospitality, medical and professional buildings.

Last April, Freedman Seating Company, with essential manufacturing in Illinois and Indiana, introduced a new line of safety products intended to help curb the spread of germs on commercial and mass transportation. Freedman has developed PPE for public spaces.

“There is nothing more important to us than to protect the safety and well-being of our employees, business partners and America’s economic infrastructure. Every decision we make, and action we take, keeps those principles in mind,” said Dan Cohen, president of Freedman Seating. “Our team is proud to develop and manufacture PPE to help keep America moving, responding and delivering hope."

According to Freedman, Passenger (and Public) Protective Equipment, or PPE, includes several products that have been tried and tested in public places:

• Passenger Sneeze Guards — Made from a clear, soft yet durable vinyl that is easy to replace, easy to clean, and UV and mildew resistant. It is mounted at the top of a passenger seat, behind the passenger’s head, providing protection from sneezes, coughs, droplets and other airborne person-to-person threats and germs. These guards can be easily added in the field to existing Freedman passenger seats or Ford™ Transit Wagon passenger seats. It is a safe solution for hotel, medical and community transit needs.

• Social Distance Seat Bands — Communicate social distancing restrictions with a durable seat band, wrapped around any seat designated Do Not Sit in English and/or Spanish. These antimicrobial bands can be applied to any seat application in a vehicle, waiting room, office building, lobby or venue, etc.

“Adding PPE is a significant step forward in improving safety and trust within our commercial and professional spaces at a time when attracting and retaining customers is extremely tough,” said Cohen. “This new line of PPE products represents another benchmark in Freedman’s 125-year history as an innovator of seating and safety solutions.”

Freedman Seating is a seat manufacturer in Chicago, IL; designing, engineering, and manufacturing seat related products for many different markets, including small bus, mid-size coach, heavy-duty transit, rail, marine, delivery truck, and paratransit. Freedman Seating is an ISO 9001 registered company with an on-site A2LA Accredited Mechanical Testing Lab. Visit www.freedmanppe.com.

“Freedman Seating Co. Passenger Guard assemblies are manufactured with materials and tolerances that are crafted
to safely and reliably pair with Freedman Seating brand passenger seat products.  Freedman Seating recommends
against combining other manufacturers’ accessories with genuine Freedman Seating Co. products — and
expressly disclaims any liability for damages or injury arising out of any such unauthorized combinations.”


NCCU Takes Delivery Of 2 Prevost H3-45 Coaches


Prevost announced North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC, has
taken delivery of two 2020 H3-45 coaches to be used for student transportation.

(Photo: North Carolina Central University Office of Communications and Marketing)

Prevost announced North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, NC, has taken delivery of two 2020 H3-45 coaches to be used for student transportation.

“Freshly wrapped, with eye-catching NCCU Eagles graphics, the coaches arrived in style on the beautiful NCCU campus at the Shepard Administration circle, where they were met by socially distanced faculty and staff of the esteemed university,” said Prevost.

“We’re thrilled to introduce the coaches to our student body,” said Dr. Johnson Akinleye, chancellor of NCCU. “We trust Prevost to provide a safe ride for our students, as well as a quality vehicle we can count on.”

The coaches are equipped with Prevost Driver Assist™, which fully integrates radar, camera and brake technologies for motorcoach applications. The data from these technologies works together, gathering and sharing information, functioning simultaneously to create driver assistance aimed at reducing incidents and lowering operational costs.

“The coaches will be used for student transportation of all kinds,” said Phillip Vereen, transportation director for NCCU. “From student government events to athletics, the coaches will provide a safe, comfortable ride for students, faculty and staff alike.”

The coaches also feature Prevost’s surround camera system for enhanced driver visibility, perimeter intelligent loading and navigation lights.

“We are honored to partner with NCCU,” said Jay Snead, regional sales manager for Prevost. “The luxury spec’d H3-45 touring coaches offer the most advanced safety options to provide drivers and passengers the ultimate peace of mind.”

Each coach is also equipped with Wi-Fi and an entertainment system.

Prevost manufactures premium intercity touring coaches and produces conversion coaches for high-end motor home and specialty conversion. Prevost has its main manufacturing facilities in Sainte-Claire, Quebec, Canada and 19 parts and service centers located in the United States and Canada.

For more information, visit www.prevostcar.com.


From TAPTCO
The Transit & Paratransit Company (TAPTCO) Recreates Paratransit Operator Development Course

Eight years ago, TAPTCO created the original Paratransit Operator Development Course.

Jeff Cassell, president of TAPTCO, said, “Everything can become outdated, and everything can be improved. We are increasing the content of the new course to 29 programs, and switching out some of the programs to make it compliant with all the new operational FTA requirements. This is not an update, but a complete recreation involving new improved scripts, new filming and new actors.

“Paratransit operations have a high cost of risk. The only way to control these costs is by training, educating and persuading operators to avoid all unsafe behaviors. This new course focuses on instilling the desired behaviors into your operators in a simple and easy to understand way.

“The new FTA requirements for a Public Transit Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) include detailed requirements for following a safety management system. These desired behaviors overlap excellently with the actions to implement a safety culture. As such, this new course has been designed to help operations comply with the new federal regulations and implement a safety culture, at the same time.”

The new course is available on DVD, thumb drive or via the web on a learning management system.

Chris DeVoll, TSSP, CSSO transit risk consultant for the risk management specialist for Washington State Transit Insurance Pool said, “Our members have been using the TAPTCO training course for many years and really appreciate the quality and content of the materials. I have reviewed the new paratransit course, and it really is a drastic improvement from the original course. The way TAPTCO has included all the new FTA requirements is a huge bonus. I would not hesitate to recommend it to all paratransit systems.”

DeVoll is also a senior associate instructor for the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI).

“The Ohio Transit Risk Pool is providing copies of this updated course to all our members. It is by far the most professional training course available for paratransit operations. It is comprehensive, systematic and every part integrates to achieve the desired outcomes — changing operator’s behaviors to remove or reduce risk,” said Kenneth F. Reed, ARM-P, AIC, director of risk management, for the Ohio Transit Risk Pool.

Cassell added, “In May, we launched our new recreated 2020 Transit Operator Development Course, and over 100 agencies and contractors are using this. We already have 19 testimonials. Most users are rating it a 10 out of 10. All the same concepts and techniques are included in this new paratransit course. If you want to improve performance, reduce accidents and comply with the new regulations, you need to improve your people. To do this, you need to improve the quality and content of your training to the best available.”

For more information, contact Jeff Cassell at 630-235-4457, or visit www.taptco.com.


7 New J4500 MCIs To Coach Atlantic

The MCI J4500 coaches provided team transport for the Canadian Premier League (CPL), a professional soccer league in Canada, during a recent bubble tournament in Prince Edward Island (PEI).

“The J4500 has been North America’s best-selling motor coach for over 14 consecutive years, featuring a lighter, more efficient X12 Cummins engine and a more spacious interior for best-in-class leg room,” said Brent Maitland, vice president, private sector sales and marketing for MCI. “We’ve supported Coach Atlantic since 2008 and continue to provide safe, spacious transport for the leading provider of private transportation in Atlantic Canada.”

Coach Atlantic typically serves over 80 percent of the cruise ship, multi-day tour, and group charter markets. Due to health advisories related to COVID-19, Coach Atlantic developed a new approach to maintain fleet operations through “bubble” transportation to each of the CPL’s eight teams, allowing them to complete the CPL season, while keeping teams safe during transport.

“2020 has been challenging for everyone in the transportation business, so we jumped at the opportunity to provide transportation for the CPL,” said Matthew Cassidy, president, Coach Atlantic. “We were able to provide the CPL a first-class experience by providing a dedicated 2020 MCI J4500 for each team throughout the duration of the season in the PEI bubble. It was a tremendous source of pride for everyone involved to see our equipment on the road again.”

Based in PEI, Coach Atlantic is a family-owned coach operator and is the largest ground passenger transportation provider in the Maritimes, traveling in PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and to the rest of North America. After 15-years of market growth through the acquisition of several regional bus companies, Coach Atlantic expanded from 30 employees and 33 vehicles to 515 employees and 350 vehicles.

In July 2020, NFI announced the combination of New Flyer and MCI. “New Flyer and MCI have been leading innovation in mobility for 90 years, today supporting North American cities with sustainable buses and coaches, technology, and infrastructure. They also operate the Vehicle Innovation Center, the first and only innovation lab of its kind dedicated to advancing bus and coach technology and providing workforce development through electric bus training.” Visit mcicoach.com.


BYD Care Person Protection Products Available

“Our customers and the public have asked where they could purchase high-quality, reliable and effective BYD Care products. We have created the BYD Care Amazon storefront, a one-stop shop for consumers to confidently buy BYD Care personal protection including masks and sanitizers,” according to a BYD press release.

“BYD Care products can help prevent illness and promote good health.”

Products available on Amazon include KN95 respirators for frontline and essential workers' daily use, masks designed specifically for children as well as masks and sanitizers for executives and travelers.

BYD Care supports healthcare providers, communities, and people around the world in addressing the challenge presented by the pandemic. BYD has donated well over $1 million worth of PPEs to American frontline workers, including law enforcement and hospital personnel, charities serving those most in need, and communities and transit agencies serving the public.

For more information, visit byd.com.


Marathon Introduces DiscStar Air Disc Brake Rotors

“Marathon Brake Systems, a heavy-duty friction leader for more than 30 years, has applied its braking expertise to develop a complete line of DiscStar air disc brake rotors for a variety of heavy-duty applications. Marathon introduced its first DiscStar air disc pad for transit applications in 2003. Marathon’s new air disc rotors are manufactured to OE thickness specifications to resist warping and cracking issues caused by high temperature applications. DiscStar air disc brake rotors are designed to address a wide range of aftermarket air disc brake applications, including on-highway trucks and trailers, motor coaches, transit buses, school buses, fire trucks, waste haulers and many others,” said the company.

DiscStar rotors feature an optimized venting design and maximized heat sink to further enhance its thermal resistance properties. DiscStar rotors are engineered to ECE R90 European standards, and feature a pillar venting design for faster cooling, less “heat checking” and cracking. Marathon's rotors are manufactured in an ISO 9000/TS16949 certified plant, and are geometrically tested for design, metallurgical composition, hardness and balance. In addition, the rotors undergo a thermal integrity test at high loads.

“Utilizing Marathon’s DiscStar rotors, in combination with proven DiscStar pads, will provide smooth stopping and a longer service life to lower a fleet's maintenance costs,” according to a company press release.

“Marathon air disc pads have been proven performers for more than 15 years in a wide range of applications. DiscStar Pad and rotor compatibility has been engineered into both the friction material as well as the rotor, and verified with RP628C and SAE J2115 wear testing standards. Marathon has developed specific pad formulations and rotor designs for a wide range of on-highway, motor coach, school bus, severe duty and transit bus applications.”

Marathon Brake Systems has been serving the North American industry for more than 25 years. Marathon offers a complete family of friction materials, with brake linings for general over-the-road and transit applications, as well as a variety of severe-duty vehicles, including liquid tanker, grain, cement, logging, sand and gravel, oil delivery and refuse trucks.

For more information, visit www.MarathonBrake.com.


Vicki Bowman Named California Bus Association Executive Director


Vicki Bowman

The California Bus Association (CBA) has named Vicki Bowman, CMP, CED, CSEP as the organization’s new executive director. Bowman is an bus industry event and marketing professional with a 15-year career at Motor Coach Industries. She recently formed VB GROUP Marketing & Event Resources, an association, event, and media management firm focused on the bus industry.

“The CBA Board chose Vicki Bowman based on her industry experience and the skills necessary to help our members and reach our goals in 2021 and beyond,” said Vickie Cole, CBA president and owner of American Stage Tours, based in Concord, CA. “Our members know her as a longtime advocate for the bus industry, and the kind of strategic thinker and doer we need as we move through the pandemic recovery. Vicki has the leadership and organizational skills, and event, marketing, and social media expertise to take CBA to the next level.”

Bowman is responsible for CBA’s daily operations, including marketing and membership, government relations and education/training programs. She will also manage sponsorships, meetings and CBA’s annual convention and trade show planned for October 24-26, 2021, at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa in Henderson, NV.

Bowman has served as CBA’s presidential appointee since October 2019, a volunteer position that assists the president in planning the organization’s annual convention. She also volunteers as vice chair on the marketing committee for American Bus Association’s Women in Buses Council. Bowman, who holds several certifications as an events and meetings professional, is past president of ILEA (International Live Event Association) of greater Chicago, and a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

“Since 1969, the California Bus Association has given motorcoach companies a voice and venue to pursue excellence in the bus industry. CBA’s members represent tour, charter, shuttle, and long-distance commuter service companies contributing to California’s tourism economy and essential commuter transportation services. CBA’s legislative team and educational programs provide news and guidance on CARB and federal regulations and compliance. CBA has reciprocal relationships with the Northwest Motor Coach Association, American Bus Association, United Motorcoach Association, School Bus Contractors Association and Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance,” according to a press release.

Learn more at cbabus.com.




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