Safety and Comfort on a Commuter Coach
Motor Coach Industries
Exceeding top standards for reliability, comfort and durability, the Commuter Coach is Buy America compliant, Altoona tested and available in clean-diesel, hybrid or CNG configurations. Advances include a fourth generation multiplex system that furthers simplified diagnostics along with a reconfigured driver dash with rocker switches and gauges illuminated by LEDs for easy interfacing. Standard features such as electronic stability control (n/a on the hybrid model), a SmartWave tire pressure monitoring system and Amerex fire suppression enhance safety.
Options include three-point passenger seatbelts and a wheelchair lift with up to two wheelchair positions. Other increasingly popular options are digital wireless Wi-Fi and 110-volt outlets that allow riders to use their laptops and digital devices to stay connected and productive. Sleek and curvy, the commuter coach, based on the all-time best-selling D-Series models, is available in 45- or 40-foot lengths and offers solid stainless-steel construction along with easy maintenance.
Visit Motor Coach Industries at booth 410.
High Performance with Competitive Life Cycle Cost
All Nova LFS transit buses – clean-diesel, hybrid-electric and articulated – are built on a common, reliable and time-tested platform, to combine high performance with a competitive life cycle cost. The driveline set-up and weight of Nova Bus vehicles are optimized to provide high fuel efficiency; the Nova LFS is one of the lightest city buses available on the market.
Lateral, interior and central maintenance access doors allow easy access to main components, including the cradle-mounted engine and transmission, thus reducing maintenance time. The integrated electric engine cooling system provides significant fuel economy and is far quieter than a traditional hydraulic system. The multiplex system, onboard diagnostics and sensors facilitate maintenance planning and troubleshooting. Outside panels, which may be subject to frequent road incidents, can be replaced in less than 30 minutes for minimal downtime. The heavy-duty composite flooring is lightweight; in addition to contributing to fuel economy, it does not rot, mildew or absorb water. The stainless steel structure is corrosion - and fatigue-resistant. The hybrid drive provides proven fuel savings ranging between 30 and 40 percent.
Visit Nova Bus at booth 207.
GIRO’s Minbus algorithm delivers proven solutions for reducing operating costs and improving bus operations. This advanced optimizer helps ensure the most efficient bus schedules and helps reduce the number of vehicles required to service the entire network. Available as an option with the HASTUS software scheduling suite, Minbus improves the blocking process by considering extra constraints and preferences and offering more optimization capabilities than any other solution in its class. Transit agencies around the world, including Portland’s TriMet, currently use Minbus to determine cost-effective layover parking locations, optimize vehicle assignments and interlining solutions, explore opportunities to minimize layovers and deadhead, and successfully reduce overall operating costs. HASTUS integrates flexible tools and powerful algorithms for planning, crew and vehicle scheduling, daily operations, passenger information, and analysis.
In May 2010, GIRO received an Innovation Award from the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) for its BidWeb module, which automates roster-position selection and vacation selection through Web-based preference submission. Features include:
- Define and implement block characteristics that reduce crew costs
- Efficiently assign blocks to garages in a multi-depot environment
- Interlining with complex constraints to increase vehicle schedule efficiency
- Trip shifting to optimize peak vehicle demand
Visit GIRO at booth 301.