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Busline News March 2019
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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 2018 indicated vehicle imports were down in three categories outlined, compared to November 2018.

IMPORTS

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 264 vehicles in December 2018, down 12 percent from 301 vehicles for November 2018. During all of 2018, 2,439 vehicles were imported.

During all of 2018, Canada sent 1,012 vehicles to the United States.

The average price per vehicle for December 2018 was $431,398.24, up 3 percent from the average price for November 2018 of $420,381.25. The average price for all of 2018 was $402,148.58.

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 United States received 36 vehicles in December 2018, down 82 percent from 200 vehicles for November 2018. During all of 2018, 1,760 vehicles were imported.

Argentina shipped 899 vehicles during all of 2018, while Germany sent 835.

The average price per vehicle for December 2018 was $69,310.06, up 71 percent from the average price for November 2018 of $40,551.56. The average price for all of 2018 was $43,869.43.

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 received no vehicles during November and December 2018. During all of 2018, six vehicles were imported.

Macedonia sent three vehicles, while Canada exported two and Belgium shipped one, during all of 2018.

The average price per vehicle for all of 2018 was $490,661.50.

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 in this category were imported during all of 2018.

Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With Spark Ignition Internal Combustion Piston Engine And Electric Motor For 16 Or More Persons

No vehicles in this category were imported during all of 2018.

Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With Both Spark Ignition Internal Combustion Piston Engine and Electric Motor for 10 to 15 Persons

The United States imported no vehicles in this category during November or December 2018. During all of 2018, Japan shipped one vehicle at a price of $10,325.

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 November and December 2018. During all of 2018, 18 vehicles were imported.

China shipped 12 vehicles during all of 2018.

The average price per vehicle for all of 2018 was $180,598.50.

Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles, With Electric Motor Only For Propulsion, NESOI

The United States imported six vehicles in this category during December 2018, up 100 percent from three vehicles for November 2018. During all of 2018, 76 vehicles were imported, all from China.

The average price per vehicle for December 2018 was $35,928, up 465 percent from $6,354.67 for November 2018. The average price per vehicle for all of 2018 was $10,773.22.

Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles For 16 Or More Persons Including Driver, NESOI

The United States imported 40 vehicles during December 2018, down 23 percent from 52 vehicles for November 2018. During all of 2018, 1,129 vehicles were imported

Canada sent 1,094 vehicles to the United States during all of 2018.

The average price per vehicle for December 2018 was $50,332.43, down 24 percent from $66,344.83 for November 2018. The average price per vehicle for all of 2018 was $70,619.07.

Motor Vehicles For The Transport Of 10 To 15 Persons Including Driver, NESOI

The United States imported 54 vehicles during December 2018, up 64 percent from 33 vehicles for November 2018. During all of 2018, 1,399 vehicles were imported.

Canada sent 789 vehicles to the United States during all of 2018, while Germany exported 555 vehicles.

The average price per vehicle for December 2018 was $42,292.65, down 1 percent from $42,702.88 for November 2018. The average price per vehicle for all of 2018 was $45,898.17.

IMPORTS

Export totals for December 2018 were up in two categories, compared to November 2018

Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With A Compression-Ignition Internal Combustion Piston Engine (Diesel Or Semi-Diesel) Only

The United States exported 623 vehicles during December 2018, up 15 percent from 543 vehicles exported in November 2018. During all of 2018, 8,981 vehicles were exported.

Canada received 5,358 vehicles during all of 2018, while Mexico imported 1,680.

The average price per vehicle for December 2018 was $43,092.96, down 54 percent from the average price per vehicle for November 2018 of $94,133.69. The average price per vehicle for all of 2018 was $78,328.81.

Public-Transport Vehicles With Both Compression-Ignition Internal Combustion Piston Engine (Diesel Or Semi-Diesel) & Electric Motor

The United States shipped 177 vehicles in December 2018, down 40 percent from 296 vehicles for November 2018. During all of 2018, 983 vehicles were exported.

Canada received 537 vehicles during all of 2018, while Venezuela imported 262.

The average price per vehicle for December 2018 was $62,763.10, up 112 percent from the average price per vehicle for November 2018 of $29,670.70. The average price per vehicle for all of 2018 was $30,482.34.

Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With Both Spark Ignition Internal Combustion Piston Engine & Electric Motor

The United States exported 36 vehicles in December 2018, up 177 percent from 13 vehicles for November 2018. During all of 2018, 306 vehicles were exported.

Mexico received 97 vehicles during all of 2018, while Canada imported 36.

The average price per vehicle for December 2018 was $26,480.11, up 5 percent from the average price per vehicle for November 2018 of $25,179.23. The average price per vehicle for all of 2018 was $32,666.24.

Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With Only Electric Motor For Propulsion

The United States shipped four vehicles in December 2018, down 86 percent from 28 vehicles for November 2018. During all of 2018, 79 vehicles were exported.

Canada received 36 vehicles during all of 2018.

The average price of the vehicles for December 2018 was $20,600, down 31 percent from $30,016.21 for November 2018. The average price per vehicle for all of 2018 was $103,978.77.




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Complete Coach Works Develops Prototype For RTC HVAC Systems

Complete Coach Works (CCW) has announced its contract award to upgrade the aging AvantAC System in 50 Wrightbuses for Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC).

A full redesign of the HVAC system was required as a lack of available components to repair the AvantAC system caused an increasing inability to service the system, resulting in buses not being able to be used in revenue service.

The awarded contract has allowed CCW to develop its own operating logic system and retrofit newly designed HVAC components into the Wrightbus. The successful outcome of this system granted CCW the opportunity to install the system into the remaining 49 buses.

“Our successful development is groundbreaking news for our company, and within the transit industry for all agencies struggling to maintain their own AvantAC HVAC system. We now have a replacement system that will have parts availability well into the future,” CCW Director of Sales and Marketing Brad Carson said.

A company news release added, “CCW’s new system utilizes readily available industry components with our own streamlined operating logic that is standard within the transit bus industry. By providing alternative parts that are ready for immediate use, it keeps the major system components running for a considerably longer period of time without the need for replacing the entire unit. CCW’s approach provides a shorter design cycle and faster implementation.

“CCW is known for its Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) all-electric transit bus, first produced in 2012. The addition of the newly developed HVAC system is a direct reflection of the company’s and industry’s growing prowess.”

Carson said, “Our company is honored to partner with RTC and complete the remaining 49 buses. We are well positioned and excited to introduce a new system for the next generation of transit technologies. It is a unique opportunity to work collaboratively with RTC and leverage the industry. It is an even greater opportunity to provide the industry with another suitable solution for HVAC fail.

E-mail bradley@completecoach.com for more information.


Arrow Stage Lines Wins MCI-Sponsored 2019 UMA Environmental Leadership Award

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) said that after 90 years in business, Arrow Stage Lines has built its status as a top 10 U.S. charter operator on a platform of safety, innovation and service. Its latest distinction is in recognition of its green operating practices. Arrow won the 2019 United Motorcoach Association (UMA) Environmental Leadership Award, sponsored by MCI and presented during the recent UMA EXPO, in Fort Lauderdale, FL.



Luke Busskohl, Arrow Stage Lines COO, (left) and his brother, Alex, corporate
operations and marketing specialist, who represent Arrow’s fourth generation of
family leadership, accept the MCI-sponsored 2019 UMA Environmental
Leadership Award from Pat Ziska, MCI vice president of new coach sales.

The peer-judged award recognized Norfolk, NE-based Arrow for a sustainability philosophy that begins with a strict maintenance schedule for its fleet of 236 motorcoaches, supported by an idle-free education program that rewards drivers. Its fleet of mostly newer coach models with advance engine technology also advances fuel saving and lower emission goals.

“Arrow’s green practices extend throughout its business. It became the first motorcoach operator to adopt a digital signature for all customer agreements on its path to a paperless office,” according to a press release. “At the same time, Arrow’s software designers are developing an app to make all administrative functions digital and accessible on mobile phones and laptop computers.”

“It is creating coding to have our booking, accounting and Electronic Logging Device (ELD) systems work through our own app,” Arrow COO Luke Busskohl said.

Busskohl and his brother, Alex, director of corporate operations and marketing specialist, represent Arrow’s fourth generation of family leadership.

Arrow has built an exclusive clientele, including tour companies, and serves NFL, NBA, NCAA and Major League Baseball franchises. The company also operates a luxury entertainment coach division that leases to top entertainment companies, including tours like Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Jason Derulo, and Luke Bryan.

In all of its operating regions, Arrow maintenance teams use ESOC (environmentally safe oil change) machines and coolant recovery machines to safely drain and dispose of those fluids. They also gather scrap medal including copper and aluminum, which regularly are separated and recycled.

To make all this work, training is critical. For the past three years, Arrow has partnered with the University of Vermont’s (UVM) Certification for Sustainable Transportation Program to help all drivers and technicians earn e-Rating driving certificates. Additionally, Arrow’s drivers are required to take a new course every quarter through the MCI Academy Learning Management System (LMS) that offers more than 450 courses online and are available 24/7.

Finally, all Arrow Stage coaches are set with a maximum speed of 68 miles per hour, and run on verified low-rolling resistance tires with pressure monitors to deliver greater fuel savings and emissions reductions. Arrow is also considering adding a solar-powered auxiliary power unit (APU) to each coach’s HVAC system to heat and cool interiors without running the engine.

“We use an ‘ownership thinking’ rewards program that offers incentives to employees if they meet certain goals,” said Luke Busskohl. “In 2018, our goal was to reduce idle time. With our investment in driver and staff education, along with an initiative to limit idling in our yards and lots during pre-trip inspections, we showed a 25 percent decrease in idling for the year.”

Alex Busskohl added, “We’re very honored to receive this award because we realize that green practices are not only good for the environment, but for the bottom line. Everything counts in our opinion. Our clients and passengers appreciate the reliability of our coaches, and we consider green practices an important part of our marketing plan.”

MCI Vice President of New Coach Sales Patricia Ziska said Arrow Stages’ unified program of green practices in driving, mechanical upkeep, recycling programs and office operations is helping set new standards in the motorcoach industry.

“We’re proud to present this award to Arrow Stage Lines because they’re innovators in their business, and green policies drive everything they do with the full participation of employees and staff. They set a very high standard,” Ziska said.

Visit www.arrowstagelines.com and www.mcicoach.com for more information.


BYD Celebrates Production Of 50,000th Pure Electric Bus


Shown is the rollout of BYD’s 50,000th
electric bus at its Hangzhou factory, in China.

On January 18, BYD announced the production of its 50,000th pure electric bus, nine years after production began. The milestone comes with the delivery of a 12m pure electric bus for a European customer in Spain. A special send-off was organized at BYD’s Hangzhou factory, where the bus was produced.

“BYD boasts the world’s largest range of battery electric buses, and a clientele that spans across 300 cities around the world. Its standard 12m pure electric buses feature all-new styling, and each has a capacity of 80 passengers,” according to BYD.

The vehicles for Spain will be run by local operator TUBASA, and are expected to begin service in Badajoz, a city in southwestern Spain, this spring.

“Our track record demonstrates a clear market recognition of, and trust in, BYD products,” BYD Company Limited President and Chairman Wang Chuanfu said. “BYD has set a ‘Gold Standard’ for the pure electric bus market because of its rock-solid product quality, a complete supply chain and product solutions, and leading core technologies in areas such as batteries, motors and electronic controls. This is a thumb’s up for not only China’s electric vehicle industry — but the world’s.”

Ever since the first 12m pure electric bus was produced in Changsha, China, in 2010, BYD stated it has actively advocated the adoption of new energy vehicles. In 2010, in order to ease environmental pollution, BYD proposed its “Public Transportation Electrification” strategy. With Shenzhen, China, hosting the 26th Summer Universiade in 2011, came a turning point, as 200 BYD 12m pure electric buses entered operations in the city.

“That event saw BYD become the world’s first company to commercialize new energy buses,” according to BYD. “Today, BYD pure electric buses have not only become commonplace in major Chinese cities like Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Changsha and Xi’an, but have also spread to other medium- to small-sized cities in the country.

“In addition, BYD has gradually grown its international customer base for pure electric buses since the first batch of 35 electric buses was exported to Amsterdam Schiphol airport in 2013. These customers include Transport for London, Los Angeles Public Transport Co., and Sydney Airport.

Other recent purchases of BYD buses include:

• Guayaquil, Ecuador, has ordered 20 battery-electric buses;

• The new BYD plant in Allonne, France, has assembled three models for the cities of Beauvais, Dunkirk and Orleans;

• BYD has an order for the Brussels Airport Company (BAC) operator of Zaventem Airport for 30 of its 12m ebuses;

• The Chilean government recently held a ceremony for the arrival of 100 BYD K9FE buses in Santiago, Chile— this was the largest single pure electric bus fleet delivery in Latin America;

• San Paulo, Brazil, has received the first 15 units of its order;

• Two 12 metre pure electric buses for Agglo du Beauvaisis, France, have been delivered;

• BYD recently won the bid to provide the Colombian city of Medellin with 64 pure electric buses;

• A fleet of 200 K8S double-deckers for the Chinese city of Xi’an is the world’s largest pure electric double-decker bus fleet. It will begin operation around the Chinese Spring Festival; and,

• Nine 10.8m pure electric buses (with charging equipment) have been delivered to England’s city of Guilford.

Visit www.byd.com for more information.


Prevost Holds 7th Motorhome Expo

The seventh annual Prevost Motorhome Expo was held February 13 and 14 at the South Florida Fairground Expo Center in West Palm Beach, FL. The event drew more than 500 attendees from every area of the country. As is custom for this show, roughly 280 people arrived in 140 private motorhomes to camp and convene on site for the duration of the show.

The 52 fully-customized converted Prevost coaches on exhibit by licensed converters ranged from $200,000 upward to $3 million — from a 1998 XL, to an all-new 2020 H3-45. In all, nearly 200 Prevost vehicles were on the grounds for this event.

According to event founder, Jamie Bradford, owner of Prevost-stuff.com and Prevost Owners Group, all the major coach convertors are represented and participate in this event each year.

Nearly 30 allied vendors associated with the motorhome industry also took part. Several Prevost Service vans were also available on site to assist visitors in need of service and maintenance.

Prevost conducted two seminars on opening day ­­— one on the Prevost slide systems, the other on service and maintenance fundamentals. Converters also held seminars, each highlighting their unique strengths in converting the Prevost shell.

“Prevost has always assisted us in making this show extremely successful for the convertors, dealers and vendors in this niche,” said Bradford. “This year, the Expo generated no less than 25 sales.” He noted that number typically increases as customers follow-up on contracts signed on the show floor.

“The Prevost Motorhome Expo stands as the premier event for Prevost and our motorhome converter partners, allowing us to showcase new and quality pre-owned motorhomes to qualified motorhome lifestyle consumers,” said Steve Zeigler, director, business development – Bus Shell Division. “Jamie Bradford has created a quality environment for Everything Prevost in which he provides a first-class presentation that allows all supporting motorhome lifestyle businesses direct contact with Prevost owners and potential owners looking for the finest in luxury motorhomes and services.”

According to Prevost, “The Prevost coach shell has no equal in vertical, lateral and torsional rigidity compared with body-on-chassis models. The heavy-duty stainless steel frame delivers the strongest, safest and most durable foundation in the motorhome industry.”

For more information, visit www.prevostcar.com.


Windstar Lines Takes Delivery Of New Van Hool CX45 Coach At UMA Expo 2019

Windstar Lines took delivery of a new Van Hool CX45 motorcoach during the recent UMA EXPO, at a special VIP customer delivery event, sponsored by ABC Companies.

The new 2019 model will add another Van Hool model to the longtime customer’s 120-plus fleet, which is 90 percent comprised of Van Hool coaches.


Shown, left to right, are Pat Greteman of Windstar Lines, Pete Bachrach of ABC Companies, Scott Greteman of Windstar Lines, Roman Cornell of ABC Companies, and Hugo De Roo of Van Hool.

Windstar Lines is family-owned and operated, and began serving the Midwest region in 1995. Since then, the company has grown to its current nine locations, with a service footprint that spans six states — providing ground transportation service to or from anywhere in the continental United States and Canada. Operations include tour, charter, shuttle and line runs to accommodate groups of all types and sizes. This includes universities and school districts, athletic teams, tour operators, DMO’s, convention transport, corporate travel, hotels and casinos.

The new coach delivery marks the first of at least a dozen new models ordered by the company for 2019 delivery.

“Our 20-plus year relationship is built on great respect, transparency and a lot of fun over the years,” said Pete Bachrach, ABC account executive for the Midwest region. “The Greteman family shares the same values as ABC, and we appreciate their steadfast loyalty, and moreover, the immense integrity they bring to the industry.”

“Expanding and maintaining our fleet is an ongoing priority for Windstar Lines,” Windstar Lines President Jeff Greteman said. “The Van Hool product enables us to consistently position our brand as a premium ground transportation provider that is focused on passenger comfort, luxury and safety, with the added value of strong after-sale support offered by ABC.”

Windstar Lines utilizes ABC Parts and Service, and ABC Warranty programs, including participation in annual Van Hool Technical Training sessions, to support its operation.

“The new 2019 Van Hool CX45 epitomizes luxury and is loaded with all the passenger options and amenities Windstar Lines has specified to create an unforgettable transport experience,” according to ABC Companies. “Some highlights include: high back reclining seating featuring new for 2019 fabric with leather detailing; a rear window for enhanced views; chrome mirrors for added curb appeal; wood floors throughout and a new wood-look restroom door; DVD with flat screen TV; individual and full climate control; passenger area reading lights, magazine nets, cup holders and window shades; under-floor luggage capacity; overhead storage; PA system; 110-volt outlets and WiFi.”

“We are honored to present Windstar Lines, and the Greteman family, with this VIP Delivery Celebration,” ABC Companies Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer Roman Cornell said. “We are proud to serve them, and all of our customers, with the right products and services each one requires to achieve their individual business goals.”

Visit www.abc-companies.com for more information.


News From Transit Agencies:

• HART Receives Industry Award In Marketing

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has honored the Hillsborough Area (Tampa, FL) Regional Transit Authority (HART) for excellence in marketing and communications.


HART Director of Communications, Marketing & Community Engagement
Vanessa Brooks, third from left, is shown with APTA officials accepting the award.

HART was awarded first place in the Best Educational Print Media category for an industry case study on the organization’s response during Hurricane Irma in 2017. The print piece was created to educate industry peers on emergency planning best practices.

First place winners were recognized and presented with certificates during the AdWheel Awards Luncheon, at APTA’s 2019 Marketing & Communications Workshop in New Orleans, which took place February 24-27.

“To have the respect and admiration of your peers is both an incredible honor and very humbling,” said Jeff Seward, interim HART CEO. “I am proud of our marketing and communications team for elevating the HART brand, both locally, and nationally. Many thanks to APTA and our peers for recognizing the great work that our team does on a consistent basis.”

Following the Marketing & Communications Workshop, a second round of judging will review the top first place awards in each category to select overall Grand Award winners. Upon notification of a Grand Award, winners will be further honored at the APTA Annual Meeting, in New York, NY, in October.

Visit www.goHART.org for more information.

• AVTA Receives Leadership Award At Electric Bus Symposium

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA), of Lancaster, CA, was recently awarded the “Leadership Appreciation Award” by the California Air Resources Board, “For its exemplary dedication and achievement in deploying zero-emission buses.”

This took place during the ZEB (Zero Emission Bus) Tech Showcase and Symposium, in Sacramento, CA, in February. The event was sponsored by AVTA, the California Transit Association, and the California Air Resources Board.


Pictured, from left to right, are AVTA Executive Director Macy Neshati,
AVTA Director of Finance Judy Fry, AVTA Director of Operations and Maintenance
Mark Perry, and AVTA Director of Strategic Planning and Development Norm Hickling.

The Showcase and Symposium is geared to provide information and exposure on California’s current and future support for transit buses to the broadest array of stakeholders, including transit agencies, air districts, metropolitan planning organizations and regional transportation planning agencies, environmental groups, zero-emission bus manufacturers, charging technology providers, fuel providers, electrical utilities, researchers and venture funding interests.

“As we near the completion of our goal to be the first 100 percent emission-free transit agency in the nation, I am proud to say that it is the Antelope Valley community that is leading the entire nation in this worthwhile goal,” Lancaster Vice Mayor and AVTA Chairman Marvin Crist said. “On behalf of the AVTA board of directors and the staff of AVTA, I am honored to receive this award that recognizes the hard work that has gone into this process.”

The Showcase and Symposium featured over 40 speakers from across the nation and around the world, including the heads of the California Air Resources Board and the California Transit Association, as well as leaders from the city of Shenzhen, in China, which has been a global leader in the electrification of buses.

AVTA Executive Director Macy Neshati accepted the award on behalf of AVTA.

“There is so much that can be learned from the experience in the Antelope Valley, and we are proud to be part of a movement that will ultimately lead to the 100 percent adoption across the nation of zero-emission buses,” said Neshati. “That is a real victory for clean air, and for future generations.”

AVTA provides local, commuter and dial-a-ride service to a population of more than 450,000 residents in the California cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, as well as the unincorporated portions of northern Los Angeles County. Its total service area covers 1,200 square miles.

Visit www.avta.com for more information.

• Laketran Launches New Transit Service To Spur Further Workforce Development

Laketran (PainsvilleTownship, OH) recently launched transit service along Lake County’s (OH) largest manufacturing corridor, adding to the connectivity that its Park-n-Ride service now provides between Lake County and downtown Cleveland, OH.

Laketran transports, on average, 700 commuters daily between Lake County and their downtown Cleveland jobs. More recently, officials from the regional transit system have seen Cleveland residents, as well as people living as far west as Middleburg Heights, OH, using the Park-n-Ride service to commute eastbound into Lake County.

“Typical commuter Park-n-Ride service is only productive in one direction, but as downtown Cleveland increases in population, it becomes more important for suburban employers to have access to that labor pool,” Laketran CEO Ben Capelle said. “I hope that what we’ve done with our Park-n-Ride service opens new opportunities to our local employers as well as job seekers in Cleveland.”

The city of Mentor’s (OH) Tyler Boulevard is a major arterial connecting 10 industrial boulevards lined with over 300 employers and 7,500 jobs, making it the seventh largest concentration of manufacturing companies in the state.

Last year, working with the city of Mentor and other regional economic development stakeholders, Laketran surveyed local manufacturers and staffing agencies to better understand the transportation needs of current and potential employees.


Laketran customers board Route 10 along Tyler Boulevard, outside of The Mill-Rose Company, in Mentor, OH.

“The need for public transit service along Tyler Boulevard to help recruit and retain employees is something we’ve heard for a long time from the employers, staffing agencies and even social service organizations trying to help people get back to work,” Capelle said. “Our evaluations confirmed the need for service, and we modeled several different options.”

To serve the corridor and reach both Lake County and Cuyahoga County job seekers, Laketran developed a solution by adding additional bus stops to two Park-n-Ride routes.

“The routes will use Tyler Boulevard as people travel to and from Cleveland. We were able to change the times outside the main service, so it will not affect our existing customers, but it will allow job seekers in Cleveland to catch a Laketran bus in Cleveland with a direct trip to Tyler Boulevard,” Capelle said. “Lake County residents will be able to transfer from our route buses, along State Route 306, to access the new service.

“It is not a perfect solution, but it is one we can implement with very little impact on our budget. The best option is traditional fixed-route service, but unfortunately with the significant revenue cuts from the state and the overwhelming growth of our Dial-a-Ride service, we cannot afford to operate a true fixed-route with hourly service.”

“This is a good step in the right direction as we continue to find ways to resolve one of the primary obstacles facing our business community — the need to recruit qualified employees,” Mentor City Manager Kenneth J. Filipiak said. “Laketran is a valued partner. It recognizes that public resources are best put to use when advancing the economic development goals of the community.”

The new service started on January 28, and provides six morning and afternoon trips that best serve first shift workers.

Laketran Board President Brian Falkowski said one of the primary roles of the transit agency is to increase economic activity.

“We have businesses in our county looking for more workers, and we want to make sure that a lack of transportation isn’t a barrier to get more people to work,” he said. “Laketran has always played a significant role in economic development by improving job access to retail businesses, and we’re excited to finally be serving this vital manufacturing corridor.”

Visit www.laketran.com for more information.




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