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Busline News August 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 May 2021 indicated vehicle imports were up in six categories outlined, compared to May 2020. For the first five months of 2021, vehicles imports were up in three categories, compared to the first five months of 2020.

IMPORTS

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The United States imported 97 vehicles in May 2021, up from 27 vehicles for May 2020. For the first five months of 2021, the United States imported 533 vehicles, down 13 percent from 612 vehicles for the first five months of 2020.

Canada sent 481 vehicles to the United States during the first five months of 2021.

The average price per vehicle for May 2021 was $288,458, up 12 percent from $256,901 for May 2020. The average price per vehicle for the first five months of 2021 was $309,602, up 3 percent from $300,777 for the first five months of 2020.

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The United States received two vehicles in May 2021. No vehicles in this category were imported during May 2020. For the first five months of 2021, the United States imported 10 vehicles, down from 102 vehicles for the first five months of 2020.

The United States imported six vehicles from Canada during the first five months of 2021.

The average price per vehicle in May 2021 was $107,698. The average price per vehicle for the first five months of 2021 was $182,863, up from $61,099 for the first five months of 2020.

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The United States imported 10 vehicles during May 2021, up 11 percent from nine vehicles for May 2020. During the first five months of 2021, 16 vehicles were imported, down from 89 vehicles for the first five months of 2020.

All of the vehicles were imported from Canada during the first five months of 2021.

The average price per vehicle for May 2021 was $376,858, up 57 percent from $240,184 for May 2020. The average price for the first five months of 2021 was $392,766, up 58 percent from $248,901 for the first five months of 2020.

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The United States imported 37 vehicles during May 2021, up from 19 vehicles for May 2020. During the first five months of 2021, 90 vehicles were received, up 64 percent from 55 vehicles for the first five months of 2020.

China shipped 57 vehicles during the first five months of 2021.

The average price per vehicle for May 2021 was $148,090, up from $40,533 for May 2020. The average price for the first five months of 2021 was $184,962, up from $48,123 for the first five months of 2020.

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The United States imported 12 vehicles during May 2021, down 37 percent from 19 vehicles for May 2020. During the first five months of 2021, 37 vehicles were imported, down 20 percent from 46 vehicles for the first five months of 2020.

China sent 35 vehicles during the first five months of 2021.

The average price per vehicle for May 2021 was $7,715, down 3 percent from $7,979 for May 2020. The average price for the first five months of 2021 was $9,113, down 8 percent from $9,914 for the first five months of 2020.

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The United States imported 127 vehicles during May 2021, up from 80 vehicles for May 2020. During the first five months of 2021, 543 vehicles were received, up 7 percent from 506 vehicles for the first five months of 2020.

Canada sent 541 vehicles to the United States during the first five months of 2021.

The average price per vehicle for May 2021 was $90,165, down 2 percent from $91,553 for May 2020. The average price per vehicle for the first five months of 2021 was $128,635, up 22 percent from $105,504 for the first five months of 2020.

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The United States imported 76 vehicles during May 2021, up from 19 vehicles for May 2020. During the first five months of 2021, 333 vehicles were received, up 31 percent from 254 vehicles for the first five months of 2020.

Canada sent 310 vehicles to the United States during the first five months of 2021.

The average price per vehicle for May 2021 was $40,098, up 1 percent from $39,744 for May 2020. The average price per vehicle for the first five months of 2021 was $37,986, down 18 percent from $46,318 for the first five months of 2020.

EXPORTS

Export totals for May 2021 were up in two categories, compared to May 2020. Three categories reported decreases for the first five months of 2021, compared to the first five months of 2020.

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The United States exported 381 vehicles during May 2021, down 32 percent from 559 vehicles for May 2020. During the first five months of 2021, 2,048 vehicles were sent, down 22 percent from 2,618 vehicles for the first five months of 2020.

Mexico received 844 vehicles during the first five months of 2021, while Canada imported 800 vehicles.

The average price per vehicle for May 2021 was $39,135, down 60 percent from $99,060 for May 2020. The average price per vehicle for the first five months of 2021 was $44,833, down 32 percent from $66,277 for the first five months of 2020.

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The United States shipped 81 vehicles in May 2021. No vehicles in this category were exported during May 2020. During the first five months of 2021, 388 vehicles were exported, up from 181 for the first five months of 2020.

Canada received 168 vehicles during the first five months of 2021, while Mexico imported 164 vehicles.

The average price per vehicle for May 2021 was $58,734. The average price for the first five months of 2021 was $30,697, down 33 percent from $45,949 for the first five months of 2020.

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The United States exported 39 vehicles in May 2021, up 225 percent from 12 vehicles for May 2020. During the first five months of 2021, 190 vehicles were sent, down 31 percent from 275 vehicles for the first five months of 2020.

Mexico received 77 vehicles during the first five months of 2021.

The average price per vehicle for May 2021 was $23,549, down 33 percent from $35,254 for May 2020. The average price for the first five months of 2021 was $23,571, down 27 percent from $32,502 for the first five months of 2020.

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The United States shipped 52 vehicles in May 2021, down 28 percent from 72 vehicles for May 2020. During the first five months of 2021, 362 vehicles were exported, down 73 percent from 1,358 vehicles for the first five months of 2020.

Canada received 357 vehicles during the first five months of 2021.

The average price per vehicle for May 2021 was $40,450, up 49 percent from $27,063 for May 2020. The average price per vehicle for the first five months of 2021 was $46,812, up 33 percent from $35,162 for the first five months of 2020.



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Sanitize Air And Surfaces With Envirocare From Prevost


Prevost now offers EnviroCare, a dual ionization system that sanitizes and cleans the air and surfaces in coaches through the air and climate system. Prevost said EnviroCare supports motorcoach operators in providing a safe environment and boosting confidence for group travel riders.

“Operators have been using deep cleaning methods to sanitize coaches since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now we can ensure the air and surfaces in the entire coach, including those hard-to-reach places, will be sanitized,” said Francois Tremblay, vice president and general manager of Prevost. “We are proud to bring this solution to our customers and their fleets, creating an environment where groups can feel comfortable traveling again.”

This dual ionization system is added to the cabin climate system, and helps to suppress and deactivate viruses, bacteria and mold that are airborne or on surfaces. EnviroCare uses a balance of positive and negative ions to attach to and change the structure of viruses, bacteria and other pollutants to create harmless and invisible water vapor.

Geoff Lynch, president of Hampton Jitney, has worked with Prevost on use and real-world testing of the system in his motorcoach operations.

"Our priority, at Hampton Jitney, has always been the safety and well-being of both our passengers and employees,” said Lynch. “The EnviroCare system helps us achieve that mandate and has been a great addition to our Wellness Protection program for our motorcoaches. We have been working with Prevost to test the effectiveness of the system, and we have seen hospital-grade cleanliness in the coaches. I have confidence that our passengers and staff benefit from the natural sanitation of the cabin air and surfaces with the EnviroCare System."

According to a press release, “Prevost leads the industry in air flow standards. All the air within the passenger cabin is refreshed every five minutes, and the air inside the coach is filtered every minute. Replenishing and filtering the air so often reassures passengers they are not breathing contaminates from other sources.”

“At Prevost, safety is always a priority. We tested many systems, with EnviroCare standing out in sanitizing the cabin and surfaces without chemicals or side effects — all trip long,” said Jeff Gagne, product manager. “This technology has been used around the world in many different industries. It just makes great sense for the specific application of motorcoaches.”

Visit www.prevostcar.com for further information.


MCI Delivers Clean-Diesel J4500 To Houston Baptist University

Houston Baptist University (HBU), a Christian university in Sharpstown, Houston, TX, recently took delivery of its first new MCI J4500, in time for the fall semester. The new coach replaces an older MCI vehicle with a more energy-efficient, high performance coach. HBU chose to customize the interior seat configuration for extra leg room and add passenger amenities to enhance the comfort level for athletes and coaches. Upgrades include Wi-Fi, extra monitors for a total of 10, and cup holders. Featuring larger baggage compartments and plenty of interior storage space — combined with high-tech safety systems, including collision mitigation technology, with stationary object detection and lane departure warnings, tire pressure monitoring and automatic fire suppression systems — the J4500 suits this university’s transportation needs.

For more information, visit mcicoach.com.


News From Transit Agencies

North Carolina’s CATS Selects 3 Charlotte Artists To Design 2022 Transit Passes

CATS has announced the winners of its first Transit Pass Design Contest. Three Charlotte artists will have their designs printed on local, express and express monthly passes for the entire 2022 calendar year.

They are:
First Place: Eva Crawford - local monthly pass;
Second Place: Maria Senkel - express monthly pass; and,
Third Place: Leandro Manzo - express plus monthly pass.

Earlier this year, community members were asked to submit original artwork with a Charlotte-inspired theme. Winning designs were selected by a panel of artists and transit professionals.


Indianapolis: IndyGo’s New Bus Stop Increases Access For Veterans

The Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo) has a new bus stop, especially designed for veterans.

The bus stop provides a new and more convenient access point for IndyGo riders visiting the Indianapolis VA Medical Center, putting them steps away from the main entrance. Previously, the nearest stop for those visiting the VA Medical Center and riding IndyGo was nearly a half mile away.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the enhanced access this new stop provides our nation’s heroes, making it easier for them to get the health care they need,” said Inez Evans, IndyGo president & CEO. “This is the heartbeat of our mission as we continue to connect our community to critical services through accessible mobility experiences.”

IndyGo also provides veterans with free access to the transit system, including fixed-routes and rapid transit, through its Veterans Pass. Veterans must fill out an application, provide proof of eligibility and have a photo taken at the CTC Customer Service Desk.


Groundbreaking At Corpus Christi’s CCRTA


CCRTA Board of Directors and Leadership are joined by political and community
stakeholders to break ground on the Port Ayers Transfer Station reconstruction.

Corpus Christi (TX) Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA) recently commemorated the groundbreaking for the reconstruction of its Port Ayers Transfer Station. The fiesta-themed celebration was at the upcoming location for the CCRTA’s second-busiest transfer station, which is adjacent to the transfer station’s current setting.


CCRTA Chief Executive Officer
Jorge G. Cruz-Aedo addresses local
media following the Port Ayers
Transfer Station groundbreaking ceremony.

In November 2019, CCRTA was awarded a $7.2 million federal grant through the Buses and Bus Facilities – 5339(b) program to improve several capital projects including the Port Ayers Transfer Station, CCRTA Operations Center parking lots, and two stops at a higher education facility’s campus in development. Port Ayers Transfer Station is a central hub for transportation disadvantaged individuals, with the transfer station accessible to nearby government offices, health clinics, restaurants, and shopping centers. Port Ayers Transfer Station is also vital for college students, as the city’s primary community college, Del Mar College, is just down the street (1.2 miles away) from the transfer station.

The current Port Ayers Transfer Station began service in 1995, and has served the west and central parts of Corpus Christi for more than 26 years. The transfer station is more than a decade past its 15-year useful life.


Laketran Dedicates Frank J. Polivka Transit Center And Debuts Ohio’s First Battery-Operated Electric Bus

Laketran hosted a ribbon cutting and dedication of the Frank J. Polivka Transit Center located on the campus of Lakeland Community College. Laketran also debuted Ohio’s first battery-operated electric bus at the event and completed a charging demonstration of the industry’s latest en-route vehicle charging infrastructure.

It serves as a central transfer point for six local bus routes.

The transit center provides an indoor waiting area, accessible real-time information, public restrooms, Wi-Fi, and charging infrastructure for the agency’s electric bus fleet.

“When the college approached us about the idea of a transit center on the property, it was a win-win for both organizations. The new transit center alleviates bus traffic on campus making it more pedestrian friendly and improves the waiting environment for our riders—many of whom are students coming to Lakeland,” explained Laketran CEO Ben Capelle. “Plus, we needed a larger space on campus for the charging infrastructure for our electric buses.”


Frank J. Polivka

The transit center name honors Frank J. Polivka, Laketran’s first employee who served as the agency’s general manager from 1979 to 2003 and continued his career at Greater Cleveland RTA until 2019 as director of procurement. Polivka currently resides in Madison and serves as a trustee for Lake Metroparks.

Laketran anticipates the transit center will serve 65,000 commuters annually between the local fixed-route, Park-n-Ride and Campus Loop services.

Lakeland Community College donated the land for the new transit center to Laketran and the building cost was $2.5 million. Eighty percent of the funding for the 2,200-square-foot transit center was leveraged by a mix of federal and state capital transit grants, including NOACA’s Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative grant and Ohio Department of Transportation’s Ohio Transit Partnership Program.


From ABC Companies
Dallas’ ECS Transportation Group Expands Large-Group Transport


ABC Companies has delivered two, 2021 Van Hool CX45s to ECS Transportation Group in Dallas, TX. The vehicles will be used to support the operator’s growing luxury transportation service. They offer fit-and-finish details that are designed to align with ECS’s high-touch customer service and passenger experience.

The ECS fleet accommodates a wide range of executive, corporate and leisure travelers, as well as schools, universities, sports teams, church groups and military movements.

Headquartered in Dallas, ECS offers premium ground transportation to customers in over 600 cities worldwide. Its late model fleet includes sedans, SUVs and minibuses — providing service from one up to 39 passengers. For larger groups, the operator rounds out the fleet with Van Hool CX45, 56-passenger motorcoaches—all appointed with luxury features such as black leather passenger seats, six 15.6-inch monitors, onboard Wi-Fi, 110V USB charging outlets, enclosed parcel racks and ambient lighting, while chrome mirrors and Mercedes black exterior paint showcase the ECS brand.

“Most importantly, a staff of highly-trained chauffeur drivers deliver a unique passenger experience that has cemented the operator’s reputation as a world-class, premium transportation provider,” said ABC.

“Our drivers really enjoy operating the CX45 coach,” said Simon Hazan, ECS CEO. “The vehicle’s easy operation and smooth ride are enjoyed by both drivers and passengers. ABC has helped us specify really beautiful high-end finishes and onboard amenities, and our signature Mercedes black exterior paint and custom ECS branding on the buses complements our executive limo fleet look and feel.”

According to ABC, “The company made its move into motorcoach operations in 2016, targeting expansion into large-group transport. After a focused vetting process, ABC Companies was selected as its preferred supplier and service partner for the all-Van Hool motorcoach fleet. Owners Joanne and Simon Hazan met with multiple motorcoach OEMs and chose ABC based on shared core values, their ability to provide responsive customer service and technical expertise, continuous product innovation and a unique chemistry that made for a great fit.”

“Educating ABC about the elevated expectation of ECS’s ‘white-glove’ limo operation has been pivotal to growing this relationship,” said Joanne Hazan, ECS president. “Open dialogue and transparency keep our connection strong, and the ABC team continues to set the bar for service, innovation and technical expertise, whenever and wherever we need it. Our needs go hand-in-glove with their ability to meet and exceed them.”

“While the pandemic has literally put the brakes on business worldwide, the Hazans credit their ability to successfully staying the course by managing growth, investing in digital and fleet assets, expanding into new markets and staying true to their business philosophy of high operational standards — delivered by a highly-trained, professional staff. As markets continue to open and travel resumes, ECS anticipates greater demand and growth, and is eager to work with the ABC team to achieve its goals,” said ABC.

“We are prepared, have the necessary safety protocols in place and are more than ready to roll to meet the demands of customers in our core market, across the nation and around the globe,” said ECS Director of Affiliate Relations Dave Erdman.

For more information, visit abc-companies.com.


Temsa To Power Up With 143 Percent Capital (TL) Increase

“Following its acquisition by Sabancı Holding and the PPF Group, TEMSA, continues to increase its exports. Because of this, a decision to increase its capital has been taken. The capital of the company will be increased by 143 percent from 210 million TL to 510 million TL,” according to a press release.

“Industry SBU President of Sabancı Holding and Chairman of the Board of Directors of TEMSA Cevdet Alemdar said, “We are strengthening our capital to have TEMSA attain a stronger and more competitive financial structure in both domestic and foreign markets."

According to the release, “TEMSA Transportation Vehicles continues its growth in both domestic and international markets, through the partnership of Sabancı Holding and the PPF Group (in which Skoda Transportation acts as its subsidiary) is reinforcing its capital.

Regarding the 143 percent capital increase decision in TEMSA, Alemdar said, “Today, TEMSA has been undersigning significant export achievements in Europe, especially in Sweden, Belgium, France, and Czechia. We consider these export moves as the first step of a new success story that TEMSA will write. With the support of our new organizational structure, we have gone through a period in which we will achieve greater success in foreign markets. Now, we are increasing the company's capital from 210 million TL to 510 million TL, injecting 300 million TL cash, 150 million TL from Sabancı Holding and 150 million TL from the PPF Group. Accordingly, we are strengthening our capital to have TEMSA attain a stronger and more competitive financial structure in both domestic and foreign markets.”

“Today, TEMSA is a brand that has proven itself in the field of electric buses and autonomous vehicles. We exported our first electric bus to Sweden in recent months. Today, we are selling our electric vehicles, that we produce in Adana, to a country that has a say in the field of electric vehicle technology in the world; moreover, with its own software and batteries.

“Skoda Transportation, that operates under the roof of our partner PPF Group, has substantial global experience in electric transportation solutions. This know-how will further pave the way for TEMSA to expand its product range and markets in the forthcoming period. Hence, we aim to reinforce TEMSA's leadership in new generation electric vehicles and fortify its growth,” according to Alemdar.

For more information, visit temsa.com.




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