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December 2018 SummaryImports

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 October 2018 indicated vehicle imports were down in four categories outlined, compared to September 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 301 vehicles in October 2018, up 71 percent from 176 vehicles for September 2018. During the first 10 months of 2018, 1,941 vehicles were imported.

During the first 10 months of 2018, Canada sent 792 vehicles to the United States, while Mexico exported 455 and Macedonia shipped 452.

The average price per vehicle for October 2018 was $381,245.73, down less than 1 percent from the average price for September 2018 of $382,508.10. The average price for the first 10 months of 2018 was $395,972.20.

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 92 vehicles in October 2018, down 80 percent from 458 vehicles for September 2018. During the first 10 months of 2018, 1,524 vehicles were imported.

Argentina shipped 729 vehicles during the first 10 months of 2018, while Germany sent 771.

The average price per vehicle for October 2018 was $51,287.07, up 25 percent from the average price for September 2018 of $41,007.78. The average price for the first 10 months of 2018 was $43,703.89.

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 one vehicle during October 2018, at a price of $398,235, compared to no vehicles for September 2018. During the first 10 months of 2018, six vehicles were imported.

Macedonia sent three vehicles, while Canada exported two and Belgium shipped one, during the first 10 months of 2018.

The average price per vehicle for the first 10 months 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 the first 10 months 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 the first 10 months 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 September or October 2018. During the first 10 months 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 one vehicle during October 2018, down 50 percent from two vehicles for September 2018. During the first 10 months of 2018, 18 vehicles were imported.

China shipped 12 vehicles during the first 10 months of 2018.

The price for the vehicle imported in October 2018 was $87,150, down 53 percent from the average price per vehicle for September 2018 of $185,218. The average price per vehicle for the first 10 months 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 October 2018, up 200 percent from two vehicles for September 2018. During the first 10 months of 2018, 67 vehicles were imported, all from China.

The average price per vehicle for October 2018 was $11,818, down 24 percent from $15,611 for September 2018. The average price per vehicle for the first 10 months of 2018 was $8,718.40.

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

The United States imported 100 vehicles during October 2018, down 25 percent from 133 vehicles for September 2018. During the first 10 months of 2018, 1,037 vehicles were imported

Canada sent 1,013 vehicles to the United States during the first 10 months of 2018.

The average price per vehicle for October 2018 was $62,739.95, up 5 percent from $59,928.40 for September 2018. The average price per vehicle for the first 10 months of 2018 was $71,615.91.

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

The United States imported 50 vehicles during October 2018, down 62 percent from 133 vehicles for September 2018. During the first 10 months of 2018, 1,312 vehicles were imported.

Canada sent 713 vehicles to the United States during the first 10 months of 2018, while Germany exported 553 vehicles.

The average price per vehicle for October 2018 was $49,483.32, up 4 percent from $47,665.60 for September 2018. The average price per vehicle for the first 10 months of 2018 was $46,126.94.

EXPORTS

Export totals for October 2018 were down in two categories, compared to September 2018.

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

The United States exported 800 vehicles during October 2018, down 1 percent from 805 vehicles exported in September 2018. During the first 10 months of 2018, 7,815 vehicles were exported.

Canada received 4,861 vehicles during the first 10 months of 2018, while Mexico imported 1,434.

The average price per vehicle for October 2018 was $72,594.77, down 19 percent from the average price per vehicle for September 2018 of $89,879.55. The average price per vehicle for the first 10 months of 2018 was $80,039.61.

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

The United States shipped 72 vehicles in October 2018, down 41 percent from 122 vehicles for September 2018. During the first 10 months of 2018, 510 vehicles were exported.

Venezuela imported 224 vehicles during the first 10 months of 2018, while Canada received 124.

The average price per vehicle for October 2018 was $27,580.54, up 489 percent from the average price per vehicle for September 2018 of $4,684.02. The average price per vehicle for the first 10 months of 2018 was $19,750.09.

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

The United States exported 25 vehicles in October 2018, up 14 percent from 22 vehicles for September 2018. During the first 10 months of 2018, 257 vehicles were exported.

Mexico received 83 vehicles during the first 10 months of 2018, while Canada imported 35.

The average price per vehicle for October 2018 was $33,898.56, up 17 percent from the average price per vehicle for September 2018 of $28,861.86. The average price per vehicle for the first 10 months of 2018 was $33,911.50.

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

The United States shipped one vehicle in October 2018, the same as for September 2018. During the first 10 months of 2018, 47 vehicles were exported.

Canada received 10 vehicles during the first 10 months of 2018, while Germany imported eight.

The price of the vehicle for October 2018 was $50,000, down 91 percent from $550,176, which was the price of the vehicle for September 2018. The average price per vehicle for the first 10 months of 2018 was $155,137.64.



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Stertil-Koni Offers A Two-Minute Video Inspired By The Magic Of Christmas, And Its Impact On A Man With A Mission


Disappointed, Dave hits a few bumps while working under a truck, but things take
a turn for the better, as highlighted in a new Stertil-Koni Christmas video.

"Jolly Old St. Nicholas has taken on a new assignment this holiday season, courtesy of heavy- duty vehicle lift provider Stertil-Koni USA. Kris Kringle’s knack for spreading joy is underscored in a two-minute video inspired by the magic of Christmas, and its impact on a man with a mission," said the company.

When experienced truck technician “Dave,” bumps into a problem doing his job, a better way to fix his vehicle is in order.

Enter Santa Claus, working away in his North Pole workshop, who learns about Dave from some concerned children by reading an email on his computer tablet. He immediately comes up with a unique solution to help lift Dave’s spirits.


Dave’s wish comes true. Santa and Stertil-Koni to the rescue.

"Events soon take a dramatic turn for Dave. See how the drama plays out in this Stertil-Koni holiday video."

“This is the time of year when special surprises and miracles are in order. Our team at Stertil-Koni is delighted to put a smile on everyone’s face with this short, magical video,” said Paul Feldman, director of marketing at Stertil-Koni USA.

View the video at: https://vimeo.com/302677923.

“Stertil-Koni's products meet all ranges of lifting needs and include portable lifts such as mobile column lifts, 2-post, 4-post, in-ground piston lifts, platform lifts, and its axle-engaging, in-ground, scissor lift configuration, ECOLIFT. Stertil-Koni's innovative, inground telescopic piston DIAMONDLIFT is now available with an optional Continuous Recess system, recommended for low clearance vehicles. Stertil-Koni USA is headquartered in Stevensville, MD, with production facilities in Europe, The Netherlands, and in Streator, IL.”


TN’s First Class Charter Takes Delivery Of First MCI Coaches

Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., (NFI), said that in a little more than 10 years, First Class Charter, of Lawrenceburg, TN, has grown to a fleet of 11 vehicles, including nine motorcoaches, on the strength of its reputation for service, excellent drivers and smart selling. The company has just put two new 2019 MCI J4500s into service.

“Our region is experiencing a geographic change with families and corporations moving to the south, and we’re expanding all of our services to meet that demand,” said owner Bill Adams. “MCI’s J4500 provides a luxury experience, with the reliability and workhorse performance that we need for a growing company like ours, that makes its name on passenger comfort and on-time dependability.”

According to MCI, First Class started in 2007, when Adams, partnering with his wife, leased a pre-owned coach and began charters for local banks, offering tour and travel for its clients. As First Class’ reputation for quality service and well-trained, personable drivers grew, the business took off. By 2014, First Class started buying new coaches.

“We are fortunate because our growth has come through word-of-mouth endorsements,” said Adams. “And we work very hard to live up to our name.”

Each of First Class’ new MCI J4500 coaches features interiors with amenities such as reclining seats, in-motion satellite television, 110-volt outlets and backup cameras.

The company is certified by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to transport U.S. military personnel, and Adams said his company asks for a federal safety inspection every 90 days to assure proper maintenance and achievement of the highest safety standards.

“We are honored to achieve our level of federal certification,” said Adams.

“First Class’ vision of its customer base has helped it achieve such notable growth in a short period of time,” said Patricia Ziska, MCI vice president of new coach sales. “MCI is very proud to help serve First Class' customers with the industry’s best-selling J4500.”

The company specializes in charter bus/group and senior travel, serving tour and school groups, church and corporate events, family reunions and its military clients. First Class is a member of the Tennessee Motorcoach Association, the Alabama Motorcoach Association, the United Motorcoach Association and the American Bus Association.

Contact the company at www.firstclasscharter.net. For more information about MCI, visit www.mcicoach.com.


Bailey Trailways Heightens Polio Awareness With New Van Hool CX45

“Bailey Coach, now Bailey Trailways, was founded in 1998 in York, PA, with the purchase of two Van Hool motorcoaches. The Bailey family has had a legacy in the travel business since 1933 when they began hosting tours to the World’s Fair in Chicago, and expanding into other tour operations throughout the years,” said ABC.

“A supporter of the Rotary, and efforts to end polio, York, PA-based Bailey Trailways is creating awareness by dedicating themed graphics on its new 2018 Van Hool CX45. Since 1985, the Rotary has contributed nearly $1.2 billion, and countless volunteer hours, to the protection of more than 2 billion children in 122 countries.

“To help create awareness of this need, John Bailey, president of Bailey Coach and a Rotarian, created a Rotary coach with his newest Van Hool CX45, that was delivered from ABC Companies, the exclusive distributor of Van Hool coaches in the United States. Bailey has also donated four weeks use of this coach to do humanitarian work in the Eastern USA, with Rotarians assisting in the efforts.”

The coach has been showcased at several events.

ABC’s release stated, “Bailey Trailways is no stranger to designing theme coaches or sharing its resources for charity. John Bailey themed his first coach to honor the military, and dedicated it to his father, WWII veteran, Captain J. Bailey. They have also themed coaches for the York County Visitors Bureau, the Rotary Club and one for Gold Star families. The company believes in giving back to the community, and to those in need. The company recently held an annual veterans trip where it transported 425-plus veterans on eight coaches to Gettysburg, PA, for a museum and tour experience, as well as to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Eternal Light Peace Memorial. It also played a very active role in hurricane relief efforts in Texas and Florida, when the company sent nearly a million pounds of supplies that it collected.”

The company has had 100 percent giving for United Way the past two years, and its president slept on top of a bus to celebrate the 100 percent giving last year.

John Bailey said, “I will do almost anything to gain a better awareness for a non-profit.”

Bailey summarized his beliefs, stating, “We need to be good stewards to our communities. We believe in instilling in our staff the need to go above and beyond making a profit, by making a difference in the community, and helping those who are less fortunate.”

Bailey Trailways is an 18-year member of UMA and the Pennsylvania Bus Association, and member of ABA, as well as several local chamber, and visitor bureaus. John Bailey is the current chairman of the Pennsylvania Bus Association. When asked about the value these associations bring to the company, he said, “The contacts are invaluable, and we are honored to have the opportunity to bring more service to the communities.”

Bailey Trailways purchases its Van Hool coaches from ABC Companies, a provider to the transportation industry with product and services including new and pre-owned full-size highway coach equipment, transit and specialty vehicles. ABC has an after-sale service network for service and repairs, collision services, extensive OEM and aftermarket parts needs for transit, motorcoach and heavy-duty equipment from 10 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.abc-companies.com.


Prevost Announces New Key Position Promotions


Guillaume Charron

Carl Boulet

Prevost has named Guillaume Charron as director, pre-owned business transformation, and Carl Boulet as U.S. service network manager.

“These two promotions are in line with the company's will to be always closer to the customers, and offer complete and flexible services that meet their needs,” said Prevost.

Charron has been working at Prevost for 24 years. Throughout this time, he held positions including service representative, branch manager and, for the past four years, Canadian service network manager.

“Guillaume is known and appreciated, especially for his passion for business development, and his sharp customer focus, both of which are essential to achieving our business objectives,” said François Tremblay, general manager of Prevost.

Boulet is also a long-time Prevost employee who started at the manufacturing plant. His knowledge of the service sector is one of the finest, due to the experience he accumulated over the years. As U.S. service network manager, he will be in charge of a number of facilities, and help execute the services expansion plan.

“Carl's arrival at this position echoes our efforts to provide our customers with the best access to the largest service center network in the United States. His skills and experience will certainly be an asset for our customers and, of course, for Prevost,” said Randy Castillo, service network director.

Prevost manufactures premium intercity touring coaches and produces conversion coaches for high-end motorhome and specialty conversion. It is part of the Volvo Group.

For more information, visit www.prevostcar.com.


BYD Adds Premo And Wheeler To East Coast Team; Rains To Direct After Sales For Material Handling Practice


Randy Premo

BYD (Build Your Dreams) has added two North America industry professionals, Randy Premo and Karl Wheeler, to its East Coast team.

Premo will serve as BYD’s regional sales manager, northeast, which includes Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Wheeler, as BYD’s regional sales manager, mid-Atlantic, will cover Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina and the District of Columbia.

“Both Randy and Karl bring a depth of agency and bus experience in a variety of hands-on roles from maintenance to managerial, giving them a unique understanding of our clients’ requirements and needs,” said Bobby Hill, vice president of BYD North America, Coach and Bus. “They will work with our current and potential clients to help implement zero-emission bus programs, from the exploratory and planning stages through implementation, maintenance and expansion.”

Premo and Wheeler report to John Manzi, BYD director of business development-eastern region for coach and bus, East Coast, working together to continue expansion of the region.

Prior to joining BYD, Premo served more than 25 years with the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) in Albany, NY. He began as a cleaner, and worked through the ranks to mechanic, foreman and trainer. Premo was promoted to manager of technical training and support, then to superintendent of garages, and to his more recent post, superintendent of fleet maintenance, where he oversaw off-property work, fleet maintenance and warranties, and was involved in technical specs, bus-builds and vendor relations. He was also involved with quality assurance and quality control, workplace safety and supervisory and safety training, and Project Empire – New York state’s Transit Career Ladder Partnership, which is a labor/management partnership focused on improving training for bus mechanics.

Premo attributed his advancement in the public transit sector to the relationships he forged, and the support of those he worked with during his career.

“I have been fortunate to work with a group of talented colleagues, and now I will use my experience to promote zero-emission battery-electric buses to public transit providers and their communities,” he said. “Our buses will decrease environmental concerns, improve overall operating costs and enhance customer relations by providing a cleaner, quieter and smarter bus choice to get them where they are going. I am excited to help my region and my country, as together we move toward bus electrification, and we hope even more of them are built in America by BYD.”


Karl Wheeler

Wheeler brings more than 17 years of transit agency bus experience with the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), beginning as a repairman in 2001, and rising to serve as the manager of bus maintenance from 2011 to 2018. His responsibilities have included capital program planning and implementation, budget development, vehicle procurement, project management and controls, quality control, fleet vehicle advanced technologies and implementation, and cost containment/budget adherence. A second generation mass transit worker, his father was a bus operator for more than three decades.

Wheeler was a key member of the team that introduced the MTA to hybrid electric bus propulsion. During his tenure, more than 350 hybrid electric transit bus propulsion systems were introduced into revenue service.

Wheeler also managed four divisions, and four support shops with more than 100 employees, and was responsible for the operation of buses, trains, locomotives, light rail vehicles, and community service vehicles. He played a role in the procurement of new bus sales, as well as a significant role in advancing the state of good repair of MTA’s public transportation system, including oversight of preventive maintenance, and the quality of the 750-bus fleet and facilities.

BYD Also Adds Industry Specialist Terry Rains To Direct After Sales For Material Handling Practice


Terry Rains

BYD has also announced the addition of industry specialist, Terry Rains, as its new director of after sales for BYD’s material handling practice, based in its North American headquarters in Los Angeles, CA. He will work with the firm’s material handling equipment (MHE), and ground support equipment (GSE) dealers to deliver tools, training, and parts to support BYD clean energy vehicles.

“Rains brings 30 years of experience with specialized electronics, and development and oversight of national industrial equipment and MHE and GSE after-market sales programs. He has worked with global teams throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia to drive strategy, innovation, process improvement and operational growth,” said BYD.

According to BYD, serving in various posts at Toyota for more than two decades, Rains most recently served as vice president for parts and service at Toyota Material Handling, USA, Inc. He was responsible for managing after-market operations across parts, sales and service, fleet management, warranty and technical/dealer support. Rains increased Toyota’s parts market share by 30 percent, implemented numerous programs, system changes and improvements, and achieved a customer satisfaction rating of greater than 90 percent by collaborating with dealers to achieve issue resolutions. Prior to his vice president position, he served as the national manager for parts, service and fleet management. In addition, for Toyota Motor Sales, Inc., Rains served as parts-pricing administrator. Later, he was promoted to parts-sales manager for the forklift division.

Rains served four years in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) as an avionics inertial and radar navigation specialist, and attended the USAF’s advanced electronics technical training school in Biloxi, MS. He was then deployed for two years in England, working on A-10 attack aircraft inertial navigation systems, and he was cross-trained in weapons delivery systems. In his final year of service, he was stationed in New Jersey working on C-141 cargo aircraft.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and management from the University of Redlands, and an associate’s degree in electronics from El Camino College, both in California.

BYD’s MHE practice includes five (5) class 1, sit-down counter balance forklifts and now, three (3) tug products — one 5-ton and the two new 25-ton models. The BYD North American MHE practice began operations in the summer of 2015, delivering pilot forklifts to the Port of Los Angeles. Operations have now grown to 20-plus dealers covering 42 North American markets with deliveries to more than 200 customers, which include fleet customers such as PepsiCo, Armstrong Flooring and Whirlpool.

A BYD press release stated, “BYD has invested more than $250 million in the United States. The firm is the only electric vehicle manufacturer in the U.S. to have an all-union workforce, and an exceptionally diverse team of employees. BYD continues its expansion plans with the purchase of an additional 150 acres of land near its Lancaster plant; and is planning service/maintenance centers across the U.S.”

The firm has delivered more than 280 buses in North America, and sold and/or leased more than 600 buses in total, to more than 50 municipal, transit agency, university, airport, federal and other commercial and private sector clients in 14 states, and across four provinces in Canada. For more information, visit www.BYD.com.


ARBOC Secures Order For 8 Spirit Of Mobility Fully Accessible Cutaway Buses For Radford Transit

ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, LLC (ARBOC), a U.S. subsidiary of the NFI Group Inc., announced that Radford Transit (Radford) in Virginia has awarded ARBOC an order for eight Spirit of Mobility® (Mobility) low-floor, body-on-chassis (cutaway) transit buses. The order was procured through ARBOC’s U.S. dealer, Sonny Merryman.

“The Mobility buses are low-floor vehicles capable of ‘kneeling,’ making the boarding process efficient and fully accessible, while maintaining Radford’s 100 percent ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act) compliant fleet. The order will replace older, existing buses in the fleet and supplement three ARBOC buses purchased in 2017,” according to a news release.

“ARBOC is proud to rejuvenate Radford’s fleet with more efficient, comfortable and reliable vehicles,” said Don Roberts, president of ARBOC. “As a leader in progressing accessibility throughout North America, we are thrilled to support Radford’s goal of providing accessible transit to all.”

“The Mobility has been a great fit for Radford Transit,” said Mark Roberts, who is with Sonny Merryman. “We are excited to further increase mobility with this order.”

Operated by New River Valley Community Services (NRVCS), Radford Transit provides public transit to the citizens of Radford, Radford University students, faculty and staff and those who live in surrounding areas.

“These new buses help Radford provide a transportation system that is safe, reliable, and convenient,” said Trevor Sakry, NRVCS. “They are a great addition to our 20-bus fleet.”

Radford Transit was established in 2011 through a joint partnership between Radford University, Radford City, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration.

Operating for North Americans since 2008, the company estimates that nearly 70 percent of North America’s low-floor cutaway buses are manufactured by ARBOC.

Further information is available at www.arbocsv.com.


News From Transit Agencies And Companies Including:
Laketran, RTA, DCTA, Trinity Metro And GO Riteway


Members of Laketran’s maintenance team are pictured in front of a 30,000 gallon propane tank, and a propane powered Dial-a-Ride vehicle, added to Laketran’s fleet in 2017. Laketran was recently designated as a Three-Star Ohio Green Fleet by Clean Fuels Ohio. Pictured left to to right, are: Joe Doeing, Jeremy Smalley, Nick Borelli, Scott McFadden, Barry Mallory, & Andrew McNamee.

Laketran Fleet Receives Clean Fuels Ohio Award

With the addition of propane vehicles to its fleet, Laketran has been designated as an Ohio Green Fleet by Clean Fuels Ohio’s statewide program. The Ohio Green Fleets program recognizes the fleets’ efficiency and environmental performance, and acknowledges Laketran’s commitment to being environmentally responsible by improving air quality and reducing Ohio’s dependence on imported petroleum.

While dependent on federal funding, Laketran’s goal is to transition the entire fleet in five to seven years.

CEO Ben Capelle also credits the agency’s policies, such as its no idling policy, as a reason why the agency achieved the Green Fleets ranking.

RTA Marks 10th Anniversary Of HealthLine Service With Ceremony

The Greater Cleveland (OH) Regional Transit Authority (RTA) officials and civic leaders celebrated 10 years of service along the HealthLine recently at a ceremony at the Louis Stokes Station at Windermere.

The HealthLine is the region’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service, and connects the two largest regional employment areas, downtown and University Circle. It was named the “Best BRT in the Nation” in 2013.


DCTA Names Michelle Bloomer Vice President Of Operations


Michelle Bloomer

The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA, Lewisville, TX) has named Michelle Bloomer as vice president of operations. She is responsible for directing, developing and organizing transit operations and maintenance service functions for bus and commuter rail. Bloomer recently served as DCTA’s assistant vice president of bus operations and maintenance.

Bloomer has been working in transit in the north central Texas region for more than 18 years. She began her career at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) as a planner, and ultimately formed and served as program manager for the regional Transit Coordination and Operations team.

For the last five years, she has been responsible for managing the bus operations for regional transit providers, starting with a small private non-profit with 36 vehicles, to a regional transit authority with almost 100 vehicles. She was responsible for leading and directing the efforts of the agency’s public transportation (bus) program to ensure customer, partner, stakeholder and community satisfaction with the services provided.

She has served on the Public Transportation Advisory Committee (PTAC), which is tasked with advising the Texas Transportation Commission on the needs of the state's public transportation providers, advising the commission on the allocation of public transportation funds and commenting on rules involving public transportation. For 10 years, she served on PTAC (eight of those as chair).

Bloomer holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), with graduate studies in urban planning at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

College Student Ridership On TX’s Trinity Metro Is Rising: Number Of Students Has Grown Substantially Since May

"Thousands of Fort Worth TX’s Tarrant County College (TCC) students are enjoying the public transportation benefit they receive for furthering their education. When TCC started covering the cost of Trinity Metro bus and rail rides in May, students took nearly 1,000 rides in Tarrant County. The upward trend skyrocketed in subsequent months, with more than 11,000 rides in September," according to a press release.

As part of the agreement, Trinity Metro added service to TCC’s northeast and southeast campuses in August. Now students can access all of the TCC campuses at no cost.

Trinity Metro is a regional transportation system that provides public transportation to meet the mobility needs in Tarrant County. Serving more than 100,000 students each year, Tarrant County College, a 2-year college, is one of the 20 largest higher education institutions in the United States.

Wisconsin’s GO Riteway Joins Fight Against Human Trafficking

GO Riteway Transportation Group has partnered with Busing on the Lookout (BOTL) to assist in the fight against the human trafficking in this country. BOTL is a program of Truckers Against Trafficking that recognizes that members of the bus industry (commercial and school) are in a position to provide an extra set of eyes and ears for law enforcement in recovering victims and arresting traffickers.

Using material provided by BOTL, GO Riteway is training its employees with the skills to identify and report signs of human trafficking.

Wendy Bast, a co-owner and vice chair of GO Riteway, said, “Safety is one of our core values, and GO Riteway is eager to join this fight by educating our employees on how to identify the signs of human trafficking, and how to properly report a suspected crime."

GO Riteway Transportation Group’s origin as a ground transportation company began over 60 years ago when the Bast Family founded Riteway Bus Service, Inc. Now, in the third generation of family leadership, GO Riteway continues to expand providing dependable and safe transportation for students, business travelers, tourists, and local residents.

GO Riteway operates from 21 locations in Wisconsin, with a fleet that includes school buses, motor coaches, shuttle coaches, limo coaches, mini coaches, executive sedans and vans.

For more information, visit www.goriteway.com.




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