New MCI Design D4520

Nov. 22, 2020

MCI has introduced a new design line to the D Series 45-foot motorcoach, both intercity and commuter models. Photos here show the major changes in the nose and rear view and other remodeling styles. Springfield, Ma. division is hosting the D4520 demo for a short time. This next generation D-Series high floor coach seems to be Buy-America compliant. The handicap lift is in the rear of the coach preserving Luggage space for the InterCity/Charter model.

Our spy photos here of the D4520 assembled July, 2020 in Pembina, ND:

2020 Model Yr MCI D4520 with sliding front door
Tail view 2020 Model Yr MCI D4520
Model Yr 2020 MCI D4520

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Proposal to build new underground PABT near 11th Ave.

Nov. 11, 2020

Could the Port Authority NY/NJ Bus Terminal be rebuilt entirely underground? A $15 billion proposal, not available before to the public, is being offered by engineering firm AECOM, as one of three proposals being considered. The underground terminal would have separate tunnels feeding in/out of the Lincoln Tunnel; it would be closer to the Javits Center on land already owned by NYC.

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New PABT as envisioned by AECOM proposal

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UMass-Amherst on-campus learning offered to freshmen and transfers in Spring, 2021

Oct. 28, 2020

UMass-Amherst campus has announced a slightly wider opening stance for the Spring College semester, after a mostly failed partial opening in the Fall semester. Twice a week Covid testing will be a part of the rules for allowing students to remain on campus for in-person classes.

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CERTS bill being ignored – says industry sources

Oct. 27, 2020

Representatives of The American Bus Association (ABA), United Motorcoach Association (UMA), National School Transportation Association (NSTA) and Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) are asking why the bipartisan Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) is being ignored by the House and Senate amid Covid Relief AND Stimulus talks.

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Busbud raises $11 M from investors

Oct. 9, 2020

Busbus, one of only three website travel aggregators accepted by Peter Pan – outside of its own Transcor-based ticket software – has raised $11 Million from investors. The Montreal based website and mobile app ticket services reports a year-to-year growth of 10% despite the worldwide pandemic. Busbud operates in 80 countries worldwide and is expanding into rail, carpooling and car rental.

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ATU 1512 Election Results:

October 7, 2020

President: Andy Woods

Vice President: Ricky Johnson

Executive Board: Tony Wilson; Roland Rich; Richard Kwiecinski; YiFan Chen; Charlie Myers; Ken Sheelor; Reuben Somar.

88 ballots returned/175 ballots sent out = 50% participation

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Springfield Transit hiring bus operators and diesel mechanics

Sept. 18, 2020

Local 448/Springfield Area Transit Company (PVTA) has notified Local 1512 that for those who are interested: PVTA has 20 job openings for bus drivers; and PVTA has 3-4 openings for diesel mechanics. The maintenance facility newly opened in 2018 has all modern facilities. Local 1512 is not promoting or encouraging any action by our members; only making aware of employment opportunities at our sister local unit.

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NYC Sheriffs do stop & search of Greyhound bus at Lincoln Tunnel exit

August 31, 2020

Just 500 feet from the Port Authority entrance, a Northbound Greyhound bus was pulled over and passengers questioned by the NYC Sherrif department regarding where the passengers originated and informing those who came from further than New Jersey that they must now quarantine for 14 days according to a New York City law.

The stop & search took about 30 minutes. Other individuals who have been stopped in their cars at various entry points to the City face summons’ if they refuse to quarantine.

These state line border patrols have been ordered by Mayor Bill DeBlasio.

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