European Flixbus coming to California

May 14, 2018

A European startup called Flixbus which doesn't own busses, but ties individual bus company operators together in a bus route network is entering the US market in California this summer. Flixbus allows bus operators who operate Flixbus routes to retain 75% of ticket receipts while they handle online ticket sales, scheduling, and customer service. The European company showed a profit for the first time last year.  Flixbus will be competing with Megabus and Greyhound, as well as other operators in the West and Southwest US market.

Click: Flixbus startup coming to California

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Richard Kwiecinski wins E-Board position.

May 1, 2018

Richard Kwiecinski has won the position of E board officer in today's May 1, 2018 special election. Richard has been a member of ATU since July, 1984. He is a coach operator in Secaucus, NJ division, Peter Pan.

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MTA introducing double decker buses in test route

April 23, 2018,

New York City MTA announced today introduction of its new Alexander Dennis double decker bus that will travel from Staten Island to Manhattan. Other new time-saving features of the new MTA bus plan include: More bus-only lanes during rush hours; pre-pay before boarding on all busses like today's "Select bus" express routes; traffic priority lights for busses; and an app that tells the waiting passenger whether or not there is an available "seat" on the arriving bus.

The bus, wrapped in the state flag’s blue and gold, will be tested on the X17J route that runs from Staten Island’s South Shore to midtown Manhattan. The bus tops out just under 12 feet 10 inches tall, according to its manufacturer, the British company Alexander Dennis, making it just short enough to fit under the Lincoln Tunnel’s 13-foot clearance.

More here: New Alexander Dennis double-decker transit busses coming to Staten Island-Manhattan route! Andy Byford, President of MTA, NYC in front of new flagship double decker bus.

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Bus crashes on Southern State Parkway: L.I.

April 9, 2018

A bus carrying students and chaperones returning to a Long Island mall location from JFK Airport has crashed into a low overhead bridge on the Southern State Parkway in Long Island. There are reports of injuries, but no fatalities at this time. The bus had its entire roof sheared off. The bus was from Journey Bus Lines in New Jersey, a Prevost model.

Bus crashes into low bridge

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Official Election Slate: E Board Officer

April 3, 2018

The E-Board Officer election will take place on May 1, 2018.

The following members are on the Electoral Slate:

Wendy Alberty, Ryan Dupont, Derrick James, Richard Kwiecinski, Randy Williams

Ballots in the mail this weekend.

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Driverless Bus tested in California

March 19, 2018 The first autonomous bus has been allowed to operate on the public streets of San Ramon, California. The bus seats six people and stands six people. It is in a test phase where it does not board passengers, but drives on a pre-fixed route. Unlike autonomous cars such as Uber and Google which are being tested but have a driver in the driver's seat, this bus has no driver. Click: Driverless bus begins operate in California,   Link contains video.  

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