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ABA Pres. Pantuso predicts up to 50% of the Bus Industry will fail in 2021 without federal aid

Dec. 17, 2020

American Bus Association President Peter Pantuso sat with “Business Insider” magazine recently. ABA represent 1000 bus companies nationwide from small family operated companies to larger well known legacy companies. He states that the Coronavirus Pandemic has decimated the industry: Intercity Bus ridership down 75%; Commuter ridership down 90%; Charters down nearly 100%.

Many companies with a history of 80, 90, 100 years of operation have closed their doors or suspended – perhaps permanently – all operations.

The nation’s private bus industry – represented by approximately 3,000 companies – is the only major transportation sector receiving no relief in the 2020 Coronavirus CARES Act. Yet, this industry is the most important lifeblood to our nation’s circulation. Learn more about our predicament:

Business Insider: https://www.businessinsider.com/covid-could-wipe-out-a-vital-transport-network-private-buses-2020-11

Depaul Univ. Research – including Graphs depicting InterCity Bus market 2019 vs 2020; and Bus Ticket Sales 2019 vs 2020: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Special-Bulletin–Intercity-Bus-Industry-in-Dire-Condition.html?soid=1103274555013&aid=VQzYd5jlneM

Decamp Bus – 100 Years+ of Service

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NJ Transit Board of Directors demands tighter oversight controls

Dec. 2, 2020

After NJ Attorney General opened up a $15 Million lawsuit against Academy Bus last month; and, Governor Murphy vetoed new subsidized NJT routes to Academy yesterday; NJ Transit Board of Directors state that fiscal oversight is loose or nonexistent.

Allegedly, Academy Bus misrepresented their performance data of Rte.119, PABT-Jersey City-Bayonne bus routes. When NJT wasn’t looking, allegedly, Academy would cancel runs and still be compensated without properly notifying NJT, or documenting it properly. An internal whistleblower started the lawsuit in 2017 under the “New Jersey False Claims Act”.

Academy has responded to media reports: “Prior to this filing, Academy took corrective actions to improve its performance and the company will continue to work diligently to accomplish that objective…We value our relationship with New Jersey Transit and regret that this matter has been moved to litigation.”

Click here for article on NJ Transit Board of Directors demand for tighter controls: https://www.nj.com/news/2020/12/nj-transit-board-members-demand-tighter-controls-after-15m-academy-bus-lawsuit.html

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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
Closeup of Headlight/Marker Assembly with LED Frosted Cover
Model Yr 2020 MCI D4520
Model Yr 2020 MCI D4520

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