METRO Magazine - January 2015

COVER STORY:

Fleets Growing, Business Strong for Motorcoach Top 50

By Alex Roman, Managing Editor

With an increase of 2,052 vehicles compared with 2013, 79% and 63% of respondents plan on adding new or used vehicles, respectively, in the coming year. Meanwhile, business is up at 81% of the operations surveyed, a significant increase from last year’s reported 62%.

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Fleets Growing, Business Strong for Motorcoach Top 50
With an increase of 2,052 vehicles compared with 2013, 79% and 63% of respondents plan on adding new or used vehicles, respectively, in the coming year. Meanwhile, business is up at 81% of the operations surveyed, a significant increase from last year’s reported 62%.

2015 Innovative Operators: TourCoach Charters and Tours
From celebrity tours to charters, putting the customer first is vitally important for the Commerce, Calif. operation.

2015 Innovative Operators: Pioneer Trails
Filling niche market, key to growth, prosperity at the Millersburg, Ohio operation.

2015 Innovative Operators: Astro Travel and Tours
Top-line equipment, passenger amenities contribute to the overall experience for the Tallahassee, Fla. operator.

2015 Innovative Operators: Blue Lakes Charters and Tours
Unmatched customer service, family-owned Clio, Mich. business drives success.

Innovative Motorcoach Operator of the Year: DC Trails
William and Liliana Torres were presented the award on Tuesday at the ABA's Marketplace in St. Louis.

SEPTA fare collection system gets ‘smart,’ retires tokens
Philadelphia region commuters will soon be able to stop counting coins in order to use public transit once the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) rolls out its new chip-enabled fare payment system.

5 Qs: Q'Straint's Jean-Marc Girardin
For 30 years, Q’Straint has remained focused on one vision: to develop the world’s most effective wheelchair passenger safety solutions for public and private transportation. Today, Q’Straint is a global company serving customers in over 50 countries around the world.
Jean-Marc Girardin, founder/executive chairman at Q’Straint, talks about how the company’s key innovations shaped the industry and how important family is to the business.

Kustom Seating Introduces New Generation Intercity Rail Seat
Kustom Seating Unlimited Inc. of Bellwood, Ill., developed its PRIIA intercity seat design to be utilized on the bi-level cars, which will be manufactured by Nippon Sharyo.

Upholstery-Free Seating Options Pave the Way In Transit
Features transit agencies should be focusing on when shopping for seats include comfort and style, ease of use and maintenance, as well as ergonomic design.

D.C. Chief Caps Transit Legacy with Strengthened System Safety
In addition to building a new safety culture, GM/CEO Richard Sarles spearheaded the replacement of buses, paratransit vehicles and the acquisition of new 7000 series railcars, as well as the development of the agency’s new strategic plan.

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