ABC (Australia) - - COVER STORY -

While MCI has its roots in the tour and char­ter busi­ness, MCI history sug­gests that the first transit use of its coaches goes back to 1965 and Gray Coach in Canada, which was even­tu­ally ab­sorbed by On­tario’s GO Transit agency.

At about the same time in the US, Chau­tauqua Transit pur­chased an MC- 5A, and 10 MC-7s were de­liv­ered to Ver­mont Transit in 1969. Other transit sys­tems soon fol­lowed.

By 1991, many more US re­gional transit au­thor­i­ties were cre­ated and many of those were ex­pand­ing to con­nect sub­ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties, of­fice parks and park-and- ride op­er­a­tions, and the energy cri­sis forced com­muters to re­think their au­to­mo­bile us­age, all con­tribut­ing to the growth of MCI Com­muter Coach.

Ac­ces­si­bil­ity has also been a fac­tor in MCI’s transit history – as early as 1984 MCI be­came the first man­u­fac­turer to in­tro­duce a wheelchair­lift model, at least six years be­fore the Amer­i­cans With Dis­abil­i­ties Act went into ef­fect.

Here’s how MCI leads in pub­lic trans­porta­tion to­day:

Ten of the 25 largest North Amer­i­can transit agen­cies al­ready fea­ture the MCI Com­muter Coach model on Com­muter Rapid Transit routes.

MCI’s sis­ter com­pany New Flyer, un­der the NFI Group, de­vel­oped and tested the very first low-floor transit bus to the North Amer­i­can mar­ket­place in 1988, mark­ing over 8,000 de­liv­er­ies to agen­cies to date. To­day, 85 per cent of all buses in North Amer­ica use this tech­nol­ogy.

Only MCI builds North Amer­ica’s Buy-Amer­ica- com­pli­ant, Al­toonat­ested, fully ac­ces­si­ble Com­muter Coach in clean- diesel, CNG and elec­tric op­tions.

Pa­trick Scully, MCI ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of sales and mar­ket­ing, added: “We’ve made history in this busi­ness while be­com­ing an im­por­tant part­ner to pub­lic trans­porta­tion agen­cies large and small through­out North Amer­ica. We are very proud of the CRT LE and ex­pect it to be one of our most evo­lu­tion­ary ve­hi­cles as we serve a chang­ing com­muter pub­lic.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.