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.”