Monday, April 1, 2013

MCI Coaches to Serve Varied Applications

Coach USA to add mix of 51 MCI coaches to serve varied applications
SCHAUMBURG, IL — March 14, 2013 — Operating a variety of group transportation services ranging from tour and charter to, and serving an expanding ridership looking for greener, more affordable transportation, Coach USA is adding 20 MCI® J4500 and 31 D4505 coaches across the fleets of three subsidiaries.
Ohio-based Lakefront Lines is taking delivery of 10 J4500s. Lakefront Lines was established in 1964 and has grown to become Ohio's largest motor coach company. Having logged nearly 4.8 million miles in the last year alone, Van Galder Bus Company, Wisconsin, will receive the other 10 J4500s. Van Galder operates a fleet of 36 J4500 coaches used on daily service to O'Hare Airport along with service to downtown Chicago. The 31 D4505s will go to Short Line, Mahwah, New Jersey, serving New York City, Eastern Pennsylvania and beyond.
All of Coach USA's new MCI models come equipped with three-point passenger seatbelts, wheelchair lifts, Wi-Fi, 110v and power outlets, GPS and Saucon Asset Tracking systems. Electronic stability control, SmartWave® and a fire suppression system are standard safety features.
"We depend on coaches that deliver safety, reliability and operational efficiency," said Dale Moser, President and Chief Executive Officer of Coach USA. "Our strategy is to offer passengers newer vehicles that are comfortable, good-looking and greener. MCI has been able to offer us all of those qualities to enhance the Coach USA brand."
The MCI J4500, the industry's top seller for nine straight years, has been redesigned for 2013, featuring a taller appearance, signature LED front lighting, and more than 30 improvements including stainless coolant tubes and brushless motors for enhanced reliability. An optimized powertrain consistently returns over 9 MPG cruising at 55 on-highway. The MCI D-Series, with more than 13,000 coaches built, is North America's most popular model ever, earning a reputation for workhorse reliability and low cost of operation.
"Coach USA is proving how valuable motor coach transportation is to a whole new generation of riders," said Patricia Ziska, MCI Vice President of Private Sector sales. "By delivering on our Reliability Driven promise, offering the highest-quality coaches with the lowest operating costs, MCI provides Coach USA the opportunity to stay focused on what they do best, which has been to be reinvent a fuel-efficient, economical way for people to take trips or commute to work. MCI is proud to be an integral part of Coach USA's growth."
Coach USA, which also operates Coach Canada and, the curbside service pioneer, owns over 30 local companies in the northeast and north central United States and Canada, operating tours, charters, sightseeing tours and scheduled bus routes. Coach USA,, is a subsidiary of Scottish-based Stagecoach Group, one of the world's largest bus, coach and rail groups with operations in the United Kingdom and North America.

About MCI

With headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois, MCI is the leading manufacturer of intercity coaches in the U.S. and Canada. Reliability Driven, MCI builds expertly engineered models, including the best-selling J4500 and D-Series models, for the tour, charter, line-haul, commuter and transit markets. MCI is also the distributor of the Setra S 417, Setra S 407 and Setra parts in the U.S. and Canada. The company offers 24-hour technical support and industry-leading technician training along with the market's most extensive aftermarket parts and repair service.
Press contact: Patricia Plodzeen Public Relations, 847-283-0883; or Motor Coach Industries Marketing Department, 847-285-2035.

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