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Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by gOlD_12tH on Thu Jul 29 00:44:08 2010

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Trans-Bridge Lines Executive Vice-President James JeBran reveals no traces of residue on his gloved hand after placing it behind a new green motorcoach.

In a move to improve both the environment and local transportation options, Bethlehem, Pa.-based Trans-Bridge Lines unveiled 16 new low-emissions motorcoaches to its fleet during a press conference held at their Industrial Drive headquarters Tuesday. The coaches, manufactured by Motor Coach Industries (MCI), feature new engine technology that reduces particulate matter.

On hand for the event were U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent (R-Pa); State Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh County); Northampton County Executive John Stoffa and representatives from both state Senator Lisa Boscola's (D-Northampton) and state Rep. Douglas Reichley's (R-Berks/Lehigh) offices, among others.

"Traveling by motorcoach reduces congestion on our roads and highways. One coach has the potential to replace up to 55 cars," said Tom JeBran, president, Trans-Bridge Lines. "Our motorcoaches are eco-friendly in a variety of ways, making them more fuel-efficient, in essence, than the latest hybrid gas-electric cars."

Dent spoke about the way in which these new motorcoaches would benefit the
environment and commended Trans-Bridge for using mostly private funding to spur their green initiative.

Trans-Bridge Lines has invested in excess of $7,000,000 in new eco-friendly coaches, replacing older less efficient models.

The coach opeartion's new motorcoaches obtain the best passenger miles per gallons out of all forms of transportation including private automobiles, airlines and passenger rail, according to a company statement.

The coaches are equipped with Detroit Diesel engines and Allison transmissions. Key to the clean-air technology is the Diesel Particulate Filter, or DPF, that replaces a traditional exhaust system, and the use of Ultra Low Sulfur Fuel, to meet rigorous new EPA standards.

Trans-Bridge Lines Executive Vice-President, Jim JeBran, demonstrated this new technology by placing his white-gloved hand under the exhaust pipe of one of the new buses as the engine was revved. The glove showed no traces of residue of any kind.

Other vehicle features include seats made out of recycled material and seat belts ahead of federal mandates. Trans-Bridge Lines was the first motorcoach company in the country to use the newest seating fabric made from recycle material, according to company officials.

Trans-Bridge Lines has also equipped its entire New York City run fleet with free Wi-Fi service, allowing passengers to enjoy connectivity as they travel.

Source: http://www.metro-magazine.com/News/Story/2010/07/Trans-Bridge-Lines-unveils-low-emission-coaches.aspx

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by PATHman on Thu Jul 29 00:47:14 2010, in response to Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by gOlD_12tH on Thu Jul 29 00:44:08 2010.

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Nice, but I wish they took a better pic.

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by Osmosis Jones on Thu Jul 29 00:50:08 2010, in response to Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by gOlD_12tH on Thu Jul 29 00:44:08 2010.

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These are the guys that go all the way to Doylestown, cool although Van Hool makes much better looking buses.

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by SUBWAYSURF on Thu Jul 29 07:51:10 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by PATHman on Thu Jul 29 00:47:14 2010.

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What's wrong woth the pic? Looks OK to me.

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by kcram3500 on Thu Jul 29 08:18:12 2010, in response to Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by gOlD_12tH on Thu Jul 29 00:44:08 2010.

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And the part they leave out is, MCI is still using 2009-spec engines that don't meet the new 2010 emissions regs. DPFs and ULSD have been around for years - the 2010-spec engines also use urea (DEF) injection.

MCI has already noted that the D-series is only evaluating a 2010-spec Detroit; they are only committed to 2010-spec Cummins engines for that series. FYIfromMCI July 2010 - START YOUR ENGINES: MCI outlines 2010 engine changes

Just another "Look at us! We're green!" PR stunt that's actually behind the times.

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by CapitalCruiser on Thu Jul 29 08:55:14 2010, in response to Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by gOlD_12tH on Thu Jul 29 00:44:08 2010.

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"Trans-Bridge Lines was the first motorcoach company in the country to use the newest seating fabric made from recycle material, according to company officials."


Not true, Adirondack/Pine Hill/New York Trailways began using these materials 2 years ago in the first NEON labeled coach's, Prevost H3-45's (Adirondack numbers 62081-62087). As a matter of fact, Prevost had to recall these seats because of persistant seat failures leading to injuries and the cushions not holding up. They were replaced with regular coach seats.


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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by The Flxible Neofan on Thu Jul 29 12:15:33 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by SUBWAYSURF on Thu Jul 29 07:51:10 2010.

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I think he wants to see the entire bus!

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by The Flxible Neofan on Thu Jul 29 12:27:19 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by Osmosis Jones on Thu Jul 29 00:50:08 2010.

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...Really? I always thought VanHools looked somewhat ugly, boxy, and not as stylish as later MCIs. Well, to each his own!

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by Osmosis Jones on Thu Jul 29 15:12:47 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by The Flxible Neofan on Thu Jul 29 12:27:19 2010.

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I'll take a Megabus Van Hool over a D-Series MCI anyday.

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by Bill from Maspeth on Thu Jul 29 16:12:05 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by PATHman on Thu Jul 29 00:47:14 2010.

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That's a job for a busfan.

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by Bill from Maspeth on Thu Jul 29 16:16:49 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by The Flxible Neofan on Thu Jul 29 12:27:19 2010.

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I agree with you 100%. One time I rode a Van Hool on a cruise/shore excursion from Portland Me. to the Mt. Washington Cog Railroad. I have nothing good to say about that bus. The interior was a collection of hunks of plastic, event the foot rests, and a very strange restroom where signs requested that even men sit on the potty to pee!

A few days later I was on another shore excursion in Halifax and was thrilled to be on a nice MCI.

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by Bill from Maspeth on Thu Jul 29 16:18:48 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by CapitalCruiser on Thu Jul 29 08:55:14 2010.

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Maybe as far as a bus manufactured by MCI is concerned with the recycled seat fabric.

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by JohnnyMints on Thu Jul 29 16:34:53 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by Bill from Maspeth on Thu Jul 29 16:16:49 2010.

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I rode a DATTCO Van Hell on a Mega Bus extra section from Boston to NYC in 2008... Worst. Ride. Ever. The seats were horribly narrow and cramped. Not made better by the lead foot at the wheel that kept tailgaiting, jamming on the brakes and abruptly changing lanes.

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by PATHman on Thu Jul 29 18:18:14 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by The Flxible Neofan on Thu Jul 29 12:15:33 2010.

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yep

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by metrolinecoach111 on Thu Jul 29 20:25:50 2010, in response to Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by gOlD_12tH on Thu Jul 29 00:44:08 2010.

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Good buses that have held up well so far in testing in the fleet.

Word from someone I know though says somebody's after the JeBron's to buy out Trans-Bridge. It is said to be the same people who basically re-possessed Golden Touch.

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by lantabusfan on Thu Jul 29 20:33:09 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by PATHman on Thu Jul 29 00:47:14 2010.

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I thought I did post pics b4.All well I'm so proud of my favorite private bus company I'll post them again!



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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by Osmosis Jones on Thu Jul 29 20:36:05 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by lantabusfan on Thu Jul 29 20:33:09 2010.

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Now that's a nice looking bus, didn't know MCI and not Van Hool made buses that look like that.

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by lantabusfan on Thu Jul 29 20:36:22 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by Osmosis Jones on Thu Jul 29 15:12:47 2010.

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I'll take a MC-9 with a 8V71 over both of them any day!

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by AMoreira81 on Thu Jul 29 20:37:55 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by metrolinecoach111 on Thu Jul 29 20:25:50 2010.

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Who is it that repossessed Golden Touch (and then sold it to Veolia)?

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by metrolinecoach111 on Thu Jul 29 20:43:49 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by AMoreira81 on Thu Jul 29 20:37:55 2010.

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Actually from what I was told, Golden Touch dropped the Veolia affiliation because of a private equity partnership that brought in new buses and work.

The Golden Touch brand will remain, it's just that it will no longer be under their own operation come September. Does that sound familiar?

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by AMoreira81 on Thu Jul 29 20:45:20 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by metrolinecoach111 on Thu Jul 29 20:43:49 2010.

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I've seen some new smaller buses under the 35000 series.

Who is the new owner---the company that owns Coach America?

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by metrolinecoach111 on Thu Jul 29 20:47:57 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by AMoreira81 on Thu Jul 29 20:45:20 2010.

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No - how about the one that owns Premier and Campus Coach.

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by AMoreira81 on Thu Jul 29 20:52:56 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by metrolinecoach111 on Thu Jul 29 20:47:57 2010.

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The Tedesco family bought Golden Touch (returning Academy to the Newark Airport employee shuttle contract that it lost to Golden Touch)?

I can see a lot of those Orions being retired.

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by AMoreira81 on Thu Jul 29 20:56:28 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by metrolinecoach111 on Thu Jul 29 20:47:57 2010.

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At this rate, you have to wonder when Academy will take the St. John's and William Paterson University contracts from under Coach USA's nose.

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by CapitalCruiser on Thu Jul 29 21:07:51 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by AMoreira81 on Thu Jul 29 20:52:56 2010.

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I remember when Golden Touch sold their company to Travelways ( the company that bought JJ Kelly,Grayline Nashville, Cardinal, Comet and a host of others, only to go bankrupt and be bought out by Coach USA, then sold to American Coach. BTW, Travelways was formed by the Gallager family and guess what he owns now? Student Transportation of America. hmmmm

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by metrolinecoach111 on Thu Jul 29 21:35:57 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by AMoreira81 on Thu Jul 29 20:56:28 2010.

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Well...there's a lot that's not been released publicly....they are extremely savvy business people. There are a lot of different partnerships, finance agreements, pooling agreements, lease agreements and buy-out negotiations.

Coach USA has all but abandoned their charter position in the Northeast...Academy is more focused right now on taking on Peter Pan and Dattco in New England. These local deals are just to provide a more diversified product supplementing revenue to parts of the business they never had a grip on before (short-haul contracts, school-based services and airport contracts with airlines).

Proof in the pudding about Coach USA though is that Jeff Ferreri, the former charter manager in Paramus now works in an office right above mine at Peter Pan.

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by AMoreira81 on Thu Jul 29 22:54:22 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by CapitalCruiser on Thu Jul 29 21:07:51 2010.

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The family separately owns Leprechaun Lines.

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by Osmosis Jones on Thu Jul 29 23:03:28 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by AMoreira81 on Thu Jul 29 22:54:22 2010.

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Yup, the two operate from the same depot on Route 32 in Newburgh.

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by PATHman on Thu Jul 29 23:50:22 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by lantabusfan on Thu Jul 29 20:33:09 2010.

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thanks

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by The Flxible Neofan on Fri Jul 30 00:18:14 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by Osmosis Jones on Thu Jul 29 20:36:05 2010.

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Believe it or not, that's a D series bus. Don't be fooled by what NJT and the MTA are purchasing. MCI has upgraded its line up.

If you like the look of the D series, you'll love the J series, which are currently my favorite type of motorcoach.



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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by AMoreira81 on Fri Jul 30 00:22:47 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by lantabusfan on Thu Jul 29 20:33:09 2010.

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How quickly did Trans-Bridge paint these units?

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by lantabusfan on Fri Jul 30 06:50:02 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by AMoreira81 on Fri Jul 30 00:22:47 2010.

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well 330-332 are 2008 units and all didn't get these decals up until about a month ago same for 333-338 wich are 2009 units and the 2010 units were done the quickest and those are 360-365.

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Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches

Posted by CapitalCruiser on Fri Jul 30 08:03:56 2010, in response to Re: Trans-Bridge Lines unveils 16 new MCI coaches, posted by AMoreira81 on Thu Jul 29 22:54:22 2010.

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Different Gallagher family...

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