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Fast Lane

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New technology and practices reshaping our industry

WHAT'S OLD IS NEW
Does your bus need a major makeover, a little freshening up, or traded in for new? Here's what to consider
owadays, it seems everything is recycled. Folks are re-using just about everything. With the cost of new coaches rising pretty steadily, it wasn’t long before the recycling mindset touched motorcoach operators. With prices of new motorcoaches hovering around a half a million dollars, bus companies are looking for ways to extend the life of their old fleet, yet impending legislation may require expensive additions such as wheelchair access and seatbelts. The National Transportation Safety Board estimates it could cost between $6,000 - $34,000 per vehicle to retrofit the vehicle with lap belts and $40,000 per vehicle to retrofit it with lap/shoulder belts. The service life of a coach can be 20 years or longer, but between government safety regulations, customer demand for amenities such as Wi-Fi, and simply freshening them up with new fabric,
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operators face some tough decisions. One high-profile company that dove completely into refurbishing is Greyhound. Partnering with ABC Companies, Greyhound is refurbishing 250 buses. However, these refurbished buses aren’t simply having some fabric swapped. These are complete overhauls, where the engine and transmission are rebuilt and features, such as wheelchair lifts, Wi-Fi, power plugs, extra leg room, and three-

of technical services. And to accommodate this major refurbishing project that began in 2010, ABC has created an assembly-line type facility in Nappanee, Ind. ABC won’t refurbish buses older than 2001, and most parts include a oneyear/100,000-mile warranty with the option to buy extended coverage. Such refurbishing takes four to six

The cost of purchasing a refurbished bus is about $250,000-$270,000, about half the cost of a new coach.
point seat belts are also added. In addition, the exterior is also updated to conform to the new, sleek look of Greyhound, according to Greyhound spokesperson Tim Stokes. The cost of purchasing a refurbished bus is about $250,000-$270,000, about half the cost of a new coach, according to Louis Hotard, ABC Companies’ director weeks, and once complete could add 10 years of life to a vehicle, Hotard says. Is such a major refurbishing right for your fleet? First, your decision may depend on your clients. For example, tour companies and guides may shy away from buses older than five and sometimes three years. However, such refurbishing might make more sense for owners with line

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Destinations Magazine - September/October 2011

Destinations Magazine - September/October 2011
Contents
Etched in Stone
Swim with the Fishes
11 Million Strong
Save the Date
What’s Old is New
Mitigated Disaster
For Love of the Games
Meeting of the Minds
ABA’s Marketplace
One of its Own
Debt Ceiling Deal
On Your Side
Filling the Void
Some Assembly Required
Just for Sport
If You Build It, They Will Come
Alabama
Arkansas
Louisiana
Mississippi
Colorado
Idaho
Montana
Utah
Wyoming
Ontario
Québec
Saskatchewan
Manitoba
Shopping
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Destinations Magazine - September/October 2011 - Meeting of the Minds
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