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INSIDE: SUMMER 2015 6 Policy Spotlight The latest on highway financing from ABA's Suzanne Te Beau Rohde. MAGAZINE THE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES ABA MEMBERS NEED TO SUCCEED 3 7 On the Road True Tales of ABA: Members rescue stranded Amtrak passengers; winners of ABA scholarship announced. The amazing history and technology behind motorcoach tires. 12 8 Coach News 10 Expert Opinion MCI has a Learning Management System for techs. Short Takes: Goals of BISC's Vehicle Technical Operations Committee; big plans for new ABA council BusMARC. FMCSA's Loretta Bitner weighs in on in-the-know lingo. 13 The Roundup: State, provincial, and regional groups share updates. AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE AMERICAN BUS ASSOCIATION TECHNOLOGY The L ELD Decision Smart considerations before you buy By Dorothy Foltz-Gray ater this year, FMCSA is set to publish a final rule about electronic logging devices (ELDs). Motorcoach operators will then have two or three years to get up to speed ELD-wise. Although adding ELDs to your fleet is likely to save you money and headaches in the long run, the initial investment can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars per motorcoach for the hardware, plus monthly charges. So, spending time to understand your company's needs and what ELD manufacturers offer will absolutely pay off. "We did a lot of research," says Dan Tomlinson, director of safety and training at Owosso, Mich.- based Indian Trails, a 70-coach ABA member that has used electronic logs for the past five years. "You CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 PREVOST. UPSCALE TRAVEL FOR TODAY'S PASSENGERS. Prevost coaches surround passengers with beautiful interiors and impressive amenities. High-end fabrics and flooring provide a luxurious look. Wi-Fi, headsets and electrical outlets assure convenience for tech-savvy travelers. And our High Decker design offers a better view through Prevost's frameless windows. You can count on Prevost for exceptional performance and lower operating costs. And your passengers can look forward to the most comfortable ride they've ever experienced. www.prevostcar.com PRE-13-006_ABA-BannerAd-012214.indd 1 1/22/14 10:46 AM http://www.prevostcar.com http://www.prevostcar.com

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