Monday, April 1, 2013
Historic order in the USAa for Low-Emission Environmentally Friendly Coaches
-Greyhound Lines, Inc., the industry leader in intercity bus transportation, today announced it has placed its largest bus order in more than 20 years, with 220 new buses from two manufacturers: Motor Coach Industries (MCI) and Prevost. The order includes 130 D4505 buses from MCI and 90 X3-45 buses from Prevost. The company expects the first 120 buses to roll out in 2013, starting in May, with the rest to follow in 2014.
All of the buses come equipped with the latest innovations in safety features, environmental technology and digital communications, along with cabin comforts that make the trip more enjoyable for customers. The buses feature the new blue and chrome livery, and have modern amenities such as Wi-Fi, power outlets, extra legroom, leather seating, wheelchair accessibility and three-point safety belts. They are powered by clean-diesel, low-emission engines and feature the latest technology in safety and efficiency, including DriveCam and Cadec's global-positioning and communications solution, PowerVue. With this latest order, Greyhound's fleet will become one of the youngest and most environmentally friendly in the industry.
"We're excited to give our fleet a significant upgrade with this latest bus order, especially as we continue to rapidly expand our popular Greyhound Express service into more markets this year," said Dave Leach, president and CEO, Greyhound Lines, Inc. "As the largest provider of intercity bus service, we are committed to the safety and comfort of our customers when they travel with us. It is therefore important that we choose manufacturers who can provide us with a high level of service and quality product that meet our goals."
At the completion of this order and with the refurbishment of close to 600 existing buses to like-new condition, Greyhound's fleet will be nearly 100 percent comprised of blue buses that look and feel an average of only four years old. The majority of the new buses will be used for expansion of Greyhound Express, the largest premium low-cost intercity bus service in North America, which offers direct service to more than 100 major cities with modern amenities and fares starting at $1. Some buses also will be dedicated to Greyhound's award-winning premium discount service, BoltBus, for expansion into new markets in response to growing customer demand.