HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY PRTC!
NORTHERN VIRGINIA'S PRTC CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY WITH OCTOBER 8 CELEBRATION;
ADDS FIVE NEW MCI COMMUTER COACHES TO ITS RAPIDLY MODERNIZING SYSTEM
DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016: (TSX:NFI) (TSX:NFI.DB.U) Motor Coach Industries ("MCI"), a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. (the "Company"), the largest bus and motor coach manufacturer in North America, notes that at 30 years of age, the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) has logged millions of miles from Northern Virginia to the nation's capital. MCI will help the system cover many more with the addition of five 2016 Commuter Coaches, arriving at the end of the year to serve PRTC's OmniRide express routes.
PRTC will mark its milestone with a free community celebration from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, October 8 at the PRTC Transit Center featuring family friendly entertainment, bus excursions, food trucks and ice cream with opportunities to support local charities.
"We're always looking for ways to attract more non-drivers who want the frequency, dependability, safety and comfort our service provides," said PRTC Interim Executive Director Eric Marx, noting that expansion of the region's high occupancy lanes is driving transit expansion. Marx said PRTC is focused on "improving service while creating a modern-day system that makes transit attractive to everyone. We want to remain a cut above all other alternative modes of transportation."
MCI's latest Commuter Coaches will replace retirement-age equipment on its OmniRide routes, which play a critical role in transporting public- and private-sector employees to Washington, DC, the Pentagon, and the surrounding employment core.
PRTC first took delivery of 38 MCI Commuter Coaches in 2002. With delivery of the five new coaches later this year, PRTC will have 99 MCI Commuter Coaches in its 152 vehicle fleet. All PRTC vehicles feature the latest technology to improve safety, operations, route planning and customer satisfaction. PRTC pioneered transit GPS tracking in the United States and today applies TransTrack System's data analytics package to monitor on-time performance and ridership by trip, bus stop and route to capture trends.
"We are committed to improving the customer experience and maximizing our resources," said Marx. "We're really looking forward to the years ahead, and moving the community forward."
PRTC is going with the best. Features on the new 45-foot MCI Commuter Coaches include electronic stability control, 57 comfortable forward-facing seats with three-point passenger seatbelts, Trapeze TransitMaster mobile data terminals, automated stop announcements, and automatic passenger counters.
Passenger amenities include overhead parcel racks, personal reading lights, airflow controls, and a kneeling feature to lower the bus for boarding and alighting. With a reliability record that's unmatched, the model is powered by Cummins ISX clean-diesel engine for low emissions, and is engineered with an air-ride suspension for a smooth, confident ride at highway speeds.
"MCI is proud to partner with PRTC," said Tom Wagner, MCI Vice President of Public Sector Sales. "On behalf of MCI, we congratulate PRTC leadership and staff on its 30 year milestone, and look forward to new adventures during the next 30 years."
PRTC provides the OmniRide commuter bus and OmniLink flex-route local bus services in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. The system carried approximately 2.9 million passengers in 2015. Learn more at www.prtctransit.org.
The Company is the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America with fabrication, manufacturing, distribution and service centers in Canada and the United States and employs approximately 5,000 team members.
Through its Canadian and U.S. subsidiaries, Motor Coach Industries Limited and Motor Coach Industries, Inc., the Company is the leader in motor coaches in Canada and the U.S., offering the MCI® J4500, which is the industry's best-selling intercity coach for 11 consecutive years, and the MCI® D-Series, the industry's best-selling coach line in North American motor coach history. MCI is also the exclusive distributor of Setra® S 417 and S 407 in the United States and Canada. MCI actively supports over 28,000 motor coaches currently in service and offers 24-hour roadside assistance 365 days a year.
Through its Canadian and U.S. subsidiaries, New Flyer Industries Canada ULC and New Flyer of America Inc., the Company is North America's heavy-duty transit bus leader and offers the broadest transit bus product line (Xcelsior® and MiDi® models), incorporating the broadest range of drive systems available, including: clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, electric-trolley and now battery-electric. New Flyer actively supports over 42,000 heavy-duty transit buses (New Flyer, NABI and Orion) currently in service.
The Company also operates North America's most comprehensive aftermarket parts organization providing support for all types of transit buses and motor coaches. All buses and coaches are supported by an industry-leading comprehensive warranty, service and support network.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements relating to expected future events and financial and operating results of the Company that involve risks and uncertainties. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, investors cannot be assured that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements, and the differences may be material. Actual results may differ materially from management expectations as projected in such forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons, including market and general economic conditions and economic conditions of and funding availability for customers to purchase buses and to purchase parts or services, customers may not exercise options to purchase additional buses, the ability of customers to terminate contracts for convenience and the other risks and uncertainties discussed in the materials filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Due to the potential impact of these factors, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable law.
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