|At US DOT Earth Day fair from left Darrell Ware, Lead Operator and Safety Coordinator and Michael Davis, President Beltway Transportation Service .|
GOING GREEN IN STYLE: MCI AND ABA SHOWCASE BELTWAY TRANSPORTATION'S NEW
2017 CLEAN-DIESEL MCI® J4500 AT DOT EARTH DAY FAIR
DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, APRIL 20, 2017: (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 and parts supplier in North America, notes that the average motor coach can take as many as 56 cars off the highway. The two newest Beltway Transportation Service's clean-diesel J4500s from MCI will do significantly more.
To start, by the end of 2017, Beltway's newest J4500s will be used by hundreds of federal workers that charter services with Beltway. So will dozens of groups and schools that go with Beltway when visiting popular tourist destinations in the Washington DC area. They'll all be riding in full comfort with the latest technology for a travel experience no other mode of motor transportation can offer.
"Motor coach travel is not only environmentally smart, it transforms the travel experience," said Michael Jay Davis, president of Beltway Transportation located in Forestville, Maryland. "Groups ride in comfort with seat-side amenities like power outlets and Wi-Fi that allow them to work or enjoy the entertainment of their choice. Coach travel also saves money and offers a more engaging social environment — you can enjoy meeting other people and relax when you let us do the driving."
Many of Beltway contracts are with the federal government, a key reason Beltway offers new clean-diesel motor coaches to serve this major employer. "Coach transportation is better for the environment overall," said Davis. "Visitors and workers in the Washington DC area arrive from all over, and cars generate greenhouse gas and congestion."
According the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the number of vehicle miles traveled by passenger cars and light-duty trucks increased 37 percent from 1990 to 2014. "Beltway can do something about that," says Davis. "The advanced MCI clean-diesel engine technology on our coaches offers near-zero emissions. So many of our passengers appreciate traveling with us."
Beltway is demonstrating one of its two new MCI J4500s, the most energy-efficient coach in the industry, at the annual DOT Earth Day Fair on April 20 (Earth Day is April 22). After all, federal agencies and their guests and commuters are among Beltway's best customers.
MCI, in cooperation with the American Bus Association (ABA), has become a regular attendee at DOT Earth Day. MCI's environmental credentials are well known in Washington and statehouses around the country as vehicles in clean-diesel, hybrid and compressed natural gas (CNG) profiles are regular fixtures in their communities.
"One of the reasons MCI is so honored to be a regular participant at the DOT Earth Fair is that we get to watch how passengers react to the service and equipment our operators provide," said Pat Ziska, New Coach Sales Vice President for MCI. There's a wow factor to our coaches. They're easy to board thanks to our patented spiral entry way and every seat is spacious, comfortable and provides a good view for sightseeing." MCI's J4500 model is a best seller among private transportation systems for this reason, particularly by tech companies in California's Silicon Valley, where commuter coach transportation is provided as an employee-benefit to cut down on the use of cars. Motor coaches are the most fuel-efficient per-passenger-mile mass transportation options, surpassing the car, plane or train as they can travel any road to entertainment, sports and vacation destinations. Increasingly, distance commuters are discovering coach transport for comfort, onboard electronics and express scheduling to their workplace with a clean-air option. These and other benefits of motor coach travel including environmental guidance for families planning vacations are found in the ABA's "Getting There Greener" report.
Founded in 1965, Beltway has been family operated under its present ownership since 1987. ADA compliant with a varied 40-vehicle fleet including mini-buses and five motor coaches — and staff of nearly 50, Beltway specializes in charters, federal government travel, employee shuttle and corporate transportation, student travel and convention and airport transfers and holds necessary licenses and complies with the DOT, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission, the Maryland Public Service Commission and the Virginia Corporation Commission. They are an approved vendor for U.S. Department of Defense and on the GSA schedule.
Beltway vehicles are frequent sights at presidential inaugurations and major events like Pope Francis' 2015 visit to Washington. "Our people take great pride in these relationships and really enjoy what they do," said Davis, who began his career as a shuttle bus driver in the DC area and admits he misses driving. Beltway is a member of the American Bus Association and the Maryland Motorcoach Association.
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 44,000 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.
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|Patricia Plodzeen Public Relations,
|or||Jon Koffman, New Flyer Investor Relations
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