DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, APRIL 5, 2019: (TSX:NFI) Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., ("NFI"), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, notes A-1 Limousine, already among the nation's top 10 limousine companies and the No. 1 independent carrier in New Jersey, has a 55-year history with many firsts, including introducing motor coaches ahead of competitors more than two decades ago.

That decision would transform the company's business, and MCI has been a proud partner in that effort.

The Princeton-based company will round out its 20-coach fleet with two 2019 MCI J4500 and two all-new 2019 MCI J3500s, the North American leader's recent return to the luxury 35-foot coach market. One of A-1's newest J4500s was the featured MCI coach in American Bus Association (ABA) Foundation Live Auction at ABA Marketplace Jan. 25-29 in Louisville, KY. Proceeds from the auction event benefit the ABA Foundation's scholarships and motor coach travel and tourism research.

Jeffrey Starr, president of A-1, planned to bid on the newest J4500 at ABA "before I walked in the door," noting that "4I already knew the model’s features and value and won." The son of founders Michael and Marilyn Star, Jeffrey Starr helped the family business expand from traditional limousines and vans into motor coaches in the 1990s as corporate clients began asking for ways to move larger groups.

That strategy would begin with MCI pre-owned coaches and a longtime working relationship built with Walter Sturdivant, a 45-year career veteran at MCI who is regional vice president of pre-owned coach sales, based at MCI Sales and Service Center in Blackwood, N.J. and Greg Lukas, regional vice president of new coach sales. Starr explains that MCI quality, person-to-person service and parts support have kept A-1 loyal.

"Every transportation company owner-operator can agree that an out-of-service vehicle is not only detrimental to the business financially, but we are also unable to meet the needs of our customers," said Starr. "I've always counted on MCI for parts and now under NFI Parts, service is even better." A-1's newest coaches, scheduled for delivery later this year, also have Starr looking forward to MCI's new 35-foot era.

Pat Ziska, MCI Vice President of New Coach Sales, says: "We've been very proud to help A-1 build this business. Successful limousine operators like A-1 helped us realize that it was time to re-enter the 35-foot coach market with the creation of our new J-Series."

"MCI builds great buses," added Starr. "The 2019 J4500 and J3500 designs are fantastic. From the turning radius features on both models to the redesigned spacious interiors for maximum seating capacity, MCI coaches are intelligently engineered."

A-1 is taking its new J4500 coaches in a roomy 60-seat configuration and its two J3500 with a 44-seat layout. All four coaches will also carry optional programmable multicolor interior lighting and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that help drivers prevent incidents in highway and local traffic.

A-1 knows about 35-foot coaches – its new J3500s will replace the company's longtime "F coaches" built by MCI in Mexico more than 20 years ago.

These four new MCI vehicles will support a fast-expanding coach business, explains Starr. With nearly 130 mini-buses, vans and sedans, the company is electing to grow their coach fleet "with a goal of refreshing our motor coaches with two new coaches every few years because that side of our business is really growing," he explained.

Another source to that growth is A-1's 2018 acquisition of Princeton-based Triangle Tours and Travel, a tour and charter expert in sports, single-day and extended excursions with luxury touches like tailgate party services featuring upscale restaurant-style catering.

A-1's culture of personal service and schedule, time-keeping management has made it particularly adept at managing large group travel.

Starr recalls the time his business was responsible for transporting 700 students to an event in Philadelphia that required 175 motor coaches (sourced with nearby operators) with pinpoint drop-off and pick-up schedules of less than a half-hour. A-1 managed it all by placing 30 people on the ground at the right locations and having bus mechanics available to service coaches if required. "We have the know-how, technology and communication systems in place that helped us complete that move and many others to perfection," said Starr.

"It's also about A-1's staff," says Starr. With a staff of nearly 250 including drivers, A-1's longest employee, who ran dispatch over a 55-year career with the company, has just become a consultant on future projects. Additionally, the company's roots in sedan-based transportation have transferred its chauffeur philosophy to A-1's coach business. Starr explains that many of A-1's coach drivers were once sedan and limousine chauffeurs who understand deep, longtime customer relationships and the nuances of personalized on-time service. Each A-1 coach driver receives ongoing safe driver and first aid training throughout the year.

A longtime family legacy in ground transportation

Starr's grandfather originally founded Starr Transit in the New York area and father Michael branched out by buying his uncle's taxi business and adding school buses and car rentals in those early days. Jeffrey Starr remembers cleaning rental cars and assisting in the office at nine years old – the only child would officially join the company in 1985.

Jeffrey Star would go on to add mini-buses, coaches and a second location in Eastern Pennsylvania. Now, representing the fourth generation in the transportation business, son Aaron is A-1's Operations Manager. Today, Michael comes into the office nearly daily while Marilyn has an office at home.

In their free time, Jeffrey and Aaron are both volunteer firefighters in their townships. Every Saturday morning Jeffrey heads to the local dog shelter where he volunteers with his daughter Racheal who plans to become a veterinarian. His oldest daughter Rebecca works for a non-profit research firm near Washington, D.C. and his two stepdaughters are still in school. Sydney is studying to be a physician’s assistant and Taylor is majoring in media.

Family is important. Jeffrey Starr said: "The best part of my job has been working with my parents for the past 34 years. We're a close-knit family and it’s been a pleasure to run a family business together."

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About NFI Group

With over 6,100 team members, operating from 31 facilities across Canada and the United States, NFI is North America's largest bus manufacturer providing a comprehensive suite of mass transportation solutions under brands: New Flyer® (heavy-duty transit buses), ARBOC® (low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses), MCI® (motor coaches), and NFI Parts™ (parts, support, and service). NFI buses incorporate the widest range of drive systems available including: clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, and zero-emission electric (trolley, battery, and fuel cell) on proven bus platforms. It also supports infrastructure development through New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions™, a service dedicated to providing safe and reliable charging and mobility solutions. In total, NFI supports over 74,000 buses and coaches currently in service across North America. For the fiscal year ended December 30, 2018, NFI posted revenues of US $2.5 billion. NFI common shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NFI. News and information are available at

About MCI

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is North America's public and private market motor coach leader, building the J4500 the industry best-seller for 13 consecutive years), the all-new 35-foot J3500 model, and the workhorse D-Series including the breakthrough ADA-accessible MCI D45 CRT LE Commuter Coach offering lower dwell times. MCI will add battery-electric propulsion in 2020. With nearly 30,000 MCI coaches on the road, MCI also provides maintenance, repair, 24-hour roadside assistance, parts supply through NFI Parts, and technician training through the industry's only Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) accredited MCI Academy. Further information is available at

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