Coach USA and MCI conveyed support of FMCSA's Our Roads, Our Safety campaign at a meeting in March. Standing with a 3-foot Coach USA bus model are from left: Aram Nikitas, MCI Regional Vice President, Sales; Pat Ziska, MCI Vice President of New Coach Sales; Sean Hughes, Coach USA Director of Corporate Affairs; Raymond P. Martinez, FMCSA Administrator; Dominic Manuele, Vice President of Fleet Maintenance and Engineering for Coach USA North America; and Ian Smart, MCI President.


DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, MAY 10, 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, and long time operator Coach USA joined in a March 6 meeting at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the nation's top commercial motor vehicle (CMV) regulator, in support of promoting road safety and safe motor coach travel nationwide. In attendance were Dominic Manuele, Vice President of Fleet Maintenance and Engineering for Coach USA North America; Ian Smart, MCI President; and top leadership of both companies meeting with FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez and his team.

The meeting focused on safety awareness in the motor coach industry and how coach operators and manufacturers can contribute to FMCSA’s new "Our Roads, Our Safety" public-service campaign.

"Motor coaches are just one part of the commercial vehicle picture in North America, but MCI, Coach USA and our entire customer base see ourselves as safety leaders at a time of incredible technological change in our industry," said MCI President Ian Smart. "We are grateful for the chance to meet with Administrator Martinez and FMCSA leadership in support of its road safety campaign."

Smart added, "Transportation technology is accelerating at an unprecedented rate, and at MCI, our investment in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and safety-aware coach design and continually offering training necessary to meet these standards was also part of our conversation."

Road safety is an increasingly complex issue. Traffic congestion and distracted driving continues to grow as a problem – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that at any point during the day, 9% of drivers are using cell phones.

"Coach USA takes safety as our top priority, and we take pride in the numerous efforts we take to make sure our passengers, teammates and fellow road users are safe," said Dominic Manuele, Vice President of Fleet Maintenance and Engineering for Coach USA North America. Additionally, Coach USA holds the highest safety rating from the FMCSA which is Satisfactory.

Pat Ziska, MCI Vice President of New Coach Sales, said: "We appreciate FMSCA's leadership role in educating the public on how best to share the road with motor coaches. As a manufacturer, we take a start to finish approach to safety, adding innovative safety technologies to the coaches we build and offering operators and their drivers technical, maintenance and training support for top safety performance. Motor coach travel is among the safest modes of transportation in America and that's something we can all be proud of."

Making everyone on the road safer

FMCSA's "Our Roads, Our Safety" campaign is directed to nearly everyone on American roads, from motor coaches to passenger cars, trucks of all sizes, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians, including law enforcement personnel who are especially at risk during traffic stops. The program utilizes a wide range of promotional materials including highway billboards, social media outreach and printed materials that any organization with an interest in road safety may use.

"FMCSA deeply values its partnership with MCI and Coach USA, and we are encouraged by the industry's commitment to a culture of safety. With the Agency's Our Roads, Our Safety national public awareness campaign, FMCSA seeks to help remind the motoring public about the best ways to operate safely around buses and large trucks. MCI and Coach USA's support for this important campaign is extremely helpful in helping promote safe travel on our nation’s roadways," said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.

The campaign explains that the 12 million large trucks and buses – CMVs – are registered to operate on America's roadways. They play a critical role in moving people, goods and growing our nation's economy. However, unlike conventional two and four-wheel vehicles, heavy trucks and motor coaches take longer to stop, make wider turns and have blind spots. FMCSA's program raises awareness of these differences and points to adjustments that all drivers can make to manage these risks.

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About Coach USA

Coach USA and Coach Canada combined are one of the largest transportation companies in North America incorporating 25 local carriers with more than 4,500 employees and 2,200 buses and coaches. It provides Megabus inter-city coach services, commuter services, airport transportation, sightseeing tours, charters and contract services across North America.

About NFI Group

With over 6,300 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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