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TPMS

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TIRE-PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEMS: What operators need to know   BUSRide called on leading tire-pressure monitoring system OEMs for benefits, features, potential ROI and critical points to fit the most effective system to a given fleet.   Why should I consider retrofitting my bus fleet with a tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS)? A tire pressure monitoring system […]

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Polyurea coating – Could it save your wash bay?

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By Mark Ellis and Justin Tripp The use of polyurea coatings in maintenance facilities has been increasing in popularity for the past decade, although their use in automotive and facility applications has been around for nearly 30 years. Traditionally, polyurea coatings have been used to line the inside of truck beds to protect the underlying […]

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BUS WASHING: What operators need to know

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BUSRide called on leading bus wash OEMs for best practices, pitfalls to avoid and critical points to fit the most effective, cost efficient system to the company and fleet. Why is a bus wash system important to the company? Nothing makes a better first impression on the paying customers than the arrival of a clean, […]

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Focus On: Heavy-Duty Lifts

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What constitutes a good heavy-duty lift? By Steve Perlstein When a transit vehicle or motorcoach needs to be serviced, agencies and operators want to be sure the lift that is being used to service the vehicle is safe and also efficient so the vehicle can return to operation. Before purchasing a heavy duty lift, such […]

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Maintenance Facility Design

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Maintenance doesn’t have to be the “pits” By Ken Booth Preventive maintenance (PM)/inspection bays, or “pits” as they are often called, play a very vital role in making any maintenance facility more efficient. An agency’s maintenance approach, as well as their mechanics’ preferences often drive how the undercarriage of a bus is accessed. Typical PM/inspection […]

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DPF comes clean with FSX Inc.

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TrapBlaster 7 corrects for failures in traditional methods By David Hubbard The Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) has proven a huge success in removing soot particulate matter from the exhaust stream since the 2007 EPA emissions mandate went into effect. The good news is these vehicles no longer belch black smoke and leave the stench of […]

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MAINTENANCE FACILITY DESIGN

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Bus parking–inside and out By Ken Booth and Sheena Zimmerman Interior versus exterior bus parking has become a hot topic for transit providers in cold weather climates. Proponents of interior storage assert that warmer, sheltered parking improves and extends the life of the buses, makes maintenance easier, reduces fuel consumption and carbon emissions, and enhances […]

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Maintenance finds its own levels

Coach repairs conducted at the 10 ABC Companies Service Centers throughout the country range from general maintenance and common repairs and rebuilds to complete refurbishments.

ABC Companies Service Centers repair, rebuild and refurbish according to maintenance needs By David Hubbard Determined by the degree of wear and damage, coach repairs conducted at the 10 ABC Companies Service Centers throughout the country range from general maintenance and common repairs and rebuilds to complete refurbishments. These maintenance echelons are: Repair — the […]

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CUT EMISSIONS AND CUT COSTS

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Retrofitting company Complete Coach Works (CCW), Riverside, CA, says its all-electric Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) and ZEPS-equipped transit bus will save customers hundreds of thousands in fuel and maintenance costs. The ZEPS remanufactured transit bus, with its Gen 1 system, debuted in 2012. Gen 2 followed just over a year later, with Complete Coach […]

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PM: What is the cost of doing nothing?

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By Don Leidy and Mark Ellis Money talks, and when a public entity discovers how much time, energy and money it can save with a comprehensive facility maintenance plan, money practically screams. However, properly and vigilantly conducted facility maintenance is not just about saving money. A comprehensive facility maintenance plan also extends the functional life […]

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