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Advances in vehicle safety technologies


First in a two-part series: MGM Brakes breaks down electronic brake monitoring for commercial air-disc equipped vehicles By Tom Wallace VP Electronic Brake Monitoring Systems & General Manager, Transit/Brake Monitoring Business Unit MGM Brakes Commercial Vehicle Air Disc Brakes Overview Commercial air disc brakes are quite different from the more well-known s-cam (or drum brakes) […]


CTC keeps rolling


Coach-Transit Components eases the purchasing process for parts and components By Richard Tackett       High visibility in the aftermarket bus components business isn’t easy to achieve. Mike Hemby founded Coach-Transit Components (CTC), Orlando, FL, in 2008 with the intent to carve out a space in the competitive parts and components supply market. With […]


Breaking down front tire failure

In 2005 near San Antonio, TX, this motorcoach crossed the median and struck a tractor trailer after a left front tire failure.

Understanding the variables lessens the odds By Larry Yohe Obviously it is best a front tire never fail in the first place. But it can happen for any number of reasons and it is important to know the causes beforehand. A front tire failure can cause the motorcoach to be either extremely difficult to control […]


Lifting up safely

Stertil-Koni says its ECOLIFT is the industry’s first, U.S. patented, ultra-shallow, full-rise axle-engaging in-ground scissor lift.

Stertil-Koni analysis shows high lift wheel dolly reduces injuries; company promotes innovative ECOLIFT As pressure mounts in transit agencies throughout North America to improve efficiency and reduce workplace hazards, Stertil-Koni says that one relatively low-tech and unsung hero has emerged – the high lift wheel dolly. According to a recent industry overview by heavy duty […]


ASE Transit Bus Technician Certification

ASE certification ensures transit operators and maintenance supervisors are spending training dollars efficiently and effectively.

Mastery of eight core areas leads to Master Transit Bus Technician By Tony Molla One of the biggest challenges facing any fleet service operation is making sure its service technicians have received the necessary training to keep up with changing vehicle technology. The first step is to have a training budget and schedule. The second […]


Products and services: Gaither introduces lighter Bead Bazooka™

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Gaither’s new Bead Bazooka™ has broken the traditional obstacle of bead boosters being awkwardly heavy and cumbersome. At just over 12 pounds, the Bead Bazooka™ is 60 percent smaller than Gaither’s GB5ZA model. While offering the same level of performance, the Bead Bazooka™ has a smaller tank to assure easily handling. It also provides 40 […]


1 part muscle + 2 parts brain = diagnostics

Victor Guillot of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority says greater efficiency from his VDA system has reduced the downtime on WMATA buses.

Computer based diagnostic systems are now the essential part of a vehicle technician’s toolbox. Diagnostic software improves efficiency by keeping vehicles on the road for longer amounts of time and with safer results, and technicians achieve greater levels of productivity only with the right tools. Powerful personal computers bundle OEM software into custom applications that deliver diagnostics with professional accuracy for maintenance on every area of the vehicle including engines, transmissions, brakes and multiplex systems.


Thermal Technology Services, Inc.

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A new patented technology to reduce metal fatigue applied to fleet maintenance significantly lowers costs in states, counties and municipalities! As the falling economy takes its toll in agency and private sector budgets there is more pressure than ever to find solutions to improve the quality of service to citizens and customers alike. We turn […]


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