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Fybr: The New Commute? Looking at Tomorrow’s Mass Transit, Today

March 31, 2020





Fybr: The New Commute? Looking at Tomorrow’s Mass Transit, Today




The American Public Transportation Association reported that in 2018, Americans took 9.9 billion trips on public transportation. It’s a colossal number, and for many years, it’s been an ever-increasing one. Per the APTA, public transportation use has increased nationally by 21% since 1997, outpacing the 19% increase in population by a considerable margin.



It’s apparent that the new normal is anything but, and COVID-19 changes everything. According to a recent article in the New York Times, NYC’s system, the largest in North America, is seeking a $4 billion federal bailout as the Coronavirus pandemic has triggered a precipitous decline in ridership. New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority—which runs the subway, buses, and two commuter rails—said ridership had declined 60 percent on the subway and 49 percent on buses as compared to this same time last year. Across the country in San Francisco, local authorities report a similar downturn, as the total number of Bay Area fares is down over 70 percent. Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, and more: It’s happening in communities across the country, and the concern is one shared nationwide.


Look no further than the aforementioned APTA, which this week has asked the federal government to provide $16 billion in emergency funds to transit agencies across the country that are similarly struggling because of the pandemic, calling public transportation “a lifeline for essential services.”


There is little question that what our nation currently faces is unprecedented. Yet, we can look to history for some indications as to what the future may hold. “Sneezers and coughers beware” read a newspaper headline in the evening edition of the Oregon Journal on October 5th. The ensuing article encouraged the washing of hands and the safeguarding of personal space. Those using public transportation were encouraged to sneeze and cough into their elbows and shirt sleeves, and to avoid those who appear to be experiencing respiratory duress. That article dates back to 1918, over 102 years ago.


At that time, our nation was in the midst of fighting the first World War, and the outbreak in question was Spanish Influenza. The recommended “four feet of distance” was an early prototype for social distancing. Eventually, we triumphed on all fronts, from the battlefield to the crowded streetcars of Portland. Yet the re-adoption of public transportation was a slow one, and in the years following the outbreak, the use of personal vehicles skyrocketed in Portland and across the country.



More recently, in the wake of 2003’s SARS epidemic, numerous studies were conducted in an effort to learn from the outbreak. While in the throes of the disease’s spread, six locations—Hong Kong, Spain, Poland, Denmark, Great Britain, and the Netherlands—indicated that public transportation (which includes buses, trains, and airplanes) was the riskiest place for citizens to spend time during a pandemic, in comparison to entertainment destinations, shops, hospitals, workplaces, and schools. Public officials and health organizations recommended then that citizens who utilized public transportation wash their hands, maintain distance, and think carefully about commuting patterns. Sound familiar?


Past is often prologue, and despite the discouraging numbers and trends of today, the certainty remains that things will get better, much as they did in the months and years following the Spanish Flu and SARS outbreaks. It’s not a stretch to see an improvement in infection rate on the horizon, and eventually, it’s all but inevitable that we will eradicate Coronavirus altogether.


Additionally, it’s heartening to note that times of hardship have long served as flashpoints for innovation, and new solutions often arise amidst turmoil. The future of transportation in our communities may be an uncertain one, but regardless of the challenges posed, fresh new thinking will doubtlessly play a part in the solution.


If the financial hardship faced by public transportation providers results in scaled-back operations, it’s imperative that commuters still be able to get to work and back simply and safely. Many prognosticators are predicting that in the wake of the pandemic, more people will take to personal vehicle use and commute in their own vehicles.


Predictions are informed guesses at this point, and there are no guarantees. Yet the statistical trends are hard to ignore, and there is little doubt that communities nationwide would be well served to brace themselves for a new commuter reality. Simply put: It’s time to prepare. If these predictions come to light, the implications upon parking, congestion and pollution could be pronounced, presenting a host of new issues for communities. Finding ways to adequately manage vehicles, monitor parking, and more effectively manage curbside assets are all strategies that will play a critical role in keeping things moving efficiently—both for drivers and cities.

With more vehicles on the road, regardless of whether they are from residual social distancing or inevitable population growth, reducing circling and double parking, keeping roads clearer, mitigating traffic congestion, reducing emissions, and making the lives of parking-seekers easier will all be desired—and even essential—outcomes.

To stop Coronavirus we will need to radically change almost everything we do: how we work, exercise, socialize, shop, educate our kids, take care of family members and yes, commute. What will the new commuter landscape look like? Nobody can know for certain. What we do know is that regardless, efficiency will play an essential role in our success.

The New Commute? Looking at Tomorrow’s Mass Transit, Today.









Complete Coach Works provides Cost-Effective Solution to Newly Adopted California Mandate for Mass Transit Agencies to go Electric

February 19, 2019




Complete Coach Works provides Cost-Effective Solution to Newly Adopted California Mandate for Mass Transit Agencies to go Electric





Recently, Complete Coach Works (CCW) announced it was awarded a contract by Montebello Bus Lines (MBL) for the electrification and rehabilitation of three New Flyer buses.




MBL’s decision to remove the now defunct ISE gas hybrid system and convert to Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) buses was a positive step toward its goal of improving the quality of public transportation for its residents and surrounding communities.


Developed exclusively by CCW, ZEPS is an integrated technology that provides customers an affordable route to eco-friendly transportation. CCW takes previously used, internal combustion engine buses and remanufactures them into like-new vehicles containing ZEPS all-electric drivetrain systems. The remanufactured ZEPS buses are rebuilt with lightweight flooring, lightweight seats, lightweight windows, and energy-efficient heating and cooling. It can integrate with any fleet and provide a viable alternative to fossil fuels meeting the needs of our clients’ green initiatives.


The process of remanufacturing will improve the service life of the bus and reduce material waste, resulting in operational savings that benefit the environment. These buses will help America in its continued leadership in clean energy and also places MBL well on its way to complying with the new regulation that will be put into effect in the near future.


According to an article published in the New York Times, California has become the first state to mandate a full shift to electric buses on public transit routes. Starting in 2023, a quarter of agencies’ acquired buses must be electric, and by 2026 that requirement will rise to half of all acquired buses. By 2029, mass transit agencies in California will only be allowed to buy buses that are fully electric under a rule adopted by the state’s powerful clean air agency.




Complete Coach Works (CCW) is the largest U.S. bus remanufacturing and rehabilitation company and the leading provider of a vast array of transportation solutions with over 30 years of dedicated service in the transportation industry. CCW is a pioneer in the business and strives to continually provide cleaner air through innovative design and engineering, resulting in the world’s first and only remanufactured all-electric battery powered bus. Regardless of how small or large the job, CCW provides an exceptionally experienced team of over 350 experts, committed to customer service and satisfaction.

Montebello Bus Lines is the third largest municipal bus operator in Los Angeles County. Its primary responsibility is to provide transportation services to residents of Montebello and neighboring cities. With a fleet of 66 buses, MBL serves over 8 million passengers a year throughout the communities of Alhambra, Bell Gardens, Boyle Heights, Commerce, Downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, La Mirada, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, South Gate and Whittier.




For more information, please contact Brad Carson at (800) 287-7253 or e-mail bradley@completecoach.com