Government, Business, Fuel

Democrats Push $25 Billion to Electrify School Buses

Buses Vice President Kamala Harris tours Thomas Built Buses April 19 in High Point, N.C. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

Democratic lawmakers are unveiling legislation that would invest $25 billion to convert the nation’s fleet of gasoline- and diesel-powered school buses to electric vehicles, aiming at a component of President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan to improve children’s health.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
April 21, 2021
Government, Business

Motorcoach Industry Seeks Federal Aid to Mitigate Losses

D.C. Trails bus A D.C. Trails tour bus. Operator Bill Torres says he is running about 40% of the number of buses he'd normally be running this time of year. (D.C. Trails)

The 100-year-old over-the-road motorcoach industry is struggling for survival as most of the nation’s 36,000 buses are sitting in parking lots because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
July 27, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

Bus Industry Seeks More Recovery Relief

Greyhound bus Greyhound bus in New York by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers allocated $61 billion to airlines, $25 billion to transit and $1 billion for Amtrak in the roughly $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package, but the motorcoach industry, which includes charter buses, private transit buses and passenger buses, said it has been largely ignored.

Jessica Wehrman | CQ-Roll Call
May 1, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, TCA

San Diego MTS Launches $12.5 Million Electric Bus Pilot Program

Skyline of San Diego San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System has six electric buses, with another two on the way. It also plans to order two fuel cell-powered buses. (Getty Images)

Transit officials in San Diego are rolling out a new $12.5 million pilot program to test the region’s first electric buses.

Joshua Emerson Smith | The San Diego Union-Tribune
October 23, 2019

Motorcoach Industry, Like Trucking, Faces Driver Shortage

Motorcoach TT File Photo

Much is written about how the trucking industry loses drivers to other lines of work, but in some cases they’re not leaving to do something else — they’re leaving to drive something else: motorcoaches. Ironically, the bus industry is dealing with a driver shortage of its own.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
June 4, 2019
Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Electric Shuttle Buses Will Be Introduced at University of Michigan

Navya Vehicle (Navya)

A pair of self-driving shuttle buses should begin motoring around Ann Arbor, Mich., later in April in an ambitious test of the new technology.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
April 13, 2018

DOT’s Anthony Foxx to Take Bus Tour Touting Infrastructure

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top transportation officer will hop on a bus Feb. 17 for a tour of five states to tell residents about the need to upgrade aging infrastructure around the country.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 12, 2015