Palmetto Breeze serves Lowcountry ridership with ninth MCI 40-ft Commuter Coach
SCHAUMBURG, IL — July 02, 2012 — Getting commuters to their jobs and appointments comfortably, safely and reliably has been the goal of Palmetto Breeze's Executive Director Rochelle Ferguson since she arrived at Lowcountry Regional Transportation Authority, Bluffton, South Carolina, in 2001. That's when the agency decided to replace older school bus-style models, which were breaking down at a rate of one every other day, with several MCI Commuter Coaches formerly owned by New Jersey Transit.
"The used coaches were going to be a short-term solution, but they proved to be operationally beneficial," said Ferguson. "When these coaches finally needed to be replaced, the last set were 20 years old; our board members were sold on continuing this type of passenger safety and comfort. MCI has proven to be a safe and reliable product."
Palmetto Breeze's first four new Commuter Coaches arrived in 2006. Four more were added in 2007. Its newest MCI Commuter Coach, delivered on July 20, features the latest clean-diesel engine technology for near-zero emissions and a new, fourth-generation multiplex system for simplified diagnostics.
Palmetto Breeze uses its MCI Commuter Coaches, all equipped with audio and video entertainment systems, on long-distance routes including the 150-mile trip to Allendale. Ridership tends to be workers employed by resort hotels in the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton areas.
All together, Palmetto Breeze has a mixed fleet of 31 vehicles, providing 150,000 one-way trips annually, and serves seven Lowcountry counties. To learn more, visit www.PalmettoBreezeTransit.com.
Motor Coach Industries (MCI), based in Schaumburg, Illinois, is the leading manufacturer of intercity coaches in the U.S. and Canada. Reliability driven, MCI builds expertly engineered, best-selling models for the tour, charter, line-haul, commuter and transit markets. MCI's Buy America compliant and Altoona tested Commuter Coach is available in clean-diesel, hybrid and CNG configurations. MCI also offers 24-hour technical support, industry-leading technician training and the most extensive aftermarket parts and repair service.
Press contact: Patricia Plodzeen Public Relations, 847-283-0883; or Motor Coach Industries Marketing Department, 847-285-2035.
Motor Coach Industries: Corporate Address 1700 East Golf Road, Suite 300, Schaumburg, Illinois 60173 | Phone: 866-MCICOACH
Copyright 2004-2013 Motor Coach Industries Int'l, Inc. and its subsidiaries. All Rights Reserved.