County Coach's Jak Rabbit takes delivery of first new MCI® D4505
SCHAUMBURG, IL — August 30, 2012 — Jak Rabbit Lines, the charter division of County Coach Corporation, Rye, New York, lives up to its name with coaches that are constantly on the go. The company's newest arrival, a 2012 MCI D4505 coach, was selected for its style, performance and appeal to professional team clients that include the NHL. The coach is already at work taking team members to stadiums and airports.
"We like the new styling of the D4505 and we wanted something different," David Kucera, President of the 57-year-old family business. "This is our first D4505. We've had other MCIs over the years, including the MC-8 and 102 DLs. MCI has always built a reliable vehicle."
Jak Rabbit's new D4505 seats 55 and comes equipped with electronic stability control, SmartWave® tire pressure monitoring and a fire suppression system as standard safety features, along with an optional drive cam and GPS tracking. The new coach, powered by clean-diesel engine technology for near zero emissions, complies with EPA regulations and the company's own green standards. "All of our coaches are equipped with diesel particulate filters, and we have an idling policy that's been a model for school bus companies in other districts," said Kucera.
The company, founded by Kucera's father, Joseph, in 1955, was first named Lincoln Coach; the name changed in 1978 after the purchase of County Coach, a charter and school bus operator now serving five districts in New York and Fairfield, Connecticut. The charter division was renamed Jak Rabbit Lines, using the initials of the founder, who, while officially retired, still monitors passenger numbers and visits the garage regularly, according to his son.
The company has a fleet of 85 vehicles, including 12 coaches, and a growing customer base. "We do get new business every year. Even through the recession and harder times, we still prevail," said Kucera, who credits the company's success to family, teamwork and the dedication of 100-plus employees.
"My brother Greg is Director of Maintenance, and he is responsible for our reliability record," said Kucera. "When you serve clients like the National Hockey League, there's no room for error." Another brother, Jon, is General Manager, and their sister Rosie helps with the school bus division. A third generation is working its way up the ladder. David's son Joey, a college graduate and film major, works in the garage when he isn't part of a film crew. David's daughter Julianne works in the office when not attending college.
A member of the American Bus Association, Jak Rabbit/County Coach is also involved in local charities. For several years, the company has hosted a "stuff the bus" challenge to benefit Pajama Program, which provides new pajamas and books to needy children. Many media outlets have covered the company's charitable works including The Wall Street Journal, which wrote about Kucera in its "Donor of the Day" column in 2010. To learn more, visit www.countycoach.com.
With headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois, MCI is the leading manufacturer of intercity coaches in the U.S. and Canada. Reliability Driven, MCI builds the expertly engineered, best-selling J4500 and D-Series models for the tour, charter, line-haul, commuter and transit markets. MCI is also the distributor of the Setra S 417, Setra S 407 and Setra parts in the U.S. and Canada. The company offers 24-hour technical support and industry-leading technician training along with the market's most extensive aftermarket parts and repair service.
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