Fast-growing RMA becomes a first-time MCI customer with two Livery Edition MCI J4500 coaches
DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, SEPTEMBER 4, 2019: (TSX:NFI) Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., (“NFI”), one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, has delivered two new MCI J4500 Livery Edition coaches to expand RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation’s busy fleet.
Built from a one-car errand service for senior citizens in 1988, RMA – which stands for founder Robert M. Alexander, who wrote a college thesis envisioning his business, began adding a range of sedans, SUVs and mini-bus vehicles to his Rockville, MD-based company before making the move to motor coaches in 2016. Today, RMA is among the top ten largest chauffeured transportation operators in the nation.
And now, for the first time, this diverse 375-vehicle company has gone MCI.
“We have clients who love different models, and the MCI J4500 has a lot of things we were looking for,” explains Gigi Bridgers, RMA’s vice president of operations. RMA’s new 2019 J4500s are fully featured for the luxury livery market. Starting with the roomy 56-seat J4500 configuration, RMA’s new MCIs include Amaya 220 seating with leather diamond stitching and cup holders on the back of each seat. Additionally, each coach features an enhanced sound system, and the RGB lighting package that allows for customize interior color lighting options, and exterior custom paint and decaling.
RMA’s motor coach fleet goes to work for large events, corporate charters and university clients. The company recently provided transportation for the Horatio Alger awards and the Boy Scouts of America’s annual convention through RMA’s offices in Washington, DC, and Rockville. RMA’s business expansion includes a new location in Richmond, VA and a new transit bus and coach maintenance facility in Baltimore, Maryland.
The company trains its drivers to handle versatile assignments. RMA also operates transit buses on Baltimore’s and Bethesda’s circulators, so driver training includes behind-the-wheel hours and instruction on all types of bus models. “We’re lucky because some of our transit drivers also serve as coach drivers and we’ll let them drive within the DOT regulation of hours,” said Bridgers.
The company also operates Orange Taxi and a BP gas station in Maryland. RMA also offers customers worldwide service through its affiliate network in 600 cities around the globe. Much-admired, RMA has won serval prestigious industry awards throughout its history and are members of ABA and UMA. Learn more at www.rmalimo.com.
With over 8,900 team members operating from more than 50 facilities across ten countries, NFI is a leading independent global bus manufacturer providing a comprehensive suite of mass transportation solutions under brands: New Flyer® (heavy-duty transit buses), Alexander Dennis Limited (single and double-deck buses), Plaxton (motor coaches), MCI® (motor coaches), ARBOC® (low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses), and NFI Parts™. NFI buses and motor coaches incorporate the widest range of drive systems available including: clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, and zero-emission electric (trolley, battery, and fuel cell). In total, NFI now supports over 105,000 buses and coaches currently in service around the world. NFI common shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NFI. News and information are available at www.nfigroup.com, www.newflyer.com, www.mcicoach.com, www.arbocsv.com, www.alexander-dennis.com, and nfi.parts.
Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is North America’s public and private market motor coach leader, building the J4500 J4500 (the industry best-seller for 13 consecutive years), the all-new 35-foot J3500 model, and the workhorse D-Series including the breakthrough ADA-accessible MCI D45 CRT LE Commuter Coach offering lower dwell times. MCI will add battery-electric propulsion in 2020. With nearly 30,000 MCI coaches on the road, MCI also provides maintenance, repair, 24-hour roadside assistance, parts supply through NFI Parts, and technician training through the industry’s only Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) accredited MCI Academy.
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