MCI celebrates 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, JULY 21, 2020: (TSX:NFI) Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., (“NFI”), one of the world’s largest independent global bus manufacturers, has worked throughout its 87-year history to deliver a better commuting experience to passengers of all ability levels. The latest proof is the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Buy America compliant MCI D45 CRT LE, the revolutionary Commuter Coach that delivers all riders – including those with mobility devices – to their destinations faster than ever.
Like no other bus in the world, the 45-foot, 54-passenger MCI D45 CRT LE represents the biggest advancement in passenger accessibility in decades. Instead of a traditional elevated wheelchair lift – which MCI introduced to the industry in 1984 – the D45 CRT LE is designed with an automatic retractable curb level ramp and patented Low Entry (LE) vestibule. The vestibule allows optional seating for 5 passengers including two dedicated spaces for passengers with mobility devices to enjoy a more pleasurable boarding and riding experience with lower dwell times for passengers overall.
MCI’s early dedication to passenger accessibility issues have continued in the three decades following the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26,1990. As part of the design process for the MCI D45 CRT LE, MCI sought the input of a broad range of passengers, including volunteer members from the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) to help develop and evaluate the new design launched in 2017.
Marking its history in support of passengers with disabilities, the creation of the MCI D45 CRT LE and the 30th anniversary passage of the ADA, MCI has created this short video.
With 9,000 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 (the industry best-seller for 14 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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