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Privatizing transit could save millions, study finds CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Local governments could reduce expenditures on public transit by 30 percent -- $5.7 billion annually across the country -- by privatizing local bus services. The savings could be found largely in labor costs, according to a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Such savings would permit reduced fares that would in turn make public transit more affordable and accessible for 1 billion additional riders each year. The paper placed the value of this "gain in social welfare"...

 
WASHINGTON -- While U.S. lawmakers jockey to kill or delay full implementation of a new federal overtime rule scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, motorcoach operators are preparing to implement the new rule by, in some cases, converting salary staff to hourly to control costs. The new rule focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for executive, administrative and professional workers to be exempt from overtime, according to the Department of Labor. In...

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- After more than two decades on the road, John Matthews III realized he had gotten as big as the stars he escorted to concerts around the country. That is VERY big. In his work for Thrasher Brothers Trailways, Matthews has toured with Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Neil Diamond, the Black-Eyed Peas, Jimmy Cliff, Janet Jackson, Cher, Prince and other performers. A year ago he was a nearly 340-pound diabetic who was close to losing the career he loved -- driving...

WINNIPEG, Manitoba - A highway and public-transit funding dispute in New Jersey has forced Motor Coach Industries to wind down production on its largest commuter- coach order in nearly two decades. In November, MCI was awarded a contract by New Jersey Transit that included options for more than 1,200 commuter coaches over six years. After delivering three pilot coaches, which successfully...

ST. LOUIS -- This Expo is for you. UMA Motorcoach Expo 2017 in St. Louis will feature an entertainment and networking event hosted by major beer brewer Anheuser-Busch. On February 27, Expo attendees will be invited to the UMA Sneak Preview After Party at Anheuser-Busch's St. Louis headquarters. The event will include an evening tour of the company's flagship brewery, and at least...

ST. LOUIS -- Exhibitors at the 2017 UMA Motorcoach Expo in St. Louis are being offered the opportunity to present education sessions in the exhibit hall on February 28 and March 1. The United Motorcoach Association is 
 accepting proposals from exhibitors wanting to lead an education session on a topic that
 would help motorcoach operators be more successful. UMA officials...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The motorcoach industry's gradual improvement appears to be continuing, with a majority of operators reporting increased revenue and a stronger financial status, according to the 2016 United Motorcoach Association Membership Survey & Industry Assessment. The survey also found that more motorcoach operators have gotten involved in local, state and national political...



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