Complete Coach Works Completes Foothill Transit’s Rehab and Repaint Project

Complete Coach Works Completes Foothill Transit’s Rehab and Repaint Project

RIVERSIDE, CA – Complete Coach Works (CCW) is pleased to announce the completion of Foothill Transit’s project to rehab and repaint 30 artic buses.

The 60-foot-long buses have been repowered with new Cummins ISLG 320 horse power engines. Rebuilt Allison B500R Gen V transmissions were included on a as needed basis. In addition, work included an upgrade to the bus cooling system with the installation of a new all-electric EMP cooling package. Other components that were replaced include motor mounts, hose lines, fittings, alternators, and starters.

All necessary body work was repaired before each bus received a complete paint job. The buses were repainted with Foothill’s new logo and paint scheme. This is the second cosmetic rehab CCW has undertaken for Foothill. The new Foothill decal layout will continue to incorporate Foothill’s mountain peaks logo as a nod to its proximity to the San Gabriel Mountains. “The design reflects the agency’s commitment to sustainability and being green,” stated Roland Cordero, Foothill Transit’s Director of Maintenance and Vehicle Technology, in an earlier CCW press release.

Kevin O’Brien, General Sales Manager of CCW, commented that “It’s rewarding to know that our pioneering efforts and continued success in repowers are making an impact in the transportation industry and our environment. Complete Coach Works is honored to have been awarded this contract from Foothill Transit and to contribute to its goals of sustainability.”

The repower will significantly provide better performance and reliability. It will also reduce operating and maintenance costs. These savings will enable Foothill Transit to allocate more of its budget toward the growth and expansion of its services.

Complete Coach Works Announces Award to Install Driver Protection System Units in 478 New Flyer and Gillig Buses for TriMet

Complete Coach Works Announces Award to Install Driver Protection System Units in 478 New Flyer and Gillig Buses for TriMet

RIVERSIDE, CA – Complete Coach Works (CCW) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a five-year contract to install driver protection system units in 478 New Flyer and Gillig buses for TriMet.

In an effort to ensure the overall safe operation of its systems as well as the personal safety of its customers, employees, and the public, TriMet has decided to install driver protection system units. Driver protection system units allow drivers to feel confident in driving their route while still being able to connect and interact with their passengers. Implementing this safeguard will enhance the level of operator security, visibility, and comfort.

“We are excited to partner with a transit agency that makes safety a priority as much as we do. We believe transit bus operators are central to the success of a transit agency. They are an agency’s first responder for any incident involving their vehicles, and they are responsible for the safety of their passengers. It’s vital to take precautionary measures for safety concerns”, stated Regional Sales Manager of CCW, Jim Paul.

It is without question that TriMet is actively keeping to the promise of their mission in providing valued transit service that is safe, dependable, and easy to use. “We are grateful for the opportunity presented to us by TriMet and look forward to many more projects together”, stated Jim Paul.

Complete Coach Works provides Cost-Effective Solution to Newly Adopted California Mandate for Mass Transit Agencies to go Electric

Complete Coach Works provides Cost-Effective Solution to Newly Adopted California Mandate for Mass Transit Agencies to go Electric

Recently, Complete Coach Works (CCW) announced it was awarded a contract by Montebello Bus Lines (MBL) for the electrification and rehabilitation of three New Flyer buses.

MBL’s decision to remove the now defunct ISE gas hybrid system and convert to Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) buses was a positive step toward its goal of improving the quality of public transportation for its residents and surrounding communities.

Developed exclusively by CCW, ZEPS is an integrated technology that provides customers an affordable route to eco-friendly transportation. CCW takes previously used, internal combustion engine buses and remanufactures them into like-new vehicles containing ZEPS all-electric drivetrain systems. The remanufactured ZEPS buses are rebuilt with lightweight flooring, lightweight seats, lightweight windows, and energy-efficient heating and cooling. It can integrate with any fleet and provide a viable alternative to fossil fuels meeting the needs of our clients’ green initiatives.

The process of remanufacturing will improve the service life of the bus and reduce material waste, resulting in operational savings that benefit the environment. These buses will help America in its continued leadership in clean energy and also places MBL well on its way to complying with the new regulation that will be put into effect in the near future.

According to an article published in the New York Times, California has become the first state to mandate a full shift to electric buses on public transit routes. Starting in 2023, a quarter of agencies’ acquired buses must be electric, and by 2026 that requirement will rise to half of all acquired buses. By 2029, mass transit agencies in California will only be allowed to buy buses that are fully electric under a rule adopted by the state’s powerful clean air agency.

Complete Coach Works Awarded Contract by OCTA to Furnish and Install up to 484 Bike Racks and 73 Spare Units

Complete Coach Works Awarded Contract by OCTA to Furnish and Install up to 484 Bike Racks and 73 Spare Units

RIVERSIDE, CA – Complete Coach Works (CCW) is proud to announce that it has been awarded a contract with Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) to furnish and install up to 484 three-position bike racks and 73 spare units.

Alternative modes of transportation have become popular in order to decrease automobile use and reduce emissions. To keep up with this growing trend, municipalities are changing their infrastructure to better accommodate cyclists. By upgrading to a three-position bike rack, OCTA will be able to offer more rack space to cyclists interested in using public transportation to supplement their commute.

Upgrading to a three-position bike rack allows agencies to enhance their existing mounting systems without the expense of a complete replacement. The new racks are fabricated from stainless steel to prevent corrosion and reduce overall maintenance costs. The bike rack will also allow cyclists to load and unload their bikes with ease which increases safety and reduces interference with bus route schedules.

CCW is excited to support OCTA’s efforts to encourage cycling as an alternative mode of transportation. Kevin O’Brien, General Sales Manager at CCW, states, “Prioritizing the needs of our clients is a core part of our company philosophy. We are proud to partner with an agency who values their customers as much as we do. We are excited and thankful for the opportunity OCTA has provided us and look forward to the completion of the project”.

Complete Coach Works Develops Prototype for RTC to Transform the Next Generation of HVAC Systems

Complete Coach Works Develops Prototype for RTC to Transform the Next Generation of HVAC Systems

RIVERSIDE, CA – Complete Coach Works (CCW) is proud to announce its contract award to upgrade the aging AvantAC System in 50 Wrightbuses for Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC). A full redesign of the HVAC system was required as a lack of available components to repair the AvantAC system has caused an increasing inability to service the system resulting in buses not being able to be used in revenue service.

The awarded contract has allowed CCW to develop its own operating logic system and retrofit newly designed HVAC components into the Wrightbus. The successful outcome of this system granted CCW the opportunity to install the system into the remaining 49 buses. “Our successful development is groundbreaking news for our company and within the transit industry for all agencies struggling to maintain their own AvantAC HVAC system. We now have a replacement system that will have parts availability well into the future”, stated Director of Sales and Marketing, Brad Carson.

CCW’s new system utilizes readily available industry components with our own streamlined operating logic that is standard within the transit bus industry. By providing alternative parts that are ready for immediate use, it keeps the major system components running for a considerably longer period of time without the need for replacing the entire unit. CCW’s approach provides a shorter design cycle and faster implementation.

CCW is a widely recognized leader in the development of new technologies for the transportation industry and is known for its Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) all-electric transit bus first produced in 2012. The addition of the newly developed HVAC system is a direct reflection of the company’s and industry’s growing prowess. Brad Carson states, “Our company is honored to partner with RTC and complete the remaining 49 buses. We are well positioned and excited to introduce a new system for the next generation of transit technologies. It is a unique opportunity to work collaboratively with RTC and leverage the industry. It is an even greater opportunity to provide the industry with another suitable solution for HVAC failures.”