Arcola in the News
New Handicapped-Accessible Bus at Rides Unlimited
NY- On February 29,2012 Arcola delivered a new handicapped-accessible bus to Rides Unlimited. There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony to introduce the new accessible bus. Rides Unlimited received this at its Islandia facility at Hoffman Lane. The new bus features a hydraulic lift that allows those in wheelchairs to board the bus more easily, there are no steps to climb. Rides Unlimited received this bus through a donation from a brother-in-law of Robert Gallo, Sales Representative at Arcola Bus Sales. Rides Unlimited is a non-profit which provides transportation services to special-needs individuals. It has a fleet of 120 buses and serves residents in Suffolk, Nassau, Queens and Kings Counties.
Golden Touch College Point , NY Adds 5 New Caio 3400
Arcola recently delivered 2 CAIO 3400 to Jim Donoghue and Tom Herrschaft and members of the Golden Touch. The 38 passenger bus is a welcomed addition to the company limousine fleet of mini-coaches, vans, towne car sedans. Golden Touch is highly regarded throughout the tri-state area. There will be an additional 3 buses delivered later this year.
Environmentally Friendly Bus Arrives Collegiate School – NY
The Class of 2009’s senior gift was a new, more environmentally friendly bus to replace our old vehicle. The new hybrid bus nearly doubles the miles per gallon of the old one and offers many other features, including enough head room to stand tall, seat belts, full roll-over cage, safety back-up camera, GPS, and a special steel frame to protect the gas tank. In addition to providing transport for field trips around the city, the bus will be used to take sports teams to tournaments and meets. This very generous gift allows Collegiate to reduce its environmental footprint while also providing a safer and more comfortable ride for their boys. Collegiate is very grateful to the parents of the Class of 2009 for their generosity and wishes also to thank Michael Fisch P’09, ’12, chairman of the Senior Class Gift Committee.
CSI Clean Air NY Champions
The College of Staten Island of NY has just purchased a new Hybird shuttle bus. They have partnered with Clean Air NY through CommuterLink car pooling efforts, and are considered to be a “Clean Air NY Champion”. The College’s ongoing efforts in making substantial contributions to improving the air we breathe by promoting car pooling and ride sharing, and by providing students, faculty and staff with a Shuttle bus and Loop bus to reduce the number of cars on campus has allowed us to achieve the status of “Champion”.
New Addition to Sales Staff
We want to welcome Joe Rotter to Arcola Bus Sales. Joe comes to us with significant experience having been previously employed by Factory Direct and Jersey Shore Bus. That gives us six commercial sales reps.
Delivery First of Four
Arcola Bus Sales is proud to announce the delivery of the first of four CAIO G3400 Luxury Midsize Coaches to Mr. Peter Kim of SKYLINER Travel & Tour Bus, Co. of Astoria, New York. SKYLINER prides its self on having the most modern fleet in the country and these new additions will complement their fleet.
New York State Bus Contract
Arcola Sales & Service Corp. has been awarded a contract for what is estimated to be 170 vehicles per year. The bus bodies will be manufactured by Supreme Startrans and mounted of Ford E350 chassis. The initial term of the contract is to December 14, 2010 but may be extended for a total of 5 years. Order forms for NYS OGS Contract #PC64220 can be downloaded off of this web site. It is anticipated that there will be many add-ons to this contract. In the past, Alaska, Vermont, New Jersey, Maryland, Michigan and Wisconsin have participated in purchasing off the the contract.
State of New Jersey Contract for Parts
Arcola Sales & Service Corp. has been awarded a 3 year contract by the State of New Jersey for the purchase of automotive parts for heavy duty vehicles. The products covered are OEM parts for:
- Collins school buses
- Supreme Startrans shuttle buses and paratransit vehicles
- Ricon wheelchair lift parts
Discounts offered under the contract range from 5 to 15%.
Hybrid Electric Buses Delivered to PennDOT
Arcola Bus Sales has delivered 10 hybrid buses to Rabbit Transit in York County, PA. The eighteen passenger Azure/StarTrans Hybrid Paratransit Citi Buses will be used to expand its shared-ride program. The buses were purchased under a contract awarded to Arcola by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which has an option for 15 additional buses.
The Azure Series-Hybrid CitiBus system specified by PennDOT has unique attributes like engine-off driving while electronically supporting key ancillary functions like air conditioning, power steering and braking. The powertrain, with a GM Vortec 4.8L engine, offers over a 40% improvement in fuel economy, and a 30% reduction in carbon emissions in city conditions. The powertrain also offers a 25% reduction in engine maintenance and a 75% reduction in brake maintenance versus conventionally equipped competitors.
NJ State Contract for Maintenance and Repair of Heavy Duty Vehicles
Arcola Sales & Service Corp. has been certain sections of Contract T-2108 for the Maintenance and Repair Service for Heavy Duty Vehicles (Class 5 or Higher, Over 15,000 lb GVWR) as follows:
- OEM Repairs and Preventive Maint.: Minor
- OEM Repairs and Preventive Maint.:Major
School Bus Fleet Management & Maintenance Service Contract
Arcola Sales & Service Corp. has been awarded a contract to manage a fleet of 155 school buses operated by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Office of Education and DYFS Residential Centers. The four year contract includes Preventative Maintenance, semi-annual MVC school bus inspections and management of all repairs on the vehicles that are operated out of 20 sites throughout the State. Arcola has an established network of service providers throughout NJ to perform the required services within a 30 mile radius of each site.
MTA Long Island Bus orders Heavy Duty Cutaway Buses
Arcola Bus Sales has been awarded a multi-year contract to supply up to 92 diesel powered small Transit Buses to LI Bus. Arcola will be providing Aero Elite bus bodies manufactured by ElDorado National. Two configurations will be supplied, one capable of accommodating 4 wheelchairs and the other 5 wheelchairs. Flexible seating arrangements will enable both to carry 10 ambulatory passengers. Seeking heavy duty vehicles, these relatively small bodies will be mounted on International 3200 chassis.