747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3480 posts, RR: 2 Posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 903 times:
Today, I was riding on one of my place of worship MC-9s with a 8v-71, from Washington DC, and after we got home, I start thinking about how the D series architecture, was based on the MC-9s.
So I wonder, what could we expect from MCI in the future? Could we see a motor coach base on the J4500 architecture, but slightly larger, with a more modern look? So what would a K series be like?
ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13029 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 891 times:
I take MCI motor coaches every day commuting to/from my home and NY City on NJ Transit. I believe in the late 1990's, NJ Transit had placed the largest single order of such MCI coaches they ever had (over 900 units ceating a 'Jersey Cruser' spec sub models mainly used on longer haul suburban-NYC/Phiily routes).
I suspect there is going to have to be changes to better accommodate handicapped persons, as well as made lighter with more composite materials, fiberglass and aluminum to reduce weight as well as updates engines and accessory systems (air conditioning for example) to improve fuel mileage. For all coach buyers, they need to deal with the long term increases in fuel prices to hold down costs to operators. I noticed that Greyhound bought a significant number of Prevost coaches in recent years although for years they were big MCI buyers. I wonder if it is due to pricing or quality issues vs. MCI.
KingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1296 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 780 times:
Quoting ltbewr (Reply 1): I noticed that Greyhound bought a significant number of Prevost coaches in recent years although for years they were big MCI buyers. I wonder if it is due to pricing or quality issues vs. MCI.
They did have a huge X3-45 order, but they also got a bunch of D4505s, which are just as nice and essentially fill the same niche as the D series (both are line haul coaches, as compared to touring coaches (i.e., H3-45)).
But I pretty much agree, lighter, more fuel-efficient coaches should be expected; perhaps more aerodynamic too (which would look cool IMHO ).
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