Limousine Charter & Tour

September 2016

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44 LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR SEPTEMBER 2016 WWW.LCTMAG.COM COVER: INDUSTRY PEOPLE ing our maintenance costs low and keeping our fleet up and running." Fleet Complements Boston Car and Above All now run a fleet of 32 sedans, nine SUVs and 23 vans, limo buses, and shuttles accom- modating any seating require- ment up to 42 passengers. The ability to provide mul- tiple buses for corporate and retail work gives the com- pany an advantage by having multiple vehicles available in the yard to handle client re- quests. It also has enhanced the company's vibrant farm- in and farm-out business that serves more than 550 cities and airports. The combined companies are stocked with an array of late-model, multi-purpose vehicles. Boston Car uses the BMW 535 GT as its pri- mary corporate vehicle, while Above All runs the Lincoln MKT Town Car and Lincoln MKS sedan. The fleet includes Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans, Cadillac Escalades and Chev- rolet Suburbans, Hummer stretches, Lincoln MKT Town Car stretch limousines, execu- tive vans, shuttle buses, limo buses, and one trolley. "We are somewhat unique because we have the large bus fleet that enables us to get farm-in work not just from Massachusetts operators, but business from operators around the world," Cronin says. "Most local operators in Massachusetts do not have our equipment, so we are try- ing to work together." Adds Barenholtz: "There are operators who just won't talk to each other, but we are seeing most people try to work together for the good of our industry. I think TNC is- sues have brought operators together in a common cause, and that is carrying over to working together more. That's good for our industry." Client Books The company's client book breaks down to about 85% cor- porate and 15% retail/leisure. "We have forward-facing shuttle buses and our limo buses have conservative in- teriors that corporate clients love," Cronin says. "They also work for nights out and weddings on weekends with perimeter seating and are equipped with nice amenities that work for corporate clients during the week and retail ones on the weekends." The company not only serves the Boston metro re- gion but covers a wide swath of New England stretching from southern New Hamp- shire through Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York City area airports. One lesson Barenholtz learned from adding buses to his sedan fleet was the higher cost of operations. "A lot of people don't understand the bus business is expensive. It's a different animal than se- dans. There are higher costs for repairs, general mainte- nance, and licensing costs." Adds Cronin: "You need to keep your buses properly maintained to reduce down- time. Finding a good me- chanic rather than sending buses out for service is cost effective because you are not spending time transporting the bus for repairs and then picking it up again, which is time consuming and keeps it out of operation longer — plus you are paying premium costs for repairs." He also advises that "ev- erything on four wheels breaks down," so keeping "THE MERGER GAVE US THE DIVERSIFICATION THAT NEITHER OF US HAD INDIVIDUALLY." — Brett Barenholtz Dispatcher Renard Bellamy and staff at the new headquarters in Canton. Mass. The merger raises the fleet size to 75 vehicles, jumping the company to No. 44 on the LCT annual 50 Largest Fleets List rankings.

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