Luxury Coach & Transportation

April 2015

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LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR APRIL 2015 15 Limo Scene LOS PAISANOS BUYS WHEELCHAIR ACCESS TX45 L VAN HOOL BUSES EL PASO, Texas -- Los Paisanos recently bought new wheel- chair lift equipped TX45s which are confgured with 110-volt electrical outlets, WiFi, wood grain fooring, and an REI Elite entertainment system with upgraded monitors. The coaches are powered by Detroit DD13 engines coupled to Allison B500 transmissions. Two additional TX45L's will be delivered in coming weeks that will have Van Hool's innova- tive Contour parcel racks with 23-inch video monitors. "I learned the business from the ground up," said Uriel Cha- vira, owner of El Paso-based Los Paisanos Autobuses. "I started as a bus sweeper and progressed to mechanic and ticket agent working for bus companies in El Paso. In 1998, I decided to start my own business and felt that a combination of quality coaches and great customer service was the key to success." The Los Paisanos feet has grown to 26 Van Hool coaches and 30 vans. None of the coaches are older than 2012, and with the recent addition of three 2015 Van Hool TX45L luxury motorcoaches, they boast one of the most modern feets in the region. "Offering scheduled service between El Paso and six major destinations, as well as charter coaches and vacation pack- ages, Los Paisanos is one of the most diverse operations around," said Bob Holloway, senior account manager for ABC Companies, Van Hool's exclusive North American distributor. "One of the keys to their success is Mr. Chavira's dedication to customer service. It's no secret that whenever time permits, he actually still drives coaches to stay close to his customers and staff. He and his staff are a pleasure to work with." GEORGIA OPERATOR EXPANDS HORIZONS WITH NEW MCI J4500 HARLEM, Ga. — Established in 1998 with a single coach in Harlem, Ga., Horizon Motor Coach has grown steadily, most recently opening a new facility and taking delivery of a luxuri- ous new MCI J4500 coach. Horizon's new J4500 features extras like leather-trimmed seats and woodgrain accents as well as a wheelchair lift so the company can comply with ADA standards. The model offers popular new improvements including a ZF independent front suspension and Bendix Wingman braking. Alvin Harris, Horizon president, said the company has ben- efted from a stronger economy and rapidly growing Columbia County. In addition to purchasing the new coach, Horizon opened a new, 9,000-square-foot maintenance and offce facil- ity in December. The new shop space features three mainte- nance bays inside plus a wash bay outside. Harris started the company with his father and broth- ers. Today, the company, based outside of Augusta, has 19 coaches and about 40 employees. In addition to serv- ing customers such as churches, schools and universities, Horizon is DOD-certifed, with a key segment of its busi- ness coming from nearby Fort Gordon. Information: www. LIMOSCENE IS COMPILED by LCT editor Martin Romjue and LCT senior editor Tim Crowley. Please send information and photos to or For updated industry news, check out LCT E-News blasted out each Wednesday. Register at CHARTER, TOUR & MOTORCOACHES position as special assistant to National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Weener. She will succeed ABA's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy, Clyde Hart, who is retiring after 14 years of service to ABA and the motor- coach, tour and travel industry. At the NTSB, Rohde managed Weener's offce and advised him on legal and policy matters related to various transporta- tion operations and the Board's investigative process. She also assisted in executing the NTSB's advocacy efforts in support of the Board's annual "Most Wanted List" of safety issues. Rohde's particular focus was on surface transportation safety, engaging on legislative, regulatory and policy matters. She also promoted safety by building several government and industry partnerships and routinely engaged with industry representa- tives from all modes of transportation. Before joining the NTSB, she served as the Chief Counsel of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and as the senior legal advisor to the Administrator and U.S. Department of Transportation leadership. In this role, she led 24 staff at- torneys and provided legal guidance and strategic support for policy and regulatory development and execution. The ABA is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the U.S. and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Information: n PEOPLE, POSITIONS & PROMOTIONS

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