August 5, 2015
Riverside, CA – Complete Coach Works (CCW) has completed the retrofitting of seven SunTran buses with Q’Pod securement systems. The job was completed on-site at SunTran’s St. George, Utah location.
The project consisted of removing 4 seats and installing 2 Q’Pod stations per bus. Q’Pods are known for being ADA compliant and their stability to reduce the risk of wheelchair tip-overs. These Q’Pods have innovative safety features, such as the 3-point securement system, the stabilizing bumper, and the integrated shoulder belt. CCW has performed similar projects, and their experience allowed them to send technicians on-site to complete the project at the convenience of SunTran.
Kevin O’Brien, the general sales manager at CCW, spoke about the importance of securement systems, saying “these systems not only allow for all riders to be accommodated, but it also speeds up the loading and off-loading process, assuring that routes will be met on time.”
Fred Davies, SunTran’s Transit Manager, said that while this project significantly improved their timeliness, it also increased the safety of riders. He states that it has “made a big difference on convincing passengers who don’t typically accept the lap and shoulder belt to now accept it.”
With the buses now in service, Davies shares that “when the number of passengers in wheelchairs and scooters increased to a new record high (334) in June 2015, we were still able to provide normal service without significant delays. If we had experienced this dramatic increase without Q’Pods helping us provide faster and safer service, we would have experienced service degrading delays as we had in the months prior to the install.”
CCW is honored to have been given the opportunity to aid SunTran in catering to their passengers’ needs with efficiency and safety in mind.
“SunTran appreciates that CCW really jumped through hoops to make sure that we would have the buses according to schedule,” stated Davies.
Complete Coach Works is the largest U.S. bus remanufacturing and rehabilitation company and the leading provider of a vast array of transportation solutions with over 28 years of dedicated service in the transportation industry. CCW a pioneer in the business and strives to continually provide cleaner air through innovative design and engineering, resulting in the world’s first and only remanufactured all-electric battery powered bus. Developed and integrated by CCW, the Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) technology provides customers a highly cost effective alternative to green transportation, potentially revolutionizing the transportation industry while supporting the environment for future generations. Regardless of how small or large the job, CCW provides an exceptionally experienced team of over 350 experts, committed to customer service and satisfaction.
City of St. George SunTran Division provides the public transit for the City of St. George. They have six fixed routes, with over 140 bus stops. In 2014 SunTran expanded service to Ivins, Utah. They are also wheelchair accessible with space for two chairs and bike racks.