Buses Drive 'Greener' Schaumburg's MCI Reduces Emissions
Comerford, Michael Sean, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Michael Sean Comerford Daily Herald Business Writer
The motor coach industry wants a wider public to know its environmental initiatives amount to more than a thin green patina.
From its Canadian factories to its clean diesel, low emission buses, Schaumburg-based Motor Coach Industries International maintains its green message resonates with its motor coach operator clients.
"We are getting a lot of calls from out customers asking what we're doing so they can tell their customers," said Richard L. Hausman, owner of Chicago Classic Coach, based in Mount Prospect.
Hausman this week took delivery of two Motor Coach Industries buses that use ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel along with a high-tech filter that captures 90 percent more soot than what buses emitted even last year, according to Motor Coach Industries, or MCI.
MCI Senior Vice President Pete Cotter foresees wider use of commuter motor coaches as an environmentally friendly initiative.
"Sixty percent of our business is on the East coast," said Cotter, noting dedicated bus lanes attract riders. "If you have 57 passengers, that could be 57 cars not on the road."
By 2010, the $1.2 billion motor coach industry wants riders to know its fuel pipes will be emitting less than 10 percent of the smog of past buses.
The Environmental Protection Agency maintains "diesel emissions contain large amounts of nitrogen oxides and fine particles (soot). Nitrogen oxides are precursors of ozone (smog), which is a lung irritant, and fine particles can aggravate respiratory and heart diseases. EPA has found that fine particles from diesel engines are a leading public health risk in the Midwest."
The EPA is mandating reductions in emissions, which apply this year equally to large trucks and motor coaches.
Because the exhaust from new models of motor coaches hasn't been visible for a while, some industry insiders worry the public won't get their message that the industry changed. …