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Car Rental Company Shuttle Bus Rosters

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I've decided to start a little project to compile fleets of shuttle buses operated by car rental companies. I've created Alamo/National and Avis pages and there is already a Hertz page. I've started both new pages with Gillig buses that they operate at Detroit Metro Airport. Pages are still needed for Budget, Dollar/Thrifty and Enterprise (and possibly others as well). Please post here any contributions you may have, even if it's just from taking a Google Street View drive around an airport.

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My next question, who wants to tackle Coach USA next? That's going to be a real challenge as I've only done the Florida branch. Moving away from that, I've added all the TMC Citycrusiers to the AVIS roster. Most are missing information as to where they served, but I think it was SFO, since I saw a picture somewhere of those said buses at the airport.

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I understand the Gillig Advantage was actually produced with consultation from Hertz. (H2000LF)

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hertz-introduces-the-h2000lf----the-bus-of-the-future-75633897.html

PARK RIDGE, N.J., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hertz Corporation
(NYSE: HRZ), the world's largest car rental company, introduced into its
courtesy shuttle bus fleet the H2000LF, the first, low-floor, environmentally
friendly bus of its kind to be utilized by the car rental industry.
The H2000LF's unique, low-floor design allows customers to reach the bus
floor with only one 14-inch step versus the traditional multi-step effort
necessary for boarding. This design provides easier access to all passengers,
particularly those passengers with physical disabilities, those accompanied by
small children or those carrying cumbersome luggage. For customers confined
to a wheelchair, the bus is equipped with an electrically operated ramp as
well as two ADA compliant positions for wheelchairs.
The Gillig Corporation, a major heavy duty bus manufacturer, based near
San Francisco, California, worked with Hertz to develop this new advanced
design bus, which optimizes design and technology advancements to provide
significant environmental and user benefits.
"This is nothing short of 'the bus of the future'," said Walter Seaman,
Division Vice President, Fleet, Maintenance and Car Sales Operations. "It
works on the customer service level and the environmental level. It offers
passengers greater comfort, yet consumes less fuel, is substantially lighter
weight, experiences less wear and tear and is recyclable."
"The partnership between Hertz and Gillig has optimized the user friendly
features and advanced technology with unmatched operating performance to
produce a product that the rest of the industry cannot ignore, but will have
difficulty duplicating," said Brian Macleod, Gillig Vice President.
Designed with greater sensitivity to the environment, H2000LF's body
structure is unique because it is made of non-corrosive, fully recyclable
aluminum alloy, which results in a lighter bus that uses less fuel and causes
less wear and tear on the tires. The weight reduction is equivalent to the
weight of two full-size Ford Tauruses.
Another environmental benefit is the state-of-the-art, computer-controlled
engine, which is so "clean" that it meets California and EPA emission
standards through the year 2003.
To further accommodate its passengers, the H2000LF employs a waist-high
luggage rack across an entire side of the bus to alleviate the need for
customers to store heavy bags above their heads. Another enhancement is the
multi-level seating, which offers customers an elevated seating area at the
back of the bus for better visibility. Whether seated on the lower level or
in the "lounge," customers are offered a fully carpeted bus that provides the
smoothest bus ride possible today.
Other enhancements include anti-skid brakes, a unique sound dampening
floor over the engine compartment, an electronic announcement system, and full
bus kneeling, which lowers the bus closer to the ground for easier boarding.
Hertz' H2000LF is not the company's first foray into buses responsive to
disabled customers' travel needs. In 1994, Hertz introduced lift-equipped
shuttle buses, which enable travelers with disabilities who use wheelchairs or
scooters to easily enter and exit the bus. These buses are currently
available at airport locations in Atlanta, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando,
Kansas City, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Phoenix and Washington
D.C.
"The introduction of the H2000LF is another example of our commitment to
providing services to travelers with disabilities, and the unique design
enhancements benefit all of our customers," said Seaman. "We raised the level
of our service by lowering the bus floor."
Hertz operates a fleet of more than 500,000 vehicles from more than 5,000
locations in approximately 140 countries.



SOURCE Hertz Corporation

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On 8/8/2015 at 7:52 PM, 160 Downriver said:

I've decided to start a little project to compile fleets of shuttle buses operated by car rental companies. I've created Alamo/National and Avis pages and there is already a Hertz page. I've started both new pages with Gillig buses that they operate at Detroit Metro Airport. Pages are still needed for Budget, Dollar/Thrifty and Enterprise (and possibly others as well). Please post here any contributions you may have, even if it's just from taking a Google Street View drive around an airport.

I've completely redone the Avis & Alamo pages as of recent, however information on the Detroit Metro Airport Alamo-National Gilligs is scarce. Do you have any pics of those buses including unit 40, which you had on the page when first creating it?

I'm going to redo the Hertz page soon.

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