A-Z Bus Sales Exhibits Creative Bus Options for Assisted Living Communities

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A-Z Bus Sales showcases true low-floor buses and rear-entry conversion vans at CALA

The "Spirit of Mobility" low-floor, cutaway bus from Arboc Mobility

...our approach to supporting the needs of assisted living organizations is based on having a creative mix of alternative transportation solutions, besides traditional buses.

A-Z Bus Sales, Inc., a leading provider of transportation solutions, today announced creative bus solutions for assisted living communities, as showcased at the California Assisted Living Association (CALA) Spring Expo. While traditional buses and multi-passenger vans offer many options for schools, churches and other organizations in transporting multiple passengers on pre-arranged and scheduled trips, the transportation needs of assisted living communities are more specific to the requirements of the individual organization and most importantly, to the needs of the individual passenger. Whether accommodating for limited mobility or for passengers using wheelchairs, A-Z Bus Sales has multiple options to support assisted living organizations. A common example is the need to transport fewer individuals, sometimes in wheelchairs, to specific locations such as doctor offices or other retail locations. Meeting these specific needs requires creative solutions and A-Z Bus Sales offers this through their careful selection of the vehicles they represent and the continued participation in dealer-manufacturer agreements with respected bus and van conversion companies.

At CALA Expo, A-Z Bus Sales, Inc. is showing an Arboc Mobility, “Spirit of Mobility” bus which is a true low-floor bus with a front loading ramp and designed for easy loading and unloading of both ambulatory and wheelchair-accompanied passengers. The Spirit of Mobility is built on a conventional GM cutaway chassis and is rear wheel drive, without needing an expensive dropbox. An optional wheelchair ramp allows for easy loading and unloading through a 39” clear door opening. Comforts include theater-style seating for better viewing for all riders, and full air-ride suspension with a standard kneeling feature that allows an entrance of less than 5” from the curb without deploying the ramp. The bus is built with the highest level of quality; it has a fully integrated body on the chassis with full “E-Coat” corrosion protection and bonded-steel structure.

A-Z Bus Sales is also showing a rear-entry wheelchair van by MobilityWorks, called the Transit Connect. Built on a Ford chassis, this affordable van provides a convenient solution for assisted living organizations with fewer passengers and who need to provide point-to-point transportation on an occasional basis. Economically priced, the Transit Connect provides a whole new option for wheelchair van passengers and caregivers. Its sleek European style and ample interior space are ideal for commercial use in tight, urban environments, where space is at a premium and fuel economy is an absolute business necessity. The Transit Connect is an attractive alternative to traditional lowered-floor minivans and full-sized vans equipped with wheelchair lifts.

“A-Z Bus Sales has longevity in providing multi-passenger bus solutions for a variety of commercial applications,” says Ed King, Director of Commercial and Transit Bus Sales. “However, our approach to supporting the needs of assisted living organizations is based on having a creative mix of alternative transportation solutions, besides traditional buses. A-Z Bus Sales is glad to be working with Arboc Mobility and MobilityWorks to provide both high quality vehicles with long life spans as well as being equipped with unique features and specifications that meet American Disability Act requirements in properly transporting passengers using wheelchairs.”

About A-Z Bus Sales, Inc.
A-Z Bus Sales, Inc. is a 25-year old, employee-owned company specializing in transportation solutions for the government and public sector, education market, commercial and private fleets. A-Z Bus Sales represents new Blue Bird, Collins Bus, Girardin, Glaval Bus, Federal, Ameritrans, Elkhart Coach, Arboc Mobility, MobilityWorks, and Braun as well as one of the largest inventories of used buses on the West Coast. A-Z Bus Sales provides buses to a variety of organizations including: K-12 schools, universities, municipalities, shuttle operators, hotels, health care providers, tour and charter companies, churches and retirement centers. A-Z Bus Sales provides sales and service for new buses, used buses, provides parts and services including emissions testing and diesel engine retrofits, warranty repairs and other services. More information can be found at http://www.a-znewbussales.com or by calling 800-862-8220.

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