|December 15, 1999|
HERTZ 'EASY ACCESS' LOW-FLOOR SHUTTLE BUS
|The Hertz Corporation announced the completed deployment of its "Easy Access" courtesy shuttle bus. Used to transport customers from the airport terminal to the Hertz facility, the Easy Access courtesy bus is available at 20 airport locations nationwide, as follows: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, New York-Kennedy and LaGuardia, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Washington DC, and West Palm Beach.|
Hertz' "Easy Access" bus is the first low-floor, environmentally friendly bus of its kind utilized by the car rental industry.
The bus, designed with a unique, 16-inch "low floor," allows for a one-step boarding process, while a 56-inch-wide doorway provides an easier entrance. In addition, the bus is able to "kneel" an additional four inches at the curb and a simple-to-release electronic ramp provides easy access for individuals with physical disabilities. The ramp, stored beneath the bus's floor, may be activated with the touch of a button. Once on board, wheelchairs may be secured with specialized safety belts. Waist-high luggage racks ease the lifting of cumbersome baggage.
"We're pleased to announce the completion of Hertz' deployment of the Easy Access bus," commented Walter Seaman, Division Vice President, Fleet Maintenance and Car Sales Operations. "We made a commitment to have these buses in Hertz' airport fleet by 2000 and, we are delighted that our deployment came in ahead of schedule."
Designed and manufactured by The Gillig Corporation, the "Easy Access" bus optimizes technological advancements to provide significant environmental benefits. Easy Access' body structure 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. A state-of-the-art, computer-controlled engine is so "clean" that it meets California and EPA emission standards through the year 2003.
Since 1965, Hertz has been a leader in offering travelers with disabilities a wide array of services that include hand controls and spinner knobs, Telephone Devices for the Deaf (TDD) and airport bus fleets that accommodate physically challenged customers.
Hertz operates a fleet of more than 550,000 vehicles from more than 6,300 locations in more than 140 countries.