We are pleased to announce that production has started on our new ADA compliant Mercedes-Benz Metris with vehicles now being delivered to dealers throughout the country.
Produced in Ladson, SC, this vehicle is equipped with an integrated rear access fold-out ramp and electronic assist passenger loading system.
Marketed as the Metris WAV, an acronym for wheelchair accessible vehicle, it is the first conversion of its kind for the Mercedes-Benz brand being built in the United States.
When not being used to transport a wheelchair passenger, the Metris WAV ramp folds flat to create a spacious cargo area in the van. Second row seating can be provided for two or three passengers, depending on client preference, with optional ‘Tip & Fold’ seats also available for third row seating of two ambulatory passengers.
View our Mercedes-Benz Metris WAV web page here to learn more about this exceptional, multi-function vehicle that's perfect for the taxi, senior living, and hospitality markets.
In late 2017, Ford’s Smart Mobility division launched their new GoRide Intelligent Shuttle non-emergency medical transportation service, in conjunction with Beaumont Health Network, Michigan’s largest healthcare system. Patients have the ability to pre-book transport up to 30 days in advance, or simply call when needed. The service now picks up and drops off to more than 200 facilities in the Detroit area. GoRide currently has 15 Ford Transit vehicles in its fleet, with plans to have as many as 60 by the end of 2018.
TransitWorks is proud to be the upfitter on all of the GoRide Ford Transit wheelchair transport vans, and is excited to continue working with Ford as the GoRide program expands. TransitWorks also provided Passenger Assistance, Safety and Sensitivity (PASS) training to GoRide drivers and staff. PASS is a certification program which trains proper wheelchair passenger securement, as well as communicating with and serving people with disabilities.
By combining our expertise in building wheelchair accessible vehicles with value-added services, we were able to provide Ford’s GoRide program and Beaumont Health with safe, efficient vehicles. Patients now get to and from their medical appointments on time and at affordable rates.
For additional information about GoRide and Beaumont Health Network, visit the Ford Media Center at: https://media.ford.com.
The TransitWorks Team will be on-site at the NAFA 2018 Institute & Expo in Anaheim, CA to demonstrate and talk about our Ford Transit with SmartFloor Technology, bus door and wheelchair lift – in addition to our new Mercedes-Benz Metris Business Line Executive Shuttle and Mobile Office.
With great sadness, we must share the news that our President and CEO, Taylor Clark, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 23, 2018.
“Taylor was my business partner, my colleague, and my dear friend. He was passionate, caring and gracious, and he always made us smile and feel loved. His accomplishments in his profession are incredible but are dwarfed by the terrific man that he was to all who knew him. He had so many in his life that loved him, including his wonderful family, and of course, all of us at TransitWorks and MobilityWorks. His dedication to improving the lives of those in need, his empathy and care for others, and his dedication to Accessibility for All, will be greatly missed by our team, and the entire mobility industry,” shared Bill Koeblitz, Founder and CEO of MobilityWorks.
Taylor joined MobilityWorks in 1999 as President of its newly formed Commercial Division, and as a principal owner with MobilityWorks’ Founder, Bill Koeblitz.
Announces New Metris Mobile Office and Executive Shuttle.
Richfield, OH (PRWEB) February 21, 2018 — TransitWorks announced today that the company is starting a new production line in Ladson, South Carolina. The new facility, which officially opened in January, is located on the Mercedes-Benz North Charleston Campus and is phase one of TransitWorks’ expansion into additional product lines and product offerings.
Initial conversions built by TransitWorks will include Mercedes-Benz Sprinter transporters and Metris specialty vehicles. Mercedes-Benz Metris van conversions will include the all new TransitWorks Business Line Mobile Office and Executive Shuttle.
To view the press release online go to Metris Business Line PR.
Featured conversions include Dodge, Ford, Mercedes, RAM, and Toyota commercial van upfits.
Our team of engineers and builders strive to create safer, more flexible, and more cost-effective vehicles. TransitWorks Product Development department is constantly working on exclusive new products to meet the needs of all our customers and their passengers.
TransitWorks newly updated vehicle catalog features innovative solutions for many different transport needs. It is now available in electronic and printed versions. To view online go to 2018 Vehicle Catalog.
To request a printed version of our 2018 catalog, contact our Customer Service Team here.
Please read the following news concerning a 2017 Fire Extinguisher Recall Notice by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (USCPSC).
It has recently come to our attention that the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (USCPSC) has issued a recall on two styles of Kidde brand fire extinguishers. The recalled products include 134 plastic handle models and 8 push button models manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017.
Fire extinguishers supplied with your TransitWorks vehicle may be one of the products included in this recall. Please refer to the Kidde website for specific information about the recalled products to determine whether your fire extinguisher is affected. Please contact Kidde directly using the contact information below for instructions on obtaining a replacement and the return or disposal of any recalled models.
Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.kidde.com.
A brand-new and much-needed Ford cargo van was blessed on Oct. 6 by Father James Sullivan, chaplain of the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Holy Family Home in West Philadelphia.
By Lou Baldwin
When a brand-new and much-needed Ford cargo van built by TransitWorks was blessed on Oct. 6 by Father James Sullivan, chaplain of the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Holy Family Home in West Philadelphia, it was the culmination of a long process. It involved many donors, mostly from Knights of Columbus councils throughout the region. The project to obtain the van traces back two Decembers ago when the Fourth Degree Knights of Father Tomko Assembly in the Lansdale area held their annual Christmas Party for Nuns. Steve Finley, a member of John E. Doyle Council, happened to strike up a conversation with Sister Veronica Susan of the Little Sisters of the Poor. He was so impressed by what she told him about their work that he gave her his card in case he could be of assistance sometime.
Read more here
This Nassau agency knows it can depend on the Ohio-based manufacturer to meet its expanding expectations for safety and reliability
In 2015, NICE sent out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for 34 vehicles which they ultimately awarded to TransitWorks, after a demonstration of the SmartFloor and the vehicle’s handling capabilities by a TransitWorks’ regional sales representative. “We needed a vehicle that was flexible, which allowed us more efficiency in its operations, easier maintenance, better fuel economy and – most importantly – a much more comfortable ride for our passengers,” Khzouz says. “With that understanding, we built a spec that wasn’t targeted toward any specific vehicle. Once we were introduced to the TransitWorks solution and compared it to a lot of others, we liked what we saw.”
TransitWorks drove a prototype vehicle to New York for a thorough NICE review, before deliveries were to be completed. After keeping the vehicle for a brief review process and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) inspection, NICE had a few notes for the manufacturer. TransitWorks readily accepted them and got to work.
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USAs Largest Accessible Van Retailer a 12-Time Inc. 5000 Honoree
MobilityWorks®, the nation's largest retailer of wheelchair accessible vans, announced today that has been named to the 2017 Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of America’s fastest-growing private companies. MobilityWorks (aka WMK) ranked No. 2545 based on a three-year growth rate of 139 percent, marking the twelfth year that the company has been included on the list. “We are extremely honored to have been recognized again by Inc. magazine,” said Eric Mansfield, President of MobilityWorks. “All of our consumer showroom and commercial sales teams are focused on delivering great service and meeting the specific needs of each client. That really is the key to our success and continued growth.”
MobilityWorks also provides wheelchair vans for rent and adaptive equipment such as hand controls, turning seats and scooter lifts. MobilityWorks also sells a variety of transport vehicles to business clients throughout the United States. Its TransitWorks division, a leading upfitter of Ford, Ram, and Mercedes commercial vans, has manufacturing operations in Akron, OH and Kansas City, KS.Read more here.
Source: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (METRO)
TransitWorks custom designed and built the vans to meet specific needs of MetroAccess customers
Customers of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's paratransit service, MetroAccess, will experience a safer, better ride with the addition of 207 new accessible vans that began arriving this month. The new vehicles will expand the fleet serving customers with disabilities by 50 vehicles (7 percent) while also retiring some of the oldest vehicles in the fleet. The new vehicles have enhanced safety features, including improved LED lighting, rear cameras providing operators with a rearward-facing view when backing and a collision avoidance system.Read more here.
Certificate of Acheivement
Safety and Quality are what TransitWorks strives for everyday in the workplace, and because of their diligence, TransitWorks / MobilityWorks has been awarded, by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation, a certificate for achieving over 802,000 continuous hours without time lost due to injury.This incredible achievement spanned over the course of over 28 consecutive months. We are proud of all the hard work and dedication by MobilityWorks and TransitWorks employees in Ohio.Congratulations!!
A disabling accident or illness can change someone’s life forever, making it more difficult to move around or even to leave the house. In this situation, some people shut down, resigned to being stuck at home because of limited mobility.
Bill Koeblitz and his team at MobilityWorks want these individuals to know they’re not trapped — they just haven’t found the right transportation yet.
“We want to make the world accessible,” says Koeblitz, MobilityWorks’ founder and CEO. “It’s always been our focus to enable people who use wheelchairs to go where they want to go and do what they want to do.”
MobilityWorks helps individuals using wheelchairs regain their freedom and stay active by offering a wide selection of wheelchair-accessible vehicles for both consumer and commercial use.
Seniors 55 and older as well as residents with disabilities at Chapman Partnership will receive augmented transporation assistance through the federally funded Section 5310 program, awarding Chapman Partnership a 2016, 12-passenger Ford Van fully equipped with a wheelchair lift and three wheelchair securement devices.
The Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5310 program provides forumla funding to states for the purpose of assisting private nonprofit groups in meeting the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities. The van will assist in addressing transportation barriers experienced by Chapman Partnership residents when attempting to access healthcare, education, employment, or other life-sustaining activities.
Freedman Seating, with the support of TransitWorks, launched the 2017 Transit USA Tour back in January. Dave Rose and his team of dedicated sales managers have been traveling across the US in a Ford Transit Wagon from TransitWorks promoting the latest seating products with safety and comfort at the forefront. Tour stops include OEMs, dealers and trade shows.
TransitWorks is proud to launch a brand new Online Warranty Claim Form. This simple form mirrors the form you have used in the past, but eliminates the need for handwriting, scanning and emailing in the warranty claim information. The online form will streamline the warranty process and help reduce response time and errors.
The form can be found here
The form can also be found on the TransitWorks website, going to the “Departments” tab, and clicking on “Warranty” in the drop down menu
A TransitWorks Warranty representative will contact you to discuss your claim and possible solutions.
If you have any questions, please contact Matt Yates, Warranty Manager at email@example.com.
Reebok had an idea to take their amazing fitness equipment and expertise to people across America, and wanted a new and unique way to do it. Ford, TransitWorks and Adrian Steel came together to bring the Reebok Fit Truck to life!
The Reebok Fit Truck is a mobile fitness van which features a variety of fitness equipment and gear in the back. It will be transported to different events around the country and host outdoor fitness classes, yoga sessions and more. Reebok will also be partnering with nationally known fitness experts at these events. Reebok’s goal is to have a growing number of these vans on the road.
TransitWorks installed our SmartCrew upfit with SmartFloor and 4 Smart Seats in the second row area, along with a metal partition and our exclusive walls and headliner. Ford called us because we have the only approved Crew Van upfit which meets Ford and FMVSS 201U Head Impact testing requirements. From Akron, the van went to Adrian Steel to complete the upfit of fitness equipment and racking in the cargo area behind the partition.
Check out the full article featuring this van at TruckTrend.com click here
Congratulations to TransitWorks and Clark Mundy (Akron Plant Manager) who received the Employer Support of the Guard and reserve Patriot Award. This award recognizes supervisors and bosses nominated by a Guardsman or Reservist employee for support provided directly to the nominator. Way to go, Clark in supporting our service men and women who sacrifice so much for our freedom. Hopefully, this is a reminder to thank and support our service men and women any chance we get.