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United States Urban Public Transport Vehicles Market and Dealership Analysis, Forecast to 2022

  • Report

  • 73 Pages
  • February 2019
  • Region: United States
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • ID: 4753093

‘Buy America’ Standards to Boost Domestic Sourcing

This research service is aimed at providing valuable content for bus manufacturers and distributors by analyzing various bus segments and dealership models in the US market. Manufacturing and doing bus business in the United States has been made challenging with various policies defined by the federal government. Additionally, the US Department of Transportation (US DoT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have also listed several standards to be adopted by bus manufacturers in the US market. For instance, bus manufacturers operating in the United States must comply with a wide range of operational and design regulations.

Some of the most important policies and regulations that need to be followed include emissions regulations, domestic sourcing, customs and border protection regulations for importers, standards for the use of alternative fuels and ‘Buy America’ regulations. This study will provide an update on the state of the bus industry, an analysis of how federal regulations and policies are impacting the bus manufacturing industry, and suggestions for bus manufacturers and dealers to help them move forward and thrive in the market while providing the best service to customers.

Despite the various regulations and policies, the Federal government also creates a favorable business environment by providing various grants and incentive programs, such as the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which is a five-year grant of $305 billion to improve the United States’ surface transportation infrastructure. Hundreds of millions are allocated to purchase new public transit buses ($227 million in 2017). Similarly, federal and state incentive grants are being provided for the purchase of hybrid and electric buses with an objective to achieve an emission-free environment. This initiative ultimately drives vehicle replacements. Apart from this, the growth of the US urban population is consistently exceeding the nation’s overall growth rate - this scenario increases the need for more public transit routes.

With the Trump Administration’s intention to solidify domestic sourcing, foreign vehicle manufacturers can expect uncompromising regulations and a further increase in taxation on imported vehicles sooner. Currently, regulations require that buses have their final assembly in the United States. According to ‘Buy America’ regulations, more than 60% of the vehicle's content should have been produced in the United States. As a result, domestic sourcing requirements are receiving a heightened focus, which might result in a further increase in import tariffs.

The spatial structure in the United States is influencing bus business and demographic attributes, such as population size, which is determining the need for bus services in the United States. However, these policies and regulations are pushing foreign bus manufacturers to have a manufacturing facility in the United States to attain ‘Buy America’ eligibility and penetrate the US market.

Key Issues Addressed

  • Which bus segments are expected to experience significant growth in the United States?
  • How many buses are in operation in the United States, based on powertrain and application type?
  • Which market participants are dominating the various segments of the US bus market?
  • What are the regulations and policies that OEMs need to follow to conduct business in the United States?
  • Who are the key dealers operating in the US bus market and what business models do they use?

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
  • Executive Summary - Key Findings
  • Total US Buses in Operation by Class
  • Taxation Summary by Region - United States
  • US Transit Bus Market - Market Share Analysis
  • US Motorcoach Market - Market Share Analysis
  • Key Bus Dealers - United States

2. Research Scope, Objectives, and Background
  • Research Scope
  • Research Aims and Objectives
  • Key Questions this Study will Answer

3. Drivers and Restraints - Total Urban Public Transport Vehicles and Dealerships Market
  • Market Drivers
  • Drivers Explained
  • Market Restraints
  • Restraints Explained

4. Market Measurements and Dynamics
  • Total US Buses in Operation by Class
  • US Buses - Historical Sales and Forecast
  • US Buses - Sales by Powertrain Type
  • US Buses - Non-School Buses in Operation by Bus Length
  • US Buses - Buses in Operation by Powertrain Type
  • US Buses - By Application

5. Regulatory Environment and Tax Structures
  • Taxation Summary by Region - United States
  • Economic Development Tax Incentives - United States
  • Key Regulatory Requirements - United States
  • Initiative/Campaign/Incentive Scheme Impacting Public Transit Vehicles
  • Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Requirements/Outlook - United States

6. Competitive Benchmarking of Key Manufacturers
  • US Transit Bus Market - Historical Market Overview
  • US Transit Bus Market - Market Share Analysis
  • US Motorcoach Market - Market Share Analysis

7. Profiles and SWFI Analysis of Key Manufacturers
  • Company Profile - TEMSA Global
  • SWFI Analysis - TEMSA Global
  • Company Profile - Van Hool NV
  • SWFI Analysis - Van Hool NV
  • Company Profile - NFI Group Inc. (New Flyer)
  • SWFI Analysis - NFI Group Inc. (New Flyer)
  • Company Profile - Grande West Transportation Group Ltd.
  • SWFI Analysis - Grande West Transportation Group Ltd.
  • Company Profile - Gillig Corporation
  • SWFI Analysis - Gillig Corporation
  • Company Profile - Volvo Group
  • SWFI Analysis - Volvo Group

8. Profiles of Key Dealers
  • Key Bus Dealers - United States
  • Overview - Creative Bus Sales (CBS)
  • SWFI Analysis - Creative Bus Sales (CBS)
  • Overview - Alliance Bus Group
  • SWFI Analysis - Alliance Bus Group
  • Overview - Rohrer Bus
  • SWFI Analysis - Rohrer Bus

9. Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
  • Growth Opportunity - Bus and Dealership Market
  • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth

10. Conclusions and Recommendations
  • The Last Word - 3 Big Predictions
  • Legal Disclaimer

11. Appendix
  • Market Engineering Methodology
  • List of Exhibits

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Alliance Bus Group
  • Creative Bus Sales (CBS)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Gillig Corporation
  • Grande West Transportation Group Ltd.
  • NFI Group Inc. (New Flyer)
  • Rohrer Bus
  • TEMSA Global
  • US Department of Transportation (US DoT)
  • Van Hool NV
  • Volvo Group