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Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
EPA awards $7 million in school bus rebates

The third round of DERA rebates will go toward replacing or retrofitting 400 older diesel school buses in 35 states.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042695/epa-awards-7-million-in-school-bus-rebates
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
Thomas Built again steps up production, staff

The school bus manufacturer adds 50 new line positions and increases production levels in response to large orders from the state of North Carolina and...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10045401/thomas-built-again-steps-up-production-staff
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
Collins to build CNG buses

The Type A manufacturer partners with BAF to develop the first Type A school bus with a compressed natural gas fuel system. The option will be available on...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10045498/collins-to-build-cng-buses
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety
Making DEF Work for Your Operation

In talking with school bus fleet managers, transportation directors and mechanics about how they’re going to meet the tough new EPA air quality sta...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010420/making-def-work-for-your-operation
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety, Sustainability
5 Questions: Chris Llewellyn on Propane Benefits, Mitigating Tech Shortage

Chris Llewellyn, divisional maintenance manager for Pacific Western Transportation, discusses how the company has seen lowered fuel costs and reduced...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009543/5-questions-chris-llewellyn-on-propane-benefits-mitigating-tech-shortage
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
Alternative Fuel Questions Answered in New Website Feature

Roush CleanTech is fielding inquiries about propane and other fuels in the new “Got Questions?” section of the School Bus Fleet site.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041251/alternative-fuel-questions-answered-in-new-website-feature
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Resigns

Pruitt has been the subject of multiple ethics investigations. President Trump accepts his resignation while continuing to defend his work at the EPA.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041093/epa-administrator-scott-pruitt-resigns
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety
DERA Escapes Budget Cuts, Tabbed for 20% Increase

Congress’ new appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017 includes $60 million for EPA’s clean diesel grant program.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041807/dera-escapes-budget-cuts-tabbed-for-20-increase
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance
New Propane Filters Target Particulate Matter

Alliance AutoGas aligns with Donaldson Co. on a line of LPG filters designed to remove potentially harmful particulate matter and heavy ends from propane...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042043/new-propane-filters-target-particulate-matter
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
New Blue Bird Dealer Named in Virginia Market

The school bus OEM’s dealership representation in Virginia recently transitioned from Carter Machinery to Blue Bird Bus Sales of Virginia.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041460/new-blue-bird-dealer-named-in-virginia-market
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
How to Boost Fuel Economy

Over the years, a substantial amount of literature has been generated in the area of fuel economy. Several white papers from reputable manufactur...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010541/how-to-boost-fuel-economy
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
Indiana district to equip 24 more buses with DPFs

Fort Wayne Community Schools gets a $314,108 grant to pay for the diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and the equipment to clean them. The addition of the Hug...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10043709/indiana-district-to-equip-24-more-buses-with-dpfs
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance
Parker Hannifin debuts CNG fuel dispenser

The supplier introduced a complete industrial and fleet fuel dispensing solution for high-flow, high-cycle CNG applications to the North American market at...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10043728/parker-hannifin-debuts-cng-fuel-dispenser
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
EPA awards $5.4M for diesel emission reductions in West

Several school bus-related projects are among those awarded grants to retrofit and replace old diesel vehicles and equipment.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042789/epa-awards-5-4m-for-diesel-emission-reductions-in-west
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance
Heating Systems Help Reduce Emissions, Costs

Today’s engine heating systems available for the school bus segment help make vehicle start-up more efficient, reducing idle times and thus emissions ...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010364/heating-systems-help-reduce-emissions-costs
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
California district pilots electric drive system on bus

Escondido Union High School District is testing the ElecTruck Drive System from TransPower for one month. The system has been retrofitted on a Thomas Built...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10043885/california-district-pilots-electric-drive-system-on-bus
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety
Transportation leader pushed for efficiency, bus ads

Joe Mirabella, who died Sunday at 68, co-founded an innovative program to help Colorado's school districts boost transportation efficiency, and he promoted...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10045359/transportation-leader-pushed-for-efficiency-bus-ads
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance
3 Propane Technician Training Sessions Scheduled

NAFTC’s free, three-day training course will be offered in Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Oregon over the next few months.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042510/3-propane-technician-training-sessions-scheduled
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
Propane Tech Training Earns Automotive Industry Award

NAFTC’s Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training, which was launched at Blue Bird’s facility in February, is recognized by the Automotive...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042134/propane-tech-training-earns-automotive-industry-award
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety
Denis Gallagher Urges ‘Old School’ Fleets to Modernize

The CEO of Student Transportation Inc. says that many school bus operations need to replace their aging vehicles, embrace new technologies, and...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009690/denis-gallagher-urges-old-school-fleets-to-modernize
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
Ariz. district sees success with propane buses

Mesa Public Schools reports savings of about 25.1 cents per mile for the propane Micro Bird Type A school buses it began running last fall. In April, the...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10045398/ariz-district-sees-success-with-propane-buses
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
NCST Releases Revisions to 2015 Procedures

An electronic version of the National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures document that has revisions highlighted is available to state...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042498/ncst-releases-revisions-to-2015-procedures
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
Roush Propane Engines Certified for Heavy-Duty Onboard Diagnostics

School buses powered by Roush CleanTech propane fuel systems with Ford 6.8L 2V and 3V engines are covered under the CARB HD-OBD certification.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041266/roush-propane-engines-certified-for-heavy-duty-onboard-diagnostics
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
California District Launches CNG Fueling Station

The station fuels Lodi Unified School District’s 54 CNG buses and serves as a backup for other fleets in the area.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042321/california-district-launches-cng-fueling-station
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
Utah District Equips 40 School Buses With Heat Recycling System

A $30,000 grant funds installation of Idle Free Heat technology on Granite School District buses.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041247/utah-district-equips-40-school-buses-with-heat-recycling-system
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
Collins Bus Corp. launches new CNG Type A school bus

The school bus manufacturer has partnered with Westport on the bus, which features the Westport WiNG Power System, a dedicated natural gas fuel system. The...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10043775/collins-bus-corp-launches-new-cng-type-a-school-bus
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety
EPA offers $2M in rebates for school bus replacement

The EPA’s first-ever rebate program will be a pilot focusing specifically on replacing older school buses. School districts and contractors will be among...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10044947/epa-offers-2m-in-rebates-for-school-bus-replacement
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
REMINDER: <I>SBF</i> Photo Contest returns

The deadline for SCHOOL BUS FLEET’s Ninth Annual Photo Contest has been extended to Friday, May 24. Three winners will receive a $100 cash prize.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10044584/reminder-isbf-i-photo-contest-returns
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
8 Great Fleets in 2008

Family vision continues as bus company grows Birnie Bus Service, Rome, N.Y. It’s already been a long road for Tim Birnie, ow...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010702/8-great-fleets-in-2008
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety, Sustainability
5 Questions: Chris Llewellyn on Propane Benefits, Mitigating Tech Shortage

Chris Llewellyn, divisional maintenance manager for Pacific Western Transportation, discusses how the company has seen lowered fuel costs and reduced...

https://www.globalfleetmanagement.com/10009543/5-questions-chris-llewellyn-on-propane-benefits-mitigating-tech-shortage
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
Diesel Gallon Equivalent Standard Adopted for Natural Gas Sales

The National Conference on Weights and Measures approves the diesel gallon equivalent standard as a legally authorized method of sale for natural gas sold...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042278/diesel-gallon-equivalent-standard-adopted-for-natural-gas-sales
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
<I>SBF</i> launches new video section

New feature on SchoolBusFleet.com offers an array of pupil transportation videos — from school bus safety PSAs to training material to funny bus-related clips.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10046567/isbf-i-launches-new-video-section
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
Blue Bird employment up 44% in 4 years

The school bus manufacturer’s growth in all vehicle segments has led to an increase in its workforce, which is now over 1,600 employees.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10043456/blue-bird-employment-up-44-in-4-years
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
<i>SBF</i> unveils redesigned Website

New, user-friendly layout is organized by targeted channels, which cover such pertinent topics as school bus safety, management and training, maintenance,...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10046870/isbf-i-unveils-redesigned-website
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance
N.J. district ran bus on biodiesel for 13 years

Medford Township Public Schools was reportedly the first in New Jersey to run a school bus on B20 biodiesel. Joe Biluck, who was fleet manager at the time,...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10045750/n-j-district-ran-bus-on-biodiesel-for-13-years
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
Blue Bird Launches 4th Generation Propane School Bus

The Vision Gen 4 Propane bus incorporates changes that enhance serviceability and reliability, according to the OEM.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042302/blue-bird-launches-4th-generation-propane-school-bus
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Safety
Navistar Extends Engine Supply Agreement with Power Solutions International

The agreement, originally set to run through 2018, will now run through 2021. It covers the alternative-fuel system supplier's 8.8-liter propane and...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042147/navistar-extends-engine-supply-agreement-with-power-solutions-international
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
SBX Discussions Dig Into Driver Shortage, Stop-Arm Running

The second edition of School Bus eXchange brings school bus operators and suppliers to Colorado to share solutions for key issues facing the industry.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009767/sbx-discussions-dig-into-driver-shortage-stop-arm-running
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Sustainability
Alt-Fueling Equipment Tailored for School Bus Fleets

Customized fueling stations, fuel removal systems, and scheduled EV charging are some of the latest alt-fueling options dedicated to enhancing the...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009546/alt-fueling-equipment-tailored-for-school-bus-fleets
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance
New propane Type A unveiled

The Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird by Girardin will be offered for sale starting in July, with production beginning toward the end of this year,...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10046559/new-propane-type-a-unveiled
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
Roush CleanTech Enters Electric Vehicle Market

The company, best known for its propane fuel systems, expands its alt-fuel portfolio with electric vehicles built on the Ford F-650 chassis.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041209/roush-cleantech-enters-electric-vehicle-market
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Legal/Legislative, Maintenance
Fleet Facts About Diesel Particulate Filters

What you need to know about these emission-control devices, which are being retrofitted into thousands of school buses and will be installed in all 2007...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010980/fleet-facts-about-diesel-particulate-filters
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety
Q & A: Caley Edgerly Shares Commitment to Optimize Technology for Greater Student Safety

The Thomas Built Buses president and CEO discusses how the manufacturer has ramped up safety technologies to fulfill its vision of safely transporting students.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009584/q-a-caley-edgerly-shares-commitment-to-optimize-technology-for-greater-student-s
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety
VW Mitigation Funding Moves Closer as U.S. Files Trust Agreements

Monday, Oct. 2, became the “Trust Effective Date” for the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. Now, states have 60 days to elect to become...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041552/vw-mitigation-funding-moves-closer-as-u-s-files-trust-agreements
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
Cummins Details Renewable Diesel Compatibility

The Cummins B4.5, B6.7, and L9 engine platforms are compatible with paraffinic renewable diesel fuels meeting the EN 15940 specification.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041760/cummins-details-renewable-diesel-compatibility
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
Cummins Launches New Efficiency Initiative, Engine Lineup

SmartEfficiency focuses on improved uptime, reliability, and fuel economy, according to Cummins. The supplier's 2017 school bus engine lineup offers diesel...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042298/cummins-launches-new-efficiency-initiative-engine-lineup
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Legal/Legislative, Maintenance, Management, Sustainability
A Shining Example of School Bus Pride

A recent visit to a Southern California school district revealed the pride that the transportation team takes in their work, their fleet, and their facility.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009669/a-shining-example-of-school-bus-pride
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures

These specifications for school buses and operational procedures are available for states to consider when establishing their standards, specifications,...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/management/10110814/national-school-transportation-specifications-and-procedures
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety
Cummins engines certified for next round of EPA regs

The supplier’s engine lineup meets the current EPA regulations and the second step in greenhouse gas and fuel-efficiency standards, which take effect in 2017.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042666/cummins-engines-certified-for-next-round-of-epa-regs
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
Kentucky District Saves Over $63K With Propane School Buses

Crittenden County School District switches 11 buses in its fleet from diesel to propane as part of a state pilot and saves more than $63,000 over two years.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041538/kentucky-district-saves-over-63k-with-propane-school-buses


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