School Bus Fleet

August 2014

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52 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • A U G U S T 2 0 1 4 business watch Parker Hannifn debuts CNG fuel dispenser Parker Hannifn Corp. introduced a complete industrial and feet fuel dispensing solution for high-fow, high-cycle CNG applications to the North American market. Central to the solution is the new Parker In- dustrial Bulk CNG Dispenser, an integrated fuel dispenser. The dispenser includes certi- fed components from Parker; ANSI NGV 4.1/CSA 12.5 compliant design; and ANSI/ NGV 4.2/CSA 2.52 certifed hoses, all de- signed to work together, ensuring time sav- ings, and exceptional durability, company offcials said. Zonar launches new telematics bundle packages In response to school bus feet requests for simple subscrip- tion pricing, Zonar Systems has established new telematics bundle packages with prices starting at less than $20 per month. All packages include a comprehensive set of features with hardware, installation, activation, 24/7/365 support, access to the Zonar Knowledgebase and lifetime hardware warranties, company offcials said. The base package includes Zonar's V3 telematics control unit and the cloud-based Ground Traffc Con- trol management system. Zonar's new service bundles include hardware, installation and training. Starcraft named a top account for Ford Starcraft Bus was the top volume pool account in the bus category for Ford in 2013, and for the eighth year in a row, according to the manufacturer. For eight consecutive years, Starcraft Bus has purchased and sold more Ford E-350/E-450 and, most recently, F-550/F-650 bus chassis than any other bus manufacturer in America. The manu- facturer attributes its ongoing success to an increasing de- mand for shuttle buses in the U.S. and its dealer network. Wisconsin contractors add 57 Blue Bird propane buses Wisconsin-based contractors Lamers Bus Lines and Badger Bus are increasing the number of alternative-fueled vehicles in their bus feets. Lamers recently added 41 new Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses, expanding its propane feet to 59 units, and Badger Bus will receive 16 new Blue Bird Propane Vi- sion buses, expanding its total propane feet to 20. Transporting students from Milwaukee Public Schools, Lam- ers' buses feature Blue Bird Corp.'s extended range 100-gallon fuel tank and will travel approximately 8,900 miles per year. In the past year, Lamers Bus Lines has saved over $14,000 in fuel costs by switching to Blue Bird Propane Vision buses, and the number of new propane buses is expected to grow signif- cantly in the coming years, offcials said. Meanwhile, Badger Bus has been operating propane autogas school buses for the past two years. The new buses will trans- port students in Madison Metropolitan School District. Badger Bus is currently paying $1.19 per gallon for propane autogas, a signifcant savings over its diesel price of $3.48 per gallon. The contractor is seeing an average annual fuel savings of over $3,500 for each bus they operate. Woodstock ups stop-arm warranty, expands product line Woodstock Safety Mirror Co. now provides a full, four-year war- ranty from the date of delivery for its school bus stop arms. The new warranty is twice that of the company's previous warranty, which was two years. In addition to its left-side front and rear stop arms, Woodstock now offers a right-side, infrared camera with a monitor on the dash- board to enhance the driver's view of the danger zone. The new camera system replaces Woodstock's original product, which was a right-side stop arm backed with a mirror. Woodstock is also prepar- ing to further expand its offerings with school bus crossing arms and roof hatches. Lamers Bus Lines recently added 41 new Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses, expanding its propane feet to 59 units. Parker Hannifn's new Parker Industrial Bulk CNG Dispenser is an entirely integrated fuel dispenser. Starcraft Bus was the top volume pool account in the bus category for Ford in 2013, and for the eighth year in a row.

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