School Bus Fleet

August 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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54 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • A U G U S T 2 0 1 4 First Student expands operations in New York, Illinois First Student is expanding its operations in Illinois after being selected to provide transportation for eight additional school districts for the upcoming school year. The buses that serve the students in these dis- tricts will be equipped with the industry's latest technology, including digital video cameras and GPS tracking systems. As a result of the new contracts, First Stu- dent is looking to grow its team in Illinois. The company expects to add approximately 200 new positions, including bus drivers and monitors. Meanwhile, the Erie County (N.Y.) Preschool and Early Intervention Program selected First Student as its transportation provider beginning in September. As a result, the contrac- tor is expanding its operations in Buffalo, New York, and is hiring 100 bus drivers and 100 monitors. Thomas Built Buses extends warranty coverage Thomas Built Buses will extend its standard Saf-T-Liner C2 base warranty and the standard body and chassis paint coverage for all models. The Saf- T-Liner C2 base warranty will provide three-year or 50,000-mile coverage, up from the previous one-year war- ranty, for units built on or after Oct. 1, 2014. The warranty will cover the chassis and many other components, including electrical and manual con- trols, safety equipment, assemblies and more. Normal wear items are excluded. Thomas Built's Saf-T-Liner C2 base warranty will provide three-year or 50,000-mile coverage for units built on or after Oct. 1. First Student expects to add approximately 200 more positions in both Illinois and New York as it expands its operations in each state. business watch

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