School Bus Fleet

September 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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30 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 Your Safe Seating Specialists Distributors For: E-Z-ON Safety/Max Vests Cam Harnesses BESI Pro Tech III Universal/Moore Vests Over the Shoulder Harnesses Q'STRAINT/SURE-LOK Wheelchair Occupant Restraint Systems SPECIALISTS IN: All Seat Covers and Foam Special Needs Seating 3 Point/Integrated Bus Seats 1.800.543.0575 l 10939B Reed Hartman Hwy. l Cincinnati, OH gas] bus, the engine is in the rear, so it collects a lot more debris," says George Millar, former director of transporta- tion at Indian River. "The propane bus- es are built with engines in the front of the bus like a traditional gasoline or diesel bus, which keeps things cleaner." Additionally, ease of maintenance and the clean-burning benefts of propane autogas have saved the school money on parts and service of the buses. propane's proven track record with school districts in Florida, we fore- see continued propane growth in this emerging market." Improved technology, performance Blue Bird's propane autogas bus- es have logged more than 50 million miles, and the company has built more than 5,000 of its alternative-fuel mod- els to date. The company reports that propane autogas is its fastest-grow- ing segment in the school transporta- tion industry, and sales reached a peak point in 2013. "The Blue Bird and Roush Clean- Tech propane autogas solution offers the best total cost of ownership of any alternative-fuel school bus," says Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and mar- keting for Roush CleanTech, Blue Bird Corp.'s fuel system supplier. "Our cus- tomers fnd that with our liquid injec- tion propane autogas system, there is no drop-off in engine performance compared with con- ventional fuels, and overall our systems are cleaner and more affordable to operate than standard diesel models." That performance with new propane autogas fuel systems has contributed to the success of school bus programs in Florida's diverse topography. For In- dian River, the design and engineering of the Blue Bird Vision Type C propane autogas school buses have been a ft for its rural roads. Approximately 45% of the roads on Indian River's routes are gravel or dirt. "With a CNG [compressed natural PROPANE BUS A Micro Bird propane autogas school bus drops off students in Florida. School bus operations have been reporting signifcant fuel and main- tenance savings with propane.

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