School Bus Fleet

September 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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52 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 business watch From left: Paul Gibson, National Safety Council; Gary Catapano, First Student's senior VP of safety; Dennis Maple, president of First Student; and Michael Pollock, National Safety Council. The propane version of Thomas Built's C2 uses CleanFUEL USA's liquid propane injection system. School bus contractor First Student was recently recognized with an Occupational Excellence Achievement Award by the Na- tional Safety Council for its commitment to provide a safe work environment. The award recognizes companies that have reported injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work equal to or less than 50% of the Bureau of Labor Statistics rate for their national industry classifcation and have had no fatalities during the previous calendar year. Offcials said that the employee in- jury rate for First Student is less than half the rate of the school bus industry. CleanFUEL USA's liquid propane injection (LPI) system powers the Thomas Built Buses propane Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus as well as the Freightliner Custom Chassis S2G medium-duty truck, both of which are now in full production. Company offcials said that the CleanFUEL USA LPI fuel system is technologically advanced, fully integrated and factory installed, requiring no aftermarket modifcations, for seamless integration and consistent quality. Both vehicles are EPA and California Air Re- sources Board certifed. First Student wins award from National Safety Council CleanFUEL USA fuel system powers new Thomas propane bus AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent debut 'Connected Bus' AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise have teamed up to make the school bus a classroom on wheels, introducing a "Connected Bus" solution that helps K-12 school districts deliver new, affordable learning experiences and other ca- pabilities. Now available nationwide, Connected Bus supports vari- ous technology-in-education initiatives in the U.S. by using wireless technology, AT&T's 4G LTE network and devices to increase students' access to information, instruction and teachers, company offcials said. Offcials said that the solution makes it easier to extend Internet connectivity on buses with onboard Wi-Fi; offers real-time streaming video and broadcast speakers; and enhances safety, allowing remote monitoring of driver and student behavior to limit the potential for accidents and bullying. New contract brings 65 propane buses to Minnesota district Student Transportation of America Inc. has been awarded a new fve-year contract with St. Paul Public Schools. The school bus contractor is a subsidiary of Stu- dent Transportation Inc. The $4 million annual contract, which began in August, features 65 new, propane-powered vehicles and a refur- bished facility in St. Paul. The contract award also marks the expansion of the company's operations in Minnesota, where it currently operates more than 100 vehicles for East Carver County Schools in Chaska. Electric school bus production to increase with $7.3M powertrain investment Motiv Power Systems raised $7.3 million in growth capital from investors led by Colorado's Magness Invest- ment Group. The funding came as the second Motiv- equipped Trans Tech all-electric school bus was delivered to California's Kings Canyon Unifed School District. The Motiv electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) is a single product suite that can electrify any bus or truck chas- sis with a variety of commercially available battery packs and motors, company offcials said. The ePCS, battery packs and motor are installed to replace the engine and transmis- sion of a new incomplete chassis such as the Ford E-450 in a ship-through modifcation.

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