School Bus Fleet

October 2014

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56 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 First Student transports 10,000 Special Olympics participants Hundreds of First Student school bus drivers transported athletes, coaches and specta- tors to various venues at the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games in New Jersey. The drivers transported more than 10,000 participants during the event, which was held June 15-20. The company operated shuttle service for 15 hours each day of the event. Cummins' Jamestown Engine Plant celebrates 40th anniversary Cummins Inc. is celebrat- ing the 40th anniversary of its Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP) in Jamestown, N.Y. Typi- cally, more than 400 engines are built per day at JEP, and the plant produced its 1.5 mil- lionth heavy-duty engine in the summer of 2013, company offcials said. Each of the plant's engines meets the emissions regulations in every part of the world to which they are shipped, company offcials said. Cummins acquired the more than 1-million-square-foot fa- cility in 1974, using it initially to manufacture engine com- ponents. The plant produced its frst engine in 1979. Today, it builds the ISX15 — the top- selling heavy-duty truck engine in North America, according to the company — as well as the ISX12 and ISM diesel engines. JEP also produces the Cum- mins Westport ISX12 G spark- ignited natural gas engine. business watch Durham School Services raised $11,194 through duck sales and do- nated an additional $5,000, which will help support year-round athletic training and competition for almost 21,500 Special Olympics athletes. Dartco Transmission expands at new location Dartco Transmission, an authorized Allison dealer, moved to a new location in Anaheim, California: 1145 N. Red Gum Street. Parts, shipping, receiving and sales will be located there. Service at the new location features over 20,000 square feet, an expanded parts area and an eco-friendly service area with state-of-the-art equipment, according to the company. STI unveils safety app Student Transportation Inc. rolled out SchoolWheels Safe- Stop, a mobile app that allows parents, students and schools nationwide to securely pinpoint the location of a vehicle on its route to and from school. The app updates in real time with stop/arrival information and includes notifcations of when a student has boarded or exited the bus. A child's bus is displayed on a detailed map showing its current location in relation to the child's stop so parents can monitor the bus along its route. The app will be available to thousands of parents and students in select school districts in Florida, South Carolina, California and Il- linois during the school year. Durham sales team raises over $11K for Special Olympics Durham School Services held onto its record of being the top corporate sales team for the Special Olympics Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby, company offcials said. The company raised $11,194 through duck sales and donated an additional $5,000, which will help support year-round athletic training and competition in 19 sports for almost 21,500 Special Olympics athletes and over 13,000 young athletes (ages 2-7) in Illinois. Dartco Transmission, an authorized Allison dealer, moved to a new location in Anaheim, California. The new location features an expanded parts area and an eco-friendly service area, ac- cording to the company. SchoolWheels SafeStop is designed to pinpoint the location of a vehicle on its route to and from school. The app updates in real time with stop/ arrival information and includes notifcations of when a student has boarded or exited the bus, company offcials said. First Student drivers from fve lo- cations in New Jersey transport- ed more than 10,000 participants during the Special Olympics, which was held June 15-20. More than 400 engines are built on a typical day at Cummins' Jamestown Engine Plant, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

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