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March 2017

Road Map with Caley Edgerly: A Family of Innovators

Daimler Trucks North America recently announced it will be celebrating 100 years of innovation with the anniversaries of two of its brands. Thomas Built turned 100 years old last year, and this year, Freightliner Trucks® will celebrate its 75th anniversary and Western Star Trucks will turn 50. That’s big news for Daimler, and even bigger news for Thomas Built Buses.

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February 2017

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District – 149 School Bus CNG Conversion

“The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Board of Education in Missouri recently approved one of the largest transitions to CNG school buses in history with a $25.8 million lease-purchase agreement that included an $18.1 million investment in transportation, $2.1 million in facility services associated with the CNG vehicle transition and a $5.6 million investment in technology, infrast...

January 2017

The Benefits of Diesel Far Surpass What You Might Expect

Diesel has received a bad reputation as of late. There’s a lot of talk about “alternative fuels” – which can be great for some districts – yet at the same time, gasoline, propane and compressed natural gas are portrayed as cleaner, more efficient and more sustainable solutions than diesel. While other fuel types are clean-burning, the stance that they are significa...

December 2016

NAPT 2016 – A Resurgence of Diesel Power and Innovations That Will Save You Time and Money

At this year’s National Association for Pupil Transportation Summit and trade show, school bus manufacturers, service providers and associated vendors put their shiniest buses on display and talked about the latest and greatest products and services their companies had to offer. And, as a leader in the school bus industry, we definitely had a few shiny things of our own to show off. In ad...

Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip: Prep Your Buses for Cold Weather

Cold weather is just around the corner, and for many school districts, that means sub-zero temperatures and probably some snow too. Before the cold weather hits, be sure to winterize your fleet. Make sure all batteries are still good; check your belts for cracks or wear; make sure your tires can handle the terrain and weather, and top off and winterize fluids. With a little preparation, your fleet won’t miss a beat this winter.

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