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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.

September 2016

Back to School Gets Cool with Thomas Built Buses. Four Ways Thomas Built Buses Helps You Make the Grade.

Students aren’t the only ones with butterflies in their stomachs on the first day of school. Fleet owners, drivers and technicians can also come down with a case of new-school-year-nerves as they consider the possibilities that lie ahead.

Will all of the buses start? Will there be unexpected mechanical issues or downtime? Will routes run as expected? Or worse, will your school bus...

Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip: Inspection is Key

Don’t skimp on your maintenance and inspections. Before starting up your buses for the first time this school year, give each bus a top-to-bottom inspection, replace worn parts or components, and change your fluids, filters, etc. Throughout the school year, be sure to complete a thorough pre- and post-inspection to keep your buses safe and in good working order. You’ll save time and hassles—not to mention peace of mind.

August 2016

Compressed Natural Gas – The Basics

Districts switching to alternative fuels are creating a lot of buzz. First there was a tremendous amount of attention to propane engines. And now the focus has shifted to compressed natural gas, especially since we officially have started production on our new Saf-T-Liner® C2 CNG school bus with the Cummins ISB6.7 G engine and Allison 2000 Series transmission...

Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip: Consider Fuel Costs

Whether you are converting to alternative fuels or running a clean-diesel bus, consider your fuel costs. Newer buses run more efficiently and operate with reduced fuel costs compared to older buses. In addition, many alternative fuels run much more efficiently and cost less than diesel. Reviewing your fuel costs can help streamline your decision on when it is time to get a new bus and what type of bus best meets your needs.

May 2016

Pride, Purpose and Passion: 100th Anniversary Celebrations Are Underway

We’re having a great time celebrating our 100th anniversary this year. This past month we hosted an employee celebration event with 4,500 of our current and retired employees, dealers and their families. And members of the founding Thomas family showed up for our carnival-themed extravaganza.

A few weeks later, we continued to celebrate with our first appearance in a NASCAR race, where w...

Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip: Financing Options Can Stretch Your Budget

Consider financing with Daimler Truck Financial as a way to stretch your operating budget this year. Through tax-exempt municipal financing or competitive retail loans and leases, you can purchase new buses by making periodic payments on terms up to seven years. That leaves more money in your pocket for all of your other necessities.

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