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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...
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.
One hundred years ago, Perley A. Thomas gave Thomas Built Buses its start when he founded the Perley A. Thomas Car Works, a streetcar company, in 1916. Since then, Thomas Built Buses has been a leader in the school bus industry providing innovations, product features and designs that not only make school buses even more durable, safe, smart and efficient, but also make Thomas Built buses belove...
Next to the capital cost of a school bus, fleets spend most of their budget on fueling costs. When upgrading your fleet, consider an alternative fuel such as propane or compressed natural gas. The fuel savings alone will decrease your total cost of ownership, in addition to lowering maintenance costs and gaining the satisfaction of running a cleaner vehicle.
“Thomas Built Buses has teamed up with Meritor WABCO to offer new factory-installed SmartTrac™ electronic stability control (ESC) on its diesel-fueled Saf-T-Liner® C2 school buses. SmartTrac ESC is a vehicle safety system that intervenes automatically when it senses instability that could lead to a rollover or loss of bus control.
“When faced with rollovers and loss-of-control acci...
Route optimization is an essential part of every school year. But did you know it can save you quite a bit of money? By truly optimizing your routes, you can determine the shortest, fastest and safest routes for your students and buses. And, by consolidating bus stops and reducing mileage, you may potentially require fewer buses, which means less fuel and lower maintenance costs. If you are able to optimize your routes enough to decrease the number of buses in use, be sure to run the buses with the lowest total cost of ownership to keep your fuel and maintenance costs even lower.
“As summer approaches, it’s the perfect time to begin developing a total cost reduction plan. Today, more and more transportation departments are focusing on Total Cost of Ownership, which includes initial purchase, fuel costs, maintenance, repairs and replacement parts. To learn more about TCO, watch this short animation.
The first step in creating a total cost red...
As the school year comes to an end, be sure to perform a thorough bus inspection. Inspect the entire bus and note any necessary repairs or replacement parts needed.
Proactively maintaining worn parts will save you money down the road and keep your buses out of the shop longer when the school year starts next fall.