Ryan Gray

Ryan Gray

Ryan Gray has served as editor-in-chief of School Transportation News since October 2007. He is also the content and educational director for the North American School Bus EXPO and the Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers National Conference and is the chief content officer for parent company STN Media Group.

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Wi-Fi Now an Option for Iowa School Buses

Iowa recently updated its state school bus specifications and added Wi-Fi Internet to its list of approved list. Now local school districts must decide how they oversee access.

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CHP Approves Converted Electric School Bus

A Type-D school bus converted to electric from diesel and outfitted with solar panels received the go-ahead from CHP last week to be pilot tested in Gilroy, California, located about 80 miles southeast of San Francisco.

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New Allison FuelSense Transmission Coming to Blue Bird

Blue Bird said FuelSense, the next generation in fuel savings released this summer by Allison Transmissions, will be a standard offering on all Vision and All American models with Cummins ISB6.7L diesel engines and Allison's 2000 Series transmission.


Standard FuelSense features 5th-Generation Controls, EcoCal and Dynamic Shift Sensing to improve fuel economy by 5- to 15-percent. EcoCal is formerly known as low speed shift schedules and is a defined set of low and "super" low speed shift schedules designed to keep the engine speed at its optimum point. Dynamic Shift Sensing, or LBSSS/ABMS/SESS, automatically selects between EcoCal or a higher-speed shift schedule.

Blue Bird said it is also offering Acceleration Rate Management, a feature of FuelSense Max formerly known as VAC, as standard on its three large bus models. FuelSense Max offers 8- to 20 -percent fuel economy increases by incorporatinng all of the standard features as well as those of FuelSense Plus, which promises fuel economy increases of 6- to 18 percent by adding neutral at stop, or RELS and ECLR.

Blue Bird said more information on FuelSense and its availabilty to customers will be shared at a later day. Allison announced last month that it is also partnering with Thomas Built Buses to offer the standard FuelSense as well as the optional FuelSense Plus and FuelSense Max.

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