FRISCO, Texas – Several exhibitors displayed new products at the TSD Trade Show, including a redesigned low-floor school bus from Type-A body manufacturer Collins Bus that removes the need for a wheelchair lift and increases accessibility for all students.
One of the most important decisions regarding a bus purchase is the type of fuel to choose. There is a lot of conflicting information out there today...those that say alternative fuels are not worth pursuing, or that diesel is going the way of the dinosaur. The fact of the matter is, each fleet may operate a different fuel type in order to achieve their best total cost of ownership, or TCO.
As California chums the water with hundreds of millions of dollars in alternative fuel funds, a Sacramento school district will soon announce an RFP for electric and low-NOx school buses, and it will allow other area school districts to piggyback for increased group purchasing power.
School bus fleet maintenance managers face challenges in trying to control costs that continue to rise sometimes as much as four times a year.
The South Carolina Department of Education will purchase approximately 210 new school buses with the $20.5 million in procurement funds that Gov. Henry McMaster vetoed last year.
Conventional diesel is rolling back on its heels. Proponents say that there are two types of fleets today—those that are planning a switch from diesel or those that have already made the move.
IC Bus reported that sales of its propane school buses continue throughout the country, with a large purchase recently being made by Franklin County Schools in Alabama.