Maintenance

Hold on to Your Gas Caps

Energy forecasters say the next two years will continue to bring big spikes in fuel prices. According to the Energy Information Administration, the official energy statistician of the U.S. Government, national diesel fuel prices will average $3.30 per gallon by 2009. World oil demand will continue to grow faster than oil supply, adding upward pressure on prices.

Give to Your Garage and Ye Shall Receive (a Better Batch of Buses)

You don’t know what you have until you lose it, and with the current state of the economy and its effect on school budgets, you might have to wait a while to get it back. That’s the message many transportation departments are keeping in the back of their minds, pushing many to become even more efficient with what they already have. Whether it’s solid preventative maintenance programs, up-to-date technical training or even a little help from some of the local “incarcerated” residents, school bus garages are working hard to keep the buses they have in top shape.

To be or not to Be?

Understanding the factors than can be more important than cost when selecting a computerized maintenance program.

Lean & Fit

New culture at Collins Industries results in improved efficiencies, expansion of Type A product line

In south central Kansas lies a 247,000 square-foot plant that manufactures Type-A school buses with a renewed dedication to precision and efficiency amid a paradigm shift in company philosophy.

The Evolution of Bus Lifts

Replacing an over-the-axle pipe on a creeper is not an easy task. It is much easier to have the school bus six feet in the air allowing technicians to walk beneath the bus and easily slide the tail pipe over the axle without any twisting or forcing it into place. This has been an evolutionary process to get to the easy way of life.

The Bus Stops Here

Understanding maintenance and driver training issues of anti-lock braking systems

Most vehicles, including school buses, now come standard with anti-lock braking systems. The Department of Transportation has required ABS on air-braked vehicles since 1998 and on hydraulically-braked trucks and buses with a gross vehicle weight rating of over 10,000 pounds since 1999.

A New Vision from Blue Bird to be Unveiled at NAPT

FT. VALLEY, Ga. — Attendees of next month’s 32nd Annual NAPT Conference and Trade Show should expect more than the world famous barbecue Kansas City has to offer. At least when doors open to the trade show the afternoon of Nov. 7, most eyes will turn to something new that is shiny and yellow.

The Next Cool Wave

Bitzer compressors will change the world of school bus air conditioning. At least Matt Lish, Bitzer’s U.S. director of transport sales, hopes so. Together with Carrier Transicold, Rifled Air Conditioning, Thomas Built Buses and TransArtic, Bitzer has installed the first-ever transit-style compressors in front-engine school buses.