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Thomas Built gets first order for SCR-equipped HDX buses


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HIGH POINT, N.C. — Fifty-nine Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner HDX school buses equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology will be delivered to Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools in June and July 2010 by Thomas Built dealer American Bus Sales and Service.

“Montgomery County Public Schools is the first customer to order SCR-equipped Thomas Built HDXs,” said John O’Leary, president and CEO of Thomas Built. “We know that the district’s confidence in Thomas Built Buses is built on years of experience with our vehicles and is a reflection of the outstanding relationship and service American Bus Sales offers its customers.” 

Todd Watkins, director of transportation for Montgomery County Public Schools, elaborated on the department’s longstanding relationship with Thomas Built Buses saying, “Thomas is very responsive to its customers. In the past, we’ve made suggestions for improvements and the new equipment reflects those changes.” 

The Saf-T-Liner HDX is a Type D, rear-engine school bus. The units will incorporate SCR technology to meet 2010 emissions standards (SCR reduces tailpipe emissions by treating the exhaust stream with a spray of Diesel Exhaust Fluid). SCR also maximizes fuel efficiency and engine performance.


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I've driving schoolbuses now fo almost 13 yrs,and Im wondering why dont you build an all new thomas mini using the freightliner sprinter chassis. Wouldnt it be cost efective not relying on chevy and ford chassis.Its more reliable and you already build it. Well just a thought.

Christ Washington    |    Jan 30, 2010 02:53 PM

As a driver of almost 30 years, I prefer the rear engine bus, as the bus with the engine along side the driver, is very difficult to get in and out of the seat, they are extremely loud when the fan is cooling the engine, and the heat is unbearable.

Anonymous    |    Dec 19, 2009 12:32 PM

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