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First Student purchases 86 Blue Bird propane buses
June 26, 2012
The contractor receives the buses this month, and they will be used by Portland (Ore.) Public Schools. Officials for Blue Bird and ROUSH CleanTech, which developed the fuel system for the buses, say that it is the largest single order to date for the Next Generation Propane-Powered Vision. In related news, John Roselli joins Blue Bird as director of alternative fuels.
John Barrington joins Blue Bird dealership
May 29, 2012
The industry veteran is named transportation business manager for MacAllister Power Systems, where he will lead the school bus sales team, in addition to MacAllister’s on-highway parts and service sales. Barrington most recently served as vice president of sales and compliance for the U.S. at Lion Bus.
Blue Bird exhibits at Chinese bus and truck expo
May 17, 2012
The company displays its 2012 Vision school bus at the 2012 China Bus, Truck and Component Expo in Beijing this week. In February, Blue Bird participated in the first China International School Bus Development Forum and Exhibition.
Ga., Ind. districts pioneer use of propane school buses
May 14, 2012
Hall County Schools in Gainesville, Ga., which runs 20 Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses, is recognized by state legislators and dignitaries as the state’s first school district to power buses with the alternative fuel. Tippecanoe School Corp. in Lafayette, Ind., will reportedly deploy the state’s first Propane-Powered Vision units prior to summer break. Officials say both districts are seeing savings in fuel costs from the buses.
Ariz. district sees increased savings with propane buses
May 9, 2012
A new case study reveals that Mesa Public Schools’ Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird Type A school buses and six Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision Type C units are yielding a savings of 32.6 cents per mile. In February, the district reported a savings of 25.1 cents per mile with the Type A buses.
Green Fleets Across America 2012
May 3, 2012

From operating alternative-fueled vehicles to installing pollution-control equipment on buses to reducing idling, pupil transportation operations are doing their part to provide a healthy and safe ride to and from school for students. Here, we provide details on these and other environmentally friendly practices at school districts and contractors throughout the country.

Blue Bird honored for propane school buses
April 30, 2012
The manufacturer receives the Extra Mile Award from the Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition for bringing buses powered by the fuel to the school transportation market. Officials say the award recognizes organizations that improve the state’s air quality while advancing economic, environmental and energy security.
Propane vehicle parade to feature Blue Bird Type C bus
April 9, 2012
The school bus manufacturer’s Next Generation 2012 propane-powered unit will be among the vehicles featured during the Propane Clean Air Rally and Autogas Parade, which will be held in Atlanta on Saturday. A press conference and a ride-and-drive event will follow the rally and parade.
Blue Bird honors 35-year school bus driver
March 29, 2012
Earl Rineer, 89, receives a plaque at the manufacturer's headquarters for his dedication to public service and transporting students. Rineer works as a bus driver and trainer for Sague Bus Service in Pennsylvania, and he says he’ll continue working as long as he passes the medical requirements.
Blue Bird names new CFO
March 29, 2012
Phil Tighe joins the school bus manufacturer with more than 30 years of financial experience with Ford Motor Co. Most recently, he was based in Shanghai, leading Ford's strategic planning for growth in Asia.
Achieving inventory efficiency
March 20, 2012

Adjusting your parts inventory to fulfill the needs of your technicians and to address the repairs that occur most will help bus maintenance and parts ordering in your shop run smoothly.

Blue Bird exhibits at Chinese school bus forum
March 5, 2012
Officials attend the China International School Bus Development Forum and Exhibition last month and display the Vision school bus, which the company says generated interest from attendees who stopped by Blue Bird’s booth. While in China, the team also met with government officials, outlining fundamental features of the American school bus system.
Blue Bird receives EPA, CARB engine certification
February 21, 2012
The school bus manufacturer’s 2010 through 2012 model Vision and All American units, which are equipped with Cummins’ ISB6.7 engine, are certified by the agencies. Officials say the ability to deliver these ratings can be attributed to Cummins’ total system integration with selective catalytic reduction technology.
Ariz. district sees success with propane buses
February 13, 2012
Mesa Public Schools reports savings of about 25.1 cents per mile for the propane Micro Bird Type A school buses it began running last fall. In April, the district will take delivery of six propane Blue Bird Type Cs.
Blue Bird offers Performance Friction products
February 1, 2012
The school bus manufacturer’s North American dealers are now stocking the supplier’s Friction Carbon Metallic brake pads and Zero Failure rotors. This includes light- and medium-duty hydraulic pads and rotors, as well as heavy-duty air disc applications, for all makes in aftermarket school bus applications.
Blue Bird talks propane at Wis. education event
January 19, 2012
Reps from the school bus manufacturer and Charter Fuels are on hand during the 2012 Wisconsin State Education Convention this week to discuss the advantages of running school fleets on propane.
Blue Bird unveils new factory training dates
January 13, 2012
The free technical workshops will be offered five times this year, alternately focusing on Blue Bird's Vision and All American school buses. Classes are limited to 25 attendees and are expected to fill up quickly.
Firm provides financing for Atlantic Express bus purchase
January 12, 2012
Fleet Financing Resources funds $875,000 for Atlantic Express of L.A. Inc. that will go toward five 2012 compressed natural gas-fueled Blue Bird A3RE school buses. The transaction was partially supported by a $225,000 clean transportation grant from Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee.
Insight on timely topics
January 10, 2012

Speakers during the NAPT Summit discuss such issues as bullying, wheelchair use, training and alternative fuels. Attendees also see several new school buses.

Blue Bird honors top dealers
November 29, 2011
The school bus manufacturer presents its 2011 Dealer of the Year Award to Ross Bus and Equipment Sales of Louisiana. The company also recognizes dealerships with regional, “Best in Bus” and service awards.

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