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CleanFUEL USA fuel system powers new Thomas propane bus
July 17, 2014
CleanFUEL USA’s liquid propane injection system is employed by the Thomas Built Buses propane Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus as well as the Freightliner Custom Chassis S2G medium-duty truck, both of which are now in full production.
Thomas Built to hold tech training program in Dallas
June 12, 2014
The Thomas Built Institute Service Training – West will be held Sept. 9-12. The 2014 curriculum for the school bus maintenance training program covers such topics as propane, emissions systems, advanced electrical and wheelchair lifts.
Thomas Built Buses extends warranty coverage
June 12, 2014
The school bus manufacturer’s Saf-T-Liner C2 base warranty will provide three-year or 50,000-mile coverage, up from one year, for units built on or after Oct. 1. Also, Thomas Built’s standard body and chassis paint warranty will be extended from three years to five years.
Alt-fuel school bus options are growing
May 22, 2014

Manufacturers are meeting the demand for clean-burning, money-saving yellow buses by offering more powered by propane autogas and compressed natural gas, as well as all-electric units. Here’s a look at some of the school buses in development, on the market and in service at operations.

Thomas Built dealer Lewis Bus Group opens bigger facility
May 20, 2014
The dealership's new location in North Salt Lake, Utah, is three times larger than its previous location. The new facility includes six service bays, a wash bay, a parts sales and storage department, sales and administrative offices, and a training/conference room that is available for use by customers and their staff.
8.0L PIthon engine to power Thomas Built propane bus
May 9, 2014
Powertrain Integration (PI) names its 8.0L V8 propane autogas engine the PIthon. It has been selected as the engine platform for Thomas Built Buses' new propane-powered Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus.
Thomas Built Buses honors top dealers
April 30, 2014
Virginia's Sonny Merryman Inc. is named Thomas Built's Dealer of the Year for the fifth time. The school bus OEM also presents its Dealer Trainer of the Year award to Dave Nelson of Nelson’s Bus Service in Wisconsin.
National Express donates bus to community empowerment center
April 23, 2014
The school bus contractor gives the refurbished school bus to Brookland Lakeview Community Empowerment Center in West Columbia, S.C. As a part of the donation, officials say Thomas Built Buses assisted with the refurbishing of the bus, and Bridgestone Tires donated new tires.
Thomas Built, Zonar to offer telematics solution
April 14, 2014
The school bus OEM will partner with Zonar Systems to provide factory-installed telematics features for Saf-T-Liner C2 models as standard equipment. The Zonar platform will have the ability to send and receive data from the engine as well as give insight on overall vehicle performance, driver behavior and monitoring of passengers through Thomas Built’s multiplex wiring system.
Parkway launches CNG bus project with $1.5M grant
April 3, 2014

After securing federal highway funds, the Missouri school district buys 30 compressed natural gas buses and builds a fast-fill fueling station. Here’s a look at how Parkway won the grant and what it expects with the new buses — including savings in fuel and maintenance costs.

Thomas Built to hold 2 tech training events
March 3, 2014
The school bus OEM will conduct its Thomas Built Institute in Greensboro, N.C., in April and in Dallas in September. Company officials say that the training will enhance bus technician skills and complement school bus maintenance programs.
Thomas Built aids in school’s performance progress
March 3, 2014
In 2010, the school bus manufacturer became the primary sponsor for Oak Hill Elementary School in High Point, N.C., as part of an effort to improve the school’s performance. Thomas Built’s funding and volunteer support have helped Oak Hill Elementary become the highest performing Title 1 school in the state, officials say.
Missouri district ‘goes green’ with CNG buses
February 24, 2014
Parkway School District in Chesterfield is taking delivery of 30 Saf-T-Liner HDX compressed natural gas Thomas Built buses, with nine in service since the beginning of February. The district is also building a CNG fueling station on-site.
Thomas Built names 2013 Supplier of the Year
December 20, 2013
The honor goes to Julian Electric, which has been a Thomas Built Buses supplier for more than seven years. The school bus OEM also recognizes other exemplary companies at its annual supplier event.
Thomas Built donates $10K to schools for photo contest winners
December 11, 2013
Five schools across the U.S. were each awarded $2,000 for their programs in science, technology, engineering and math in recognition of the winning entries of the inaugural Thomas Built Buses Back to School Photo Contest.
Virginia dealership founder Sonny Merryman passes
December 10, 2013
Merryman, who died on Saturday at age 89, launched his school bus business in 1967 when Thomas Built Buses was looking for a new dealer in Virginia. Today, Sonny Merryman Inc. has three locations and more than 125 employees in the state.
Thomas Built to launch CNG-powered Type A school bus
October 22, 2013
The manufacturer is now starting pilot production of a compressed natural gas (CNG) Minotour, with official production slated to start in the first quarter of 2014. The CNG model will utilize a GM 6-liter engine on the 4500 series cutaway chassis.
Thomas Built dealer BusWest expands into Nevada
October 15, 2013
BusWest acquires the Nevada Thomas Built Buses dealership from Arizona-based Auto Safety House. BusWest, which has sales and service locations in California and Hawaii, will now also serve Nevada through an office in North Las Vegas.
Gauging the safety of school bus alternatives
October 15, 2013

Many school districts and contractors are employing a variety of vehicles to supplement traditional yellow bus service. These alternative arrangements often cut costs and shorten ride times, but the safety implications of transporting students in taxis, vans and other non-school bus vehicles have become a contentious issue.

District cuts vehicle breakdowns by 50%, crashes by 35%
October 3, 2013
These improvements at Virginia's Prince William County Public Schools started by investing more time in maintenance and money in better equipment for its school buses, which also led to an overall reduction in costs.
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