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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 said 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.
Kids pick Leslie Andrews as school bus driver of the year
October 1, 2013
Four students nominated Andrews, a driver for Pender County (N.C.) Schools, in the annual Children's Choice contest. Two of those students tie for first place for their essays about Andrews, who one says "loves helping people of all ages and wouldn’t hurt a fly."
How Thomas, First Student are working toward a better bus
September 20, 2013

First Student and Thomas Built Buses’ partnership hinges on a high level of collaboration and transparency. Their efforts are helping both companies become more efficient and make improvements that could benefit the entire industry.

Education, transportation secretaries support yellow buses
September 12, 2013
Staff members at the Tucson (Ariz.) Unified School District bus depot are joined on Wednesday morning by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The duo discuss the importance of bus drivers in school safety, and they ride along on a school bus before participating in a service project at a local middle school.
Thomas Built Buses holds photo contest for parents
August 29, 2013
For the contest, parents submit a photo that depicts their child and a school bus. Five winners will each receive a $2,000 donation for their child's school.
Missouri district to transition fleet to CNG
August 6, 2013
In a 10-year lease-purchase agreement, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District will replace its diesel fleet with 149 Thomas Built school buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). The district’s program also includes a shift toward CNG-powered facility maintenance trucks and continued use of all-electric delivery trucks.
Thomas Built honors top dealer trainers
July 8, 2013
Ali Rampartab of Matthews Bus Sales in Orlando, Fla., is named the school bus manufacturer’s 2012 Dealer Trainer of the Year at an annual dealer meeting for providing hands-on service maintenance and training to his customers in New York and Florida. Regional winners are also recognized.
Thomas Built tool calculates total cost of ownership
July 1, 2013
The manufacturer's new calculator, available through the Thomas Built dealer network, can measure the current total cost of ownership for fleets with any brand of buses.
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