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Renowned school bus tech retires
July 22, 2010
Brad Barker, a maintenance expert and past winner of the America’s Best school bus technician title, steps down from his district position but will work for a dealership. “I will still be involved heavily in the school bus industry,” he says.
Top Shops 2010
March 12, 2010

This year for our annual series, we've profiled five maintenance programs at school district and contractor fleets around the country that have led them to excel on state inspections. They have also helped to reduce the operations' costs and enhance safety.

Guard Your Buses Against Corrosion
September 1, 2009

A chemical now being applied to roads can cause expensive damage to buses over time. Bolster vehicle safety and service life by conducting corrosion inspections and choosing the right protective products.

Forsythe adds contracts in California, wins recognition in Alaska
November 19, 2008
Two California school districts have selected Forsythe Transportation to operate their school bus service.
10 Top Shops for 2008
March 1, 2008

Photo above: Ann Arbor Garage Crew Chief John Nikolich (center) and Transportation Director Brad Mellor (to Nikolich’s immediate left) credit their...

Reliability engineering can reduce shop costs
March 1, 2007

Reliability engineering is a discipline based on the use of data and averages to make predictions about unit and system failures.

Great Fleets Across America (Part V)
October 1, 2005

Small Community Plus Ship-Shape Operation Equals Success

Riverside Community School District
Oakland, Iowa

It’s been said...

Develop an Effective PM Program to Cut Costs
November 1, 2004

Operators of small buses who implement a thorough, well-considered preventive maintenance (PM) program can reap substantial savings. Worn or damaged c...

SBF's Top 10 Maintenance Programs for 2004
April 1, 2004

Building character, repairing buses

Cleveland Municipal School District
Cleveland

How to Fine-Tune Your Oil Program
April 1, 2004

The motor oil program is a cornerstone of any maintenance routine, but today’s market offers so many products and best practices that it’s difficult t...

How and When to Buy a Used School Bus
June 1, 2003

When it comes to purchasing a used school bus, you may already know a lot more than you think about making the right choice.

Executives seasoned i...

Case Studies: Tips from the Professional Garage
April 1, 2003

Sometimes the best solution to a specific school bus maintenance problem can’t be found in instruction manuals or previous training. Shop staffers oft...

SBF's Top 10 North American Maintenance Programs for 2003
April 1, 2003

School bus maintenance workers often are the unsung heroes of transportation departments. In our second annual edition of the top 10 maintenance pro...

Preparing Your Fleet for Wintry Conditions
September 1, 2001

In many areas of the nation, the sweltering summer heat belies the harsh, cold reality of winter. The summer also tends to allow some slack in operati...

Tracking and Analyzing Road Breakdowns
April 1, 2001

Tracking road breakdowns is key to fine-tuning an operation’s preventive maintenance program. How often your buses need to be brought in for routine m...

Properties of diesel fuel can affect performance
October 1, 2000

The diesel engines powering the vast majority of school buses are highly efficient, reliable sources of mechanical power.

How to Keep Your Fleet Healthy in Cold Weather
December 1, 1999

To proof your buses against frigid temperatures, pay attention to tires, fuel, belts and hoses. And don't ignore driver training.

Link oil-change intervals to engine hours, not mileage
September 1, 1999

When to change the oil in your school bus engine is a controversial question. The answer is an important one because it affects your operational costs and the environment.

Defining the role of the service manager
August 1, 1999

The service manager or the fleet maintenance manager or whatever title you want to use is a pivotal figure of a school bus operation.

Improper tire inspections cause early trip to scrap pile
April 1, 1998

One of the most important parts of the pre-trip inspection of any school bus is the examination of the tires. Too many drivers merely thump the tires,...

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