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Alt-fuel Vehicles, Safety Tools on Tap at NAPT Trade Show

Several alternative-fuel vehicles debuted during the show in Kansas City, Missouri, including two new CNG school buses and an all-electric bus. Also, safety-related products, such as a stop-arm violation data system and a student and vehicle tracking system, grabbed the spotlight.

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<p>There has been a noticeable uptick in LED bus light sales recently, according to suppliers. Pictured is an LED unit from TRP Bus Parts.</p> School Bus LED Benefits Increase as Costs Decrease
The price gap between LEDs and incandescent lights has gotten smaller in recent years. With their longer life, higher light output and lower maintenance, LEDs are delivering a great return on investment for school bus operations.
<p>Owatonna Bus Co. has six locations, serving 48 states and all Canadian provinces. Though the company&rsquo;s bread and butter is school buses, its various locations also offer services such as a full paint booth for outside work, charter coaches and special-needs transportation.&nbsp;</p> Owatonna Bus Co. Shares TCO Secrets
Greg Lammers, Owatonna Bus Co.’s fleet manager, attributes his success to a dependable software management system and efficient procedures, which keep his total cost of ownership at a minimum.
<p>The Continental HSR2 features a protective curb rib to increase the durability of the sidewall against abrasions, protecting the casing. The tire also features Continental-engineered VAI technology in the shoulders to alert drivers and fleet managers to early signs of alignment wear.</p> Tire Offerings Aim to Lower Costs, Enhance Safety
Early warning systems for wear-and-tear, and features that extend tire life and improve drivability in difficult weather conditions, help school bus operators navigate tough roads and handle frequent starts and stops safely and efficiently.
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Alternator
K.E.I. Products manufactures J-180 and pad-mount alternators specifically designed for high output, company officials said.

Vehicle lift
The MOD35 modular heavy-duty in-ground lift series’ features that are designed to fight corrosion include nitriding, electrocoating and zinc/aluminum coating.

Pliers
IPA's 14-inch Large MANTUS tight access tool features a slim, low-profile design that surpasses the reach of the industry's longest available needle nose pliers, company officials said.

School bus wiper blade guide
Wiper blade supplier Trico Products Corp.’s 2014/2015 Heavy Duty Application Guide provides details on all Trico wiper blade products applicable to school and transit buses, Class A and C recreational vehicles, and heavy trucks.

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<p>Pinellas County Schools of Largo, Florida, participated in the Pinellas Park Christmas Parade this year. Photo by Meredith Bray</p> PHOTOS: Buses, drivers get festive for holidays

The holidays are here, and transportation departments are getting into the spirit of the season.... Visit photo gallery

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