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<p>The OEM decided how it wanted to build its buses and then built the 275,000 square-foot plant in 2004 to accommodate that process. <font size="1">Photo by Thomas Built Buses.</font></p> Virtual Tour: Thomas Built Buses plant expansion

Take a virtual tour of the Thomas Built Buses plant and see some of the new equipment and...

<p>About 200 school transportation professionals from across Oregon gathered at the Valley River Inn in Eugene from June 15 to 18 for the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association (OPTA)&rsquo;s annual conference.</p> PHOTOS: Oregon pupil transporters cover safety, management

Check out these pictorial highlights from the workshops, the awards program and a new networking...

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When school’s out for summer, it’s time to learn

Soon after the school year ends, many pupil transporters take a “busman’s holiday”: They attend an industry conference. So while most students have set aside their books for the summer, school transportation professionals take some time to focus on learning. I saw this firsthand …

A tragic reminder about texting and driving

A killer. That’s essentially what texting can become when it coincides with driving. That point was tragically reinforced by a fatal school bus crash in Knoxville, Tennessee, according to the police investigation.


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3M Medium Capacity Sorbents clean lower-volume spills and contain everyday drips and leaks, company officials said. Users can choose from three types: maintenance (for non-aggressive liquids); oil and petroleum (oil only); and chemical (for aggressive and non-aggressive). The sorbents feature a low-loft design and an added scrim to help improve product strength. They are made with at least 50% recycled content and are available in pads and rolls.

CNG fueling systems

The XF70 and TF25 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling dispensers are engineered for heavy-duty fleets, company officials said.  

The Parker XF70 Fast Fill Commercial and Fleet Dispenser, shown here, is designed for high-flow, high-cycle CNG applications. The Internet-enabled dispenser offers plug-and-play remote diagnostics and maintenance.  

The TF25 Time Fill features specially designed filter panels for oil and particulate filtration and smart-sensing options for filter change, tank full or error notification.

Antifreeze, engine coolants

AMSOIL’s new antifreeze and engine coolants are formulated to deliver extended service life in gasoline and diesel vehicles up to 600,000 miles or 12,000 operation hours in heavy-duty and off-road applications.

Ethylene Glycol Antifreeze & Engine Coolant protects against metallic corrosion and erosion pitting, even in extreme temperatures, company officials said.

Propylene Glycol Antifreeze & Engine Coolant offers many of the same benefits as the Ethylene Glycol formulation in a low-toxicity, biodegradable option.

Integrated software suite

Seon now offers vMax Compass, a complete suite of school transportation solutions designed to work seamlessly together to deliver the real-time information needed to plan safe routes, track vehicles and student ridership, and capture, record and automatically download video of on-board incidents. The system provides transportation staff with immediate, web-based access to all of their critical school transportation information from anywhere, anytime, company officials said.

In an emergency situation, integrated information from a single solution is essential to coordinate the quickest possible response. For example, when a bus is involved in an accident, transportation directors can locate that bus on a map and identify the closest alternative bus or emergency response team. Because the routing software is synchronized with the school district’s student information system, staff can run a report to bring up a list of students currently traveling on the bus, and start to inform their emergency contacts of the situation, while the transportation director travels to the scene to document the crash.

With Seon’s integrated routing, GPS and student ridership tracking technology, school districts can display planned vs. actual routes on a single screen to identify missed stops, speeding or other unwanted driver behavior, according to the company. Districts can also monitor the health of their on-board technology in real time. Additionally, Seon’s solution combines the power of video to deliver additional contextual information about any critical on-board situation.

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School Bus Songs: Toby Keith on School Bus Safety

OK — this entry isn’t actually a song, but it is by country music superstar Toby Keith. He tells motorists what to do when they come to a stopped school bus. Vintage video courtesy of NASDPTS.

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