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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

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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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Tire pressure management system

The PressurePro PULSE display provides real-time monitoring, two low-pressure alerts, a high-pressure alert and high-temperature alert, as well as an easy to read screen, according to the company. A quick glance alert notice, alert prioritization and adjustable vehicle layouts and screen views allow users to customize their screen.  PULSE allows users to monitor up to 80 tires at once, store up to five pre-programmed units, monitor any type of vehicle and switch the display between vehicles.

Hydrogen cell generator

The Hydro-Gen Cell hydrogen cell generator is designed to improve fuel economy on vehicles running on gasoline, diesel, propane or natural gas systems, company officials said. Hydrogen enables fuel to burn more efficiently, significantly reducing carbon emissions of unburned fuel and toxic gases, and makes exhaust virtually odorless, according to the company. The generator functions as an “on-demand” system, only engaging when the engine motor is running.


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.

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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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