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Blue Bird announces price increase
November 14, 2014
The 3.2% increase will cover cost increases in labor and materials. Blue Bird has maintained prices since 2011, officials say.
New Micro Bird Type A bus turns heads at trade show
November 12, 2014
According to Blue Bird, the T-Series bus body’s aerodynamic features aid in increasing fuel economy by about 20%.
Blue Bird to unveil new Type A bus, new technology
November 10, 2014
Along with the new Micro Bird T-Series bus, Blue Bird will debut an electronic stability control system and a new Propane Vision warranty.
Blue Bird announces 2014 Supplier Awards
November 7, 2014
The company presented its 2014 Supplier of the Year award to Bendix Commercial Systems for teaming with Blue Bird to launch a premier air disc brake. Blue Bird also recognized 10 other suppliers for quality, innovation and service.
Oregon fleet sees success with propane in cold weather
November 3, 2014
Bend-La Pine Schools has replaced aging diesel buses with 53 propane Type C school buses, which officials say average 95% reliability.
Will Ramped-up Vehicle Tech Bring Smarter, Safer School Buses?
October 31, 2014

With advancements such as Google’s road-testing of self-driving cars, the notion is no longer relegated to episodes of “The Jetsons.” However, practical use is still a long way off, though automated vehicle technology and connected vehicle technology are arriving in increments. School bus manufacturers are keeping pace, as the technology stands to help enhance pupil transportation safety even further.

Blue Bird employment up 44% in 4 years
October 28, 2014
The school bus manufacturer’s growth in all vehicle segments has led to an increase in its workforce, which is now over 1,600 employees.
Micro Bird earns ISO certification
October 20, 2014
The Type A school bus manufacturer’s facility in Drummondville, Quebec, now has ISO 9001:2008 certification from the International Standards Organization.
Georgia governor tours Blue Bird manufacturing facility
October 3, 2014
“Georgians Supporting Georgians” was the theme of the visit, and Gov. Nathan Deal and first lady Sandra Deal met and talked with employees along the production line. The visit also included an inspection of five new custom-made All American transit buses engineered for the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Blue Bird contributes over $17K to American Heart and Stroke Assoc.
September 25, 2014
Employees supported the Central Georgia Chapter of the American Heart and Stroke Association and its 2014 Heart Walk, leading the local chapter’s employee donation segment by contributing over $17,000. The company surpassed its initial goal of raising $10,000 within eight weeks.
Blue Bird to be acquired, will be publicly traded company
September 22, 2014
The school bus manufacturer is on its way to becoming a public company, with a pending acquisition by Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. (HCAC) for a purchase price of $255 million and about $235 million of Blue Bird’s existing indebtedness. Blue Bird will continue to be led by current President and CEO Phil Horlock.
Southland Transportation buys 101 Blue Bird propane buses
September 18, 2014
The Canadian school bus contractor adds the large order of Propane Vision units to its existing propane autogas school bus fleet. Southland Transportation VP Tom Jezersek estimates that each propane bus saves about $500 in basic maintenance costs annually.
Allison’s FuelSense Basic offered on Blue Bird buses
August 27, 2014
The basic level of Allison Transmission’s fuel-savings technology is a standard offering on Blue Bird buses, company officials reaffirm. Also, Blue Bird announces that it will soon offer FuelSense Plus and Max as optional packages.
Alabama district debuts state’s first propane school buses
August 25, 2014
Mobile County Public Schools rolls out its 30 Blue Bird Propane Vision buses, purchased to support its community outreach campaign, “It Starts With Us.” Each bus will displace about 40,000 gallons of diesel and emit 150,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide over its lifetime, according to Blue Bird.
California Highway Patrol approves all-electric school bus
August 20, 2014
Technology company Adomani and the Gilroy Unified School District collaborated to produce a solar fueled, all-electric, 50 passenger, Type D school bus. CHP approval was the final step before the converted school bus was cleared to transport students, and it makes its debut this school year.
New school bus window among Blue Bird’s enhanced features
July 29, 2014
The manufacturer’s new E-Z Window, which is featured on the Vision and All American school buses, is said to feature a smoother, more ergonomic design. Blue Bird also launches enhanced features in luggage compartments, air conditioning and brakes for its buses.
District sees lower costs, emissions with propane buses
July 21, 2014
A case study on Washingtonville (N.Y.) Central School District’s usage of Blue Bird buses equipped with ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel systems finds that the district spent about 30% less on maintenance for the autogas portion of its fleet and will eliminate about 120,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide per bus during the lifetime of the vehicles.
Wisconsin contractors add 57 propane buses
July 1, 2014
Lamers Bus Lines added 41 new Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses, expanding the number of propane buses in its fleet to 59 units. Meanwhile, Badger Bus will receive 16 new Blue Bird Propane Vision buses, expanding its total propane-powered buses to 20 units.
Blue Bird rallies in Fort Valley, ramps up business
May 30, 2014

Four years after consolidating large bus assembly at its central Georgia headquarters, Blue Bird has boosted efficiency and production capacity, and business is on the upswing. The company’s total sales have increased about 40% from 2012 to 2014, and its propane school bus sales have multiplied.

Alt-fuel school bus options are growing
May 22, 2014

Manufacturers are meeting the demand for clean-burning, money-saving yellow buses by offering more powered by propane autogas and compressed natural gas, as well as all-electric units. Here’s a look at some of the school buses in development, on the market and in service at operations.

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