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Ariz. district buys 13 propane school buses
January 7, 2013
Glendale Elementary School District acquires six Blue Bird propane buses and seven Collins propane buses — the district's first powered by the alternative fuel. Canyon State Bus Sales' Phil Polizzatto calls the district's decision "both financially and environmentally responsible."
Trans Tech redesigns website, launches brand initiative
November 29, 2012
President John Phraner says the website and branding efforts, which include a new logo, reflect the company’s “forward-thinking characteristics.” The website has a clean, modern look, and the new branding initiative has a product-centric focus and an emphasis on better communicating the company’s message to current and prospective customers.
Trans Tech Bus aids Hurricane Sandy victims
November 6, 2012
The Type A school bus manufacturer organizes a “Stuff the Bus” event that will run through Nov. 13 to collect nonperishable items that will be delivered to charities and shelters that are helping people affected by the super storm.
Leonard Bus Sales launches Fla. operation, adds jobs
October 10, 2012
The school and commercial bus distributor launches LBS South LLC, which will operate as a separate company that supports the market in Florida. In New York, Leonard Bus Sales brings on new employees to the customer support and sales teams.
Thomas Built CEO sees permanent shifts in school bus market
September 27, 2012

Kelley Platt, the company's president and CEO, says that transportation changes many districts are making — from running buses longer to increasing walking distances — have reduced the need for new buses and aren’t likely to be reversed. In turn, the OEM is focused on becoming more cost-effective in its manufacturing while maintaining quality. Platt discusses the market shifts, cost of ownership and product developments with SBF.

Trans Tech Bus names new president
September 11, 2012
John Phraner will replace Dan Daniels, who plans to leave the Type A school bus manufacturer before the end of the year to be closer to his family. Phraner spent the last 22 years at North East Fabricators as the general manager, and the company has been a supplier to Trans Tech.
Trans Tech’s electric school bus to appear in TV show
June 26, 2012
The eTrans will be featured during the Kids Count program on Fresno, Calif.’s Valley PBS. The show will also be available for online viewing after the initial broadcast.
Transporte Sonnell brings 40 new buses to Puerto Rico
May 29, 2012
The company replaces older buses in its fleet with new Trans Tech Bus units. Hernan Burgos, vice president of operations, tells SBF that Transporte Sonnell is "the first school bus contractor company that brought new buses here in Puerto Rico."
Collins' first NEXBUS rolls off assembly line
May 16, 2012
The redesigned line of Type A school buses is immediately available in all chassis configurations, including propane-powered and hybrid-electric versions. Company officials report that a CNG version will be available later this summer.
Collins unveils new Type A bus design
April 2, 2012
Added visibility and enhanced construction are among the features of Collins Bus Corp.'s NEXBUS. President Kent Tyler says that the company gathered input from "customers large and small, from mechanics to drivers, and from numerous experts in the industry."
Ore. district sees cost savings from propane buses
March 13, 2012
Portland Public Schools operates some of its own buses and also contracts with First Student — eighty percent of all the buses are powered by the fuel. Officials say the propane units run up to 30,000 miles longer than buses fueled by gasoline, resulting in lower maintenance costs, and the district expects to see a 50-percent savings in fuel costs.
Collins makes XChange seats standard
February 6, 2012
SafeGuard’s XChange seating products, which can be switched from standard to lap-shoulder belts or integrated child seats, will soon be standard on all Collins, Mid Bus and Corbeil buses.
Trans Tech makes GSA’s list of approved vendors
January 30, 2012
The school bus manufacturer passes all U.S. General Services Administration testing standards and is placed on the list of approved vendors. Trans Tech can now sell its buses directly to federal agencies across the country.
Starcraft completes 25,000th bus
January 30, 2012
The school and shuttle bus manufacturer reached the milestone earlier this month when Creative Bus Sales in Chino, Calif., took delivery of the bus for Nevada RTC. President of Starcraft Bus and Federal Coach David Wright presents an award to Tony Matijevich, owner and president of Creative Bus Sales, to commemorate the event.
Collins to build CNG buses
December 19, 2011
The Type A manufacturer partners with BAF to develop the first Type A school bus with a compressed natural gas fuel system. The option will be available on several Collins models starting in spring 2012.
GM to offer LPG option for school bus cutaways
December 6, 2011
The 2012 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cutaway 4500 vans, which are used in Type A school bus applications, will be available with a 35 gallon useable fuel capacity LPG system. Company officials say a one-stop-shop approach will make ordering convenient.
Ariz. district expects big savings in jump to propane
November 10, 2011
Mesa Public Schools, which has the largest school bus fleet in the state, purchases 27 propane-powered Blue Bird and Micro Bird models. Transportation chief Ron Latko tells SBF that he estimates the district will save more than $105,000 in fuel costs this year with the propane buses.
Starcraft unveils new MFSAB
March 18, 2011
The manufacturer's new multi-function school activity bus, the Prodigy XP, offers steel-cage construction, seat belts and air conditioning among its standard features.
Trans Tech Bus adds dealer
February 22, 2011
Leonard Bus Sales, which has four locations in New York state, joins the Type A manufacturer’s network.
Operation Focuses on Efficient, Personal Service
February 17, 2011

The staff at Educational Service District 112’s Specialized Transportation Cooperative in Vancouver, Wash., monitors its growth to cost-effectively meet the needs of its member schools and school districts. Students are provided with customized transportation to maximize their safety.

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