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Cover Story - October 2014

Owatonna Bus Co. Shares TCO Secrets

By: Kelsey Nolan

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.

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School bus driver's smile went a long way

Valerie Robertino was impatient to get home when she pulled up behind a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended. As she waited behind the bus, what she saw cut through her bad mood and left a lasting impression on her.

There has been a noticeable uptick in LED bus light sales recently, according to suppliers. Pictured is an LED unit from TRP Bus Parts.
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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.

Moving from the driver’s seat to the rear exit is one job-related task that may be timed in an agility test. Drivers and a bus monitor are shown here performing a New York physical performance test.
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Driver Agility Testing: Variations and Applications Nationwide

Where and how agility testing requirements become part of the hiring process varies across the U.S. Here, we take a look at different ways agility tests are used, check in with states using a mandated, formalized test, and report on additional developments in agility test considerations.

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Solar battery charger

PulseTech Products’ solar-powered solution continually charges, maintains and significantly extends the normal life cycles of 12-volt and 24-volt batteries, company officials said.

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Child-check safety kit

The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association has developed a training tool to remind drivers to check their bus for sleeping children.

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Alternator

IC Bus selected the Delco Remy 28SI (200 amp) as its standard alternator.

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