Dr. Frank Cyr organized the first national standards conference for school transportation in 1939.

Saluting the ‘Father of the Yellow School Bus’

There have been many industry developments to cover during School Bus Fleet’s 60 years. But one of the most influential pupil transportation events, organized by Dr. Frank Cyr, occurred 17 years before the magazine’s inception.

For many decades, Thomas Built Buses' bread and butter has been yellow school buses, but the business began as a manufacturer of another utilitarian form of transportation: streetcars.

How Perley A. Thomas Built a School Bus Dynasty

Past and current leaders of Thomas Built Buses discuss how play-inspiring streetcars, family legacies, and a timely switch to yellow bus manufacturing all figure in to the company’s compelling history.

Here’s a 1958 Thomas conventional model school bus.

PHOTOS: 100 Years of Thomas Built Buses

As the school bus OEM marks its 100th anniversary this year, this pictorial gives a brief overview of the company’s history, including streetcars, buses, and company leaders.

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