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Micro Bird earns ISO certification

The Type A school bus manufacturer’s facility in Drummondville, Quebec, now has ISO 9001:2008 certification from the International Standards Organization.

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Report: Blue Bird propane bus performs well in cold temps

Officials from school districts and bus companies on the East Coast and in the Midwest report easy starting, quick warm-up and quiet operation of the propane Vision school buses in their fleets during the recent cold snap. Blue Bird says propane autogas’ natural properties keep the fuel in a constant liquid form, free from freezing or gelling, and the liquid form provides better control of the air-to-fuel ratio, resulting in excellent start-up dependability.

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ROUSH CleanTech doubles sales team for propane vehicles

Company officials say that five recently hired business development executives bring dozens of years of expertise in the automotive and alternative fuels industries. ROUSH CleanTech manufactures and installs propane autogas fuel system technology for Type A Micro Bird and Type C Blue Bird school buses, among other vehicles.

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Blue Bird adds new Canadian dealer

Dynamic Specialty Vehicles will provide sales, service and parts support for Blue Bird customers in British Columbia and the Yukon. The dealership has been supplying Type A buses to western Canada since 1988.

Taxis are commonly used to transport students in Chicago, among other places.iStock image © benkrut
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Gauging the safety of school bus alternatives

Many school districts and contractors are employing a variety of vehicles to supplement traditional yellow bus service. These alternative arrangements often cut costs and shorten ride times, but the safety implications of transporting students in taxis, vans and other non-school bus vehicles have become a contentious issue.

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Micro Bird Type A completes Altoona testing

The manufacturer submitted the G5 lift bus for a 7-year/200,000-mile STURAA test (Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987) last fall, and testing was completed in February. The unit was tested on maintainability, reliability, safety, performance, structural integrity, fuel economy, noise and emissions.

Mesa Public Schools reports savings of about 25.1 cents per mile for the propane Micro Bird Type A school buses it began running last fall.
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Ariz. district sees success with propane buses

Mesa Public Schools reports savings of about 25.1 cents per mile for the propane Micro Bird Type A school buses it began running last fall. In April, the district will take delivery of six propane Blue Bird Type Cs.

Michael, one of the Project LIVE students who helped raise money to buy a bus, boards their vehicle for the first time. Operating the wheelchair lift is Transportation Supervisor Roger Saxton.
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Students raise funds for much-needed bus

Project LIVE aims to take its special-needs students beyond the walls of their high school and into the community, but the program faced a challenge: It had no vehicle of its own to transport the students. Director Nicholas Slusser tells SBF about the tireless efforts to acquire a bus and to get it built and delivered ahead of schedule.

Mesa Public Schools took delivery of its first propane buses last week. Pictured are representatives from the district, Canyon State Bus Sales, Micro Bird, Roush and Ferrellgas.
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Ariz. district expects big savings in jump to propane

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.

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Micro Bird makes Onspot chains a factory installed option

Micro Bird Inc. adds Onspot of North America's automatic tire chains as a factory installed option at its school and commercial bus plant. Onspot's technology allows the operator to engage and disengage tire chains at the flip of a switch to enhance traction and reduce stopping distance in snow and ice, according to the company.

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