Four school bus operators from four states find common ground in dealing with driver shortage, tapping into the benefits of GPS and video cameras, and assessing fuel options. For the most part, they’re sticking with diesel for now, but one is seeing success with an electric bus.
Diesel has long been the foremost fuel when it comes to large school buses, but there was a noteworthy shift in 2017 as gasoline Type C school buses came into the picture. Propane was the most popular alternative fuel.
The partners have reportedly deployed more than 16,000 propane, CNG, and gasoline-powered school buses since 2012.
The U.S. average diesel price is up to $3.17 per gallon, the highest point since December 2014. Gasoline has also been on the rise.
The event comes as the state considers how to spend its $209 million share of VW mitigation funding.
The OEM cites lower upfront costs and maintenance savings as key factors in the growing sales of its Vision Gasoline bus.
The gasoline CE bus will start full production next month, and the ChargE electric bus will tour the West Coast, IC Bus officials reveal in an interview.
A custodian arrives at the Novato (Calif.) USD bus yard late at night and spots two people syphoning gasoline from storage tanks. He snaps photos as the pair flees in a box van.
Sessions at the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association event cover such compelling issues as missed bus stops, stop-arm running, and crashes with stationary objects. New school buses and a scenic river also catch attendees' attention.
The OEM showcases its gasoline-powered CE Series demonstration unit at the Oklahoma Association for Pupil Transportation conference.
The gasoline-powered Type C school bus, which uses a Ford 6.8L V10 engine, is now certified to the federal standard of 0.20 g/bhp-hr for NOx emissions.
The Georgia district’s purchase of 25 gasoline school buses, addition of bus bays, and ongoing internship and inspection training programs have also benefited drivers and students.
Coverage of the PSI propane and gasoline engines expands to five years, unlimited miles — up from 100,000 miles.