Gregory Poole Bus Sales & Service started offering Blue Bird buses in North Carolina in 2011.

Gregory Poole Bus Sales & Service started offering Blue Bird buses in North Carolina in 2011.

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Blue Bird Corporation has chosen Gregory Poole Bus Sales & Service to provide school buses in South Carolina. The dealership is a third-generation, family-owned business that started offering Blue Bird buses in North Carolina in 2011.

The dealership offers a comprehensive line of new and pre-owned school, commercial, and multi-purpose buses for 10 up to 90 passengers. Vehicles range from traditional diesel buses to low- and zero-emission propane, natural gas, and electric-powered buses.

Gregory Poole maintains 21 full-service facilities, including in Florence and Charleston. Bus customers can rely on certified sales, service, maintenance, repair, and parts support staff to ensure the safe and reliable operation of vehicles ranging from individual buses to large bus fleets.

“For 12 years we have proudly served hundreds of Blue Bird and Micro Bird customers in North Carolina,” said Paul Eberhart, vice president of Gregory Poole Bus Sales & Service. “We are thrilled to expand our service area to include bus buyers in South Carolina. Gregory Poole remains committed to being the dealership of choice for safe, reliable, and dependable Blue Bird buses in the Carolinas.”

“We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Gregory Poole,” said Tim Gordon, vice president of sales and marketing of Blue Bird Corporation. “The dealership staff has proven time and again that they deliver excellent service to Blue Bird bus customers in North Carolina. Now Gregory Poole will also serve our valued customers in South Carolina and help meet increasing demand for zero- and low-emission buses in both states.”

Interest in and public funding of clean student transportation has significantly increased in the past years. For example, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded in September 2022 nearly $1 billion in landmark funding for zero- and low-emission school buses as part of its 2022 Clean School Bus Rebate Program. This included about $77 million for 21 school districts in North and South Carolina to purchase nearly 200 electric school buses in 2023. The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebate Program is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), which provides a total of $5 billion over five years for clean school bus transportation.

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