Management

Blue Bird Delivers Its 5,000th Gasoline School Bus

Posted on March 13, 2019

Blue Bird cites lower upfront costs and ease of fueling accessibility as key factors in the growing sales of its Vision Gasoline school bus.
Blue Bird cites lower upfront costs and ease of fueling accessibility as key factors in the growing sales of its Vision Gasoline school bus.
MACON, Ga. — Blue Bird recently hit a milestone: completing delivery of its 5,000th gasoline-powered school bus.

Blue Bird’s Vision Gasoline bus, which runs on a Ford 6.8-liter V10 engine and is equipped with a Roush CleanTech fuel system, became available in 2016. The OEM said that sales have grown significantly over the past few years due to lower upfront costs, reliable cold-weather startup and heating capabilities, ease of fueling accessibility, and maintenance cost savings.

We Transport, a school transportation contractor in Plainview, New York, received the 5,000th Blue Bird Vision Gasoline school bus as part of a total delivery of 59 of the manufacturer's gasoline buses.

“This is the first time We Transport has brought fuel other than diesel into our bus fleet,” said Bart Marksohn, owner of We Transport. “Our wish for an affordable, reliable bus came true when Blue Bird and our dealer, Bird Bus, offered the Vision gasoline model. We are extremely happy with our decision and foresee gasoline being a big part of our future operations.”

We Transport services more than 50 districts throughout New York, many of which are located on Long Island. The Blue Bird Vision Gasoline buses will be used in Plainview, Island Trees, and Smithtown.

Nearly 1,000 school districts now operate the manufacturer’s Vision Gasoline school bus, which is certified to the federal standard of 0.20 g/bhp-hr for nitrogen oxide emissions.

Related Topics: Blue Bird, emissions, gasoline

Comments ( 3 )
  • David Dunaway

     | about 3 months ago

    A sad commentary where the bottom dollar is preferred over the potential of human tragedy. A classic case where history will repeat itself, remember the Carrollton Bus crash?

  • See all comments
More Stories
As part of an initiative to cut down on idling time, GO Riteway had T-shirts made for its drivers with a safety message on the front and “No Idling” on the back as a reminder.
Article

Going Beyond Alt-Fuel Buses to Go Green

Minimizing idling, maximizing tires and fuel, and recycling some shop supplies are inexpensive green strategies that transportation departments can easily implement at their operations.

File photo courtesy Newport Mesa (Calif.) USD
Article

20 Questions (and Answers) on MAP-21

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act includes new transportation regulations that will soon impact training requirements for school bus drivers, with a compliance deadline of Feb. 7, 2020. Here, School Bus Safety Co. shares responses to common questions.

The Propane Education and Research Council’s Volkswagen Trust Resource Center provides information about propane school buses and includes a state-by-state map with details on how to apply for Volkswagen settlement funds. File photo courtesy IC Bus
News

Propane Council Launches VW Funds Resource Center

The Propane Education and Research Council’s Volkswagen Trust Resource Center provides information on propane school buses and includes a state-by-state map with details on how to apply for Volkswagen settlement funds.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!