From purchasing and operating one school bus company to later establishing another from the ground up, Reliance Student Transportation President and CEO John Polli has proven his dedication and commitment to the school bus industry.
Chris Hiebert, the former director of operations at Collins Bus Corp., has been with the school bus manufacturer since 2003, working in various roles.
Collins Bus Corp.’s Low-Floor Bus features a ramp that enables faster, lift-free boarding for students in wheelchairs. Customers report increased comfort and empowerment through the ability to board with and sit near other students.
The manufacturer, which has a new commercial bus product, will provide 400 paratransit buses for New York City Transit.
The bus utilizes Motiv’s Electric Powered Intelligent Chassis, based on the Ford E-450 platform.
Operators see reliable and quieter operation, fuel cost savings, and longer brake life. They recommend partnering with utility companies, installing charging infrastructure before receiving buses, and extensive driver training.
Phillips will work closely with Rev’s business units, which include Type A school bus builder Collins.
Matt Scheuler points to renewed interest in alternative fuels, including new electric school buses as well as propane and CNG. He also shares parents’ reactions to the new Collins Low-Floor bus.
News that drew the most traffic on the School Bus Fleet website this year covered an attendance-based cash incentive, Collins’ new low-floor bus, and student fatalities in the danger zone.
Consider this contrast: SBF's 2018 Fact Book listings include 10 school bus body manufacturers. Ten years ago, only six of those companies were in the market.
Collins marks its 50th anniversary with a new vehicle that enables students in wheelchairs to bring themselves aboard.
The bus, built on the Ram ProMaster chassis, is designed to enhance accessibility with an integrated wheelchair ramp.
The school and commercial bus distributor sells the stock of its company to John McKinney, former president of Navistar’s global bus division, and an investment group led by Brightwater Partners.