As fleets look to buy new buses, many approach a bid with a concerted effort to get the cost of the individual buses down as much as possible. After all, who doesn’t like to walk away from a good deal? With most districts are concerned with the “here and now” of an annual budget, it is very easy to lose sight of the costs that are created over the life of the vehicle. School buses have an average life of 10-15 years. That’s a long time to consider not only fuel costs, but also the cost of maintaining the vehicle, and replacing necessary parts.
Realizing the challenges faced by students who have to walk to school in the winter, an organization in Vermont arranged for the Winooski School District to receive school bus services as part of a winter transportation pilot program.
ELYRIA, OH. – More than half a million dollars: That’s how much Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems contributed in 2017 through corporate grants and donations, employee sponsorships, and employee-driven efforts. The giving benefited nonprofits and community organizations across North America. Of the nearly $540,000 contributed, about $96,000 was generated through employee initiatives.
It's an ongoing debate: which fuel type provides the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) to school bus fleets. Opinions abound on all sides of the matter. A gasoline-powered bus has a low initial purchase price, so it must have the lowest TCO. Propane fuel costs much less than clean-diesel, so a propane-powered bus must have the lowest total cost of ownership. And compressed natural gas (CNG) buses have a high initial purchase price, but advocates contend that after the initial cost is recouped, the savings on CNG fuel contribute to a low total cost of ownership.
School bus fleet maintenance managers face challenges in trying to control costs that continue to rise sometimes as much as four times a year.
SAN ANTONIO, TX. -- Rush Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:RUSHA) (Nasdaq:RUSHB), which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, today announced that its Board of Directors approved a new stock repurchase program authorizing the Company to repurchase, from time to time, up to an aggregate of $40 million of its shares of Class A common stock, $.01 par value per share, and/or Class B common stock, $.01 par value per share.
Dallas-area schools are telling parents and students as well as transportation employees that service will remain unchanged for the remainder of the school year following voters approving the dissolution of the 171-year-old government agency that operated school buses in the county.