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Blue Bird appoints top executive for Global Supply Chain Management

Blue Bird Corporation, the leader in electric and low-emission school buses, today announced the appointment of Jim Nelles as senior vice president, Global Supply Chain Management, with immediate effect. In his current role, Nelles is responsible for optimizing Blue Bird’s global supply chain, ensuring best-in-class cost, quality, and throughput, and forging long-term strategic partnerships to […]

Blue Bird receives largest single order of electric school buses in its history

  Blue Bird Corporation, the leader in electric and low-emission school buses, has received the single largest order of electric school buses from a school district in its history. Modesto City Schools in California purchased 30 zero-emission school buses. The order enables the school district to rapidly convert nearly 50% of its diesel-powered bus fleet […]

Forest River and Lightning eMotors expand partnership

  Lightning eMotors, a leading provider of medium-duty and specialty commercial electric vehicles for fleets, today announced it has expanded its partnership with Forest River to offer a factory-certified all-electric repower program for shuttle buses and passenger vans. Forest River is a Berkshire Hathaway Company that manufactures shuttle buses, recreational vehicles, cargo trailers, utility trailers and pontoon […]

Highland Electric Fleets and Thomas Built Buses sign agreement to make electric school buses an affordable option

Highland Electric Fleets (Highland), the leading provider of turnkey electrification services for school bus fleets in North America, and Thomas Built Buses (TBB), one of the nation’s leading school bus manufacturers, are expanding their relationship to lower upfront costs and speed adoption of electric school buses. The two companies signed a letter of intent (LOI) […]

Hot Topics: Fleet Communication #2

How a Chicago-Area district improved school security, school bus safety and communication using FirstNet Bellwood School District 88 switched to the FirstNet network to improve safety When Bellwood School District 88 sought a new communication system to help improve student safety and school security, the director of transportation, Tyreese Stafford, chose FirstNet. Headquartered in Cook […]

Oh, School Bus…How Do We Love Thee?

In 1850, Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote Sonnet #43, which we know today by its endearing opening line: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”   As we exit February and move past America’s Valentines’ Day, I thought it would be appropriate to think about the many ways we love the school bus. […]

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: John Phraner, Trans Tech Bus

School BUSRide spoke with John Phraner, president of Trans Tech Bus, for this exclusive interview. Established in 2007, Trans Tech manufactures industry-leading Type-A school and commercial buses.  The company offers the industry’s only narrow-body dual wheel along with a full line of single and dual wheel models. The company is now bringing green solutions to […]

Stronger Together: How Partnerships are Making the Industry Better

Zonar and Transfinder Connect for Seamless and Safe Technology Integration The successful integration of Zonar’s technology with Transfinder’s solutions ensures districts and families nationwide can depend on safe, reliable, and efficient transportation for drivers and students.  Zonar and Transfinder inked a deal in January 2021, pledging to collaborate and equip school district bus fleets with […]

Safe and Effective Fleet Disinfecting

What you use in your schools might not be the best for your buses   Yes, we are all sick of the COVID Conversations, but this pandemic has show us that we were grossly unprepared and uneducated when it came to routine disinfecting of our bus fleets. So, to ensure we are better prepared for […]

CTE partners with WRI to provide three school districts with electric school bus transition plans

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) is pleased to announce our collaboration with the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Electric School Bus Initiative, supported by the Bezos Earth Fund. In this project, CTE will provide three school districts with technical plans to transition their school bus fleets to electric school buses (ESB). CTE will […]