Montgomery County Schools to Receive Special Bus Delivery
Montgomery County Schools to Receive Special Bus Delivery
Posted on 06/04/2018
Bus Celebration

The transportation department for Montgomery County Public Schools is on tap to receive quite the special delivery next month. The 100,000th Thomas Built Buses SAF-T-LINER C2 school bus will be showcased at a grand delivery celebration event at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, in front of Lane Stadium on the Virginia Tech campus.

Thomas began production of the popular C2 school bus in 2004. At the time it was recognized as the industry’s most innovative and revolutionary school bus. Since its introduction, the bus has been delivered to all fifty states and across Canada. Recently enhanced BusWise Technologies on the C2 offer a full suite of robust safety, efficiency and serviceability features. Advanced telematics systems provide drivers and school transportation administrators with instant on-demand information including pre-delivery inspection tools, GPS tracking, and vehicle diagnostics.

“These new smart buses can communicate directly with our technicians and staff,” said Eddie Walters, director of transportation. “If the bus is out on a route and a check engine light or other service issue arises, we are notified in real time so when the bus returns back to the shop we’re prepared to address the concern immediately. It really increases our efficiency and reduces the time buses are down for repair.”

“We are thrilled to receive delivery of this milestone Thomas school bus. This is a real honor for Montgomery County and especially our transportation team.” says Superintendent Mark Miear. “Safely transporting our students is a daily priority for our school district and community.”

Montgomery County’s school bus fleet is comprised of approximately 130 buses – including 15 of the new Thomas C2 units. The school district serves 9,700 students and traveled almost 2 million safe miles in 2017-18.  

The public is invited to attend the delivery celebration. Event parking will be available in Lot 4 near Lane Stadium at the intersection of Southgate Drive and Beamer Way.

Thomas Built Buses, located in High Point, NC is the nation’s leading school bus manufacturer. Thomas is a division of Daimler Trucks North America. Sonny Merryman – Virginia’s Bus Company, headquartered near Lynchburg, serves as Thomas exclusive dealer for the Commonwealth.  The company will deliver approximately 650 school buses throughout Virginia this year. 

 

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