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BUS REPORT Spring 2011

EPA 2010 C2s Deliver Improved Mileage, Enhance School District Image

Everyone at Quitman (Mississippi) School District is excited about the shiny new Saf-T-Liner® C2’s and their great fuel economy.

Everyone at Quitman (Mississippi) School District is excited about the shiny new Saf-T-Liner® C2’s and their great fuel economy.

Like a lot of other school districts around the country, it had been awhile since the Quitman (Mississippi) School District had added any new buses to its 57-bus fleet. After much consideration and careful comparisons of the options, Quitman transportation director, Charlie Shelton, ordered two new Thomas Built selective catalytic reduction (SCR)-equipped Saf-T-Liner® C2 buses from Empire Truck Sales. The C2s were the first Thomas buses in the district’s previously all-International fleet.

The 2010 EPA-compliant C2s were delivered in November, just in time for fall rain, sleet and what Shelton calls "nasty, ugly weather." The district is using the buses primarily for field trips and athletic team road trips, and coaches say that the shiny new C2s "are part of our image."

Proven SCR technology was a factor in the district’s selection of Thomas buses as well as the reputation of the dealer for great service, Shelton reports. The district has not yet needed to refill the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) used in SCR engines.

Shelton, who served as a bus driver and mechanic for the school district before becoming transportation director, says "These buses are perfect. We’re nothing but pleased. They already get great fuel economy (10+ mpg, compared to 6-7 mpg with the rest of the fleet); they’re clean, comfortable and reliable. Drivers are raving about the cockpit that is roomier, more comfortable and provides better visibility than they are accustomed to."

Dr. Suzanne Hawley is superintendent of the mostly rural east central Mississippi school district, which includes four pre-K—12 schools and a vocational center. Some of the district’s 2,100 students ride an hour each way on some of the 44 bus routes. Hawley says: "We want our school district professionals to have the equipment they need, and we are very pleased with these Thomas buses. They’re a hit."