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BUS REPORT Summer 2011

Customers Share Their Experiences Operating SCR-Equipped Thomas Buses

A year after Thomas Built Buses introduced its new SCR-equipped buses, Ken Hedgecock, VP of Sales, Marketing and Service, says that the new 2010-compliant buses are delivering as promised. "There now are about 6,200 SCR-equipped Thomas Built buses on the road; schools have had a chance to use them every day, and we're getting some great feedback," Hedgecock reports.

Thomas is sharing some of that customer feedback in two short videos posted on its website. Hear what drivers, maintenance technicians and transportation managers from AA Transportation, Shrewsbury, Mass.; Butler's Bus Service, Inc., Orleans, Vt.; and Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Md. have to say about their experiences with the new SCR-equipped Thomas EF, C2 and HDX buses.

"The engine stayed basically the same, and we didn't have to do really any extra training with the new system," said John Hartman, maintenance manager, AA Transportation. And SCR is "wicked easy."

Bruce Jones, manager, Butler's Bus Service, Inc., said, "(SCR) is a hassle-free technology that greatly improves our environment."

Michael Vernon, fleet maintenance manager for Montgomery County Public Schools, said, "I think the diesel exhaust fluid system will probably save us around $600 per year per bus."

With a fuel economy advantage typically five to nine percent better than in-cylinder EGR engines, these new buses speak for themselves, but Hedgecock believes these real customer comments will help undecided buyers to ultimately choose Thomas Built SCR-buses.

  • AA Transportation, EF customer
    AA Transportation
    EF customer
  • Butler's Bus Service, C2 customer
    Butler's Bus Service
    C2 customer