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School Transportation News Magazine | Buyer’s Guide 2020


DATA, STATISTICS AND TRENDS Trends: Highlights from 2019


Throughout 2019, STN surveyed transportation directors, transportation supervisors and fleet managers on a variety of issues. Below is some of the data we collected on their experiences and forecasts.


Of those who had: 77% 66% 23% 11%


Had yet to introduce new fuel


(229 respondents)


Expect fuel to be the long-term replacement strategy


Don’t know


Don’t agree on a long-term strategy (64 respondents)


40%


Use vehicle age to decide when to replace older buses


(225 respondents) 23%


Rely on available funding before replacing buses


92% Forecast that the addition of


collision mitigation systems will increase new school bus prices. (223 respondents)


The school bus technologies that readers say they are most interested in implementing. (195 respondents)


50% Camera and vision systems 41% Student tracking software 40% GPS 26% LEDs and lighting 25% Routing software 24% Radio communications 22% Maintenance software 20% Wi-Fi 19% Occupant restraint systems 18% Collision mitigation


16% Child detection systems. (Out of 267 responses. More than one answer was allowed. The total does not equal 100.)


16


80% retire their buses between 150,000 and 250,000 miles driven. Only 7% wait until their buses reach at least 300,000 miles


(216 respondents)


$7,500-$10,000 is the most often cited range of annual repair costs that indicate it is time to purchase a new bus


(223 respondents)


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