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SMART tag is the premier student ridership

management solution. Our rugged driver tablet and use of RFID cards help ensure students get on the right bus, get off at the right stop and are not left on the bus. Our state-of-the-art solution provides many features including:

• Patented Guardian Release • Pre/Post-trip Inspections • Reimbursement reports including Special Education and State Headcount Reports

• Real-time fleet and student visibility through our secure web portals for transportation, campuses, and parents

• Messaging system for driver and parent communication

Give us a call to find out all that SMART tag can do for you!

“SMART tag truly is a magnificent leap in student transportation… the tablet does so much it's actually unbelievable.”

Horseheads CSD Technician Mike Damon provides regular scheduled service on a gasoline bus. The district said its total cost of ownership for gas is less than diesel, partly because of zero maintenance issues to date.

in common is the desire to ensure the delivery of high-quality “clean” products. But he added that achiev- ing this while maintaining the lowest possible total cost of ownership for customers, will be the challenge. “However, we believe the frame-

work for this new regulation allows enough time for industry and the regulators to work together,” he said. Cummins is among the manu-

Josh Rice

Dir. of Transportation New Caney ISD, TX 512.686.2360

facturers that have provided input to regulators—and support stricter standards. The company and part- ner Westport already offer the L9N natural gas engine for school buses that is certified at the optional 0.02 g bhp-hr standard. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) also approved the B6.7N at 0.1 g/bhp- hr, which is a 50 percent reduction from the EPA’s current standard. “With appropriate lead time

to refine and validate new tech- nologies and ensure adoption, a new rulemaking will allow for significant improvements in NOx emissions,” said Cummins spokes- man Eric McCoy. ROUSH CleanTech also posi- tioned itself to meet the low-NOx

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level of 0.02 g /bhp-hr standard, after receiving EPA and CARB certification for the Blue Bird Vision Propane in August.

Other ‘Alternatives’ Brad Garner, powertrain systems

president for Agility Fuel Solutions, advocated that significant emis- sions reduction mandates should drive investments in alternative fuels, which his company provides for buses. “Propane and natural gas engines

with three-phase catalyst after- treatment typically achieve NOx emissions below 0.05 g/bhp-hr, and there are several models of near-ze- ro emission clean fuel engines on the market today with emissions below 0.02 g/bhp-hr,” Garner explained. “We think that a move to- ward alternative fuels to meet these NOx requirements will be good for the bus industry, since there’s more content per alt fuel vehicle. And also [the same] for the bus fleet oper- ators, since alt fuel vehicles have lower fuel and maintenance costs and thus a lower total cost of owner- ship over the life of the vehicle.”

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