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Craig Boazarth, the lead mechanic for Salt Lake City School District in Utah, uses a laptop to diagnose an electrical issue with a bus. Technology has become a vital piece of ensuring vehicle uptime at the district.


Pandemic or not, efficient operations save money. But with COVID-19 continuing to wreak havoc on transportation department budgets, could maximizing uptime be the cure-all vaccine for operations?


Written By Taylor Hannon | taylor@stnonline.com 28 School Transportation News • JANUARY 2021


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new calendar year has begun, and the overall industry mission continues to hinge on providing safe transpor- tation. But during the COVID-19 era,


the precious cargo are not only students but also food deliveries, school supplies and Wi- Fi hotspots. One constant remains—ensuring school buses are up and running. “I would think that uptime pre-and post-pandemic, is the same,” commented Robert T. Pudlewski, an industry consultant and maintenance and technology editor for


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