Schools today are constantly working to enhance their transportation experience for their staff and students. Some of the common features that are being explored today are: engine specifications, air conditioning equipment, WIFI and USB ports.
School bus manufacturers offer a wide variety of engine options, such as: diesel, gas and alternative fuels. School buses are a “stop and go” vehicle application. The selected engine is rated by two numbers: horsepower (200-300) and torque (520-860). The two numbers go hand-and-hand. Higher torque at low rpms provides quicker acceleration and should be considered with any school bus application, especially those with terrain of rolling and steep hills. A bus with appropriate horsepower and torque, using the correct rear-end-ratio teamed with a proper transmission configuration, can achieve optimal performance and ergonomics. This means not over working an under powered engine and saving wear and tear on engine components, as well as, reduce fuel costs. Remember, torque gets you moving and horsepower keeps you moving.
Equipping school buses with air conditioning helps the driver by providing a comfortable driver experience. Air conditioning also increases passenger comfort, which in return, helps passenger atmosphere. Air conditioning systems are rated by British Thermal Unit (BTU), which indicate the amount of heat it can remove from a space. Depending on the size of the school bus, BTU ratings range from 15,000 BTU (dash only), up-to 150,000 BTU, with available combination of evaporators installed front, rear, mid-ship and dash. Buses equipped with air conditioning can help aid with driver recruitment, retention, and continues to provide an overall pleasant ride climate.
Today’s technology is forever changing. More and more schools are ditching books and going to One-to-One portable electronic devices to complete the day to day school tasks. The electronic devices are connected through WIFI at schools with firewall limitations set by district’s IT Departments. Thanks to innovation, the same assessability can be achieved on a school bus. This gives a student the chance to complete their school work while on a school sponsored activity or a long route to and from school. Along with the WIFI, buses can be equipped with USB ports. Most portable electronic devices are powered with a USB ended cords. Two marine grade USB ports are installed on the exterior wall at each passenger seat. All wiring is hidden under the chair rail, away from the cabin environment. Adding WIFI to school buses can expand other avenues for school districts for real-time documentation, such as: employee clock in & out, pre-trip time stamp, student ridership tracking, live GPS, preventive maintenance tracking, and fuel usage, etc. With the combination of WIFI and USB ports on a school bus, schools, students and staff are always being productive.
On behalf of Midwest Transit Equipment, Inc, we wish you prosperous 2018-2019 school year. Please feel free to contact us regarding additional information pertaining to this article.
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Midwest Transit Equipment, Inc.
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