Matthews Bus Alliance, Inc. (MBA), is the Orlando-based Thomas Built Buses dealer for Florida.
MBA is owned and operated by Glenn and Lori Matthews. In the separation from New York, Rifled Air Conditioning Systems and Bus Parts Experts became DBA subsidiaries of MBA. Since then, the Matthews have been busy improving the platinum support certified dealership. With the addition of two dedicated mobile bus technicians, our mobile fleet is now up to 15 Sprinter type vans, strategically located statewide. A quality control manager/platinum support continuous improvement coordinator was hired to ensure customers receive the very best C2 upon delivery. Many Florida customers have already complimented us on the condition of their recent C2 deliveries. Our team is constantly identifying areas of improvement and working to up our game. With Lori back in charge of operations and Glenn working closely with our team of sales professionals in Florida, Matthews Bus Alliance, Inc. is firing on all cylinders. For those of you who are our customers, thank you for choosing Matthews.
So what’s new?
SAF-T-ANCHOR REMOVABLE SEATS (S.T.A.R.S.) – Schools, like in Brevard County, are already taking advantage of the unique S.T.A.R.S. seating system. This unique seating system allows districts to insert and remove seats over wheelchair positions without the need of track-mounted seats. The S.T.A.R.S. system utilizes the new Syntec S3C interchangeable seats that come standard with each Florida Thomas Built School Bus. With S.T.A.R.S., there is no need to store additional expensive track mounted seats.
NEW DETROIT DIESEL DD5 ENGINE – The DD5 is expected to boost fuel economy, reliability and serviceability while lowering total cost of ownership. It features top-load oil and up to 45,000-mile service intervals. It also meets 2017 greenhouse gas standards. Caley Edgerly, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses, was on hand at the FAPT mid-year directors’ meeting on Feb. 15, 2018, and said, “This level of engine technology is a game-changer for the pupil transportation market. Never have diesel engines been cleaner, more fuel-efficient or easier to maintain. Our partners at Detroit have engineered the best engine for today’s industry from the ground up.”
The DD5 utilizes technology such as a variable exhaust cam phasing, which allows additional heat to the exhaust stream to enable a more efficient operation of the after treatment system in low-speed and stop-and-go operations. This is ideal for school buses. It comes with the Detroit Connect Virtual Technician remote diagnostic service, which lets the driver or fleet manager know the cause of a code as well as the level of severity. Virtual Technician also makes suggestions on how the fault that can be resolved and with which parts may be needed to fix the problem. The DD5 will be available to Florida customers this summer. For more information, contact your MBA account representative.
Florida customers have two choices of rifled air-conditioning (RAC) systems and both come standard with the Thomas/Freightliner independent factory dash air-conditioning system featuring its own independent compressor. We eliminated the two-compressor system from our lineup as they simply work too hard and don’t offer the true BTU cooling capacity for a 77-passenger bus in Florida.
The BH2233 features two complete independent systems from the dash air conditioner with two in-wall evaporators, two to three fan skirt-mounted condensers, plus two TM-21 compressors and a six-year standard warranty.
The BH12233 system features an additional center-mounted evaporator and a seven-year standard warranty with required service plan.