By Glenn Matthews

Thomas Built Buses has been at the forefront of transportation for 100 years – from its humble beginnings as a streetcar company to the leading manufacturer of school buses across North America. The Matthews Buses Florida mobile service program works well because the Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2 is durable and reliable.

Our recommended C2 school bus comes standard with a five-year bumper-to-bumper warranty, including the optional air conditioning and wheelchair lifts. As a Matthews customer, you can trust that our fleet of road service trucks will constantly be increased based on future customer needs.

At Matthews, we are constantly adapting and changing to support districts’ needs well into the future. Thomas offers BusWise™ Technologies as a robust platform that combines the latest innovations in safety, efficiency, serviceability and fleet management. Thomas is integrating the industry’s best-of-breed components into a comprehensive suite of advanced technologies. You’ll soon have more tools than ever to enhance the safety and efficiency of your fleet while lowering your total cost of ownership.

SeatsZonar hardware is now standard equipment and connected directly to the multiplex wiring system. This enables the telematics system to monitor multiple chassis and body features, providing immediate data and can be configured and reconfigured over the air without rewiring. All it takes is a phone call to make changes and adjustments. Thomas Buses can be equipped with three-point harness seatbelts without impacting seating capacity.

St. Lucie County recently took delivery of 77-passenger buses with S3C integrated child seats in the first three rows and S3C lap/shoulder belt seats in the remaining nine rows. These S3C seats will be displayed at the upcoming FAPT summer conference in beautiful Destin, Fla. For those purchasing the standard S3C convertible seats, they can be converted to an integrated child seat or lap/shoulder seat.

Finally, as we progress to the next 100 years, imagine the changes in school transportation when you consider how far Thomas has come from building that streetcar named Desire.