A-Z Bus Sales Awarded Los Angeles Unified School District Contract for Blue Bird CNG Buses

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A-Z Bus Sales to provide alternative-fuel Blue Bird buses resulting in less air pollution

Blue Bird All American CNG Bus

This order clearly demonstrates L.A. Unified's commitment to alternative-fuel transportation as they continue to run one of the largest alternative-fueled school bus fleets in the nation, setting a great example for other districts.

A-Z Bus Sales, Inc., a leading provider of transportation solutions, today announced an award from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to replace 20+ year old diesel buses with new CNG (natural gas) Blue Bird buses, purchased through A-Z Bus Sales, Inc. The award, possibly the largest school bus purchase in history, is for CNG transit buses, each with seating for 65 passengers. Delivery of the new buses to LAUSD is anticipated in October and November of this year.

“A-Z Bus Sales is proud to be part of this historic contract and continue our long-term support of LAUSD’s pupil transportation needs,” says Jim Reynolds, President, A-Z Bus Sales, Inc. Mr. Reynolds adds, “LAUSD Transportation Department, with its long term commitment to clean fuel powered school buses, worked closely with the South Coast Air Quality Management District, school bus vendors and its School Board to replace 20+ year old diesel buses with clean burning CNG-powered school buses that will reduce air pollution, particulate matter and provide cleaner air for its students and the residents of Los Angeles.”

A-Z Bus Sales and Blue Bird have a long history with LAUSD. For over 15 years, A-Z Bus Sales and Blue Bird have supported LAUSD with not only Transit CNG buses but also all of their conventional propane-fueled school buses. A-Z Bus Sales delivered over 235 propane buses to LAUSD and 4 of their contracted service providers in the past year.

“Blue Bird is pleased to support the current needs of LAUSD who have been progressive in buying CNG buses for several years now. This order clearly demonstrates their commitment to alternative-fuel transportation as they continue to run one of the largest alternative-fueled school bus fleets in the nation, setting a great example for other districts in both California and across the U.S.,” says Greg Bennett, President & CEO, Blue Bird Corporation. “A-Z Bus Sales and Blue Bird will continue to be the leader in providing alternative-fueled school buses and Blue Bird is proud to have A-Z Bus Sales as our exclusive California dealer. A-Z Bus Sales is well-equipped to handle training, parts and service needs for any school district in California. A-Z Bus Sales represents a high level of integrity and customer care which is important to Blue Bird.”

About Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
Los Angeles Unified School District is comprised of 8 local districts, consisting of approximately 1,044 K-12 schools in Los Angeles County. With over 678,000 K-12 students, LAUSD is the largest unified district in the state of California. More than 141 schools use one of two different year-round calendars – either three-track or four-track – to accommodate heavy enrollment at those sites. LAUSD also includes approximately 208 other schools including adult schools, pre-schools, early education and regional occupational centers; the added attendance bringing total student population to over 1 million pupils. More information can be found at http://www.lausd.net.

About Blue Bird Corporation
Blue Bird offers a complete line of Type A, C and D school buses in a variety of options and configurations. For more than 80 years, Blue Bird Corporation has continued to set industry standards with its innovative design and manufacturing capabilities. Today, Blue Bird has more than 1,500 employees, three Georgia-based manufacturing facilities and an extensive network of dealers and service-parts facilities throughout North America. Its global presence can be seen in more than 60 countries through sales into Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit the Blue Bird Corporation web site at http://www.blue-bird.com.

About A-Z Bus Sales, Inc.
A-Z Bus Sales, Inc. is a 25-year old, employee-owned company specializing in transportation solutions for the government and public sector, education market, commercial and private fleets. A-Z Bus Sales represents new Blue Bird, Collins Bus and Girardin School Buses and Glaval Bus, Elkhart Coach, Arboc Mobility, Federal, Ameritrans and BraunAbility as well as one of the largest inventories of used buses on the West Coast. A-Z Bus Sales provides buses to a variety of organizations including: K-12 schools, universities, municipalities, shuttle operators, hotels, health care providers, tour and charter companies, churches and retirement centers. A-Z Bus Sales provides sales and service for new and used buses, provides financing of all buses through a large nationwide network of bus dealers, and offers parts and services including emissions testing and diesel engine retrofits, and warranty repairs. More information can be found at http://www.a-zbus.com or by calling 800.437.5522.

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