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CE SERIES

Capacity: 29-78

Engine: Cummins B6.7

PSI 8.8L Propane

RE SERIES

Capacity: 66-90

Engine: Cummins L9

 
 

CE SERIES

Capacity: 52

Engine: Cummins B6.7

RE SERIES

Capacity: 56

Engine: Cummins L9

 
 

THE
BUS STOP

Every day 15 million students ride to school on an IC Bus. These are stories about the community of drivers, managers and engineers who help protect our students all year long.

 
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Why I Drive: Rich Mounts

Rich Mounts started a new career as a bus driver after retiring. "I tried to take a break for a year," he says, "but I missed people too much."

 Photos: Courtesy Rich Mounts

Photos: Courtesy Rich Mounts

IC Route: You’re famous for your ability to load the country’s biggest student marching band within minutes. How do you do it? 

 

Rich Mounts: We take 21 band buses to football games. With 983 kids, we’re loaded within 15 minutes. The band director has complete control over those students, and each one knows which bus to board. So when we open the doors, they start popping in. I’m the lead bus for the band, and it takes a lot of effort to make sure everything is going to go right. I scout beforehand to make sure the route is clear: no detours, how many traffic lights and lanes there are, whether there are any railroad crossings. This ensures that we have a safe and uneventful trip.

 

ICR: What’s the best part about driving an IC Bus?

 

RM: They’ve got very, very good vision out the front and with the mirrors on the side. Mirrors are your most important piece of equipment. One of the major things IC Bus has done is build a safe bus. This is combined with a smooth ride and a great turning radius. When we pull the 21 band buses into the parking lot we see the other district drivers’ heads turn. It’s impressive.

 

ICR: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

 

RM: The kids. You know you’ve contributed to part of their growing up. When we get a kid on the bus, we give them a smile and a “Hello!” That helps to take away any bad feelings they might have had before they get on. And years later they remember that, you know? You’ll be around the town and graduates will come up and say, “Do you remember me? Thanks for all your help.” It’s an opportunity to have a conversation about life on the bus.

 

ICR: Your district has won impressive safety awards. What’s the secret?

 

RM: The Allen Board of Trustees is very supportive and gives us the needed tools to be successful. Our theme is “safety first.” It’s not a slogan but what we believe. It takes all levels of the district and the transportation department acting as one team to make it work.

 

ICR: Students can be excitable. How do you create a good environment on board?

 

RM: The first thing I do is introduce myself. Then we can talk about what I expect from them and what they can expect from me. The environment has to be consistent.

For the past 10 years, IC Bus has held strong as the best-selling bus manufacturer in the industry. Why? Because at IC Bus, we design our vehicles to protect the people that ride them, day in and day out.

We are proud to be a part of Navistar, one of the world's leading manufacturers of commercial trucks, buses, defense vehicles and engines. Since 1831, our history has been interwoven with some of the biggest innovations in the industry. Wherever ingenuity drives global markets, you'll find Navistar taking the lead.

Browse our
Global Portfolio