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Thomas Built names 'Driver of the Year'
April 1, 2007

Thanks to one of her more grateful passengers, Elaine Brogan of the Branchburg (N.J.) School District was named the “Children’s Choice School Bus Driver of the Year” for 2006.

Special-needs pupil transporters go 'all out'
April 1, 2007

Over five days of conference sessions, three eight-hour companion programs and a roadeo, attendees of the 16th National Conference & Exhibition on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers demonstrated that they are indeed “Going All Out!” (the event’s theme) in their jobs.

Driver thwarts hijacking attempt
April 1, 2007

EAST CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A veteran school bus driver was honored for preventing a possibly armed man from hijacking his bus.

Seat belt panel recommends pilot testing
April 1, 2007

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The group charged with examining the subject of seat belts on school buses called for a pilot program to evaluate lap-shoulder belts on 10 buses.

Don't miss this hot spot
April 1, 2007

You’ll note that most of this issue is devoted to the bus garage, which makes sense since this is our maintenance issue. In pupil transportation, however, maintenance isn’t simply about engines, wrenches and oil-change intervals; it’s about safety.

ACC's Eco-Power Brush requires only a 220-volt power source, a water supply and a hard, flat surface for operation.
Washing Systems Meet Many Needs
March 1, 2007

Investing in a school bus washing system can be a stressful task, but with a little background knowledge of the systems available, solutions are certa...

How to Develop a Mission Statement That Is More Than Words
March 1, 2007

Have you ever been asked to develop a mission statement for your organization or department? When you finished, did you feel like it was meaningful? ...

Greener Fuel-Procurement Solutions
March 1, 2007

The rising cost of crude oil is affecting us all, where it hurts most — our pocketbooks. As such, transportation managers are exploring ways to defray...

Q&A: Change — and Opportunity — at Collins Industries’ Bus Division
March 1, 2007

In mid-January, Kent Tyler narrowed his focus at Collins Industries while, at the same time, broadening his responsibilities.

On Jan. 19, Tyler w...

As part of the Love the Bus campaign, (from left) Brian Shuldberg, Gus Rodriguez and Robert Hatchett of Durham and Allan Haggai of Thomas Built Buses hosted an employee appreciation event at Durham’s McKinney, Texas, branch.
2007 Contractor Showcase
March 1, 2007

Durham School Services, Downers Grove, Ill.

What is your greatest challenge?
Durham School Services takes great measures ...

Industry Puts Greater Emphasis on Security Training
March 1, 2007

Programs are available through federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, but many school bus operators are supplementing their training with the help of local law enforcement.

Hardening the target
March 1, 2007

When I look at our industry these days, I see how useless it is to fight against change. Rather, we must learn to adapt and embrace new challenges.

Product Highlights
March 1, 2007

Workshop teaches student safety drills
Designed to be used in a classroom or on the school bus, PTSI’s revised and renamed “School Bus Saf...

Reliability engineering can reduce shop costs
March 1, 2007

Reliability engineering is a discipline based on the use of data and averages to make predictions about unit and system failures.

Specialty Mfg. merges with transit supplier
March 1, 2007

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Specialty Manufacturing Inc. and Pretoria Transit Interiors completed a transaction that combines the two bus component suppliers.

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Ford diesel chassis put on hold
March 1, 2007

Citing a contractual dispute with one of its engine suppliers, Ford Motor Co. stopped taking orders on Feb. 7 for its 2007 model year E-350 and E-450 chassis with 6.0-liter diesel engines. These chassis are used as platforms for Type A school buses.

Buses plow through snow
March 1, 2007

As with every other system in the country, we are constantly on the alert to save costs, and, as with most other systems in the snow belt, a major seasonal cost is that of plowing the white stuff off the depot lots so yellow buses can pick up the children on time.

Industry urges cell phone ban
March 1, 2007

Officials from across the pupil transportation industry combined their voices in calling for restrictions on cell phone use by school bus drivers.

NSTA adopts seat belt policy
March 1, 2007

TUCSON, Ariz. — The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) adopted two key position statements, one on seat belts and use of cell phones by bus drivers.

Study group readies advice on seat belts
March 1, 2007

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — At press time, the seven-member study group assigned to evaluate the safety benefits of three-point belt systems on school buses was still working on recommendations that were to be presented to Alabama Gov. Bob Riley and the state legislature in early March.

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