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How to Put the Brakes on Stop-Arm Runners
March 1, 2000

New tactics for reducing 'fly-bys,' including video surveillance, flashing headlights and multiple stop arms.

How we developed a special-needs training course
March 1, 2000

Too often, new school bus drivers and attendants are assigned the task of transporting special-education students without adequate training.

News from Washington is more than the campaign
March 1, 2000

Believe it or not, there are other things happening in the political world, although you wouldn’t know it from the network TV coverage. Surprisingly, some of them could affect the pupil transportation industry. More surprisingly, they could have a positive effect.

You can’t always get what you want
March 1, 2000

At the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT), we decided to invest time, energy and expertise in ensuring that good school bus safety laws are enacted in our state.

This teen’s ‘dream car’ is a retired school bus
March 1, 2000

When people discover my love for Crown school buses, they figure I spent my childhood on the West Coast riding them to school and back.

Always in a hurry, got somewhere to go
March 1, 2000

Too many children have died because motorists have decided that the flashing red lights and extended stop arm of a school bus are merely a suggestion.

Harvard researchers compare diesel fuel and natural gas
March 1, 2000

In a head-to-head comparison of diesel fuel vs. natural gas in heavy trucks, the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis found, as you might expect, advantages and disadvantages for each fuel, depending on the criteria.

Searching for solutions to severe behavior problems
February 1, 2000

As a new bus driver, I quickly learn that students with behavior problems can be very interesting to work with, indeed. A couple of decades later, I am a supervisor, but still heavily involved in serving students with special needs.

Help get the word out on transport wheelchairs
February 1, 2000

Students who use mobility aids such as wheelchairs represent only a small fraction of the approximately 23.5 million children who ride school buses to and from school each day. As such, they could be easily overlooked when it comes to occupant safety.

Should transportation directors have experience as bus drivers?
February 1, 2000

Transportation directors and other pupil transportation experts weigh in.

A short reminder for busy people
February 1, 2000

The world seems to be moving so quickly — with information being spat at us faster than we can assimilate it — that we rarely have time to think about death.

Don’t Let Bullies Rule Your School Bus
February 1, 2000

Bullying can have severe consequences - driver distraction, accidents and even death. Bus drivers need to understand how rules and respect can help them minimize this behavior.

The ‘Next Generation’ of Protection for Wheelchair Passengers
February 1, 2000

With crash-tested securement points, the transport wheelchair will significantly improve passenger safety. Meanwhile, retractable securement systems already are having a positive impact.

Best Practices for Loading and Unloading Wheelchair Students
February 1, 2000

Although there are exceptions, industry experts say specific lift procedures need to be closely followed. Driver and attendant training is critical, they add.

Ingenuity Required to Overcome Alaska’s Natural Barriers
February 1, 2000

Paved highways are rare in the country's northernmost state, requiring schools to find creative ways of meeting the transportation needs of students.

Newsletters Can Help to Inspire and Retain Drivers
February 1, 2000

A newsletter that mixes personal glimpses with just-for-fun items and newsworthy events can help to build morale.

Should School Buses Have Rear Underride Guards?
February 1, 2000

Transportation managers should inventory their fleets and assess their risks. And drivers should be trained how to respond to an underride crash.

Joe Mirabella Named SBF’s 1999 Administrator of the Year
December 1, 1999

Transportation director in Englewood, Colo., has made strong contributions to the industry — while championing an unpopular cause.

How to Keep Your Fleet Healthy in Cold Weather
December 1, 1999

To proof your buses against frigid temperatures, pay attention to tires, fuel, belts and hoses. And don't ignore driver training.

Media Campaign Is Key to Lifting Industry’s Image
December 1, 1999

Expansion of school bus transportation in the 21st century hinges on the industry's efforts to promote its achievements and to erase widespread misconceptions.

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