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REMINDER: We want your input for our Contractor Survey
May 7, 2014
SBF is currently conducting its 2014 Contractor Survey, and questions will address such topics as driver recruitment, federal regulations impacting pupil transportation and cutting costs. Managers and executives at school bus companies are encouraged to submit responses by the May 9 deadline.
First Student celebrates its employees
May 6, 2014
The school bus contractor will hold employee appreciation days Tuesday through Thursday this week in recognition of its nearly 60,000 drivers, attendants, technicians, managers and additional staff. Officials say every First Student location will hold an event to honor employees for their hard work and commitment.
REMINDER: Nominate an outstanding school bus contractor
May 6, 2014
Do you know an exemplary school bus contractor who deserves recognition for his or her efforts? If so, SCHOOL BUS FLEET wants to hear from you. We’re preparing to select a recipient for our annual Contractor of the Year award, and we’re accepting nominations. The deadline is Friday, May 9.
New Jersey contracting veteran George Dapper passes
April 28, 2014
Dapper passed away on Friday at the age of 68. He began working full time for his father’s business, George Dapper Inc., in 1969, and under Dapper’s leadership, the company’s fleet grew to 475 school vehicles, including school buses. Eric Raphael of Irvin Raphael Inc. spoke fondly of his colleague, saying, “George was a mentor and role model to me my entire life.”
Contractor Survey: We want your input
April 23, 2014
SBF is currently conducting its 2014 Contractor Survey, and questions will address such topics as driver recruitment, federal regulations impacting pupil transportation and cutting costs. Managers and executives at school bus companies are encouraged to submit responses by the May 9 deadline.
National Express donates bus to community empowerment center
April 23, 2014
The school bus contractor gives the refurbished school bus to Brookland Lakeview Community Empowerment Center in West Columbia, S.C. As a part of the donation, officials say Thomas Built Buses assisted with the refurbishing of the bus, and Bridgestone Tires donated new tires.
STI celebrates Employee Appreciation Week
April 22, 2014
Student Transportation Inc. (STI) will hold celebratory breakfasts, catered lunches and barbecues, as well as award ceremonies this week in honor of its third annual event, with the focus aimed at giving employees the chance to express their appreciation for their colleagues. The nomination process for the company's second induction class of the STI Wall of Fame will also launch this week.
STA wins 2 Pennsylvania contracts
April 16, 2014
The five-year agreements with both school districts — Hempfield School District and East Penn School District — will generate $10 million in new annualized revenue for the company starting next school year, officials say. STA will provide more than 200 new, clean-burning propane autogas vehicles under the contracts.
STI subsidiary unveils new transportation service
April 15, 2014
SchoolWheels Direct will provide its new direct-to-parent transportation service to charter and private schools in Charleston, S.C. Families with students enrolled at schools serviced by the subsidiary will now be able to sign up for the type of bus service they would like, choose a route, make payments and manage their account on the provider's website.
Contractors see safety as an investment
April 10, 2014

Executives for some of North America's largest school bus companies discuss how allocating resources toward such efforts as driver training and preventive maintenance can benefit the operation by improving safety and employee morale, which, in turn, enhances profitability.

NSTA launches redesigned website
April 9, 2014
New features of the contractor association’s website include detailed information for school administrators to use when considering contracting, and a centralized place to find school transportation services when looking for contractors interested in providing school transportation in a specific state or Canadian province.
Suffolk Transportation launches child-check bus safety solution
April 3, 2014
The New York school bus contractor partners with Child Check-Mate System and Zonar for the system, which institutes multiple safety checks for sleeping or unseen children. When a child wakes up and moves around the vehicle, Child Check-Mate System’s Double Check feature will turn on the vehicle’s interior lights, speak to the child and activate Zonar’s system, which will send a message to bus company employees so they can respond.
NSTA members meet with legislators on Capitol Hill
April 1, 2014
School bus contractors are discussing key issues with congressional representatives on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the National School Transportation Association’s annual Capitol Hill Spring Bus-In.
Minnesota bus driver strives to be a mentor to students
April 1, 2014
Seventy-four-year-old Paul Aasen began working at Saints Bus Services in 2001, and he says he plans to drive for as long as he’s physically able to. He says he enjoys talking to the students he transports, and in addition to being a mentor, his goal is to encourage them to be respectful.
Durham takes over Atlantic Express' Philadelphia operations
April 1, 2014
Durham will operate student transportation services for the School District of Philadelphia, which adds 364 buses, 320 routes and more than 500 employees to the company’s existing operations. To welcome the newly hired team members, Durham held an employee kickoff event, which included a barbecue lunch and distribution of new safety vests.
Kansas district extends contract with First Student
March 24, 2014
The contract with Shawnee Mission (Kan.) School District 512 is a five-year agreement that includes the operation, maintenance and management of a fleet of more than 200 vehicles. The fleet services 50 schools throughout the district.
First Student honored for supporting fire academy
March 18, 2014
The school bus contractor receives a 2013 Appreciation Award from the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute for donating retired school buses to the institute for training. The institute provides firefighters throughout the world with training in settings that replicate real-life situations.
Delaney Bus Lines supports Pink Shirt Day
March 13, 2014
Employees at the school bus contractor support the Canadian anti-bullying campaign by wearing pink T-shirts on Feb. 26. “We are only a small part of a student’s school day; however, we are committed to keeping our school buses bully-free zones,” General Manager Mark Begg says.
Michigan district extends contract with First Student
March 12, 2014
Under Troy School District’s three-year contract extension with the school bus contractor, 8,000 students in the district will continue to receive school bus service. Doug Meek, First Student area general manager, says First Student looks forward to "working with the district, students, parents and community for many years to come.”
First Student saves 3.2M gallons of fuel with DriveSmart
March 6, 2014
In a blog post on Tuesday, the company discusses this and other benefits of the initiative, which is designed to cut down carbon emissions while simultaneously improving safety. “Smart” stands for: Safe driving, Managing speeds, Avoiding rapid acceleration and hard braking, Reducing idling, and Talking to maintenance.

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