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Blue Bird, Synovia Solutions partner to offer Blue Bird Connect
October 22, 2013
Blue Bird Connect is a GPS system from Synovia Solutions, and the school bus manufacturer is making the system available to customers as a factory option when they order new buses. Customers have the option to activate, at no upfront cost, any or all components of Blue Bird Connect. Blue Bird dealers can also upfit an existing fleet of buses with the technology, regardless of brand.
Minnesota poster contest winners ‘hit it out of the park’
October 22, 2013
The top three place-winners for each grade in the state School Bus Safety Poster Contest were invited to watch a Minnesota Twins game, where they took the field to be recognized in a pre-game ceremony. State director Lt. Brian Reu shares details on the event, for which his office teamed up with state associations.
Charles Poland honored posthumously for heroism
October 22, 2013
Outstanding pupil transportation professionals were in the spotlight on Sunday night at the annual National Association for Pupil Transportation awards banquet. The event included a moving tribute to Charles “Chuck” Poland Jr., the Alabama school bus driver who was slain in the line of duty in January.
Big changes in store for 2014 Summit
October 22, 2013
Next year’s NAPT Summit in Kansas City, Mo., will incorporate the America’s Best school bus tech/inspect event and a new competition related to special-needs transportation. Also, the schedule will be streamlined to four days — Saturday to Tuesday. Here, NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin explains the changes.
Alfred Karam named SBF's Administrator of the Year
October 20, 2013
At Bethlehem Central School District in Delmar, N.Y., Director of Transportation Alfred Karam has adopted a businesslike approach to running the transportation department, while also focusing on student safety. The transportation team was able to reduce its overall transportation budget by about $900,000 for the 2012-13 school year, and by tracking key performance indicators such as planned versus actual ridership, they have been able to consolidate their routes from 111 to 86.
News segments feature HSM’s global healthcare option
October 16, 2013
HSM designed a program five years ago that offers its employees the option of traveling to Costa Rica or India for medical procedures. The ABC news segments followed two HSM employees as they traveled to Costa Rica for weight loss and knee replacement surgery. In both cases, surgeries that would have reportedly cost each employee $3,000 in out-of-pocket expenses if performed in the U.S. were completed in Costa Rica at no cost to either employee.
Transfinder to showcase new browser application at NAPT trade show
October 16, 2013
President and CEO Antonio Civitella will unveil the browser application for pupil transportation management and give a presentation on next generation innovations on Oct. 22. The company will also celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Thomas Built dealer BusWest expands into Nevada
October 15, 2013
BusWest acquires the Nevada Thomas Built Buses dealership from Arizona-based Auto Safety House. BusWest, which has sales and service locations in California and Hawaii, will now also serve Nevada through an office in North Las Vegas.
Florida district cuts diesel use by 151K gallons in a year
October 14, 2013
Orange County Public Schools' combined initiative of anti-idling, biodiesel and fuel-efficient buses resulted in an overall reduction of 151,788 gallons of diesel fuel this past year. The economic benefit was a cost avoidance of $538,847 in fuel costs to the district, and the environmental benefit was a reduction of 1,503 metric tons of carbon matter output.
Striking Boston bus drivers return to work
October 10, 2013
After walking off the job on Tuesday, the approximately 300 drivers have returned to work and yellow bus service has resumed for Boston Public Schools. The union that represents the drivers says they agreed to return to work after the contractor that serves the district agreed to meet to discuss driver grievances.
Child’s thank-you note makes bus driver feel appreciated
October 10, 2013
Alan Boyle, a bus driver for Virginia's Henrico County Public Schools, receives a note of appreciation from one of his passengers and contacts a local news outlet to share it. Boyle tells the news outlet that his “thankless” profession faces constant criticism, but the note makes him feel special.
SMI, ROM Corp. combine businesses under acquisition
October 10, 2013
The companies, which provide safety and productivity products to the school bus and emergency vehicle markets, among others, have been acquired by equity firm The Sterling Group. Joe Uebbing, former CEO of SMI and CEO of the new business, says the transaction will enable the team to continue to develop their diversified specialty vehicle components platform.
Oregon district adds riders but decreases route buses
October 10, 2013
Last school year, Salem-Keizer Public Schools added two schools and changed bell times. The district's routing team was able to increase efficiency and reduce the number of large buses by 1% and small buses by 2% compared to the previous year.
Great City Schools event to convene transportation directors
October 8, 2013
The Council of the Great City Schools will bring together directors of transportation from large school districts in conjunction with its 2014 conference of chief operating officers in April. The meeting's theme is "Managing for Results."
300 Boston school bus drivers stage strike
October 8, 2013
The drivers, who serve Boston Public Schools, are members of United Steelworkers of America Local 8751, and officials for the district say the strike appears to be connected to the union’s opposition to changes underway from the district’s contractor, Veolia Transportation. The strike impacts nearly half of the 33,000 students who receive yellow bus service.
Transfinder celebrates new headquarters
October 7, 2013
The transportation management company unveils a sidewalk plaque placed at the entrance of its headquarters at 440 State St. in Schenectady, N.Y., that displays the latitude and longitude coordinates for the address. Also, on Thursday, the company will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Tap into the benefits of getting certified
October 4, 2013

There are benefits beyond the educational aspect. A pupil transportation certification can give you an edge over other candidates when applying for a new job.

NAPT News & Views — NTSB official, Carrollton film on tap for 2013 Summit
October 4, 2013

NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher A. Hart will headline the NAPT/NASDPTS joint session. Emmy-nominated writer and historian Daniel Blake Smith will present a screening of the film “Impact: After the Crash,” a reenactment of the catastrophic 1988 bus crash in Carrollton, Ky., that shares inspirational stories of survivors.

 

District cuts vehicle breakdowns by 50%, crashes by 35%
October 3, 2013
These improvements at Virginia's Prince William County Public Schools started by investing more time in maintenance and money in better equipment for its school buses, which also led to an overall reduction in costs.
Apps, web tools help directors organize data, manage staff
October 3, 2013

Directors deal with packed schedules and the need to frequently be offsite. The latest apps and web tools provide the ability to manage attendance, access up-to-date fleet information, and more quickly share vital information with staff in emergencies even when they are not sitting behind their desks.

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