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New bus depot to save district $400K in fuel, driver pay
February 3, 2014
Sarasota County Schools builds the depot in North Port, Fla., which the transportation director says reduces the number of empty miles the drivers had been traveling from the old depot to their first and last pickups of the day. Pickup times and routes aren’t expected to change.
Snowstorm leaves students stranded overnight
January 30, 2014
Thousands of students in the Atlanta area spent Tuesday night at school or, in some cases, even on buses because of a winter storm that froze up traffic. The National Guard came to the aid of some 95 stranded school buses, delivering food and water to the students and getting the buses moving. "We had cleared them all by [Wednesday] morning, and that was a big task," Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says.
Global school transport conference to be launched in U.K.
January 29, 2014
Interchangeability 2014, to be held June 15-18 in Buckinghamshire, England, is designed to bring together school transportation professionals from around the world to share ideas and best practices. The conference is the creation of transportation veterans Sian Thornthwaite and Kirsti Robinson.
District revamps transportation, reduces late buses by 97%
January 29, 2014
Tennessee’s Metro Nashville Public Schools restructured the department last fall, and officials say the number of late morning buses has decreased 69% since Oct. 1, and the number of late afternoon buses has decreased 28%. Customer service and turnaround time on bus repairs have also improved.
Transfinder named a ‘Best Place to Work’
January 28, 2014
The transportation management software supplier is one of 30 companies designated the Best Places to Work in the Capital Region for 2013 by the Albany Business Review. Companies participate by submitting anonymous employee surveys, and Transfinder’s employees recognized the company's frequent celebrations of employee birthdays and accomplishments and competitive salaries.
IC Bus now delivering CE units with Cummins engine
January 27, 2014
The first CE Series school buses equipped with the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine are released from IC Bus’ Tulsa, Okla., assembly plant. The OEM says that, to date, it has received more than 2,000 orders for CE buses with the Cummins engine.
District calls for student-designed school bus ads
January 27, 2014
The ads for Granite School District buses must highlight either a program offered by the district, online courses or a “help wanted” ad for bus drivers. Steven Powell, publications specialist for the Salt Lake City-based district, says officials felt that ads on buses created by students would be a good opportunity to showcase some of the programs available.
In harsh cold, school buses serve as warming stations
January 24, 2014
With temperatures hovering in the single digits on Thursday, Nashville residents who needed a break from the bitter cold could climb aboard a "Mobile Warming Station" — also known as a yellow school bus. The city's Office of Emergency Management partnered with Metro Nashville Public Schools for the innovative program.
Consultant Lance Osler joins School Bus Logistics
January 23, 2014
Osler will provide route operations support and software consulting services to current customers and prospects. He comes to the company with a combined 17 years of Edulog and Versatrans experience, which officials say increases opportunities for School Bus Logistics to provide professional routing services and consulting in terms of startup, mid-level and advanced routing operations support.
Georgia districts to share buses for field trips
January 23, 2014
Under the agreement, students from Cobb County School District could be transported to and from events with Marietta City Schools students and vice versa, with each district paying the other up front for the use of their buses. The transportation director for Marietta says that when the districts have shared services in the past, it has saved $100 to $500 depending on the trip.
Transfinder reports 10% revenue increase in 2013
January 21, 2014
The company’s revenue grew from $7,850,000 in 2012 to $8,605,000 in 2013. Transfinder had other milestones last year as well, including expansion of its products and services into the Caribbean and an increase in its staff.
Alfred Karam named SBF's Administrator of the Year
January 21, 2014

The director of transportation at Bethlehem Central School District in Delmar, N.Y., 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 tracking key performance indicators has increased efficiency.

District cracks down on bus drivers parking at home
January 16, 2014
An audit finds that of Jefferson County (Ala.) School District’s 400 buses, drivers are taking 61 of them home each day to places farther than their bus route, adding nearly $172,000 in fuel costs. The deputy superintendent is talking with drivers about finding a more cost-efficient place to park their buses.
Former U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood joins infrastructure coalition
January 16, 2014
Ray LaHood, who stepped down from his post at the helm of the U.S. Department of Transportation last year, is named a co-chair of Building America’s Future. The coalition works to raise awareness about the need to invest in the nation’s roads, bridges, airports, rails and ports.
Lynn Martin to leave NAPT
January 15, 2014
Martin, who has served as the association’s marketing and communication specialist since 2006, has taken a position closer to home. Her last day at NAPT will be Jan. 24.
3 steps to bolster safety for school motorcoach trips
January 14, 2014
North Carolina state pupil transportation director Derek Graham reports on FMCSA's recent Bus Safety Roundtable and shares a three-step approach that schools and school districts can use to improve student safety when chartering motorcoaches for school trips.
Minnesota association launches live stream of meetings
January 14, 2014
Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation members who can't make it to Wednesday's committee meetings in person will have another option: tuning in online. A live stream will be available on YouTube, even allowing web viewers to submit questions.
NAPT trade show: buses, components and more
January 14, 2014

New offerings that were on view and introduced during the show in Grand Rapids, Mich., include an all-electric school bus, a wheelchair retractor tie-down system, heater kits, LED lights and fleet management solutions.

Holland Bus Co. invests more than $1M to expand facility
January 13, 2014
The Michigan-based dealership for Blue Bird Corp. now features over 9,000 square feet of service space, including six new service bays dedicated to school buses, 8,000 square feet for body repairs, 5,000 square feet of parts inventory and 3,000 square feet dedicated to sales support. Officials say the expansion accommodates the growing demand for Blue Bird school bus sales, and parts and service support.
STERI-FAB kills bugs and mold, disinfects surfaces
January 13, 2014
STERI-FAB is an EPA-registered product from Noble Pine Products Co. that kills bedbugs, lice, ticks and many other insects, as well as mold, mildew and bacteria, while also disinfecting the area where it is applied. Company officials say it can be applied without dilution, and it does not leave a residue.

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