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Anthony Foxx: School bus safety data are ‘remarkable’
February 24, 2014
The U.S. Secretary of Transportation attends Friday’s main Love the Bus event in High Point, N.C., and says school bus drivers are “unsung heroes.” In a follow-up blog post on Monday, he says that the data on school transportation indicate that the safest way for students to get to school is on a school bus with a “well-trained driver.” He adds that the data are “even more remarkable when you think about just how many students are riding the bus every day.”
Communities go yellow for ‘Love the Bus’
February 13, 2014
Pupil transportation operations and associations around the country are showing their appreciation for school bus drivers and recognizing the important role that yellow buses play in students’ education with “Love the Bus” celebrations this month.
Education, transportation secretaries support yellow buses
September 12, 2013
Staff members at the Tucson (Ariz.) Unified School District bus depot are joined on Wednesday morning by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The duo discuss the importance of bus drivers in school safety, and they ride along on a school bus before participating in a service project at a local middle school.
Charles Poland named a School Bus Champion
July 15, 2013
The Alabama school bus driver receives a posthumous School Bus Champion Award from the American School Bus Council for his actions to protect his bus passengers during a standoff with a gunman. Dale County Schools Superintendent Donny Bynum, who accepted the award on behalf of Poland’s family, says, “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about Mr. Poland and what he did. He is the definition of a hero.”
ASBC launches recognition program
April 22, 2013
Officials say the School Bus Champion Award recognizes individuals and entities who have displayed exceptional support for the advancement of the school bus industry through leadership in safety, access to education, environmental benefits/stewardship and community impact. The EPA and the state of Utah are the first honorees for their work in “greening” school buses.
Pupil transporters, communities celebrate ‘Love the Bus’
February 14, 2013
From Texas to Illinois to Virginia and beyond, the industry and the communities they serve are recognizing school bus drivers and others involved in transporting students to and from school. Here’s a roundup of some of this year’s events.
LaHood celebrates ‘Love the Bus’ in Virginia
February 13, 2013
Outgoing U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visits Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington on Tuesday, where students sing and rap for him. LaHood tells the children, “I want you kids to thank your drivers when you go home today. They care a lot about getting you to and from school safely.”
LaHood to speak at 'Love the Bus' event
February 1, 2013
Outgoing U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood accepts an invitation to serve as the lead speaker at the American School Bus Council’s main “Love the Bus” event at an elementary school in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 12. It will mark the second time he has participated in a Love the Bus celebration — the first was in 2011 in Takoma Park, Md.
LaHood to step down as transportation secretary
January 29, 2013
Ray LaHood announces on Tuesday to the employees of the U.S. Department of Transportation that he will not serve a second term, but he says he will stay on until his successor is confirmed. LaHood showed support for the pupil transportation industry during his term, calling for funding of a program to promote the benefits of yellow buses, attending industry events and taking on such issues as distracted driving.
Markus Videnieks joins ASBC team
November 29, 2012
Videnieks will coordinate the execution of American School Bus Council priorities and lead various outreach efforts. He was previously a vice president at a large Washington, D.C., government relations firm, focusing on transportation issues and the legislative agendas of nonprofit hospitals and universities.
American School Bus Council seeks coordinator
September 6, 2012
The contract role supports ASBC's marketing and operational activities and manages an upcoming project. Requirements include project management and school transportation industry experience.
Ohio state director Pete Japikse steps down
September 4, 2012
The 32-year veteran of pupil transportation retires from state service, but he will soon begin a new role with the Ohio School Boards Association in which he says he will “continue working with the great people in this business.”
Industry touts its successes for Love the Bus
February 9, 2012
School transportation operations and organizations will hold events on or around Valentine's Day to promote the benefits of the yellow bus and to honor bus drivers.
LaHood speaks at NSTA convention
July 19, 2011
The U.S. transportation secretary addresses attendees, discussing the safety record of school buses and other related issues. Also at the Baltimore event, school bus drivers from across the U.S. and Canada vie for the top spot in three categories during the association's annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition.
ASBC forum to focus on national education efforts
July 5, 2011
The forum will be held Aug. 3 and 4 in Chicago and will focus on how the school bus industry can get involved in the education efforts, as well as how the ASBC can better serve the industry.
ASBC appoints coordinator
May 12, 2011
Clark Barrineau fills the newly created position. He joins the organization from Nesbitt Research, a campaign consulting firm, where he oversaw research and communications operations for a variety of advocacy campaigns.
REMINDER: Tips for promoting the importance of school buses
March 22, 2011
A free web seminar this Thursday that is sponsored by the American School Bus Council and presented by SBF will offer guidance on communicating the environmental, economic, educational and safety benefits of the yellow bus.
Keep spreading the ‘Love’
March 15, 2011

ASBC coordinates Love the Bus and provides plenty of resources, but it’s up to you to make sure that there are celebrations in your area.

Tips for promoting the importance of school buses
March 2, 2011
A free web seminar sponsored by the American School Bus Council and presented by SBF will offer guidance on communicating the environmental, economic, educational and safety benefits of the yellow bus.
LaHood honors school bus drivers
February 24, 2011
The U.S. secretary of transportation and other dignitaries praise the nation's pupil transportation system at a Love the Bus event in Maryland.
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