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District to add security cameras, microphones to buses
July 24, 2014
Boston Public Schools is equipping its 750 school buses with cameras and microphones to help school officials to more thoroughly investigate reports of bullying, other disciplinary issues and traffic accidents. Although students generally behave well on the buses, drivers wrote up about 5,600 incident reports documenting misconduct during the past school year, and officials hope the presence of the cameras will deter bad behavior.
District considers opt-out option due to nearly empty buses
June 19, 2014
Westfield (Mass.) Public School District may ask students who drive themselves to and from school to opt out of the free school transportation system, and let them opt back in later if their transportation needs change. Many of the district’s 47-passenger capacity school buses travel with fewer than a dozen riders on board.
Massachusetts district extends First Student contract
June 10, 2014
Springfield Public Schools has awarded the contractor a new five-year contract to provide school transportation. The company has worked with the district for the past 15 years.
Massachusetts Association for Pupil Transportation marks 25 years
June 6, 2014
The association has worked to promote safe and efficient school bus service for the state's students since 1989. Members will celebrate the milestone at their meeting on June 12.
First Student earns ASE Blue Seal of Excellence
May 29, 2014
The contractor’s Marlboro, Mass., multi-maintenance shop, which employs five ASE-certified technicians, receives the certification. A company official says its success is attributed to its emphasis on “safety, training and keeping up with current technology trends.”
EPA fines school bus operator $33,000 for idling
May 27, 2014
A Massachusetts contractor will pay the penalty and implement idling-reduction measures to settle U.S. EPA allegations that its school buses violated federally enforceable vehicle idling limits. Agency officials say that the company has responded quickly and has already implemented a number of the idling-reduction measures.
Residents in Massachusetts town approve seat belts for buses
May 7, 2014
Residents in Marshfield pass an article that requires all school buses used by the local school district for regular routes, sporting events and field trips to be equipped with three-point seat belts, starting in 2016. Resident Stephen Lynch, who brought forth the article, says that students will not be required to wear the belts, but they would “have the choice to be protected.”
City approves $2.7M purchase of new school bus fleet
April 24, 2014
The Pittsfield (Mass.) City Council will trade in 52 buses and buy 43 new buses that Pittsfield Public Schools will own and operate. The district has also hired a consultant to do a one-month study of the fleet’s efficiency, which will help the next time it looks into buying a new fleet, and it could help in creating space for students who would pay to ride the buses.
Retired school bus to serve as mobile art center
April 10, 2014
The city of Somerville in Massachusetts purchases the bus, which will be used for art classes, dance performances and other creative ventures. The Somerville Arts Council is calling on local artists to design the exterior of the bus.
Turkey flies into school bus window
April 8, 2014
In Ashland, Mass., police respond to what they describe as “a strange call”: a 25-pound turkey had flown into and broken a window on a school bus. A few students on the bus are treated for minor injuries by a school nurse.
Boston district votes to expand transit bus pass program
March 27, 2014
Boston Public Schools’ school committee approves Interim Superintendent John McDonough’s budget recommendation for the 2015 fiscal year, which included a proposal to expand the district’s mass transit bus pass program to more seventh- and eighth-grade students and eliminate yellow bus service for these students. The move is reportedly met by opposition from some, including the Boston City Council, which believes the proposal requires more evaluation.
5 ways to gain support from school boards
March 4, 2014

With funding for pupil transportation tight, those providing the service must show board members its value. District and bus company officials share tips that can help in getting this group of individuals to become advocates for the yellow bus, from making yourself visible and available to sharing positive stories about your operation.

Boston district may expand transit bus pass program
February 28, 2014
Boston Public Schools’ interim superintendent submits a balanced budget recommendation for the 2015 school year, with a proposal to reduce transportation costs by expanding the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority pass program to more seventh- and eighth-grade students. This measure is among several transportation-related proposals designed to save $11 million.
Trans Tech SST buses delivered in Massachusetts
February 19, 2014
Dealership Trans Tech Bus Sales and Service of New England sells and delivers the six school buses from the Type A bus manufacturer to Worcester (Mass.) Public Schools.
New contractor takes over bus service at Massachusetts district
January 2, 2014
With the shutdown of Atlantic Express, Hudson Public Schools contracts with North Reading Transportation to provide school bus service for the rest of the school year. District Superintendent Kevin Lyons tells parents that while changing contractors in the middle of the year is not an ideal situation, “we are working hard to help ensure the smoothest of transitions.”
Push for electric school buses in Massachusetts
December 19, 2013
Gov. Deval Patrick and his administration are investing in three programs to support alternative fuel vehicles and related infrastructure across Massachusetts, including the launch of an electric school bus pilot program. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources will provide $1.8 million in grants for eight electric school buses with vehicle-to-grid capability.
4 school bus seat belt bills under review in Massachusetts
December 17, 2013
Several Massachusetts legislators are renewing efforts to require seat belts in large school buses. Four bills are currently under consideration in the state Legislature.
EPA alleges excessive idling, fines bus company $33K
October 30, 2013
School bus operator North Reading Transportation will pay the penalty to settle EPA allegations that it violated federally enforceable motor vehicle idling limits in Massachusetts. EPA officials say that the company has responded quickly and has already implemented a number of idle-reduction measures.
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.
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.
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