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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.
School bus drivers aid in Boston evacuation
April 25, 2013
After the explosions at last week's Boston Marathon, eight school bus drivers from AA Transportation stepped up to shuttle people away from the site. Company President Ron Ernenwein commends the drivers for their actions, noting that "not one person opted to go home, complained the assignment was too hard or took a break after the 18th hour of shuttling."
Boston school bus contract goes to Veolia
April 10, 2013
Under the five-year contract, Boston Public Schools will continue to own the district’s school bus fleet. Veolia Transportation will be responsible for all aspects of operations, including safety performance, training, hiring and management of employees, and vehicle maintenance.
Bus purchases deferred for Massachusetts Head Start programs
April 4, 2013
The purchases will be put off this year due to anticipated budget cuts stemming from the federal sequester. Officials at two agencies that run Head Start programs in the state say that they don’t yet know the extent to which their budgets will be impacted. The Patriot Ledger reports that the sequester reduced the budget for Head Start by 5%.
School van company suspended for drunken driving incident
November 30, 2012
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles suspends all of Ride-Rite Medi-Van Co.'s school pupil transportation licenses, and the company will be required to pay $100 per suspended registration for each of the vehicles. Michael Tantillo was allegedly drunk when he transported a special-needs student for four hours, and he did not have a school bus driver’s license.
Ridership increases after bus fee reduction
August 21, 2012
A petition to set aside $316,250 in Lexington, Mass., town funds to reduce the fee from $550 to $300 per student is approved at a meeting in April. As of this month, ridership at Lexington Public Schools is reportedly up to 37% from 33% last year.
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