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Dump truck falls on school bus
December 18, 2012
In last Friday’s accident in Englishtown, N.J., the truck apparently loses control and strikes an SUV before rolling over and landing on the small bus. The local fire company reports that there are no injuries.
STA buses aid to Hurricane Sandy recovery
November 28, 2012
Yellow school buses driven by Student Transportation of America drivers rumbled into New York and New Jersey earlier this month bringing relief and welcome supplies, donated by STA coworkers and residents of the communities they serve, to help families recovering from the superstorm.
N.J. enhances school bus safety check tool
October 12, 2012
The new version of the School Bus Report Card, available online to parents from the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission, features improved search functions, and calculates and supplies the percentage of buses within a particular school yard or bus company that were either initially approved or put out of service. Motor Vehicle Commission Chairman and Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez says that the tool reinforces the importance of the state’s stringent bus inspection program.
N.J. district, borough reach shared service agreement
August 14, 2012
Under the tentative agreement, which is expected to be formalized by next month, Fair Lawn School District will send its fleet to the borough’s maintenance garage for service. The district’s superintendent says the borough’s cost quotes are less than the private garages it has used in the past.
Blue Bird to unveil new safety options, adds dealer
July 20, 2012
The school bus manufacturer will have on view during an industry event technology available as new options for its buses, including a stop-arm camera system, a combination rearview mirror and camera system from Rosco and a danger zone alert system. In other news, the company welcomes Hoover Truck Centers to its dealer network to serve the state of New Jersey.
Law aims to protect adult bus riders with disabilities
July 13, 2012
Under the legislation signed by acting N.J. Gov. Kim Guadagno, when a school bus is picking up or discharging any person with disabilities, including adults, the bus driver is required to use the flashing red lights and other motorists must stop. The legislation also establishes penalties for violators.
Drugs, alcohol not a factor in fatal N.J. bus crash
April 23, 2012
Authorities say that lab analysis of blood samples from dump truck driver Michael Caporale and bus driver John Tieman show no traces of alcohol or illegal drugs. In other news, the parents of the 11-year-old girl who was killed in the accident are suing the bus and trucking companies involved.
Bus, truck drivers face charges in fatal N.J. crash
March 15, 2012
The bus driver is cited for failing to stop or yield. The driver of the dump truck is cited for failing to properly secure and cover the truck's load. Prosecutors will decide whether to pursue criminal charges against the drivers after an investigation and a toxicology test are completed.
Bus in fatal N.J. crash ‘inched past’ stop sign, NTSB says
February 28, 2012
The agency’s ongoing investigation into the Feb. 16 accident involving a school bus and a dump truck reveals that the bus reportedly went past the stop sign because of bad sight lines. Investigators have found that at some locations at the intersection where the crash occurred, the line of sight was obstructed due to “environmental features,” and NTSB’s chief investigator says that possible improvements are being studied.
1 dead, 17 injured in N.J. school bus crash
February 17, 2012
Authorities are investigating Thursday’s accident, wherein a dump truck struck the driver’s side rear of the bus at an intersection, and the impact of the crash caused the bus to strike a pole. In addition to the fatality, two of the injured children are in critical condition.
Student Transportation acquires N.J. bus company
January 5, 2012
The contractor has acquired Safe Start Transportation, which has provided home-to-school student transportation services to the North Central region of the state. Officials say the fleet comprises fewer than 200 vehicles.
Bus drivers in N.J. city to work on Thanksgiving
November 21, 2011
Some school bus drivers in Lakewood will be working on Thursday, transporting students to private Orthodox Jewish schools that will be open. Last year, most private school families carpooled on the holiday, but after a resident raised the issue at a board meeting earlier this year, public school officials looked into the matter, and private bus companies serving the schools were told they have to work.
N.J. bill would mandate background checks for bus aides
November 1, 2011
Assemblywoman Connie Wagner is pushing legislation that would augment criminal background check requirements for school bus personnel to include all adults given responsibility for the safety of schoolchildren, which she said would close a loophole that left out bus aides. The measure also would enhance penalties against any employee found tampering with a school bus' onboard monitoring device.
Student Transportation acquires N.J. bus company
October 19, 2011
The contractor completes its acquisition of School Transportation Services, which is based in Passaic County. Officials say the deal will add over 90 vehicles to the company’s fleet and annualized revenues of just over $5.4 million.
N.J. extends service life of certain buses to 15 years
September 29, 2011
Under legislation that was recently signed into law, school buses manufactured on or after Jan. 1, 2007, and school buses manufactured prior to Jan. 1, 2007, that have been installed with closed crankcase technology can remain in service for 15 years, which is up from 12 years. The law does not apply to transit-style school buses whose gross vehicle weight exceeds 25,000 pounds and Type S school buses.
N.J. back-to-school event promotes bus safety
September 15, 2011
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission holds a safety event at the Egg Harbor Township Board of Education school bus maintenance garage to kick off its biannual school bus inspections. Director of Transportation Warren Fipp discusses the event, and the importance of the inspection program, with SBF.
First Student names new northern N.J. area manager
August 30, 2011
Greg Gallagher serves as area general manager of the contractor's northern New Jersey region. Gallagher works closely with local management teams and oversees operations for locations throughout the region.
N.J. district ran bus on biodiesel for 13 years
August 2, 2011
Medford Township Public Schools was reportedly the first in New Jersey to run a school bus on B20 biodiesel. Joe Biluck, who was fleet manager at the time, tells SBF that the bus has never had any major engine work — it’s only being taken out of service because of the state’s mandatory retirement age.
N.J. districts to share transportation services
March 30, 2011
Officials from Branchburg Township School District and Readington Township Public Schools expect each of the districts to save at least $70,000 under the first year of the agreement. Branchburg will provide the transportation supervisor, and Readington will provide the dispatcher. Maintenance of the buses will be shared.
New Jersey governor approves bus advertising bill
January 7, 2011
Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law legislation that will allow school districts statewide to place advertisements on the exterior sides of their buses. Fifty percent of any revenue generated by the sale of advertising space will be used by districts’ boards of education to offset the cost of fuel for providing pupil transportation services.

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