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NYC school bus drivers to end strike
February 19, 2013
More than a month after going on strike, members of New York City's biggest school bus driver union will go back to work this week. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Friday night that union leaders had agreed to end the strike, with full bus service expected to resume on Wednesday.
Labor board finds NYC bus driver strike legal
February 1, 2013
The now two-week-old strike by unionized school bus drivers in New York is found to not violate the National Labor Relations Act. The strike began on Jan. 16, with the union calling for the continuation of job protections that Mayor Michael Bloomberg contends "the city is not legally allowed to provide."
Leonard Bus Sales to open Trans Tech service facility
January 22, 2013
The sales and support facility in Garden City Park, N.Y., is slated to open in the coming weeks, according to company officials, and it will serve Trans Tech Bus customers in the New York City area who are in need of bus service, warranty work and parts.
NYC mayor: School bus strike would jeopardize student safety
January 14, 2013
With the city's biggest school bus driver union set to go on strike Wednesday, education officials put backup measures in place, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg sharply criticizes the union's plan. The strike, he says, "would necessarily jeopardize the education and safety of the more than 150,000 students who take school buses every single day."
NYAPT concerned about Citizens Budget Commission report
December 19, 2012
The New York Association for Pupil Transportation is concerned that the report questions the value of school transportation and challenges the financial and management decisions made by transportation and school administrators. The association proposes changes to state mandates that it believes will save school districts $200 to $250 million.
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.
Bill would require alcohol interlocks on school buses
October 25, 2012
The breath test device links to a vehicle’s ignition system and prevents it from starting if alcohol is detected in the driver’s breath. Under the legislation, all school buses manufactured after July 1, 2013, for use in New York state would be required to come equipped with the device.
Leonard Bus Sales launches Fla. operation, adds jobs
October 10, 2012
The school and commercial bus distributor launches LBS South LLC, which will operate as a separate company that supports the market in Florida. In New York, Leonard Bus Sales brings on new employees to the customer support and sales teams.
Atlantic Express’ Domenic Gatto to retire
October 9, 2012
The founder and CEO of school bus contractor Atlantic Express Transportation Corp. will step down from his post on Dec. 31, 2013, after more than 40 years in the industry. Officials say a search for Gatto’s replacement is underway, and once the new CEO is in place, Gatto will serve as a consultant for the company.
Longtime N.Y. contractor Larry Pierce passes
October 5, 2012
Pierce ran school transportation provider Pierce Coach Line for more than 60 years. He served as president of both the National School Transportation Association and the New York State School Bus Contractors Association, and he was named SBF's Contractor of the Year in 2008.
School bus driver picks up stranded Israeli journalists
October 4, 2012
An SUV carrying the press corps, in New York for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly, runs out of gas in a tunnel. One of the journalists calls the school bus driver who picks them up “our guardian angel driver.”
School bus driver stops pit bull attack
September 27, 2012
Bus driver David Bliss pulls over when he sees two pit bulls attacking a golden retriever, which is being walked by a woman with her grandson. Bliss is bitten while pulling the dogs apart and receives nine stitches.
James Rogan named chair of N.Y. driver training committee
September 27, 2012
The School Bus Driver Instructor Advisory Committee makes recommendations on safety training for drivers, monitors and attendants across New York state. Rogan, director of safety and training at Chestnut Ridge Transportation, says that the group reviews and develops “curriculums aimed at maintaining the highest safety standards.”
NYC Dept. of Education honored for GIS work
September 13, 2012
The department receives a Special Achievement in GIS award at an Esri conference. Alex Robinson, executive director of the department’s Office of Pupil Transportation, tells SBF that in addition to the more than 8,000 school buses on routes daily, "we couldn’t do what we do without amazing mapping technology and GIS experts."
Bullied bus monitor starts anti-bullying foundation
August 23, 2012
Karen Klein, who received an outpouring of support after a video of her being bullied by students on a bus went viral, launches the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation using $100,000 of the $703,873 that was raised on her behalf. The foundation is starting a music tour to raise money for anti-bullying counseling, among other initiatives.
Industry veteran completes NAPT special-needs program
August 7, 2012
Ted Finlayson-Schueler is the latest pupil transportation official to complete the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a core curriculum that consists of six special-needs courses in a variety of settings, and it is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Former bus driver gets probation for abusing girl
August 3, 2012
Marjorie Jones places tape over the mouth of a 7-year-old student who is unable to speak, but says at trial that she was "entertaining" the girl. She is sentenced to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service, and she is also facing a lawsuit from the girl's family.
Bullied school bus monitor to retire
July 31, 2012
Karen Klein of Greece (N.Y.) Central School District became a household name when video of her enduring harassment from students on board a bus went viral. Last week, she announced her plans to leave her job, but she says the bullying incident is not the reason behind her decision.
Bus driver’s invention targets student crossing safety
July 26, 2012
The STEFFI Crossing Enhancer is designed to be worn on the back of a driver’s hand, and it comprises a gray reflective arrow on a bright yellow background with an orange border. Victoria DeCarlo, who developed the product, tells SBF that it can be worn on a bare hand or over a glove, and that its colors and arrow are highly visible through the windshield of a school bus, and from a distance.
Bus driver killed in collision with cement truck
July 24, 2012
Six others, including four children, are injured after the driver of the cement truck loses control of his vehicle and strikes the school bus. The crash reportedly melds the fronts of the vehicles.

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