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Energy-efficient lighting installed in district’s parking lots
March 15, 2011
Lumetech Group outfits Dallas County Schools’ lots with the LED lighting solution. Officials estimate that annual energy savings will be in excess of 505,000 kilowatt-hour per year, and the district expects to save approximately $363,600 in electricity and lighting maintenance.
New fuel purchasing plan could save district $500K
March 10, 2011
The transportation staff for the North Carolina district put 1.3 million gallons of diesel fuel out to bid in February and accepted a bid price of $2.85 per gallon. The district typically uses 60,000 gallons of diesel fuel per week to operate its buses; officials say that if the state contract price of $3.24 remains at that rate until June 30, the district would see an approximate total savings of half a million dollars this year.
District's revamped transportation plan will provide efficient service
February 24, 2011
Under the plan, which Seattle Public Schools’ transportation manager discusses with SBF, transportation zones will streamline bus routes for attendance-area elementary and K-8 schools. Ride times will decrease to 25 minutes or less, and about 80 buses will be taken off the road.
New York association responds to executive budget proposal
February 22, 2011
New York Association for Pupil Transportation Executive Director Peter Mannella expresses concerns about the governor’s 2011-12 fiscal year budget, saying that the measures to reduce the overall costs of school transportation could adversely affect operations, student safety and efficiency. He urges the Legislature to consider cost-saving mandates the association has advanced.
District to implement three-tier transportation system
February 17, 2011
Officials at the Georgia school district say the system will save nearly $1.5 million due to a decreased need for personnel, buses and fuel. Elementary, middle and high school start and finish times will be staggered, and combined routes will be eliminated.
San Francisco district proposes changes to transportation
February 7, 2011
The changes include reducing service for general-education students attending elementary and middle schools; 11 elementary schools may see it cut entirely. Changes would be implemented over the next three years and would support the board of education’s strategic plan commitments and budget reduction goals.
District board proposes multi-tier bus schedule
February 3, 2011
The board of education for Guilford County Schools in North Carolina will hold meetings for community input on the proposed schedule, which could save the district $1.1 million to $1.6 million.
District proposes changes to transportation service
January 26, 2011
Facing a severe budget gap for the 2011-12 school year, Seattle Public Schools officials have drafted a plan for creating new transportation zones that would streamline bus routes for attendance area elementary and K-8 schools. Ride times would decrease to 25 minutes or less, and about 80 buses would be taken off the road.
Pennsylvania district could save $875K by doubling more bus runs
January 25, 2011
The district has 38 percent of its buses making double runs; the figure will increase to 90 percent next school year by making extensive route changes, officials from School Transportation Consultants say. This, in turn, will eliminate 31 buses from the fleet and maximize the number of students on each bus.
Minnesota district may stop school choice busing system
January 12, 2011
Under a three-year plan proposed by St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva, the city would be divided into six areas and busing for students would be restricted largely to the area in which they live. The plan is designed to promote cost savings, higher student achievement and greater consistency among schools.
Nonprofit organization buys buses for district
January 12, 2011
The Viking Pride Foundation spends $200,000 to purchase two new and two used buses for Winthrop (Mass.) Public Schools, which will be used for daily routes and transporting athletic teams to away games, as well as field trips. Officials say the buses will save the district’s transportation department at least $40,000 annually.
Productive Discussions on Pressing Issues
January 11, 2011

Speakers at the NAPT Summit take on such topics as bus loading and unloading safety, bullying and cutting costs, and sharing information to ensure student safety and increase efficiency at one’s operation.

Missouri school district acquires lot for new district-operated fleet
January 4, 2011
The district's board of education purchases the lot, which includes an office and maintenance facility, from its contractor. School officials believe that having a district-operated fleet will save money in anticipation of major budget cuts; the district also switches to a three-tier bus system to further cut costs.
Judge rules to continue school bus service for Staten Island students
December 8, 2010
State Supreme Court Justice John Fusco says that New York City’s decision to take away the service was made without concern for the welfare and safety of the seventh and eighth graders who are affected. The city’s Department of Education has vowed to appeal Fusco’s decision.
Propane injection system ‘greens’ buses, saves money
November 10, 2010
The Powershot 2000 injects propane in increasing amounts into a bus engine’s air intake system as the boost pressure level of the engine increases. Operations in Arizona and Wisconsin test the system on older school buses and report getting better fuel mileage and seeing substantial reductions in exhaust emissions.
District outfits fleet with Networkfleet GPS system
October 22, 2010
Palm Springs (Calif.) Unified School District equips its 100 vehicles with Networkfleet 4200 to reduce operating costs, improve driver safety and increase response times. In addition to vehicle tracking, the system provides detailed vehicle performance data.
District launches per-ride bus fee system
September 30, 2010
Douglas County School District recently became the first district in Colorado to charge a fee for bus service. Interestingly, the fee is based on usage rather than being a flat price.
School transportation audit identifies $10M in potential savings
September 13, 2010
Lee County Public Schools in Fort Myers, Fla., retained TransPar Group for the study. Findings show that adjusting start times, reducing the number of spare buses and shifting special-needs students to taxis or dial-a-ride services could help cut costs.
Update: School bus service cut for Staten Island students
September 2, 2010
The state Supreme Court lifts a temporary restraining order that forced the New York Department of Education to keep providing school bus service to seventh and eighth grade students. Parents can argue for the restoration of transportation services in court on Sept. 13.
Shuttle stop system could save $3.5 million
August 26, 2010
Under the new plan at Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Schools, students attending magnet middle and high schools are picked up and dropped off by the district’s school buses at designated shuttle sites.

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