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App aims to streamline bus inspections
April 10, 2012
Indiana troopers have been using paper forms with a checklist during school bus inspections, then manually entering the info into a database — which officials said is cumbersome. A university computer class came up with an idea for an online application that digitizes the process with the use of tablet devices.
District buses special-ed kids, expects $400K in savings
April 9, 2012
Clovis (Calif.) Unified School District brings the service in house after it had been contracted and sees ridership growth in addition to financial benefits. Director of Transportation Charlie Ott discusses this with SBF, as well as the steps that were taken to make the transition this school year.
IC Bus boosts efficiency at Tulsa plant
March 26, 2012
The manufacturer has been building school buses in the former B-24 bomber plant for 10 years now. Plant Manager Greg Hutchison, an auto industry veteran who came to the facility in September, tells SBF about changes that have increased quality and volume while keeping staffing levels consistent.
Transportation leader pushed for efficiency, bus ads
February 29, 2012
Joe Mirabella, who died Sunday at 68, co-founded an innovative program to help Colorado's school districts boost transportation efficiency, and he promoted advertising on school buses — a controversial stance. Colleagues remember him as "a mentor to me and many others" and "a giant here in Colorado."
Fleet management visionary Charles Arsenault retires
February 1, 2012
As the founder of maintenance software supplier Arsenault Associates steps down, Jack Boetefuer is named CEO. Arsenault launched the company to serve the fleet maintenance sector in 1979.
New NAPT project targets service assessment
January 23, 2012
The association takes aim at the “next big thing” in pupil transportation as work groups develop key performance indicators and other aspects of the metrics project. President Alexandra Robinson says that the goal is to help members provide the best service possible — and then be able to prove it.
Laser cutters boost quality, efficiency at Thomas Built
January 18, 2012
The new equipment allows the school bus manufacturer to eliminate five other machines, reorganize work flow and reduce the average time it takes to fabricate parts by about 25 percent.
Transfinder achieves 13.5% revenue growth in 2011
January 17, 2012
The school transportation management solutions provider reports that along with the double-digit revenue growth, it added 169 new clients and increased staff to 60 last year.
Fla. district targets efficiency, saves $6.5M
January 3, 2012
Orange County Public Schools takes numerous steps to make its transportation operation more efficient, from consolidating routes and stops to reducing the number of surplus buses. Senior Director of Transportation Jim Beekman discusses the changes with SBF.
Driver training aims to boost fuel economy
December 21, 2011
Officials with EcoCargo Training say their approach teaches drivers how to cut their fuel costs without increasing drive time. The method has reportedly been taught for more than a decade in Europe and South America, and now school and transit bus drivers in the U.S. are taking part in a pilot program.
Riteway taps solar power to charge buses
October 18, 2011
The contractor, which won NSTA's Go Yellow, Go Green award this summer, has taken a multifaceted approach to protecting the environment. The most innovative element is a solar station that supplies power for plug-in hybrid school buses.
Ore. district enhances service, cuts crashes by 25%
September 29, 2011
Over the past year, Salem-Keizer Public Schools significantly reduced its accident rate, improved processing time for special-needs passengers and developed new bell times. Transportation department members also received some key honors from the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association.
Ohio district saves $110K with electronic inspection report
September 1, 2011
An executive summary from Zonar noted that the average time for Columbus City Schools bus drivers to complete an inspection was just under seven minutes, but the time budgeted was 15 minutes. Cutting the budgeted time to 10 minutes led to an annual savings of $110,000.
District Targets Efficiency With New Routing System
August 25, 2011

Chicago Public Schools’ Bureau of Student Transportation Services is developing a request for proposal to upgrade the system. Officials say that the system’s components will be integrated in four phases, with the end product incorporating all of the bureau’s business and routing functions, as well as GPS capabilities.

Feds: Truck, bus standards to save $50 billion in fuel costs
August 9, 2011
The Obama administration says that under its new standards for fuel efficiency and pollution, trucks and buses built in 2014 through 2018 will reduce oil consumption by a projected 530 million barrels and greenhouse gas by about 270 million metric tons.
Case study: Revamping a transportation department
August 9, 2011

A year ago, Jeff Walker became transportation director at Litchfield Elementary School District #79 in Phoenix. The department has since cut costs, reduced the number of student disciplinary incidents on its buses and improved its safety record.

Taxpayers group urges study of merging transportation systems
July 18, 2011
The Taxpayer Association of Martinsville/Henry County in Virginia proposes that the Henry County school board look into merging and privatizing the county and city school transportation systems. An official from the taxpayers group says that the change is needed to become more efficient, and due to declining enrollment.
Transportation redesign expected to save over $700K
June 28, 2011
With dwindling transportation reimbursements from the state, an Illinois school district will launch a plan to cut busing costs for the 2011-12 school year. Strategies include consolidating bus stops, modifying start and end times and removing stops for non-riders.
Operation strives to improve efficiency, customer service with new routing system
June 16, 2011
Chicago Public Schools’ Bureau of Student Transportation Services is developing a request for proposal to upgrade the system. Officials tell SBF that the system’s components will be integrated in four phases, with the end product incorporating all of the bureau’s business and routing functions, as well as GPS capabilities.
Teen honored for efforts to make buses more fuel efficient
May 27, 2011
Jonny Cohen, inventor of GreenShields, is one of five winners of the Technology for a Better World Campaign. GreenShields is a polycarbonate shield that attaches to the front of school buses. It is designed to make them more aerodynamic and, in turn, result in fuel savings.

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