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Top Shops 2011
March 17, 2011

This year for our annual series, we shine the spotlight on five maintenance programs with dedicated staff members who have established efforts to save their operations money, work well with their colleagues and earn excellent fleet safety inspection ratings.

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.
Q&A: First Student’s Burtwistle on outlook, acquisitions
February 10, 2011

The president of the school bus contractor discusses with SBF her outlook on industry issues for 2011 as well as recent developments with the company.

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.
NAPT Technology Showcase
February 3, 2011

Here’s a look at some of the latest pupil transportation products that were on view at the NAPT trade show in Portland, Ore. New offerings included a student safety seat, a three-point latch vest and a wheelchair securement module.

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.
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.

Districts receive grants to reduce diesel emissions
December 7, 2010
Iowa’s Bus Emissions Education Program awards $38,000 grants to seven districts. The grants will allow the districts to replace a 1993 model year or older bus with a new one that meets 2010 EPA certification.
NAPT workshops spotlight workplace productivity
November 2, 2010
Employees from Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Salem, Ore., discuss how the district has improved its service to students by implementing change initiatives and reform efforts based on an ISO quality management system. They also share ways to establish a high-performing team of employees.
What's New in the Top 100?
October 5, 2010

Recent developments related to six of this year's largest school district fleets in the nation.

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.
Tips for enhancing efficiency
September 9, 2010

Efficiency in a school transportation operation can include vehicle fuel economy and productivity of technicians. But if we really want to talk efficiency, the discussion must focus on routing — specifically, the policies that shape school bus routes and the processes put in place to evaluate those routes.

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.
Why Miles Matter
July 27, 2010

A veteran transportation director discusses the importance of reducing fuel use — and how to make it happen.

Nixing bus fee plan, district to save $550K with hub system
July 20, 2010
Having received a negative response to a proposed pay-to-ride plan for bus service next school year, Lodi (Calif.) Unified School District will go forward with a hub system to consolidate rural routes.
NAPT, Zonar announce $50,000 grant
July 13, 2010
The award will go to the school district that submits the best proposal for utilizing Zonar's Electronic Fleet Management Solutions, including their Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting system.
Districts renew contracts with American Logistics Co.
July 12, 2010
The special-needs student transportation management company will continue to provide services for Seattle Public Schools and Washington County School District in Utah for the 2010-11 school year.
Seon launches Web-based fleet monitoring system
June 8, 2010
Live reporting features include vehicle speed and direction, idle time, ignition status, route mileage and aggressive driving. With geo-fencing, users can set up a designated area and if a vehicle travels beyond this point, the system administrator is notified via email or text message.
American Logistics to help serve Texas districts
June 4, 2010
The special-needs transportation management company has partnered with Innovative Transportation Solutions with the goal of improving services and reducing transportation costs for school districts statewide.
Obama calls for increased fuel efficiency for buses, trucks
June 1, 2010
Under a new presidential memorandum, stricter fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty buses and trucks will go into effect for model year 2014.

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