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Special-needs bus drivers rewarded for perfect attendance
February 28, 2014
The drivers for Henry (Ga.) County Schools with exemplary attendance are entered into a drawing, and they are awarded new school buses that will be delivered before the end of the school year. The buses were purchased through the state of Georgia’s “Bonds for Buses” program.
District may invest $1M annually toward new buses
February 21, 2014
South Carolina’s Horry County Schools is considering making the investment each year until 2019 under a proposal set forth by the district’s chief officer for support services. The proposal was made to get the buses in the fleet under 15 years old to reduce breakdowns and repairs. No final decisions will be made until the district learns whether it will receive additional funding from the state.
Utah bill would provide $20M for alt-fuel school buses
January 15, 2014
House Bill 41 would allow the state Board of Education to award a grant to a school district or charter school to replace a school bus manufactured before 2002 with a bus that uses compressed natural gas, propane or clean diesel fuel. The grant could also be used to install an alternative-fuel fueling station and to retrofit an operation’s maintenance facility to service alternative-fuel school buses.
Wind energy company delivers new buses to district
January 2, 2014
TradeWind Energy arranges for the lease of and delivers two new buses to Shidler (Okla.) School District after company officials learn about the district’s aging fleet and the district's difficulties in maintaining it. TradeWind Energy also commits to paying all costs associated with the lease of the buses for three years.
North Carolina changes school bus replacement rules
September 3, 2013
Under the state’s budget that was approved earlier this summer, a school bus is eligible for replacement when it is either 20 years old or has been operated for 250,000 miles, up from 200,000 miles. While advocates of the changes say that it will save money and promote more efficient use of school buses, some industry officials express differing views.
$23M set for South Carolina school bus replacements
July 8, 2013
Jay Ragley with the state Department of Education says that with the new funds, each district should get at least one bus. Money in the state’s budget to pay for the school buses will come from different sources, such as lottery funding.
North Carolina Senate proposes cuts to bus replacement funding
June 6, 2013
Funding would be cut by $28 million for 2013-14, a reduction of 42% under the Senate’s budget bill. Lawmakers are also proposing to increase the mileage limit on school buses in the state from 200,000 miles to 250,000 as a cost-savings measure.
Bill would allow school surtax to be used for bus purchases
April 18, 2013
The new Florida legislation would amend current law to expand the use of the School Capital Outlay Surtax, also known as the “school half-cent sales tax,” to include the purchases of yellow buses. Per the bill analysis, this would provide an additional funding source for bus purchases.
EPA names winners of $2 million in school bus rebates
February 6, 2013
Agency officials call the response from school bus fleets “overwhelming” — there were more than 1,000 applications for rebates. The 30 randomly chosen recipients include school districts and contractors from various states.
South Carolina updates aging fleet with 342 new buses
January 2, 2013
The state, which owns its school bus fleet, makes its first purchase of new school buses since 2008. They will replace models as old as 1984. State Superintendent Mick Zais calls the move “the first step in modernizing the nation’s oldest school bus fleet.”
Taking on the top challenges of the job
December 4, 2012

Clearly, the job of transportation director is not getting any easier. It takes people with a healthy supply of those “Top Traits” to lead transportation departments through these challenging times.

Aging fleets: How do we compete for resources?
November 20, 2012

If the fleet gets past a certain age, we can count on higher maintenance costs, reduced dependability, driver frustration, the need for more mechanics and maybe not meeting our school customers’ expectations.

EPA to open application period for school bus rebates
November 6, 2012
The agency will collect applications for the new program from Nov. 13 to Dec. 14. A total of about $2 million will be available for rebates on new school buses to replace older buses.
EPA offers $2M in rebates for school bus replacement
September 13, 2012
The EPA’s first-ever rebate program will be a pilot focusing specifically on replacing older school buses. School districts and contractors will be among those eligible for the program, which will provide rebates ranging from $20,000 to $30,000.
Transporte Sonnell brings 40 new buses to Puerto Rico
May 29, 2012
The company replaces older buses in its fleet with new Trans Tech Bus units. Hernan Burgos, vice president of operations, tells SBF that Transporte Sonnell is "the first school bus contractor company that brought new buses here in Puerto Rico."
Barker Bus to turn over fleet every 5 years
May 17, 2012
The school bus contractor will replace 20% of its fleet with new buses each summer. Don Bickel, interim operations manager, tells SBF that after five years of replacing older buses, the company expects to save nearly $250,000 per year in maintenance costs.
EPA awards $1.3M in Missouri, Kansas for clean buses
November 7, 2011
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources receives $999,460 for its “Clean Up Missouri” Project to replace, retrofit and repower school buses throughout the state, while the Kansas Department of Health & Environment receives $343,450 for similar efforts. The money will go toward 196 school buses in Missouri and 59 buses in Kansas.
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.
S.C. votes to pay for buses with unclaimed lottery money
July 5, 2011
Lawmakers vote to use the $12.4 million to pay for school buses overrides Gov. Nikki Haley's veto of the original budget item. Haley vetoed the item because she believes the state should focus on privatizing its bus system, but lawmakers say students need safe transportation while the state investigates the benefits of privatization.
From Buggies to Buses: 135 Years in Transportation
June 28, 2011

Wolfington Body Co. began as a builder of horse-drawn carriages in the 19th century. The company adapted with the times and went on to thrive as a school bus distributor.

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