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Ice, snow cited as factors in 2 school bus crashes
February 10, 2014
Police say that no children were injured in the separate incidents, which both happened on Friday in southern Indiana. In one crash, a minivan hit a patch of ice and slid into a school bus. In the other, a bus slid off a roadway and into a ditch.
Report: Blue Bird propane bus performs well in cold temps
January 17, 2014
Officials from school districts and bus companies on the East Coast and in the Midwest report easy starting, quick warm-up and quiet operation of the propane Vision school buses in their fleets during the recent cold snap. Blue Bird says propane autogas’ natural properties keep the fuel in a constant liquid form, free from freezing or gelling, and the liquid form provides better control of the air-to-fuel ratio, resulting in excellent start-up dependability.
Frigid temperatures cancel bus routes, delay school
January 8, 2014
From coast to coast in the U.S. and in some Canadian provinces, this week’s cold snap has impacted pupil transportation operations. Issues such as thickened fuel and oil and frozen air lines cause districts to cancel bus service and close schools or delay school start times.
Planning keeps buses running during rough weather
November 26, 2013

Thorough bus inspections, pre-planning stops and operating the bus more slowly than usual will help to maximize driver and student safety. Areas on routes where drivers can pull over if necessary should be documented, and all stakeholders should maintain an open line of communication.

Transportation director recovering from brain tumor
September 18, 2013
Audrae Barnes, who oversees yellow bus service for Hattiesburg (Miss.) Public School District, experienced complications from surgery to remove the tumor and was on medical leave for several months, during which time a tornado greatly impacted his operation. Barnes is now back at work and is focused on getting his department fully staffed.
School bus driver saves 2 kids from floodwaters
August 30, 2013
Ricardo Ramos, a Student Transportation of America driver and trainer in Riverside, Calif., acts quickly when a sudden deluge sweeps away two children crossing the street. He jumps into the surge and pulls both kids to safety.
Lightning strikes close to Kentucky school bus
August 27, 2013
Several children were on the bus, but none was harmed. The strike was close enough for students to report having seen “reddish-purple lights” and having heard an explosion.
IC Bus aids Moore tornado recovery
June 6, 2013
The manufacturer donates a school bus filled with supplies and makes a $10,000 contribution to Moore (Okla.) Public Schools to assist in the district’s recovery efforts. The city was struck by a massive tornado on May 20.
School buses loaded with supplies for tornado victims
May 22, 2013
Student transportation provider Durham School Services is collecting emergency supplies for the victims of the devastating storm in Oklahoma. Students from Guthrie, Okla., have also brought a school bus stocked with supplies to Moore, which was hit by a tornado that was more than a mile wide.
Stormwaters strand school buses in Midwest
April 18, 2013
In Oswego, Ill., a school bus slid into a ditch along a washed-out section of road. Four students and the driver were evacuated from the stuck bus. Near Ava, Mo., a school bus became temporarily stranded in an area between two low water crossings that became inundated.
The Yellow Bus' Vital Role in Homeland Security
April 9, 2013

School buses have been used in a variety of operations to protect the public in emergencies, such as hurricanes and floods. Here are details on how pupil transporters are preparing for and responding to times of crisis.   

Blue Bird expedites 100 buses for Sandy-damaged fleet
March 7, 2013
Hundreds of school buses in Atlantic Express' New York City fleet were severely damaged or completely destroyed in the storm. The team at Blue Bird worked relentlessly to fill an initial order of 100 Blue Bird Visions within record time for delivery in December, company officials said.
Hurricane Sandy: the impact on NYC's school bus fleets
February 14, 2013

Last fall’s massive storm on the East Coast created a surge of challenges for student transportation in New York City, from flooded bus yards and offices to fuel and equipment shortages. Here’s an overview of the crisis and how the city’s Office of Pupil Transportation responded.

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.
District preps for winter with safety competition
November 8, 2012
Bus drivers at Washoe County School District in Reno, Nev., compete in the “Chain Championship” to be the best and fastest at getting chains on their buses’ tires. The competition is part of the transportation department’s priority to transport students to and from school during the winter months without incident.
Trans Tech Bus aids Hurricane Sandy victims
November 6, 2012
The Type A school bus manufacturer organizes a “Stuff the Bus” event that will run through Nov. 13 to collect nonperishable items that will be delivered to charities and shelters that are helping people affected by the super storm.
Is your school district prepared for super-fog?
July 17, 2012

Super-fog is a combination of smoke and early morning water vapor that produces zero visibility over roadways. When it impacts a Florida operation, buses are convoyed out of the terminals until they reach a clear area, and a “pre-warning” procedure is developed.

Special Report: 2 Years After Katrina
October 1, 2007

Among the vast destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina two years ago, one of the iconic images was a flooded lot filled with hundreds of school buses...

Buses to the rescue
October 1, 2005

As the storm waters recede in the Katrina-battered Gulf Coast, we should not forget that the disaster's effects will linger for years. The physical de...

An evacuation to remember
October 1, 2005

The following is an account of one school district’s efforts to help evacuate people from New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. It was writ...

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