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NAPT News & Views — Winter 2014: Yellow buses completed their appointed rounds
May 1, 2014

Winter this year was particularly challenging, with storm after storm dumping massive snowfalls again and again, as far south as Atlanta. The lesson of this winter is an important one for policymakers everywhere: School buses are an indispensable community service.

Indiana district sees maintenance savings with propane buses
April 21, 2014
Tippecanoe School Corp. uses 32 quarts of oil per oil change with its diesel buses versus seven quarts for its propane buses. Tippecanoe's Alan Fidler, who has twice won the title of America's Best School Bus Technician, discusses savings and other maintenance-related advantages of the district's five propane buses.
District partners with road commission to keep students safe
March 24, 2014
The Owosso (Mich.) Public Schools transportation staff teamed up with the Shiawassee County Road Commission to transport students safely during this year’s harsh winter. Owosso Transportation Supervisor Jayne Campbell says the road commission team was very helpful, providing information about road conditions and when plow trucks would arrive to clear the roads for buses.
Pickup truck loses control, kills school bus driver
March 14, 2014
In a snowstorm near Aspen Park, Colo., last week, the driver of a bus with other bus drivers on board had pulled over to put on snow chains. A Colorado State Patrol trooper tells SBF that a pickup truck attempted to slow down and lost control, crashing into the bus and fatally striking John "Jack" Garland, one of the bus drivers who had gotten out to help.
Heavy snow forces closure of bus garage
February 27, 2014
Forest Lake Area Schools officials cite structural concerns since the garage, a pole barn that was built in 1961, has broken beams. It was being used to house 25 of the district’s vehicles and is expected to be torn down.
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.
Snowstorm leaves students stranded overnight
January 30, 2014
Thousands of students in the Atlanta area spent Tuesday night at school or, in some cases, even on buses because of a winter storm that froze up traffic. The National Guard came to the aid of some 95 stranded school buses, delivering food and water to the students and getting the buses moving. "We had cleared them all by [Wednesday] morning, and that was a big task," Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says.
In harsh cold, school buses serve as warming stations
January 24, 2014
With temperatures hovering in the single digits on Thursday, Nashville residents who needed a break from the bitter cold could climb aboard a "Mobile Warming Station" — also known as a yellow school bus. The city's Office of Emergency Management partnered with Metro Nashville Public Schools for the innovative program.
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.
Webasto: Test results show benefits of pre-heated engines
November 19, 2013
An independent emissions testing lab recently tested the effects of a Webasto coolant heater on the emissions performance of a diesel engine. Emissions data show that the start-up temperature has a significant effect on the engine emissions and overall performance of diesel particulate filters.
Webasto unveils new timer for engine pre-heaters
October 24, 2013
Company officials say that the SmarTemp Control fx Timer, which was on display at the National Association for Pupil Transportation trade show, is easy to program for repeat heating duration times. It allows up to four different timer settings per day.
Hydrotex issues tips to prevent fuel problems in winter
August 30, 2013
The company, which manufactures and distributes high-performance lubricant and fuel improver solutions, says that annual fuel tank inspections can help in diagnosing any potential problems, such as water contamination, biological growth and sediment that might be present in the tanks. Hydrotex also says that treating fuel with a winterizing additive can minimize problems.
Police: Snowballs lead to two-bus crash
March 5, 2013
Students in Sioux City, Iowa, pelt a school bus with snowballs as it leaves a high school, according to police. The school bus stops suddenly, and a transit bus is unable to stop in time and rear-ends the school bus.
Thomas Built launches corrosion protection treatments
November 15, 2012
The school bus OEM’s new FleetShield, for the Saf-T-Liner C2, includes three different treatments to shield specific vehicle parts that are particularly susceptible to corrosion and weather damage.
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.
District issues tips for winter transportation safety
January 4, 2012
School district officials in Vernon, N.J., give guidance to the community to ensure that students stay safe while traveling to and from school in winter conditions. In addition to bus safety procedures for snowy weather, the guidance includes encouraging student drivers to take the bus home on days when there is an early dismissal.
Onspot to appear on ‘Motorhead Garage’ TV show
January 3, 2012
“Motorhead Garage” specializes in demonstrating step-by-step installations of the latest aftermarket products. The “best of” episode featuring the automatic tire chain manufacturer will air on Jan. 22.
Bus driver keeps cool in icy accident
March 24, 2011
When a car collides with Leonard Davis' school bus, pushing it off the icy road and down an embankment, he manages to get the bus back on all four tires and onto the road. The veteran bus driver is credited with keeping more than 50 students and staff members safe.
'Ice missile' strikes bus, shattering windshield
February 8, 2011
A sheet of ice that fell off of a tractor-trailer hits the bus. The driver successfully pulls the bus over. He and three students sustain injuries in the incident.
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