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Collins Bus names new dealer in Canada
July 24, 2014
The Bus Centre is now the authorized dealer for Collins/Corbeil Type A buses in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Clinton Global Initiative partner wins grant to build electric school buses
July 24, 2014
The Commissioners of the California Energy Commission approved a grant to National Strategies for $1.4 million for an all electric school bus demonstration program in California. Coupled with a previous grant, the total of $2.2 million will lead to the development of six buses that will be deployed in Torrance Unified School District, Kings Canyon Unified School District and Napa Valley Unified School District.
NSTA President Tim Flood (left) presented Robert "Bob" Pudlewski of Fleet Ops Consulting with the Hall of Fame Award.
NSTA honors industry excellence at annual conference
July 24, 2014
Awards presented include its Gold Merit Award, Hall of Fame Award, and the Thomas Built Buses Continuing Education Grant. The organization also recognized Green School Bus Fleet Certification Program members.
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District to add security cameras, microphones to buses
July 24, 2014
Boston Public Schools is equipping its 750 school buses with cameras and microphones to help school officials to more thoroughly investigate reports of bullying, other disciplinary issues and traffic accidents. Although students generally behave well on the buses, drivers wrote up about 5,600 incident reports documenting misconduct during the past school year, and officials hope the presence of the cameras will deter bad behavior.
Newton County Schools received a GaDER Blue Sky Award for cutting emissions in at least 75% of its school bus fleet. Pictured left to right: Stacy Allman, EPD environmental specialist and coordinator of the GaDER Program; Michael Barr, director of support services, Newton County School System; Randall Luna, transportation coordinator, Newton County School System; and William Cook, EPD environmental engineer and manager of the GaDER Program.
36 Georgia districts awarded for cutting bus emissions
July 24, 2014
The districts were honored at the Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation’s 50th Annual Conference & Trade Show last month with the Georgia Diesel Emissions Reduction Awards. Three districts were recognized for reducing emissions in 75% or more of their school bus fleet.
Al Karam (seated), a director of transportation in New York, was last year's Administrator of the Year.
Nominate a great transportation director
July 24, 2014
Do you know an exemplary school transportation director who deserves recognition for his or her efforts? SCHOOL BUS FLEET is getting ready to select a recipient for our annual Administrator of the Year award, and we’re accepting nominations.
SCHOOL BUS FLEET magazine Publisher Frank Di Giacomo presented Student Transportation Inc. Founder, Chairman and CEO Denis J. Gallagher with its Contractor of the Year award.
Denis Gallagher named SBF Contractor of the Year
July 23, 2014
The Student Transportation Inc. founder and leader has led his company through remarkable growth while maintaining a 95% contract renewal rate over 17 years. Gallagher has also been at the forefront in adopting alternative fuels in school transportation — his company has made the largest single order of propane school buses to date: more than 400.
Stop-arm cameras violate surveillance ban, critics say
July 22, 2014
Those opposed to the newly-installed cameras on Iowa City (Iowa) Community School District school buses say they violate the city’s traffic camera ban, and systems like this are designed to create revenue, not improve safety. Iowa City Attorney Eleanor Dilkes disagrees, saying that the law bans traffic cameras only for “qualified traffic violations” and stop-arm violations are not included.
Nebraska school’s propane bus investment pays off
July 22, 2014
Omaha Public Schools and Student Transportation Inc. (STI) collaborated on the district’s deployment of 435 Blue Bird Vision propane school buses last summer, which has saved approximately $200,000 versus diesel. In a new video released last week by the Propane Education & Research Council, school officials and the contractor explain the convenience of maintenance, cost savings, and performance of the buses in the state’s frigid winters.
On July 20, 100 contestants competed in one of three categories: conventional, small bus, or transit.  Pictured here are buses used in the small bus category at West Ashley High School in Charleston, South Carolina.
3 previous winners take top spots in bus safety competition
July 22, 2014
At the 44th Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition, hosted in Charleston, South Carolina, by the National School Transportation Association, three previous winners again take top spots: Billy Wiseman of West Virginia, in the conventional category; Russell Alitzer of Virginia, in the small bus category; and John Welsh of Pennsylvania, in the transit category.
Washingtonville Central School District saves 40% per gallon on fuel costs and 30% on routine maintenance costs compared to diesel, according to a recent case study.
District sees lower costs, emissions with propane buses
July 21, 2014
A case study on Washingtonville (N.Y.) Central School District’s usage of Blue Bird buses equipped with ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel systems finds that the district spent about 30% less on maintenance for the autogas portion of its fleet and will eliminate about 120,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide per bus during the lifetime of the vehicles.
Many school districts employ multiple surveillance cameras per bus for a broad range of views. Photo by Bill McChesney - Flickr: 32980
Trends in school bus camera implementation
July 21, 2014
An analysis of recent school district contracts for bus video surveillance systems finds an average purchase of three cameras per bus. That and other dynamics are identified in this article by market analyst Paul Irby.
Quantum XXI Inc. has developed GOLDbus, a computer tablet technology for school buses. GPS/AVL is built into the tablet and includes features such as real-time and historical data, including bus locations, speed, and departure and arrival times.
Quantum’s GPS/AVL integrated solution offers full range of software features
July 21, 2014
Quantum XXI Inc. has developed GOLDbus, a computer tablet technology for school buses and other fleets that is vastly improved over the old GPS/AVL firmware approach. The supplier worked directly with school districts to determine features that enhance student safety and driver accountability and bring savings to districts.
Trans Tech’s SST school bus has gone through Altoona STURAA testing, with results including an average miles per gallon of 9.60.
Trans Tech Bus adds 2 new dealers, Altoona-tests SST model
July 18, 2014
The Type A school bus manufacturer appoints two new dealers for the Canadian market and announces that its complete product line is now available in Canada. Meanwhile, Trans Tech’s SST school bus goes through Altoona STURAA testing, with results including an average miles per gallon of 9.60.
Muncie Community Schools has redesigned and rebid its school bus routes to cut costs.  Photo by Kolin Toney. Edited by SBF.
Short on funds, Indiana district cuts buses, lengthens routes
July 18, 2014
After a year that saw a transportation funding referendum defeated and a waiver to end school bus service denied, Muncie Community Schools redesigns and rebids its bus routes to cut costs. Most of the routes are now longer and will carry more students on each bus, and there are fewer buses overall.
The propane version of Thomas Built’s C2 uses CleanFUEL USA’s liquid propane injection system.
CleanFUEL USA fuel system powers new Thomas propane bus
July 17, 2014
CleanFUEL USA’s liquid propane injection system is employed by the Thomas Built Buses propane Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus as well as the Freightliner Custom Chassis S2G medium-duty truck, both of which are now in full production.
Distracted bus driver cited in crash that injured 29 students
July 17, 2014
John Logan, a Lewis County (Mo.) C-1 School District bus driver, is charged with improper lane usage resulting in an accident on April 1. While Logan slides a trash can to a child who says she is sick, the front right tire drops off the road and he reportedly over-steers to correct the bus, causing it to slide down an embankment and roll on its top. The Missouri State Highway Patrol report concludes that Logan was at fault because the driver is responsible for staying focused on driving.
From left: Paul Gibson, National Safety Council; Gary Catapano, First Student’s senior VP of safety; Dennis Maple, president of First Student; and Michael Pollock, National Safety Council.
First Student wins award from National Safety Council
July 17, 2014
The school bus contractor is recognized with an Occupational Excellence Achievement Award. The honor is for companies that have reported injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work equal to or less than 50% of the Bureau of Labor Statistics rate for their national industry classification and have had no fatalities during the previous calendar year.
Judge rules district owes $770K for bus collision
July 17, 2014
Norris School District is ordered to pay 70% of the damages awarded to Jeff Hall, a pickup truck driver injured in a 2009 collision with a district school bus. The Nebraska Supreme Court overrules a 2010 ruling by the trial court that apportioned 20% of the liability to the county, instructing the trial court to reapportion it between the truck driver and the district. The trial court judge orders the district to cover all 20% plus the initial 50% he had previously ordered it to pay.
6 Tips for School Bus Seat Cover Care and Replacement
July 17, 2014
Regular cleaning and inspections of school bus seat covers can increase their life expectancy while easing tight budgets and helping to ensure children’s safety. Here’s guidance on how to maintain the seat covers — and when they should be replaced.
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