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An episode of "How It's Made," shot at the IC Bus plant in Tulsa, Okla., explains key steps in the building of a school bus.
TV program shows school bus manufacturing process
January 22, 2014
An episode of "How It's Made" explains key steps in the building of a school bus. The show was shot over a two-day period at the IC Bus plant in Tulsa, Okla.
Nebraska woman fined for threatening bus driver
January 22, 2014
On Dec. 11, Victoria Gerold boarded the school bus and yelled at and threatened the driver, whom she said curses at the students who ride his bus, including her two sons. She pleads guilty to trespassing and disorderly conduct and is charged $515 in fines, court costs and surcharges for the two misdemeanors.
Tags: Nebraska
Troopers: Man purposely rams bus, attempts to board
January 22, 2014
Jonathan Modesitt is arrested following last week’s incident, in which Oregon State Police troopers say he dropped his pants after hitting the bus and tried to get on board with a gun. He faces multiple charges, including driving under the influence of intoxicants.
NSTA, Zonar award $50K hardware grants
January 21, 2014
At the National School Transportation Association’s Midwinter Meeting, Zonar’s Don Carnahan presents hardware grants to school bus contractors Cook-Illinois Corp.; Sunrise Transportation Inc.; and Acme Bus Corp., Baumann & Sons Buses Inc.
Arsenault adds audit option to fleet management software
January 21, 2014
The new feature in Dossier enables management to see not just what was done to a vehicle, but who did it, and when, company officials say. It is also designed to track any additions, changes and deletions that apply to vehicles, parts and personnel, as well as work requested, done or canceled.
Transfinder reports 10% revenue increase in 2013
January 21, 2014
The company’s revenue grew from $7,850,000 in 2012 to $8,605,000 in 2013. Transfinder had other milestones last year as well, including expansion of its products and services into the Caribbean and an increase in its staff.
Tags: routing
UltraLED acquires LED lighting company
January 21, 2014
Texas-based UltraLED Lighting Inc. announces the asset purchase of an undisclosed, privately held LED lighting company. Officials say that the acquisition increases UltraLED Lighting’s product offerings across all fleet vehicle categories and the aftermarket 12-volt industry with more than 75 new product SKUs.
Tags: lighting
Students to be transported on buses with seat belts after accident
January 17, 2014
Starting with the 2014-15 school year, the buses used at Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Mo., will be equipped with three-point seat belts, and a monitor will be on board to make sure that the students are strapped in. Officials make the decision after 22 students were injured last year when their bus tipped onto its side en route to a camp.
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.
Trans Tech all-electric bus passes certification in California
January 17, 2014
The SSTe is now legal to operate in the state after passing the California Highway Patrol’s certification, and the first bus is scheduled to go to Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley, Calif. Officials for Trans Tech Bus say the SSTe is scheduled to start full production later this year.
Report: School bus driver faulted in fatal Idaho crash
January 16, 2014
In last month's school bus crash near Kuna, Idaho, investigators reportedly believe that the bus driver stopped at a stop sign and then pulled into the path of an approaching dump truck. One student was killed and four others were injured in the collision at a rural intersection.
District cracks down on bus drivers parking at home
January 16, 2014
An audit finds that of Jefferson County (Ala.) School District’s 400 buses, drivers are taking 61 of them home each day to places farther than their bus route, adding nearly $172,000 in fuel costs. The deputy superintendent is talking with drivers about finding a more cost-efficient place to park their buses.
Former U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood joins infrastructure coalition
January 16, 2014
Ray LaHood, who stepped down from his post at the helm of the U.S. Department of Transportation last year, is named a co-chair of Building America’s Future. The coalition works to raise awareness about the need to invest in the nation’s roads, bridges, airports, rails and ports.
STI subsidiary takes over Atlantic Express’ California operations
January 15, 2014
Student Transportation Inc. (STI)’s SchoolWheels Direct will manage the California school transportation business of Atlantic Express until an asset purchase agreement is closed. Under the court-approved asset purchase agreement, Student Transportation of America (another STI subsidiary) may purchase Atlantic Express’ California assets, contingent on receiving various school district consents and final negotiations.
Seon makes ‘school bus safety predictions’ for 2014
January 15, 2014
In a new post on the video surveillance provider’s blog, Seon Marketing Coordinator Tia O’Grady discusses the company’s outlook on such pertinent issues as school bus routing and tracking software, surveillance technology and bullying.
Lynn Martin to leave NAPT
January 15, 2014
Martin, who has served as the association’s marketing and communication specialist since 2006, has taken a position closer to home. Her last day at NAPT will be Jan. 24.
Tags: NAPT
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.
FMCSA: CDL drivers still have to self-certify by Jan. 30
January 14, 2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes a final rule that extends by one year the requirement for interstate commercial drivers to have paper copies of their medical examiner’s certifications with them while operating their vehicle. However, the deadline for CDL drivers to self-certify their status (interstate or intrastate, exempt or non-exempt) is still Jan. 30, 2014.
Tags: CDL, FMCSA
3 steps to bolster safety for school motorcoach trips
January 14, 2014
North Carolina state pupil transportation director Derek Graham reports on FMCSA's recent Bus Safety Roundtable and shares a three-step approach that schools and school districts can use to improve student safety when chartering motorcoaches for school trips.
Minnesota association launches live stream of meetings
January 14, 2014
Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation members who can't make it to Wednesday's committee meetings in person will have another option: tuning in online. A live stream will be available on YouTube, even allowing web viewers to submit questions.
Tags: Minnesota

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