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The U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee approved a five-year reauthorization of the DERA program, which provides funds to reduce emissions from school buses and other diesel vehicles.
Senate committee passes DERA
December 2, 2010
The five-year reauthorization of the program, which provides funds to reduce emissions from school buses and other diesel vehicles, is approved by the Environment and Public Works Committee. The passage is called a key step in continuing "a vital clean air program that has benefited communities in every single state in the nation."
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A-Z Bus Sales provides funding assistance for bus purchases
December 2, 2010
The company has information for California school districts on federal and state credits to qualifying districts that buy alternative-fueled buses, and opportunities for operations with special-education transportation needs. A-Z Bus Sales can also assist operations in completing the necessary grant paperwork and application.
School bus driver claims winning lottery ticket
December 2, 2010
A South Carolina school bus driver won a Millionaire Raffle ticket worth $100,000 on Nov. 22. She says she will use the money to support local charities and pay her children's college expenses.
Trans Tech sponsors bus giveaway
December 1, 2010
The president of a New York contractor company wins a free one-year lease of a Trans Tech Bus ST5 Type A school bus during the New York School Bus Contractors Association’s annual meeting.
Student Transportation to acquire three school bus companies
December 1, 2010
The acquisitions are scheduled to close in the next 30 to 45 days and will add more than 550 vehicles to the company’s fleet, with annualized revenues of more than $28 million. Company Chairman and CEO Denis J. Gallagher says the acquisitions will open two new areas of growth for the company, and one will tuck in to an existing operating location.
15 children and their driver died when their bus plunged into frigid Lake Chelan in 1945.
Photo by Themerganser
Towns observe anniversaries of school bus tragedies
November 30, 2010
In Washington state in 1945, 15 children and their driver died when their bus plunged into a frigid lake. In British Columbia in 1960, a bus was struck by a freight train, killing 17 people on board.
Students, driver injured in tornado-related bus accident
November 30, 2010
Winds resulting from a tornado that hit an Illinois community on Monday flips a district's school bus; the driver and five students suffer various injuries. A district spokesperson says letters containing details of the incident were delivered to parents at the hospitals where their children were taken.
New job opening at ASBC
November 30, 2010
The American School Bus Council seeks a coordinator to support its marketing and operational activities.
Bill would require operations to establish anti-idling policy
November 29, 2010
The Anti-idling Act mandates that school bus companies, tour bus companies and transit authorities in Nova Scotia have a policy in place by Oct. 1, 2011. If the legislation is approved, Nova Scotia would be the first province to adopt such a law.
Change to bus inspection program draws mixed response
November 29, 2010
The Michigan State Police will soon perform intermittent inspections of some school districts' buses, rather than annual inspections of all districts’ buses. Some feel this will enable inspectors to focus on districts that have a history of violations, while others believe this will reduce children's safety as they travel to and from school.
Allison Transmission to co-sponsor renewable technology event
November 29, 2010
Emerging Technology Day will be held in May 2011 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) as part of the IMS’s 100th Anniversary Indy 500 celebration. It will feature competitions for university students to build plug-in hybrid vehicles and solar-powered cars, and participate in an electric-powered kart race.
Communications coverage gaps throughout Dallas County frustrated bus drivers and compromised student safety, prompting the school district to look for a better solution. Their results are covered in a new case study from Motorola.
Missouri school district overcomes coverage gaps
November 23, 2010
Communications coverage gaps frustrated school bus drivers and compromised student safety, prompting Dallas County R-1 School District to look for a better solution. Their results are covered in a new case study from Motorola.
Man arrested for entering high school with loaded gun
November 23, 2010
Dominique Williams, a former student, arrived at the Indiana school last Friday on one of the district’s buses. An investigation is underway on why Williams went to the school with a gun.
Student frees bus driver from seat belt following accident
November 23, 2010
After his school bus flips over on a muddy road, Alex Waddick follows driver Phil Piggott's instructions and cuts him from his seat belt with a knife. Piggot, Waddick and the other students on board then exit the bus through its emergency roof hatch.
Truck-bus near-collisions prompt installation of cameras
November 23, 2010
The mountainous roads and foggy conditions in a Pennsylvania village have created a dangerous situation between truck drivers and school bus operators. Cameras have been installed on a district's bus; if they capture more incidents where trucks nearly collide with the bus, the program will be expanded.
Florida community 'stuffs' buses for people in need
November 22, 2010
Residents help fill 14 Manatee County School District buses with 84,050 pounds of food as part of a "Stuff the Bus" event. The district organizes a group of volunteers to get the food into the buses and over to a local food bank.
Tags: Florida
Student saved from serious injury in illegal bus passing incident
November 22, 2010
Dustin Wulf honks his bus’ horn after he sees that a car is going to pass the stopped bus and is approaching too fast. The horn alerts 7-year-old Stalena Whitehead, who is able to step back before being grazed by the car as it slides around a corner.
Man pleads not guilty to charges stemming from bus crash
November 18, 2010
Joseph Anthony Garcia faces eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon for ramming the bus head-on in an apparent suicide attempt last month. The judge presiding over the case appoints a public defender to represent Garcia and sets a felony settlement conference for Nov. 30.
NSTA to apply for clean diesel funds for members
November 18, 2010
Contractors that are members of the National School Transportation Association can take part in a chance to get EPA funding for school bus retrofits and replacements.
Student arrested after bringing box cutter on school bus
November 18, 2010
The student told authorities that she was planning to confront a 12-year-old girl with the box cutter. She has been charged with possession of a weapon in a school zone and making terroristic threats.

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