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Push for electric school buses in Massachusetts
December 19, 2013
Gov. Deval Patrick and his administration are investing in three programs to support alternative fuel vehicles and related infrastructure across Massachusetts, including the launch of an electric school bus pilot program. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources will provide $1.8 million in grants for eight electric school buses with vehicle-to-grid capability.
Pilot project lets students opt for city buses
December 19, 2013
Some Whitehorse, Yukon, high school students now have the option to ride city buses for free instead of school buses as part of a pilot created by the government of Yukon and the city of Whitehorse. The free transit passes are intended to give students another option for transportation if they stay late for after-school activities, and for getting to places other than home.
Crash averted when school bus stalls on train tracks
December 19, 2013
In Norwalk, Conn., a school bus reportedly experiences a mechanical malfunction as it is crossing railroad tracks, leaving it stranded. The bus driver evacuates the 40 elementary students on board, and the operator of an approaching commuter train is able to stop 10 feet before the bus.
Pennsylvania House approves audio recordings bill
December 19, 2013
The legislation would permit the use of the recordings on school buses, but school boards would have to vote on policies outlining the audiotaping rules, and parents would have to be notified. The bill had been approved by the state Senate in June, and it has since been amended to also allow police to use audio-equipped cameras anywhere except in a residence without prior court approval.
Two-year-old Ava, who has a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer, wanted to ride a bus and go to school. She got her wish on Tuesday.
2-year-old with cancer gets to ride the school bus
December 18, 2013
Ava Parker, who has terminal brain cancer, wanted a chance to ride a bus and go to school. On Tuesday, she and her family boarded a yellow bus and spent the afternoon with a preschool class.
Tags: Indiana
Texas school bus fleet still keen on propane after 30 years
December 18, 2013
Web Exclusive: Alvin Independent School District switched to propane autogas in 1982. Today, with a fleet of more than 100 buses running on the alternative fuel, Fleet Maintenance Manager Juan Mejias says that the district is benefiting from lower fuel costs, extended oil change intervals and reduced emissions.
Under David Strickland’s watch, NHTSA has shown support for safety-related issues in transportation, such as drunken driving prevention, and it has worked to promote school bus transportation.
NHTSA’s David Strickland steps down
December 17, 2013
Strickland has served as administrator since 2010, during which time the agency has shown support for safety-related issues in transportation, such as drunken driving prevention, and it has worked to promote school bus transportation. Deputy Administrator David Friedman will reportedly serve as acting administrator after Strickland leaves.
Several state legislators are renewing efforts to require seat belts in large school buses in Massachusetts. Pictured is the State House. Photo by Eric Baetscher
4 school bus seat belt bills under review in Massachusetts
December 17, 2013
Several Massachusetts legislators are renewing efforts to require seat belts in large school buses. Four bills are currently under consideration in the state Legislature.
Bus driver rear-ends bus, 15 students injured
December 17, 2013
The bus in front, which is transporting students for Florida’s Moody Elementary School, stops suddenly for heavy traffic. The driver behind the bus does not stop in time and will be cited for careless driving. All injured students are transported to hospitals, treated for minor injuries and released.
Gatekeeper Systems secures Sheppard Bus contract
December 17, 2013
The company will supply mobile video solutions for the New Jersey-based school bus contractor’s fleet. Doug Dyment, president and CEO of Gatekeeper, says the contract enables the company to expand sales “in geographic regions where there has previously been limited exposure.”
At 82 years old, Sarah Guilford, a part-time bus assistant for Washington Elementary School District #6 in Phoenix, has no plans to retire anytime soon.
Bus assistant reflects on 42-year career at Arizona district
December 17, 2013
Sarah Guilford began working at Washington Elementary School District #6 in Phoenix in one of the school cafeterias, and she became a bus driver three years later. She now works part time as a bus assistant, and she discusses with SBF changes to the industry over the years and her experiences with students.
Bus driver defends girl from dog attack
December 16, 2013
Denise Dolcoe, a school bus driver for Fort Bend (Texas) Independent School District, was on her afternoon route when she noticed a pit bull attacking a girl. Officials say that the driver immediately stopped her bus, grabbed a bucket and ran to the girl’s defense.
Tags: heroism, Texas
When he retires next summer, Bob Riley will have served nearly eight years as executive director of NASDPTS.
NASDPTS Executive Director Bob Riley to retire
December 16, 2013
Riley, a former state and district director, has held the executive role for the state pupil transportation directors association since 2006. NASDPTS is now searching for a replacement for Riley, who is expected to retire in June of next year.
Tags: NASDPTS
Seon Design reinforces commitment to bullying awareness
December 13, 2013
In the company's latest blog post, Marketing Coordinator Tia O'Grady provides a recap of Seon’s activities throughout the year to support anti-bullying efforts and its own anti-bullying campaign, "No Bullies on My Bus."
Tags: bullying
Parents ask for bus service to resume after fatal accident
December 12, 2013
Parents with children who attend two schools located near the site of a recent accident have started two online petitions to urge California's Etiwanda School District to resume bus service. Bus service for regular-education students was discontinued in the 2010-11 school year due to budget issues.
Alabama district reverses decision to end bus service
December 12, 2013
The service for regular-education students at Hoover City Schools was set to end with the 2014-15 school year, but Superintendent Andy Craig and school officials are now exploring ways to continue offering the service with the district’s own bus fleet and drivers and to charge students a fee to ride the bus. Craig says that the ability for the district to both receive state allocation for transportation and collect fees from bus riders was the primary factor in this latest decision.
6 factors to consider in leasing equipment
December 12, 2013
Web Exclusive: When you need additional equipment, there are numerous financing options out there. Here are tips for making the right leasing decisions for your operation.
Thomas Built donates $10K to schools for photo contest winners
December 11, 2013
Five schools across the U.S. were each awarded $2,000 for their programs in science, technology, engineering and math in recognition of the winning entries of the inaugural Thomas Built Buses Back to School Photo Contest.
Stock acquires Perry Rand’s student transportation
December 11, 2013
With the acquisition of this division of Perry Rand Transportation Group Ltd., officials say Stock Transportation will gain approximately 100 new drivers and operate 67 additional routes in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.
State directors to develop training guidelines for seat belts
December 11, 2013
In response to NTSB recommendations, NASDPTS says it will develop guidelines to assist schools in training bus drivers, students and parents on “the importance and proper use” of various types of school bus seat belts. The state directors association says it will also develop educational materials on “lap and shoulder belts providing the highest level of protection for school bus passengers” — another NTSB recommendation.

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