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Texas PTA praised for providing 'clean bus' grants
July 23, 2010
Michael Williams of the Texas Railroad Commission commends the association’s bestowal of a $95,654 Clean School Bus grant to Leander ISD and a $110,889 grant to Silsbee ISD for buying propane-powered school buses. Williams cites the environmental and economic benefits of utilizing the alternative fuel.
Bus driver helps save student’s life
July 23, 2010
Cristina Rickert stopped her bus when she saw students playing recklessly on a snow bank on the side of the road. One of the students then slid under the wheels of the bus. Rickert receives the 2010 New York State Bus Driver Heroism Award for her actions.
The NexBus Propane Type A has gone through certification and will be available under the Collins, Mid Bus and Corbeil brands.
Collins propane bus in full production
July 23, 2010
The NexBus Propane Type A has gone through certification and will be available under the Collins, Mid Bus and Corbeil brands.
Brad Barker, a maintenance expert and past winner of the America’s Best school bus technician title, has stepped down from his district position but will work for a dealership.
Renowned school bus tech retires
July 22, 2010
Brad Barker, a maintenance expert and past winner of the America’s Best school bus technician title, steps down from his district position but will work for a dealership. “I will still be involved heavily in the school bus industry,” he says.
California pupil transportation operations may get more time to comply with the requirements of the Air Resources Board’s Truck and Bus Regulation, which was drafted to reduce emissions generated by diesel-powered buses, like these operated by Kings Canyon Unified School District. The agency has proposed changes to the regulation’s school bus provisions.
School bus fleets may get more time to meet clean air rule
July 22, 2010
Amendments to the school bus provisions of the California Air Resources Board's Truck and Bus Regulation that the agency is considering include adding an optional two-year deferral for public fleets to comply. A public meeting to discuss the changes will be held on July 28 in Sacramento.
Tags: emissions, EPA
City officials approve seat belt use requirement
July 22, 2010
In a "zero tolerance" approach, the Board of Selectmen in Burlington, Mass., makes a move to ensure more citizens are buckled up when driving. Officials place a special emphasis on school bus seat belt use, as the city is one of the few in the area where buses are equipped with belts.
Charter school takes over transportation duties
July 22, 2010
A Minnesota charter school purchases a new 77-passenger school bus to transport its students, a service that the local public school district had been providing. The change will allow the school to alter its calendar.
A-Z Bus Sales to deliver CNG buses to California district
July 21, 2010
Fresno Unified School District will receive 30 All American Blue Bird school buses powered by the alternative fuel. Upon delivery, the district will have a total of 42 CNG Blue Bird units.
Woman convicted in fatal bus crash loses appeal
July 21, 2010
The Minnesota Court of Appeals upholds the 24 counts against Olga Franco del Cid, who is serving a 12 ½-year prison sentence for running a stop sign and striking the side of a school bus in 2008, killing four students and injuring 17 others. Arguments on appeal made by the woman’s attorney were rejected by the three-judge panel.
Former state pupil transportation director passes
July 20, 2010
Spence Holder, who died Sunday at 66, held the state director role in Arkansas for 12 years. He also served as president of NASDPTS and the Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference.
Crew honored for extinguishing bus fire
July 20, 2010
The men receive the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Extra Mile Award for their actions in June. The bus had been traveling on the opposite side of the road when they saw smoke coming out from under its hood. After the bus pulled over, the men put out the fire while the bus driver evacuated the 19 students on board.
Tags: bus fires
Law may be named after boy who died on bus
July 20, 2010
A Massachusetts law that requires first aid training for school bus drivers was passed in 2008, after 5-year-old Darnell Cobb choked while riding a bus. Now, the state House has approved a bill to name that measure “Darnell’s Law.”
First Student drivers to test skills in safety competition
July 20, 2010
Fifteen of the contractor’s employees will participate in the National School Transportation Association’s 40th Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition this Saturday and Sunday in St. Louis. Competitors will complete a driving skills challenge and a written exam.
Nixing bus fee plan, district to save $550K with hub system
July 20, 2010
Having received a negative response to a proposed pay-to-ride plan for bus service next school year, Lodi (Calif.) Unified School District will go forward with a hub system to consolidate rural routes.
School buses and their related parts will remain tax-free. Gov. Edward Rendell had proposed earlier this year to repeal these exemptions, along with those for 73 other goods and services, but the move received little support from the General Assembly.
Pennsylvania upholds tax-exempt status for buses, parts
July 20, 2010
Earlier this year, Gov. Edward Rendell proposed to repeal sales tax exemptions for 74 goods and services, including those for school buses and their parts, but the move received little support from the General Assembly. The Pennsylvania School Bus Association, which took action to oppose the proposal, is prepared for a possible resurgence under a new administration next year.
Tags: taxes
Transfinder, Zonar partner to offer GPS system
July 19, 2010
RouteTracer integrates Zonar's K12 High-Definition GPS unit with Transfinder's Busfinder AVL software to display bus locations and path-points on a district's transportation routing map. Transfinder will market and deliver the system, and Zonar will provide installation and service.
Peggy Burns and Lisa Hudson’s new book provides lessons learned from legal disputes. It’s available for purchase at a 20-percent pre-publication discount until Aug. 20.
Book covers key cases in special-needs transportation
July 16, 2010
Peggy Burns and Lisa Hudson’s new book provides lessons learned from legal disputes. It’s available for purchase at a 20-percent pre-publication discount until Aug. 20.
Bill aims to increase bus safety, reduce costs
July 15, 2010
New Michigan law puts requirements for the state’s school bus drivers in line with those at the federal level. Changes have been made to training and medical exam mandates, and a health standard has been set for drivers with known illnesses. The reforms are expected to save $600,000 statewide.
California DOE cancels special-needs conference
July 15, 2010
The conference was scheduled to be held in four counties across the state in July and August. The DOE’s Office of Transportation reports that travel restrictions and the state’s lack of a budget prompted the cancellation.
Student Transportation of Canada acquires Ontario operator
July 15, 2010
Leuschen Bros. Limited will add more than 250 vehicles from three new locations and increase STC's net revenues by $12 million, according to the company.

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