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School Bus Logistics, TransTraks partner for training
December 11, 2013
School Bus Logistics will assist with software training, technical support and sales for TransTraks customers. TransTraks, a transportation management software company, will provide School Bus Logistics with new software and training options for the latter company’s customers.
Virginia dealership founder Sonny Merryman passes
December 10, 2013
Merryman, who died on Saturday at age 89, launched his school bus business in 1967 when Thomas Built Buses was looking for a new dealer in Virginia. Today, Sonny Merryman Inc. has three locations and more than 125 employees in the state.
Man who stole bus to go to Detroit found not guilty
December 10, 2013
Josiah Daniel Curtis, 26, who broke into a Wyoming, Mich., school bus yard last year and stole a bus to drive to Detroit so that he could record music, was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Curtis appeared in Michigan's Kent County Circuit Court for trial on multiple felony charges, including malicious destruction of property over $20,000 and vehicle theft.
Tags: Michigan
In the 2013 sales year, there was a total of 36,073 school buses sold in the U.S. and Canada.
School bus sales up 13% in 2013
December 10, 2013
U.S. and Canadian school bus sales this year increased for the second year in a row. There were 36,073 school buses sold in 2013, compared to 32,034 units sold in 2012.
Florida’s Don Ross named general manager of LBS South
December 9, 2013
Ross joined the school bus dealership in April as service director after working for more than 13 years at the School District of Manatee County in several roles, including director of transportation and vehicle maintenance. In his new role, Ross will be responsible for the management, oversight and strategic direction of LBS South.
Tags: Florida
Blue Bird donates bus to philanthropic group
December 6, 2013
The school bus manufacturer presents the keys to a freshly painted 24-foot bus to Bob Votruba, founder of One Million Acts of Kindness. The bus is an upgrade from the 23-year-old bus the organization purchased in 2009 for Votruba to travel around the country, speaking to public schools, colleges, homeless shelters, hospitals and businesses, striving to inspire daily kindness, empathy and peace.
NSTA names new marketing, communications coordinator
December 6, 2013
Travis Pryor is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in communications, and officials say he has had several internships in his field of study relating to marketing, public relations and more. Pryor replaces Megan Benfatti, who has left the association to pursue an opportunity to further her website and web development talents.
Tags: NSTA
Atlantic Express has operations in New York, Massachusetts, California and Pennsylvania, with a total of more than 5,000 school buses.
Atlantic Express to shut down at year’s end
December 5, 2013
After its unionized drivers voted down a new contract offer, the nearly 50-year-old school bus operator says it will close the business. “We gave the union our best offer, which was significantly better than what the new companies in the industry are providing,” Atlantic Express officials say in a statement. “Without this labor contract, we have no choice left but to proceed with the sale of all of the company’s assets and contracts.”
1 killed in Idaho school bus crash with dump truck
December 5, 2013
The bus is transporting 10 children to an elementary school in Kuna, Idaho, on Thursday morning when it collides with a dump truck. A sixth-grader succumbs to injuries at the scene, and four other students are injured. “My heart goes out to the many students, families, and staff that have been impacted by this accident,” the district's superintendent says.
Fire prompts aide, drivers to distribute smoke detectors
December 5, 2013
Two children in West Virginia died in the fire in their home on Oct. 21. In response, a bus aide and a group of drivers, with the help of the Logan City Fire Department, give out hundreds of free smoke detectors to grade-school children who ride Logan County buses.
Joe Piscopo to kick off 2014 Zonar conference
December 5, 2013
The veteran entertainer will kick off the two-day fleet management conference — called THE ZONE — during the opening night dinner on April 22. Officials say THE ZONE will include more than 50 educational sessions and numerous training opportunities.
Newfoundland bus driver charged with impaired driving
December 4, 2013
On Wednesday morning, officers respond to a report of a possibly impaired school bus driver. As a result of the investigation, a 71-year-old man is charged with impaired driving and operation of a motor vehicle over 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood (0.08%).
Roberts Hawaii, Ground Transport to bus students in Oahu
December 4, 2013
The contracts will start with the 2014-15 school year — Roberts Hawaii receives 181 routes, and Ground Transport receives 124 routes. This is the latest step in the Hawaii State Department of Education’s “Get on Board” initiative, which aims to reform the state’s student transportation system.
ROUSH CleanTech doubles sales team for propane vehicles
December 4, 2013
Company officials say that five recently hired business development executives bring dozens of years of expertise in the automotive and alternative fuels industries. ROUSH CleanTech manufactures and installs propane autogas fuel system technology for Type A Micro Bird and Type C Blue Bird school buses, among other vehicles.
Victims of deadly 1938 bus-train crash remembered
December 3, 2013
A monument is unveiled in South Jordan, Utah, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the accident, in which the bus driver and 23 students were killed after the train struck the bus as it crossed railroad tracks. The accident reportedly led to a nationwide law requiring buses to stop at all railroad crossings so the driver can both look and listen for oncoming trains.
Bus driver admits to DUI with students on board
December 3, 2013
A New Jersey woman recently pleaded guilty to operating a school bus with 25 students on board while she was impaired by alcohol in November 2011. During the trip home on that day, several students called their parents and expressed fear at the way she was driving.
HSM acquires Summit Seating Inc.
December 3, 2013
Summit Seating is a manufacturer of seating products for transit buses, recreational vehicles, vans and other specialty vehicles for original equipment or aftermarket use. Officials say the acquisition is expected to expand HSM’s footprint and leadership role in the transportation seating market and will immediately grow both the near- and long-term growth opportunities for the HSM Transportation Solutions business unit.
Tags: seating
Jasper offers remanufactured turbochargers
December 3, 2013
The company is offering a line of remanufactured BorgWarner, Garrett and Holset turbochargers. Officials say that Jasper has more than 100 different stock numbers on hand, including turbos for popular diesel units such as the Ford/International 6.0L, 7.3L Powerstroke, Cummins ISB and Caterpillar engines.
Tags: engines
Video catches transit bus illegally passing school bus
December 3, 2013
Video from Lee County Transit shows one of its buses illegally passing a school bus that has its lights flashing and stop arm out. The transit bus driver tells officials that he thought the school bus driver had waved to indicate that it was safe for him to proceed.
Lion Bus to develop all-electric school bus
December 3, 2013
President Marc Bedard tells Journal de Montreal that the company “wanted the most energy efficient bus possible, and this project is materializing itself.” A feasibility study has been completed, and a prototype is set to be revealed in the spring, with Bedard noting that the company would ultimately like to produce 2,000 buses that would be sold on a 10-year scale.

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