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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Emirates Transport provides bus service for private schools
December 2, 2013
The United Arab Emirates transportation company officially launches its service for private schools with an operational fleet of 100 buses. Emirates Transport officials say they expect to add 230 buses to the service.
To comply with the new WC18 standard, wheelchair tie-downs or other securement devices must pass two different dynamic strength tests.
New standards target stronger wheelchair tie-downs, increased safety
December 2, 2013
New safety standards for wheelchairs and tie-downs promise to improve transportation safety for people who must use their wheelchair as the passenger seat when riding in a car, van or bus. Here’s an overview of the WC18 and WC19 standards and the enhanced testing they require.
Power line falls on school bus during accident
November 27, 2013
Authorities in Newport News, Va., are continuing to investigate the crash, in which a 17-year-old driver struck a guide wire that was supporting a utility pole, which caused the wire to fall into the path of a school bus, and then the wire ultimately fell across the bus. Officers had the 31 students and the driver remain on the bus until the wire was removed.
Buses for special-needs students launched in UAE
November 27, 2013
The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education and Emirates Transport oversee the rollout of the first phase of school buses that will serve these students. Officials say that the 50 buses are outfitted with the latest equipment and in line with international standards for the safety and comfort of special-needs students.
Special-needs driver fired after DUI
November 27, 2013
A citizen reportedly witnesses Rodolfo Luna discard empty vodka bottles from his bus and contacts officials for the school district where he worked, who track him down, and he undergoes a drug/alcohol test. He then takes a field sobriety test, which he fails, and he admits to sheriff’s deputies that he consumed vodka and cold medicine prior to starting his shift, which involved transporting special-needs students for a field trip.
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2 Illinois directors earn special-needs endorsement
November 27, 2013
Sharon Pierluissi of Lakeside Transportation/Cook-Illinois Corp. and Barbara Rizzo of Peotone Community School District 207-U are the latest to complete NAPT's Special Needs Transportation Training program.

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