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STA awarded 3 New York contracts
February 24, 2014
Batavia City Schools, Attica Central School District and Williamsville Central Schools will switch from their current service provider beginning next school year. The contracts will generate more than $7 million in new annualized revenue for Student Transportation of America Inc.
Missouri district ‘goes green’ with CNG buses
February 24, 2014
Parkway School District in Chesterfield is taking delivery of 30 Saf-T-Liner HDX compressed natural gas Thomas Built buses, with nine in service since the beginning of February. The district is also building a CNG fueling station on-site.
District may invest $1M annually toward new buses
February 21, 2014
South Carolina’s Horry County Schools is considering making the investment each year until 2019 under a proposal set forth by the district’s chief officer for support services. The proposal was made to get the buses in the fleet under 15 years old to reduce breakdowns and repairs. No final decisions will be made until the district learns whether it will receive additional funding from the state.
Navistar expects $22M annual savings in engine production move
February 21, 2014
The IC Bus parent company will move mid-range engine production at its Huntsville, Ala., plant to Melrose Park, Ill. Chief Operating Officer Jack Allen says that Navistar has “too much excess engine manufacturing capacity in North America, and we must take action to reduce our costs and improve the business.”
Texas district to equip buses with stop-arm cameras
February 21, 2014
The Georgetown Independent School District and the Georgetown Police Department partner with road safety camera provider American Traffic Solutions to crack down on illegal passing of school buses. A statewide survey in Texas last year found 9,825 instances of stop-arm running in one day.
Dog bites girl in face at school bus stop
February 20, 2014
The girl was with her mother as they waited for a school bus to arrive at their stop in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. The dog, an intact husky mix that is about 2 years old, bit the girl in the face at least once, possibly twice.
New wheel lift simplifies heavy-duty wheel removal
February 20, 2014
Rotary Lift’s MW-500 Mobile Wheel Lift can remove and position any size wheel or tire weighing up to 500 pounds, company officials say. The lift’s arms are spaced wide enough to facilitate moving heavy-duty wheels and tires, and it is capable of dually holding wheels, according to the company.
Redflex: Stop-arm running caused 15 crashes in 2013
February 20, 2014
According to the stop-arm enforcement technology provider, 15 crashes last year that directly resulted from illegal school bus passing had a toll of 18 injuries and deaths.
Drug, alcohol clearinghouse for CDL drivers proposed
February 20, 2014
Federal officials say that the clearinghouse would make it easier to determine whether a truck or bus driver is prohibited from operating a commercial motor vehicle for failing to comply with drug and alcohol regulations. A spokesperson for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that all employers of CDL holders, including school bus drivers, would have to have programs to satisfy the proposed rule.
Driver steers disabled school bus to safe stop
February 19, 2014
Bob Welsh is transporting students down a hill when the bus’ radio, lights, engine and brakes stop working. He is able to steer the bus into a ditch covered by snow, where it comes to rest.
Trans Tech SST buses delivered in Massachusetts
February 19, 2014
Dealership Trans Tech Bus Sales and Service of New England sells and delivers the six school buses from the Type A bus manufacturer to Worcester (Mass.) Public Schools.
Anton Neyens (right), celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday. Neyens served as transportation manager at Bellingham (Wash.) Public Schools for 17 years before moving into school bus sales. He retired in 1998. He's pictured at his birthday celebration with longtime friend Michael Shields of Oregon's Salem-Keizer Public Schools.
Industry veteran turns 90, reflects on career
February 19, 2014
Web Exclusive: Washington's Anton Neyens has been retired from pupil transportation for more than a decade, but on Sunday, he celebrated a milestone: his 90th birthday. Here, he discusses the progression of his career, from automotive technician to pupil transportation manager to school bus salesman.
Emirates Transport to add 230 buses for school service
February 18, 2014
The transportation provider will add the buses to schools’ fleets to meet growing demand. The total cost of the vehicles is about $17.8 million USD.
Driver honored for saving toddler’s life
February 18, 2014
Beaumont (Calif.) Unified School District driver Jody Jermeay sees a toddler running down the sidewalk toward a car that is backing out of a driveway and pulls her bus across the driveway to block the car from pulling out. The child’s older sibling is able to move the boy out of the way just in time.
U.S. transportation chief Anthony Foxx to speak at Love the Bus event
February 18, 2014
Foxx will address students at a High Point, N.C., elementary school during the American School Bus Council’s Love the Bus main event on Friday. The secretary will share the stage with first-graders, who will perform an interpretation of a children’s book, and fourth- and fifth-graders will perform a song on their recorders.
Collins boosts bus serviceability
February 18, 2014
The Type A school bus manufacturer has upgraded many of the features on its buses to give technicians improved access to several areas as they perform maintenance. Among the changes: Bigger access holes were added behind the warning lights, and wires were rerouted below instead of in the wall for rear lighting.
Iowa bill would require seat belts on new school buses
February 14, 2014
School buses ordered for purchase on or after July 1, 2014, would have to be equipped with the belts, and drivers and passengers would be required to use them under the legislation that was recently introduced. A violation of the seat belt requirements would result in a $50 fine.
Safety Vision celebrates 21-year anniversary
February 14, 2014
The provider of mobile video surveillance and collision avoidance solutions serves a variety of fleets, including mass transit, pupil transportation, law enforcement and private fleet sectors. Founder and CEO Bruce Smith says Safety Vision is “approaching $1 billion in sales since inception,” which has “made for an incredible milestone,” and the company was recently issued a U.S. patent for digital data storage technology.
Virginia association offers scholarship in memory of Sonny Merryman
February 14, 2014
The founder of school bus dealership Sonny Merryman Inc., who passed away in December, provided hundreds of students in Virginia with scholarship assistance. The Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation offers a $2,500 scholarship that is available to seniors at public schools in Virginia who have a parent or grandparent currently or formerly employed in the public school pupil transportation field within the state.
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Vehicle lift safety training course offered online
February 13, 2014
The new online version of the Automotive Lift Institute's "Lifting It Right" vehicle lift safety training course is now live. A narrator guides trainees through curriculum covering lift types, the lifting and lowering process, and lift maintenance.

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