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This Minnesota School Bus Operators Association video outlines commons mistakes that motorists make when driving around school buses.
Video teaches public to 'Stop and Stay Stopped' for buses
November 13, 2013
The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association video, newly available on DVD, outlines common mistakes that motorists make when driving around school buses. Shelly Jonas, executive administrator for the association, tells SBF about the program and how it can be used.
Chad Sexton, director of transportation services at Genesee Intermediate School District, sent the Michigan State Police a letter of concern about the rate of stop-arm running.
Michigan district, state police partner for stop-arm violation sting
November 13, 2013
Genesee Intermediate School District’s (ISD) transportation team provides information to Sgt. Artis White about daily occurrences of violations, and he and his troopers organize a one-day sting to monitor troublesome areas and issue citations. White and Genesee ISD Director of Transportation Services Chad Sexton discuss the specifics with SBF.
Blue Bird adds new Canadian dealer
November 12, 2013
Dynamic Specialty Vehicles will provide sales, service and parts support for Blue Bird customers in British Columbia and the Yukon. The dealership has been supplying Type A buses to western Canada since 1988.
New York City officials say that new busing contracts that were opened for public bid last spring will save an estimated $210 million over the next five years. Photo by Pavel Horak
NYC: New school bus contracts to save $210 million
November 12, 2013
The New York City mayor and education chancellor report that the school busing contracts that were opened up for public bid last spring and awarded in May will save the city an estimated $210 million over the next five years. The savings is in addition to the $100 million saved from bids awarded last winter and the $95 million saved from pre-K contracts that were publicly bid in 2011.
NYAPT names senator ‘Legislator of the Year’
November 12, 2013
The association recognizes Sen. Catharine Young’s introduction of legislation that would allow evidence collected by stop-arm cameras to be used to prosecute motorists who pass stopped school buses illegally. If enacted, the legislation would also establish a minimum fine of between $250 and $400 with no points for a first violation when the violation is based on camera evidence, with increasing penalties for repeat offenses.
School bus innovator Jack Parsons passes
November 11, 2013
Over his 59-year career in the industry, Parsons was credited with spearheading numerous improvements to pupil transportation and mentoring many school bus drivers, trainers, dispatchers and managers.
Senate passes ‘School Bus Safety Month’ resolution
November 11, 2013
The resolution, requested by the Child Safety Network (CSN), designates October as School Bus Safety Month and supports the CSN Safe Bus Campaign. President Obama is expected to sign the resolution.
AngelTrax cameras improve low light video capture
November 8, 2013
The company’s new line of cameras feature built-in smart infrared and super ultra wide dynamic technology to automatically adapt to unpredictable lighting conditions. The high-definition camera systems can record in 60 frames per second at 1280x720 resolution.
Florida authorities make arrest in school bus thefts
November 7, 2013
Alphonso Bernard Rock, owner of 95 South Tours and Transportation, is taken into custody after deputies discover two school buses that had gone missing from a Georgia district at a football stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. Deputies also discover two school buses that were stolen from a Florida district near an interstate in Gainesville, Fla.
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Collins Bus Corp. is among the brands of the new Allied Specialty Vehicles Bus Division.
Allied Specialty Vehicles forms bus group, names Kent Tyler CEO
November 7, 2013
Tyler, the former president of Collins Bus Corp., will lead the new Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV) Bus Division. The group will include Type A school bus brands Collins, Mid Bus and Corbeil as well as seven bus brands from ASV’s recent acquisition of Thor Industries’ bus business.
Measure to provide funding for contractor rejected
November 7, 2013
M&M Bus Co. operates 74 school buses for Muncie (Ind.) Community Schools, and members of the community reject a referendum that called for raising property taxes by 22 cents for every $100 of assessed property value for a total of $3.35 million for the contractor. The next step will be to submit a waiver to the state.
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Online vehicle lift safety course available in 2014
November 7, 2013
The Automotive Lift Institute is partnering with dealer services provider KPA to produce and deliver the program. “Lifting It Right: 2014 Online Edition” covers the wide variety of lift types used in professional vehicle service and repair shops, the lifting and lowering process, and the importance of planned lift maintenance performed by a qualified professional.
Adams Outdoor Advertising donated digital billboards displaying a bus safety message to support efforts by Grand Ledge (Mich.) Public Schools’ transportation department to educate the public of the state’s laws for driving around buses.  
District combats bus passing with law enforcement, education efforts
November 7, 2013
Grand Ledge (Mich.) Public Schools’ transportation department has partnered with local police, who cite motorists captured on camera running the buses’ stop arms, and the transportation staff is also working to inform the public of the state’s laws for driving around school buses through billboards and other media outlets. Transportation Supervisor John Legus discusses these and other initiatives with SBF.
4 more earn NAPT's special-needs endorsement
November 6, 2013
Kenny Mulder, Katherine Oetker, Kala Henkensiefken and Diane Stewart are the latest to complete the Special Needs Transportation Training program.
Photo courtesy of West County Transportation Agency
SBF Special-Needs Survey: We want your input
November 6, 2013
This year’s survey includes questions on such topics as evacuation drills for special-needs students, use of non-school bus vehicles and disabilities or conditions that present the most challenges. The deadline to submit responses is Nov. 22.
During Glendale (Ariz.) Elementary School District No. 40's in-service training, bus drivers participate in teams against one another in a pre-trip inspection competition, and the winning team receives a trophy.
District holds safety competitions during in-service
November 6, 2013
During its week-long training, Glendale (Ariz.) Elementary School District No. 40’s transportation department not only has outside speakers come to the facility and offers sessions on a wide range of topics, the drivers and bus monitors also participate in competitions to test their skills. Here, the manager of transportation provides the details.
Atlantic Express has operations in New York, Massachusetts, California and Pennsylvania, with a total of more than 5,000 school buses.
Atlantic Express files for bankruptcy
November 5, 2013
The school bus contractor cites a union battle, bidding issues and challenging earnings as key factors. The company will continue normal operations during the Chapter 11 process.
Mississippi lawmakers debate seat belts on school buses
November 5, 2013
Legislators may consider the issue next year, and some are already expressing opinions on both sides. One representative acknowledges that state money for seat belts is limited, but he asks his colleagues, “What is the value of a child’s life?” Others point to potential difficulties bus drivers could have in making sure all students are buckled up.
Durham partners with first responders for safety training
November 5, 2013
More than 30 Bonner Springs, Kan., firefighters and paramedics participated in the school bus contractor’s training program on bus evacuation to better enable them to assist in an emergency on a school bus. The first responders tested their training hands-on as they explored two styles of buses and could see how each emergency exit worked, including the different door options and roof hatches.
Bus driver dies before starting routes
November 5, 2013
Special-education bus driver Tammy Grant, 45, called for assistance to get off the bus and was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Grant was an employee of Durham School Services and had been driving buses for a South Carolina school district for more than 20 years.

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